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Associate Research Scientist in Theoretical High-Energy Astrophysics

Columbia University Astrophysics Laboratory
New York, New York
Posting live until
26 Mar 2024

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The Theoretical High-Energy Astrophysics (THEA) group at the Columbia University invites applications for a position as Associate Research Scientist. The initial appointment is for one year, with anticipated renewal for up to a total of three years.  The expected start date is on or around September 1, 2024. The successful candidate will conduct independent and collaborative research under the guidance of Professors Andrei Beloborodov, Zoltan Haiman, Yuri Levin, Brian Metzger and Lorenzo Sironi.  More information on THEA can be found at This position will have access to high-performance computational facilities and travel funds. Candidates must hold a PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or related field, by the date of the appointment, and will be expected to work well independently and cooperatively with a team. 

The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The hiring range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Applicants should submit a Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications), a research statement that does not exceed 3 pages, and contact information for three reference providers who may be asked to upload letters of recommendation at a later stage in the search. Applications must be submitted through Columbia University’s Academic Search and Recruiting (ASR) system: .

The institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants will receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation at no cost.

Applications will be considered only after all of the requested material has been received.  Applications received by March 5, 2024, will receive full consideration.  Application screening will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran


Fifty years after its founding, the Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory (CAL) continues to thrive as a recognized center for world-class forefront research, and as the nexus for interdepartmental research between Physics and Astronomy. CAL serves many functions; it is a physical place in which its members can engage and collaborate on research topics; it is a social network for providing a common CAL identity and a means to foster interactions between the Departments and the CAL research staff; it is an administrative center that enables and supports the execution of large, complex experimental projects, and relieves many of the burdens of dealing with administrative functions for all its researchers. The success of CAL within the University is no more clearly demonstrated than by the fact that it only exists by the mutual agreement of the faculty of the Physics and Astronomy Departments.

Activity in CAL spans all forefront areas of astrophysical research including gravitational waves, dark matter searches, the study of the origins and evolution of structures in the universe (galaxies, black holes and other compact objects and stars), the flow and distribution of gas and elements, the search for planetary systems and potentially habitable worlds beyond our own, and the study of the molecules that are the building blocks of life and other astrochemical signatures. CAL researchers are also actively involved in the in-house design and development of astrophysical instrumentation projects motivated by fundamental science questions, and have been directly involved in the planning, design, development and analysis of data from numerous other ground- and space-based projects.

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550 W120th Street
1027 Pupin Hall
MC 5247
New York
United States

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