2024 Flatiron Institute Center for Computational Astrophysics Pre-Doctoral Program How to Apply

How to Apply

Applicants must first submit a stage 1 application by filling out this Google Form by 11:59 pm EST on March 15, 2024. Potential mentors will then consider the applicant’s responses and reach out by March 22, 2024 if they decide that they may wish to proceed with the applicant. If the mentor(s) and applicant decide to proceed, the applicant must submit a full application, described below, by 11:59 pm EST on April 19, 2024. Letters must be submitted by the same deadline.
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TITLE: Research Analyst     REPORTS TO: (Associate/Senior) Research Scientists
LOCATION: NY office (162)

DATE: February 2024




The Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) at the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute seeks temporary full-time research analysts as part of its Pre-Doctoral Program.

The aim of this program is to provide graduate students from institutions worldwide the opportunity to be employed at the CCA for about 4.5 months for the purpose of working on a research project with one or more CCA staff mentors as well as expanding collaborative networks. The project should be distinct from but complementary to the student’s thesis. The program is open to individuals who are currently pursuing a Ph.D. in a relevant field. Students who currently have limited access to computational astrophysics resources and mentorship are especially encouraged to apply.

Candidates must first complete the stage 1 application using this Google Form by 11:59 p.m. EST on March 15, 2024. The candidate selects one or more potential mentors. If a specified mentor(s) wishes to proceed with a formal proposal, they will contact the candidate by March 22, 2024. The prospective mentor(s) must approve of the candidate’s possible participation in the program and commit to serving as mentor in order for the candidate’s application to be considered. The proposed mentor(s) must be specified on the application. If the potential mentor(s) approves, the applicant must submit a formal application by April 19, 2024.

Mentors who are full-time CCA staff (indicated on the mentor list) will be prioritized: on average, 70-80% of offers will be made to students working with full-time staff. For further details about the program and a full list of mentors’ potential projects and descriptions of broad research interests, please visit: https://www.simonsfoundation.org/grant/flatiron-institute-center-for-computational-astrophysics-pre-doctoral-program/

This position will be based on-site at the Foundation’s offices in New York City.


  • Currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a field relevant to the proposed research


  • At least 1-2 years of advanced coursework in a relevant field
  • Demonstrated understanding of basic research skills. Please note that extensive research experience is not required for this position

Related Skills and Other Requirements

  • Some basic technical skills (e.g. basic Linux, some experience with Python or similar)
  • Technical and scientific curiosity
  • Professional communication skills


  • CV and publication list
  • Description of previous research experience (not to exceed two (2) pages, including figures; references can be on a separate page)
  • Research proposal of not more than two (2) pages (including figures; references can be on a separate page) outlining planned work at CCA
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation submitted confidentially by the letter writers through Interfolio. One letter must be from the applicant’s Ph.D. supervisor and must explicitly approve the applicant’s possible participation in the Pre-Doctoral Program.


  • All applications must be submitted no later than April 19, 2024.


  • The full-time annualized compensation for this position is $60,000, which will be prorated for the 4.5 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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