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 Ph.D. in Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy, or a related field is required, with research expertise in one or more of the areas listed above. Those with particularly strong backgrounds in numerical relativity, PDEs, mathematical relativity, and computational techniques related to the solution of PDEs are especially encouraged to apply. The candidate will work primarily with Prof. Zachariah Etienne on a number of possible research topics, with particular application to the science goals of pulsar timing arrays, particularly NANOGrav, as well as ground-based interferometric detectors, particularly Advanced LIGO.
The preferred start date for the position is September 1, 2014, 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 zetienne[AT]umd.edu. In addition, they should arrange for three letters of reference to be emailed to the same address. Applications should be posted by March 1, 2013 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 Doctoral/Research University-High Land Grant institution enrolling over 28,000 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 Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity.