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Postdoctoral position at the Rochester Institute of Technology

The Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (CCRG) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) anticipates filling a postdoctoral position in the coming year. We are looking for postdoctoral candidates interested in working in a broad range of areas of computational astrophysical relativity and gravitational wave physics.

The Center currently includes seven faculty members: Hans-Peter Bischof, Manuela Campanelli (CCRG Director), Joshua Faber, Carlos Lousto, David Merritt, John Whelan and Yosef Zlochower; four postdoctoral researchers: Scott Noble, Hiroyuki Nakano, Bruno Mundim, and David Urminsky; and several graduate and undergraduate students.

Candidates are sought in both numerical source modeling and its interface with gravitational wave data analysis, in areas associated with the activities of the CCRG. These include numerical relativity and simulation of coalescing astrophysical compact objects such as black-hole and/or neutron star binaries and their interactions with gaseous environments, and initial data for relativistic binary systems. Our group is active in the LSC, NINJA, and NR-AR collaborations. The position is for one year and renewable depending on satisfactory performance and the availability of funds.

CCRG researchers have access to several computing cluster facilities at national computing centers as well as a dedicated 500 core, 104-node cluster with 4/8 processor cores per node for numerical relativity simulations hosted in the Center. RIT is also a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), and CCRG members participate in the analysis of data from the LIGO, GEO-600 and Virgo gravitational wave detectors, using computing resources at RIT and other LSC institutions.

Information about the CCRG is available at http://ccrg.rit.edu/

Review of completed applications will begin February 1st, 2010 and continue until all positions are filled. Applications should consist of a cover letter, statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae including publication list, and at least three letters of recommendation. Applicants should send all materials electronically as soon as possible to:

Manuela Campanelli <manuela[at]astro.rit.edu>
Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation
School of Mathematical Sciences (SMS)
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
85 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York 14623 USA


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