Post-Doctoral Associate, Theoretical Nuclear Physics

External Positions

About the Job

The researcher’s duties will include the following:

50% Carrying out research in theoretical nuclear physics, especially in the areas of neutrino and nuclear astrophysics. Current interests of faculty advisors include neutrino oscillations in supernovae (SNe) and neutron star mergers (NSMs), nucleosynthesis in massive stars, SNe, and NSMs, chemical evolution of galaxies, astrophysical and cosmological probes of dark matter, and physics of hot and dense matter relevant to heavy ion collisions, neutron stars, NSMs, and cosmology.

30% Writing papers for publication in scientific journals and presenting completed research at scientific meetings.

20% Mentoring graduate students with similar research interests and organizing the weekly nuclear theory seminar.

Other duties of a similar scope as assigned.


Employee must hold a Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy or a related field.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate must have excellent analytical, numerical, and communication skills.

About the Department

See more information about the School of Physics and Astronomy:


Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning.  We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services 
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

How To Apply

We only accept on-line applications.
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Application Deadline: By December 15, 2022 or until position filled.

Please provide

  • A cover letter explaining why you are interested and qualified for the position
  • Curriculum vitae including recent publications
  • A research experience statement
  • Names and complete contact information for three references.

Additionally, have three letters of reference sent to:

Professor Yong-Zhong Qian
School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Minnesota
116 Church Street SE
Minneapolis MN 55455


Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

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University of Minnesota
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Yong-Zhong Qian
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