Current Opportunities at Vanderbilt

VandyGRAF Fellow in Numerical Relativistic Fluid Dynamics

Department Physics & Astronomy, Mathematics
Full Description

The Vanderbilt Departments of Mathematics and of Physics and Astronomy are 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 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 discussions. 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.

This particular announcement is specifically for candidates interested in numerical relativistic fluid dynamics applied to high-energy nuclear collisions and neutron star mergers. Up to two positions are available, subject to available funding. The candidates will be supervised by Prof. Marcelo Disconzi from the Department of Mathematics and Prof. Jean-François Paquet from the Department of Physics, with an appointment to begin in the 2024-2025 academic year. This position will be at the rank of postdoctoral fellow, have a teaching component, and a competitive salary. The teaching component consists of one mathematics course per academic year, such as introduction to calculus or linear algebra, although candidates are welcome to request to teach something more in line with their research (e.g., numerical mathematics). Alternative arrangements, such as teaching two courses in one year and none in another, can be explored. 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.

Companion postdoctoral positions in mathematics are available in separate announcements:

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.

For more information, contact:

Prof. Marcelo Disconzi ( and

Prof. Jean-François Paquet ( and

Application Details

To apply online, please submit the following documents on at cover letter, CV, list of publications, research statement, and three recommendation letters, at least one of which needs to address the candidate's potential to teach undergraduate students. All materials, including reference letters, must be received by December 15, 2023 to ensure full consideration.

Contact Jean-François Paquet
Posted 2023-11-21 15:45:49

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