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Flatiron Research Fellow, Neural Circuits and Algorithms, CCN
Full-time|New York, NY

Applications are invited for Flatiron Research Fellowships (FRF) in the Neural Circuits and Algorithms group (Dmitri “Mitya” Chklovskii, PI) at the Center for Computational Neuroscience at the Flatiron Institute of the Simons Foundation, whose focus is on reverse engineering neural computation on the algorithmic level to facilitate building artificial intelligence and treating mental illness. The CCN FRF program offers the opportunity for postdoctoral research in areas that have strong synergy with one or more of the existing research groups at CCN or other centers at the Flatiron Institute. In addition to carrying out an independent research program, Flatiron Research Fellows are expected to: disseminate their results through scientific presentations, publications, and software release, collaborate with other members of the CCN or Flatiron Institute, and participate in the scientific life of the CCN and Flatiron Institute by attending seminars, colloquia, and group meetings. Flatiron Research Fellows may have the opportunity to organize workshops and to mentor graduate and undergraduate students.

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Application deadline: November 1, 2023
Software Engineer, CCA (Astropy)
Full-time|New York, NY

The Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) at the Flatiron Institute, an internal research division of the Simons Foundation, is seeking a full-time research software engineer to develop, maintain and contribute to community-oriented software projects in astronomy. The software engineer will principally support the Astropy Project and contribute to projects that align with the research directions of the CCA. More information about the CCA can be found on the CCA website. We expect the position to adapt over time to the needs of the broader astronomical community and CCA research community.

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Application deadline: December 1, 2023
Software Engineer, CCA (MESA)
Full-time|New York, NY

The Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) at the Flatiron Institute, an internal research division of the Simons Foundation, is seeking a full-time research software engineer to develop, maintain and contribute to the community-oriented software instrument tool MESA (Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics), and contribute to projects that align with the research directions of the CCA. More information about the CCA can be found on the CCA website. We expect the position to adapt over time to the needs of the broader astronomical community and CCA research community.

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Application deadline: December 1, 2023
Flatiron Research Fellow, Connectomics (Neural Circuits and Algorithms), CCN
Full-time|New York, NY

The Center for Computational Neuroscience (CCN) invites applications for Flatiron Research Fellowships (FRFs – our designation for Postdoctoral Fellows) in the Connectomics project of CCN’s neural circuits and algorithms (NCA) group. The goal of the CCN NCA group is to understand how the brain analyzes large and complex datasets streamed by sensory organs in order to aid efforts at building artificial neural systems and treating mental illness. The Connectomics project of the NCA group, specifically, is focused on reconstruction the brain wiring diagram of the microscopic wasp utilizing automated high-throughput reconstruction software, results that are then verified by a team of research analysts who proofread and annotate the software’s work; using this method, the Connectomics project has assembled the largest connectome to date based on synapse count. While the current open position is in the neural circuits and algorithms group only, CCN scientists are encouraged to collaborate across research groups and the wider Flatiron Institute. Interested candidates should review the CCN public website for specific information.

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Application deadline: Rolling
Software Engineer, CCM
Full-time|New York, NY

CCM seeks a full-time software engineer and scientific programmer to help build, improve, and support high-quality, open-source software libraries relating to efforts within the center.  Areas of interest include scientific computing, partial differential equations, neuroscience, imaging, machine learning, statistics, signal processing, fast algorithms, and mathematical libraries. For some of the packages currently under development, see:
https://www.simonsfoundation.org/flatiron/software/?type=40178
 
The Software Engineer will:
• implement, test and optimize mathematical, statistical, and machine-learning algorithms, in languages such as C, C++, Python, MATLAB, and Fortran
• develop interfaces, packages and installers, documentation, user support, and training courses;
• develop user interfaces and collaborate with SCC and other centers within Flatiron and the larger scientific community and
• lead and improve open-source software practices.
 
The software engineer will report to a research scientist at CCM and will join a growing team of developers within CCM and the other centers across Flatiron Institute. The position will be based, and have a principal office, at the Simons Foundation in New York City.

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Application deadline: Rolling
Associate Research Scientist, CCQ (Joint Position with CEA-Saclay)
Full-time|New York, NY

The Institute of Theoretical Physics (IPhT) of the CEA-Saclay (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), jointly with the Center for Computational Quantum Physics (CCQ) of the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute, invites applications for a joint position in the area of computational quantum condensed matter physics. The position consists in a full-time CEA permanent position at IPhT/CEA-Saclay, of which the first three years will be spent on “detachement” as a full time Associate Research Scientist employed at the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Quantum Physics (CCQ). Review of applications will start on or about November 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

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Application deadline: Rolling
Flatiron Research Fellow, CCA
Full-time|New York, NY

Applications are invited for postdoctoral research positions as Flatiron Research Fellows (FRF) at the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA). The CCA offers FRFs the opportunity for independent research in areas that have strong synergy with the CCA or other centers at the Flatiron Institute.

