Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Merged-Fast-Beams Astrochemical Studies

New York City, New York
Jan 07, 2021
Mar 08, 2021
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

The Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory (CAL) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist (PdRS) in the group of Dr. Daniel Wolf Savin. The main goal of the project is to perform merged-fast-beams studies of deuterating reactions that form key molecules used to probe the properties of prestellar cores and protoplanetary disks. The successful candidate will be appointed and based at Columbia.  Appointments are for one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years contingent on the availability of funds and mutual satisfaction.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. or the equivalent degree in Physics, Chemistry, Astrophysics, or a related field, with an emphasis in molecular physics. Desired laboratory skills include experience with ion sources, fast ion beams, ion optics, ultra-high vacuum techniques, infrared lasers, apparatus design and construction, single particle detectors and associated electronics, analog and digital signal processing, data reduction, and statistical and systematic error propagation.  Desired computer skills include programming, multidimensional data analysis, LabView, 3D CAD, SIMION, Mathematica, or similar, Linux OS, and Windows OS. 

The successful candidate will have a strong background in at least some of the areas listed above, a proven research ability, and evidence of future research potential.  The candidate is expected to be able to work well independently and cooperatively with a team and to communicate the results of his/her research both orally and in writing.  Demonstrated written and oral communication skills are highly desirable.  Questions regarding this position can be addressed to Dr. Savin at

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including a list of publications) and statement of past research.  In addition, they should arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the writers to Dr. Savin.  Applications will be considered only after all of the requested material has been received.  Applications and letters should be submitted by email to  Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled.

Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran Employer.  CAL values a diverse workforce and culture of inclusion, which are keys to attracting and engaging the brightest minds to further our record of scientific excellence and groundbreaking innovations. Applications from women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.