Flatiron Research Fellow, Center for Computational Quantum Physics


Directed by Antoine Georges and co-directed by Andrew Millis, the Center for Computational Quantum Physics (CCQ) is a leading international center for the study of equilibrium and non-equilibrium many-body quantum systems, with applications to condensed matter physics, materials science, chemistry and related fields. The development of the concepts, algorithms and code libraries needed to advance the field is fundamental to the work of the center. Research projects currently pursued at CCQ cover a broad range of methods and interest, see: https://www.simonsfoundation.org/flatiron/center-for-computational-quantum-physics/

CCQ currently comprises more than 45 research and data scientists at career stages from recent Ph.D.s through senior scientists, as well as support staff, visiting scientists, and affiliated graduate students and interns. The institute has vigorous visitor and workshop programs and strong interactions with scientists from neighboring institutions.


CCQ has established formal partnerships with with the New York City-Max Planck Center for Non-Equilibrium Quantum Phenomena, the CIFAR Quantum Materials program, the Paul Scherrer Institute and the Collège de France and collaborates extensively with scientists at a range of institutions in the US and internationally. Candidates interested in collaborative work or joint positions are encouraged to discuss possibilities with CCQ staff.


Flatiron research fellows in CCQ are individuals at the postdoctoral level with backgrounds in one or more of the following areas: theoretical condensed matter physics, computational physics, materials science, theoretical chemistry, applied mathematics and computer science. Reporting to Research Scientists, Data Scientists, or the Center Director/co-Director as appropriate, Flatiron research fellows work on developing new concepts, algorithms, and codes needed to understand the many-particle quantum problem, and on the physical and chemical properties of systems requiring this new understanding. Fellows are expected to disseminate their results through scientific publication, production of open-source software, participation in conferences, workshops, and seminars, and through mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students as appropriate.


The initial appointments are generally for two years, with the possibility of renewal for a third year, contingent on performance. FRFs may be eligible for subsidized housing within walking distance of the CCQ. The anticipated start date is between July 2022 and December 2022.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Performing theoretical and computational research

  • Developing, implementing and maintaining scientific software

  • Assisting in the organization of CCQ and Flatiron-wide collaborative activities including seminars, workshops and meetings

  • Actively participating in the preparation of manuscripts for publication and of presentations at scientific conferences

  • Assisting in student mentorship

  • Sharing expertise and providing training and guidance to CCQ staff and visitors as needed.


This position will be based, and have a principal office or workspace, at the foundation's offices in New York City.





  • Ph.D. in relevant field


Related Skills & Other Requirements

  • Ability to do original and outstanding theoretical/computational research in condensed matter physics, chemistry, applied mathematics, computer science, or a related field;

  • Expertise in computational methods, data analysis, software and algorithm development, modeling, machine learning, high-performance and parallel computing, or scientific simulation;

  • Effective oral and written communication skills;

  • Ability to work well independently as well as in a collaborative team environment.



  • Curriculum vitae with publication list

  • Research statement of not more than 4 pages describing past important results as well as current and future research interests which may include both scientific topics and algorithm and software development. The statement may also discuss joint projects with other research institutions.

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation submitted confidentially by the letter writers to ccqjobs@simonsfoundation.org



Applications for available positions that begin in 2022 will be reviewed beginning in Fall 2021 and considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. For full consideration, application by October 30, 2021 is recommended.



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