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Location: Cardiff, UK

Postdoc in gravitational-wave physics and numerical relativity at Cardiff University

The Cardiff Gravitational Physics Group (http://www.astro.cf.ac.uk/research/gravity) is seeking applications to fill one postdoctoral research position in topics related to numerical simulations of compact binaries and the detection of gravitational waves from these sources.

The group consists of Stephen Fairhurst, Mark Hannam, Bangalore Sathyaprakash, Bernard Schutz (part time), and Patrick Sutton, five postdoctoral associates, and seven PhD students. Group members play leading roles in efforts to detect signals from the coalescence of neutron-star and black-hole binaries, and from gamma-ray bursts. They model astrophysical sources of gravitational waves and develop search algorithms for their detection and interpretation with current and future detectors, including participation in the design study of the Einstein Telescope, a third generation gravitational wave antenna with an anticipated sensitivity a factor of ten better than the advanced LIGO detectors.

The position is available initially for a period of two years and will be appointed at Research Associate (Grade 6) level. The nominal starting date is October 2011.

Salary: £29853 – £35646 per annum. (Grade 6).

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Mark Hannam by email at Mark.Hannam[AT]astro.cf.ac.uk.

To work for an employer that values and promotes equality of opportunity, visit http://www.cf.ac.uk/jobs, telephone +44 (0) 29 2087 4017, or email vacancies[AT]cardiff.ac.uk for an application form quoting vacancy number 2011/0138.

Closing date: March 25 2011. (NOTE the close deadline.)