The mission of the Flatiron Institute is to advance scientific knowledge through computational methods, including data analysis, theory, modeling, and simulation. It currently houses five centers, focused on computational astrophysics (CCA), biology (CCB), mathematics (CCM), neuroscience (CCN) and quantum physics (CCQ), as well as a scientific computing core (SCC) that maintains state-of-the-art computing facilities for use by Flatiron scientists. The CCA’s mission is to create, develop, and disseminate computational methods, tools, and frameworks that allow scientists to build or analyze big astronomical datasets, and to use computational and statistical techniques to understand complex, multi-scale physics in astrophysical systems ranging in scales from planets to the Universe.

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Application deadline: November 1, 2023
Flatiron Software Research Fellow, CCA
Full-time|New York, NY

Applications are invited for postdoctoral positions as Flatiron Software Research Fellows (FSRFs) at the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA). The CCA offers FSRFs the opportunity for independent scientific software development and scientific research in areas that have strong synergy with the CCA or other centers at the Flatiron Institute. The FSRF is distinct from the standard Flatiron Research Fellow position in that innovative software development is expected to be a core focus and driver of any FSRF’s research program. The CCA will provide mentorship and career development support to each FSRF as well as guidance on trajectories within and outside academia.

The CCA’s particular mission is to create, develop, and disseminate computational methods, tools, and frameworks that allow scientists to build or analyze big astronomical datasets, and to use computational and statistical techniques to understand complex, multi-scale physics in astrophysical systems ranging in scales from planets to the Universe. Part of this mission is to develop, maintain, and contribute to open-source software packages and their communities. Examples of software project applications of CCA researchers include fluid dynamics simulations, radiative transfer, N-Body & dynamical simulations, GPU & other high-performance computing, machine learning models (eg. LLM), probabilistic models for data, novel techniques for making measurements, visualization tools, and community-oriented foundational software tools. Please see https://www.simonsfoundation.org/flatiron/center-for-computational-astrophysics/ for a full description of CCA research areas and scientific staff.

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Application deadline: November 1, 2023
Flatiron Research Fellows, CCQ
Full-time|New York, NY

The Center for Computational Quantum Physics (CCQ) of the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute, invites applications for multiple Flatiron Research Fellow and Flatiron Research Fellow-Software (click here to apply for that position) postdoctoral positions. The initial appointment is for two years with possible renewal for a third year. Starting dates are flexible, typically between August 2024 and November 2024. Applications will be reviewed beginning in Fall 2023 and considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. For full consideration, application by October 20, 2023 is recommended.

Flatiron Research Fellows are scientists who have recently completed their Ph.D. and plan to 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.

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Application deadline: October 20, 2023
Flatiron Research Fellows – Software, CCQ
Full-time|New York, NY

The Center for Computational Quantum Physics (CCQ) of the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute, invites applications for multiple Flatiron Research Fellow (click here to apply for that position) and Flatiron Research Fellow-Software postdoctoral positions. The initial appointment is for two years with possible renewal for a third year. Starting dates are flexible, typically between August 2024 and November 2024. Applications will be reviewed beginning in Fall 2023 and considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. For full consideration, applying by October 20, 2023 is recommended.

Flatiron Research Fellows-Software are positions for scientists who have recently completed their Ph.D. and whose work is more directly aligned with our software and coding efforts.

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Application deadline: October 20, 2023
Flatiron Research Fellow, Biological Transport Networks, CCB
Full-time|New York, NY

The Center for Computational Biology (CCB) of the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute is actively seeking enthusiastic, full-time post-doctoral Flatiron Research Fellows to join its new Biological Transport Networks group. The Biophysical Flow and Networks group, headed by Eleni Katifori, focuses on understanding fluid flows in living organisms. Of particular interest is the modeling of vascular networks across multiple scales, including their function, development and remodeling. We employ advanced computational and theoretical techniques, such as large scale flow network simulations, machine learning, and methods from topological data analysis, to a broad set of problems. Examples include modeling vertebrate and invertebrate circulatory systems, quantifying large datasets of the microvasculature, and understanding and incorporating the effects of nonlinearities into networks of vessels. Applicants with interests in complex networks and biofluid dynamics are particularly encouraged to apply.

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Application deadline: October 13, 2023
Flatiron Research Fellow, Biomolecular Design, CCB
Full-time|New York, NY

The Center for Computational Biology (CCB) of the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute is actively seeking enthusiastic, full-time post-doctoral Flatiron Research Fellows to join its Biomolecular Design group.

