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Location: Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Numerical Relativity or Computational Astrophysics at UIUC

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate position in the Illinois Relativity Group. The candidate should have research experience in numerical relativity, computational hydrodynamics or computational MHD. A background in general relativity and relativistic astrophysics would be desirable.

Applicants should go online at https://my.physics.illinois.edu/join/ to submit their application, which must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, brief description of research interests, and the names, mailing and email addresses of three references. Please contact Sue Berndt at sberndt[AT]illinois.edu if you have any questions. Applications should be posted by NOV 1, 2012 for full consideration. The starting date of the position is AUGUST 16, 2013, but earlier dates are possible.

The Illinois Relativity Group is developing the tools of numerical relativity, computational hydrodynamics and computational MHD to tackle diverse problems in general relativity and astrophysics. Recent topics include the inspiral and coalescence of binary compact objects (binary black holes, binary neutron stars, binary black hole-neutron stars and binary white dwarf-neutron stars); the generation of gravitational waves; magnetorotational stellar collapse; gas accretion onto black holes and binary black holes; and the formation and cosmological growth of supermassive black holes in the early universe. Some of our work is geared to identifying astrophysically plausible, strong-field sources of gravitational waves and calculating gravitational waveforms for detection by laser interferometers, such as LIGO/VIRGO and eLISA/NGO. For these sources we are also exploring correlations between gravitational wave and electromagnetic signals, including optical, UV and X-ray emission and gamma-ray bursts, for possible simultaneous detections.

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.


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