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Deadline: 2015-02-01
Location: Morgantown, USA

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Numerical Relativity or Computational Astrophysics at West Virginia University

We are seeking a postdoctoral research associate to conduct research in computational astrophysics, numerical relativity, computational hydrodynamics or MHD, and gravitational wave source modeling. A PhD or equivalent in Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy, or a related field is required, along with demonstrated research skills in one or more of the areas listed above. Applicants will also be evaluated on their abilities in mathematical general relativity and numerical methods for solving PDEs. The candidate will work primarily with Prof. Zachariah Etienne on a number of research topics, with application to the science goals of ground-based interferometric detectors, particularly Advanced LIGO, as well as pulsar timing arrays, particularly NANOGrav.

This is a benefits-eligible position beginning August 16, 2015 with an initial appointment of one year and possible renewal for up to two additional years contingent on performance and available funding.

Interested applicants should email a CV and a brief statement of research experience and interests to zbetienne[AT]mail.wvu.edu. In addition, they should arrange for three letters of reference to be emailed to the same address. Applications should be posted by February 1, 2015 for full consideration, though application reviews will continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Mathematics consists of 27 tenured and tenure-track faculty, three postdoctoral researchers, and 55 graduate students. West Virginia University is a Land Grant institution classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University – High Research Activity, and enrolls over 29,000 students. The University is located in Morgantown, WV, an award-winning “small” city with a metropolitan population of about 100,000 within easy travel distance to Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. WVU is a major center for gravitational wave astronomy, with a theoretical, multidisciplinary gravitational wave astronomy program led by Profs. Zachariah Etienne and Sean McWilliams, and an observational pulsar timing program led by Profs. Duncan Lorimer and Maura McLaughlin. It is located a few hours drive from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s Green Bank Telescope, where most of NANOGrav’s observations are conducted.

WVU is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.