The Biomolecular Design group applies the principles that underlie the function of natural biological macromolecules to design artificial and synthetic macromolecules with new, desired functions. This serves as the ultimate test of our understanding of macromolecular folding and function, while simultaneously giving rise to useful molecules for medicine, materials, or manufacturing.

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Application deadline: October 13, 2023
Flatiron Research Fellow, Biophysical Modeling, CCB
Full-time|New York, NY

The Center for Computational Biology (CCB) of the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute is actively seeking enthusiastic, full-time post-doctoral Flatiron Research Fellows to join its Biophysical Modeling Group. The Biophysical Modeling group focuses on the modeling and simulation of complex systems that arise in biology and soft condensed matter physics. Areas of interest include the dynamics of complex and active materials, and aspects of collective behavior and self-organization in both natural systems (e.g., inside the cell) and synthetic ones. Ongoing projects focus on understanding the organization and dynamics of the nucleus, the structure and assembly of spindles, the positioning and transport of cellular organelles, and fluid-structure problems in biology. To address these, often in close collaboration with experimental collaborators, we build numerical and theoretical models from the ground up, revealing how the known mechanics of individual components give rise to collective behavior. Many such phenomena occur only within dense, highly interacting systems, inaccessible to standard techniques. To probe such regimes requires the development of fast and scalable algorithms for many-component systems, and of coarse-grained models that can be analyzed and simulated. Strong applicants with backgrounds in applied and computational mathematics, biophysics, engineering, statistical inference, and related fields are particularly encouraged to apply.

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Application deadline: October 13, 2023
Flatiron Research Fellow, Genomics, CCB
Full-time|New York, NY

The Center for Computational Biology (CCB) of the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute is actively seeking enthusiastic, full-time post-doctoral Flatiron Research Fellows to join its Genomics group. The Genomics group works to interpret genomes and distill the immensely complex networks that form the foundation of human biology and disease, through accurate machine learning models. Current areas of interest include developing deep learning approaches for genome interpretation; development of methods for multi-omic data analysis and integration with phenotypic and clinical data; and machine learning approaches for network modeling and regulatory module detection. These and other methods are developed in tight collaboration with experimental biologists, biomedical scientists, and clinicians and are applied to specific biological problems, both fundamental (e.g. understanding transcriptional and posttranscriptional regulation and cell type definition) and biomedical (e.g. regulatory variant impact in mental health disorders or cancer). Applicants with backgrounds in machine learning/computer science, biomedical informatics, statistics, applied mathematics, and quantitative biology are especially encouraged.

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Application deadline: October 13, 2023
Flatiron Research Fellow, Developmental Dynamics, CCB
Full-time|New York, NY

The Center for Computational Biology (CCB) of the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute is actively seeking enthusiastic, full-time post-doctoral Flatiron Research Fellows to join its Developmental Dynamics group. The Developmental Dynamics group combines experiments, theory and computing to elucidate the contributions of encoded genomic instructions and self-organizing physical mechanisms to embryonic development. Itstheoretical and computational work is designed to integrate and abstract rapidly accumulating heterogeneous datasets, to propose critical tests of multiscale regulatory mechanisms, and to guide our own genetic and imaging experiments. The group’s research is organized around three main themes: the mechanistic modeling of pattern formation and morphogenesis; the synthesis and decomposition of developmental trajectories; and the modeling of human developmental defects. Our theoretical and computational work is designed to integrate and abstract rapidly accumulating heterogeneous datasets, to propose critical tests of multiscale regulatory mechanisms, and to guide our own genetic and imaging experiments. Current areas of interest include small cell clusters, graph dynamics in rearranging cell networks, and the effects of activating mutations in signaling enzymes.

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Application deadline: October 13, 2023
Flatiron Research Fellow, Structural & Molecular Biophysics, CCB
Full-time|New York, NY

The Center for Computational Biology (CCB) of the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute is actively seeking enthusiastic, full-time post-doctoral Flatiron Research Fellows to join its Structural and Molecular Biophysics group. The Structural and Molecular Biophysics team, a collaborative effort between CCB and the Center for Computational Mathematics (CCM) uses computational tools to study biological macromolecules, running long timescale molecular simulations and developing statistical analysis and machine learning tools to better capture the dynamics of these molecules and understand their biological function. Areas of interest include in particular statistical mechanics, membrane protein structural biology, protein modeling with flexibility, cryo-electron microscopy, thermodynamics, modeling the effect of mutations, and intrinsically disordered proteins. Applicants with backgrounds in mathematics, statistics, structural biology, computational chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, or computer science are especially encouraged to apply. We are further interested in those with backgrounds in software development with skills related to methods development in cryo-EM or molecular dynamics simulation or machine learning in the context of computer vision and 3D reconstruction.

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Application deadline: October 13, 2023
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