Postdoc Position in Dynamics of Relativistic Magnetised Flows

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Location:  Leeds, UK

Applications are invited for a research fellowship funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). A major part of the post involves development of computer code for 3D Relativistic Magnethohydrodynamics with adaptive mesh refinement which will run on parallel computers. The other part of this job involves numerical study of the complex dynamics of magnetically-dominated relativistic plasma, with focus on the effects of non-axisymmetric instabilities, and with applications in the astrophysics of Pulsar Wind Nebulae, relativistic jets, and central engines of Active Galactic Nuclei and Gamma-Ray Bursts. You will work in close contact with the Principal Investigator (PI) Professor Serguei Komissarov as well as with Professor Samuel Falle of The University of Leeds and the other researches from USA and Belguim named in the project.

You will have a PhD (or be close to completing) in the relevant discipline, e.g. Computational MHD, Plasma physics, Fluid dynamics, Astrophysics. Excellent computational skills, Fortran and/or C, experience in computational fluid dynamics and practical knowledge of parallel programming are essential.

University Grade 6 (£24,370 – £29,099 p.a.) or University Grade 7 (£29,972 – £35,788 p.a.) Due to funding limitations it is likely the appointment will not be made above £31,798 p.a. Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Serguei Komissarov, tel +44 (0)113 343 5127 email Serguei[at]

Closing Date: 1 June 2011
Anticipated Interview Date: 20 June 2011

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