Postdoctoral position with focus on numerical relativity and strong-field tests of gravity, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA

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Deadline:  2020-12-01

Location:  Urbana-Champaign, USA

The Illinois Relativity Group in the Department of Physics and the Gravity Group at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invite applications for a postdoctoral research associate position with focus on numerical relativity and strong-field tests of gravity.

The successful candidate will join Professor Helvi Witek (Physics) to work with her team, Dr. Roland Haas (NCSA) and the NCSA Gravity group on new developments in numerical relativity, the Einstein Toolkit and their applications to test General Relativity and extensions thereof in the nonlinear regime of gravity, to probe for beyond-standard model particles and dark matter candidates with gravitational waves and to explore the extreme regime of gravity with future gravitational wave observatories.
Furthermore, they will become part of a vibrant research community in the Illinois Center for Advanced Study of the University (ICASU; that bridges the Departments of Physics, the Department of Astronomy, the School of Information Sciences, and the National Center for Supercomputer Applications. ICASU faculty working in closely related areas include Profs. Stu Shapiro, Nico Yunes, Charles Gammie, Gil Holder, Brian Fields, Yoni Kahn and Jessie Shelton. The successful candidate will also have opportunities to join the LISA Consortium ( and the Einstein Toolkit Consortium (

Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics or a related field before the start date.
Applicants are requested to submit (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a summary of previous and current research (limited to 2 pages) and (3) a research proposal (limited to 1 page), and (4) contact information of three referees via the application page .
The deadline for applications and all letters of recommendation is December 1, 2020 for full consideration. The expected starting date of the position is 15 August 2021. The initial position is for 2 years and can be extended by 1 year upon mutual agreement.

Please contact Prof. Helvi Witek (hwitek[AT] or Dr. Roland Haas (rhaas[AT] with any questions, and include “Numerical Relativity Postdoc” in the subject line for all communications.

Any offer for this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check process in accordance with the University of Illinois Background Check Policy.
The University of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.