Postdoctoral Research Associate in Numerical Relativity or Computational Astrophysics at UIUC

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Location:  Urbana, IL, USA

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Numerical Relativity or Computational Astrophysics

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate position with Professor Stuart L. Shapiro. The candidate should have research experience in numerical relativity, computational hydrodynamics or computational MHD. A background in general relativity and relativistic astrophysics would be useful.

Applicants should go online to: and choose the appropriate job ad 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 Linda Thorman (thorman[at] if you have any questions. Applications should be posted by DEC 1, 2010 for full consideration. The starting date of the position is AUGUST 16, 2011, but earlier dates will be considered.

The Illinois Gravity 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 (BHs), binary neutron stars (NSs), binary BH-NSs, and binary white dwarf-NSs); the generation of gravitational waves; magnetorotational stellar collapse; accretion onto BHs and binary BHs; and the formation and cosmological growth of supermassive BHs in galaxies and quasars. 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 and LISA. For such sources we are also exploring correlations between gravitational wave and electromagnetic signals, including UV and X-ray emission and gamma-ray bursts.

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