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VandyGRAF Fellow in High-Energy Nuclear Theory

Physics & Astronomy

The Vanderbilt Department of Physics and Astronomy is seeking exceptional candidates for an honorific postdoctoral fellowship program affiliated with the Vanderbilt Initiative for Gravity, Waves, and Fluids (VandyGRAF).

The VandyGRAF Initiative is a new collaborative effort between Vanderbilt University's Departments of Mathematics and Physics & Astronomy to work on problems of outstanding scientific merit in general relativity, fluid mechanics, PDE theory, and nuclear physics.

VandyGRAF hosts a weekly seminar series with diverse guests and open scientific discussion. Ideal candidates will be excited to contribute to this atmosphere of open inquiry and learn about fields adjacent to their own; see for more information.

Up to five VandyGRAF fellowships are available this year in mathematics, physics and astronomy, with appointments to begin in academic year 2023-2024. The positions in the Department of Physics & Astronomy will be at the rank of postdoctoral fellow and have no teaching component. The appointments will be annual with the expectation of renewal for two additional years subject to satisfactory performance. Research funds will be provided to support the scientific endeavors of the postdoctoral fellow.

This particular announcement is specifically for candidates interested in high-energy nuclear physics. Up to two candidates will be hired and mentored by Prof. Jean-François Paquet. Research topics of interest include applications of relativistic fluid dynamics to nuclear collisions, the general theory and phenomenology of heavy ion collisions [electromagnetic probes, thermalisation, parton energy loss, and other many-body QCD topics], as well as Bayesian inference and model emulation in nuclear physics. The candidates will also be part of the high-energy nuclear group, which includes Profs Raghav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli, Victoria Greene and Julia Velkovska.

Two companion postdoctoral positions in mathematics and up to two other postdoctoral positions in gravitational theory and black hole physics are available in separate announcements: [link to math position]

A separate high-energy nuclear physics postdoctoral position associated with the JETSCAPE Collaboration is advertised here:

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To apply online, please submit the following documents on cover letter, CV, list of publications, research statement, and three recommendation letters. To ensure full consideration, all materials, including letters of reference, must be received by December 15, 2022.

For more information on the Physics positions, contact:

Prof. Jean-François Paquet ( and

Prof. Alex Lupsasca ( and

For more information on the Mathematics positions, contact:

Prof. Marcelo Disconzi ( and

Prof. Jared Speck, Director of the VandyGRAF Initiative ( and

Submit the following items online at to complete your application:
- Cover letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- Research statement
- Publication list
- Three reference letters

Jean-Francois Paquet
2022-11-04 20:55:38

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