Postdoctoral Research Associate in Planet Formation

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Iowa State University
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The postdoctoral researcher will work closely with Prof. Jake Simon and join a dynamic group of researchers in planet formation theory. The researcher will work on numerical and/or theoretical studies in the general area of planet formation and will also have the opportunity to collaborate directly with observers to test specific aspects of planet formation theory. There may also be opportunities to co-advise graduate and/or undergraduate students. 

Salary range: $49,440 up to $65,000


Required Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics, or a related field obtained prior to appointment date.


Preferred Qualifications

1. Experience in computational astrophysics

2. Background in planet formation


Proposed Start Date:

September 1, 2023


Proposed End Date or Length of Term:

August 31, 2025 (with a third year possible with good progress on projects)


Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please ;. Then, complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter specifically addressing how the applicants research interests fit into the job description</p>

3) A brief (1 page) statement of research interests

4) Contact information for three references

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email [email protected] or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email:[email protected].

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Range
$49,440USD to $65,000USD
Included Benefits

Our Iowa State Postdocs enjoy comprehensive health and work life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as:
• Retirement benefits including defined benefit and defined contribution plans;
• Generous vacation, holiday, and sick time and leave plans;
• Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa);
• Flexible Spending Accounts;
• Various voluntary benefits and discounts
• Employee Assistance Program;
• Wellbeing Program

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2022 Oct 18
Application Deadline
2022 Dec 15


Jake Simon