Postdoctoral Fellowships

Simons Collaboration on Extreme Electrodynamics of Compact Sources
Stanford, California, US
The positions will offer competitive salaries, in the range $65k-85k, and benefits.
Closing date
15 Oct 2023

Job Details

The Simons Collaboration on Extreme Electrodynamics of Compact Sources (SCEECS) is advertising up to fourteen SCEECS Fellowships for postdoctoral researchers working in fields relevant to the collaboration. The positions will be for up to 3 years and will offer competitive salaries, in the range $65k-85k, and benefits. Most appointments are anticipated to begin in the fall of 2024, though earlier start dates can be entertained, if appropriate.

SCEECS is a new, multi-national, collaboration that focuses on the theory of neutron stars and black holes, building on recent astrophysical discoveries and upcoming experimental opportunities that confront classical and quantum electrodynamics with new challenges. With a highly synergistic research approach, we are addressing these challenges by following a methodology that is both “bottom up” and “top down” to span a vast range of length scales. These approaches involve the physics of collisionless relativistic plasmas (including in strong QED fields), relativistic magnetohydrodynamics and the physics of dense matter of relevance to the interior of neutron stars. We encourage candidates with expertise in any of these and neighboring physics subfields to apply. The new postdoctoral researchers will be able to join ongoing projects within the collaboration and develop their own, original, research programs.

The Principal Investigators and Co-Principal Investigators collaborating on SCEECS are Roger Blandford, Stanford, Director (, Sasha Philippov, Maryland, Deputy Director (, Richard Anantua, U Texas, San Antonio, (, Matt Caplan, Illinois State (, Katerina Chatziioannou, Caltech, (, Ke Fang ( and Ellen Zweibel (, U. Wisconsin,  Sam Gralla, Arizona, (, Yuri Levin ( and Lorenzo Sironi (, Columbia, Amir Levinson, Tel Aviv, (, Tsvi Piran, Hebrew University, (, Anatoly Spitkovsky, Princeton (, Chris Thompson, CITA, (, and Yajie Yuan, Washington University in St Louis ( Applications made in response to this advertisement, as well as those made through the institutions of collaborating investigators that designate SCEECS, will be considered by the entire collaboration. 

Candidates for these positions should have, or expect to receive, a Ph.D. in astronomy or physics prior to starting their appointment. They should provide a curriculum vitae, including a publication list and a 3-page statement of research interests and plans, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted. In addition, applicants should indicate the preferred institutions to hold a fellowship and are invited, as a component of their research statement, to discuss their experience with or commitment to engaging in mentoring, outreach, teaching, fostering inclusive environments and activities that diversify the field.

We also encourage applicants to follow the structure of the AAS advice on the content of CVs and research statements given here:

Application materials should be submitted at

The deadline for applications, through AcademicJobsOnline, is November 15, 2023. Late applications will be considered at the discretion of the search committee. More information about SCEECS can be found at

Informal enquiries about these positions can be directed to



The Simons Collaboration on Extreme Electrodynamics of Compact Sources (SCEECS) is a Simons Collaboration in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences commencing Sept 1, 2023.

The initial program is scheduled to run until Aug 31, 2027.

Participating institutions are Caltech, Columbia University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Illinois State University, Princeton University, Stanford University, Tel Aviv University, University of Arizona, University of California at Santa Cruz, University of Paris, University of Maryland, University of Texas, San Antonio, University of Toronto, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Washington University at St Louis.


  • To explore extreme electrodynamics through neutron stars and black holes using theory, simulation and observation
  • To educate and foster a new and diverse generation of researchers with translatable skills and experience
  • To connect with scientists working in related fields.
  • To provide far-reaching public outreach


Collaboration Director: Roger D. Blandford
Collaboration Deputy Director: Alexander (Sasha) Philippov
Collaboration Manager: Andrea Davies

Collaboration Members:

  • Principal Investigators
    - Neutron Stars: Chris Thompson (NS1), Yuri Levin (NS2), Anatoly Spitkovsky (NS3)
    - Black Holes: Ellen Zweibel (BH1), Amir Levinson (BH2), Tsvi  Piran (BH3)
  • Co-Investigators
    - Neutron Stars: Yajie Yuan (NS1), Matt Caplan (NS2), Katerina Chatziioannou (NS2), Ke Fang (NS3)
    - Black Holes: Richard Anantua (BH1), Sam Gralla (BH2), Lorenzo Sironi (BH3)
  • Collaboration Scientists
    - Noemie Globus, Sebastian Meuren​, Bart Ripperda
  • Affiliated Scientists
    ​​​​​​​- Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Students: Pavel Abolmasov, ​Barbora Bezděková, Ashley Bransgrove, Sasha Chernoglazov, Brandon Curd, Joaquin Duran, Hayk Hakobyan, Isaac Legred, Rostom Mbarek, Dmitry Ofengeim, Lani Oramas, Matteo Pais, Emanuele Sobacchi, Navin Sridhar, Andrew Sullivan, Hayley West, Vladimir Zhdankin
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