Postdoctoral Appointee - Computational Cosmology

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7063178 (Ref:407561)

Posted: January 20, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Computational Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory is seeking a highly qualified candidate to carry out cutting-edge research driven by the development and use of extreme-scale cosmological simulations.  Deep knowledge of particle-based simulation methods for cosmological hydrodynamics and the ability to work with accelerated computational architectures are necessary requirements for the position. There will be intensive collaboration with internal and external team members. The researcher will have access to the supercomputing facilities at ALCF, OLCF, and NERSC, as well as to other systems at Argonne. The research will be tightly coupled to Argonne participation in the Exascale Computing Project and a number of cosmological surveys including CMB-S4, DES, DESI, LSST, SDSS, SPHEREx, and SPT.

  • PhD in theoretical and/or computational physics
  • Strong knowledge of particle-based simulation methods
  • Strong numerical programming ability in C++, OpenCL, and CUDA; solid familiarity with HIP and SYCL
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to write research reports and publications
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Collaborative skills, including the ability to interact with peers and mentor undergraduate and graduate students
  • Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork 

Applications Must Include the Following:

  • Curriculum vitae, including list of publications, abstracts, and significant presentations
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • List of three reference names and email addresses. References can include members of a dissertation committee, colleagues, other supervisors, or other professors, who can attest to the candidate’s ability and potential.

As a National Laboratory, Argonne is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, where talented scientists, engineers, and business professionals work together to answer the biggest questions in basic and applied science and how they can address critical issues facing humanity, from how to obtain affordable clean energy to protecting ourselves and the environment. Ever since we were born out of the University of Chicago’s work on the Manhattan Project in the 1940s, our goal has been to make an impact — from the atomic to the human to the global scale. 

At Argonne, we explore the world together in order to build a better one. 

Whether it be for premier research opportunities, a chance to blend work and home life, a diverse community of colleagues or a place where others genuinely care about the planet, Argonne offers something for you.  We offer work-life balance, professional development opportunities, and a culture of innovation that embraces diversity, inclusion, flexibility, collaboration, and career growth. Argonne also offers a comprehensive array of exceptional benefits to meet a variety of needs.  In addition to medical, dental, life and disability coverage, you’ll have access to paid time off, and a number of other benefits, such as onsite wellness facilities, an on-site child care center and auto and homeowners’ insurance. 

You are encouraged to visit www.anl.gov to learn more about who we are and how you can make an impact on the world!

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne’s Legal Department.



Argonne is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity in our workforce. As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne prohibits discrimination or harassment based on an individual's age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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