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Deadline: 2014-01-31
Location: Rochester, NY, USA

Postdoctoral positions in numerical relativity and computational astrophysics at the Rochester Institute of Technology

The Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (CCRG) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) anticipates filling one postdoctoral positions in the area of numerical relativity and computational astrophysics in the coming year. We are looking for postdoctoral candidates interested in working on relativistic magneto-hydrodynamics (GRMHD) simulations of accretion disks around supermassive black hole mergers and jet dynamics. This work will have direct impact on electromagnetic observations of active galactic nuclei and is part of ongoing collaborative research effort with Johns Hopkins University.

There are currently eleven senior researchers working in a broad range of areas of gravitational physics and astrophysics at the CCRG. Six faculty members work in numerical relativity and/or gravitational-wave science: Manuela Campanelli, Joshua Faber, Carlos Lousto, Yosef Zlochower, John Whelan, and Hans-Peter Bischof (a visualization expert), plus a new faculty in the area of gravitational wave data analysis, as well as four postdoctoral fellows: Miguel Zilhao, Scott Noble, Jason Nordhaus, and James Healy, and several Ph.D. students.

The successful postdoctoral candidates will have the opportunity to collaborate on a broad range of research topics in gravitational physics. Our group is involved in several large collaborations, including the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), The Einstein Toolkit Consortium, a Petascale computing project with NCSA, the NINJA (Numerical Injection Analysis) project, and the NRAR (numerical relativity-analytical relativity) collaboration.

The positions are for two years and renewable depending on satisfactory performance and the availability of funds. CCRG researchers have access to several computing cluster facilities at national computing centers such as XSEDE and BlueWaters as well as a dedicated 1600-core cluster hosted at the Center.

More information about the CCRG is available at http://ccrg.rit.edu/ and about Rochester at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rochester,_New_York

Applications should consist of a cover letter, a brief statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae including publication list, and at least three letters of recommendation. All materials should be sent electronically as soon as possible to: ccrg-postdoc[AT]ccrgweb.rit.edu

Enquiries can be addressed to the center’s Director:

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

Review of completed applications will begin as soon as available and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. RIT is committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.