Pre-Doctoral Researcher, Center for Computational Quantum Physics (CCQ)

162 Fifth Avenue
Full time


The Center for Computational Quantum Physics (CCQ) at the Simons Foundation's Flatiron Institute seeks temporary full-time Pre-doctoral Researchers as part of its Pre-Doctoral Program. The aim of this program is to provide graduate students pursuing their PhD in a relevant field the opportunity to be employed at the CCQ for 4 months for the purpose of working on a research project with one or more CCQ staff mentors.

This position will be based onsite at the Foundation in New York City.

Applicants for this position should indicate in their application one or more potential mentors at CCQ and must have the approval of their thesis advisor.

Information about potential mentors and research at CCQ may be obtained from CCQ's website .



  • Currently engaged in dissertation research in a PhD program in a field such as condensed matter physics, materials science, or chemistry relevant to the proposed research



  • At least 1-2 years of advanced course work in areas relevant to the proposed research.
  • Demonstrated understanding of basic research skills
  • Experience programming in at least one of the following languages: C/C++, Python/Julia, and/or Fortran

Related Skills & Other Requirements



  • Technical and scientific curiosity
  • Professional and effective communication skills
  • Excellent collaboration skills
  • Knowledge of software engineering practices for working in groups, including software development life cycles, coding standards, code review and version control systems (e.g., Git) and of linux, desired




  • CV and publication list
  • Description of previous research experience (not to exceed two pages)
  • Research proposal of not more than 2 pages outlining planned work at Flatiron including name(s) of potential mentor(s)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation submitted confidentially by the letter writers to One letter must be from the applicant's PhD supervisor and must explicitly approve the applicant's possible participation in the Pre-Doctoral Program as well as confirm that, should they be selected, there will be tuition support during their time in the Pre-Doctoral program.




  • The application deadline for this program is April 3, 2023.




  • The full-time annualized compensation range for this position is $60,000, which will be prorated for the 4 month term.
  • This position is eligible for some benefits.


Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences, and we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment.The Simons Foundation actively seeks a diverse applicant pool and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply.We provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status, or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.


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