Postdoctoral Researcher in Computational Astrophysics and Numerical Relativity, Moscow, Idaho, USA

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Deadline:  2021-12-15

Location:  Moscow, Idaho, USA

The Department of Physics at the University of Idaho (Principal Investigator: Zachariah Etienne) is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of Computational Astrophysics/Numerical Relativity.

The successful candidate will:

* Perform state-of-the-art simulations of important astrophysical/multi-messenger phenomena, and analyze and visualize simulation data.

* Work with multi-institution networks of collaborators on next-generation numerical relativity projects such as:

1. BlackHoles@Home (, which is a proposed, BOINC-based volunteer-computing / public-outreach project called aimed at unlocking the consumer-grade desktop computer as a core tool for numerical relativity simulations of black hole binaries (BHBs). Our goal is to generate more than 10,000 NR-based waveform predictions per year, validating all existing waveform catalogs and greatly improving our coverage of BHB parameter space.

2. NRPy+-enhanced Einstein Toolkit, which involves advancing NRPy+-based code generation ( within the Einstein Toolkit ( framework, lowering the barrier to entry for new users.

3. IllinoisGRMHD ( Supercomputer simulations of magnetized binary neutron star mergers with IllinoisGRMHD, coupling dynamical spacetimes, GRMHD, tabulated equations of state, and neutrino physics.

4. ChaNGa/NRPy+: Advancing the state-of-the-art in supercomputer simulations of binary neutron star mergers, through the marriage of the ChaNGa SPH code (for GRHD/GRMHD) and the NRPy+-based BlackHoles@Home infrastructure (for the spacetime).

5. NRPyElliptic: A fast new hyperbolic relaxation elliptic solver for generating initial data for numerical relativity.

* Write scientific papers summarizing work and present work at scientific conferences.

The preferred start date is August 2022, though earlier start dates are acceptable. This position may be renewed in annualized increments for a duration of at least two years, contingent upon performance, need, and funding. The screening process will begin on December 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

-={ Qualifications }=-
* Ph.D. in Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy, Computer Science, or a related field required.
* Strong programming skills (C and Python, or closely related languages).
* Experience in high-performance computing and large-scale data analysis.
* Excellent ability to communicate research to both experts and non-experts.

-={ Requirements }=-
* Resume or CV
* Statement of research
* Three letters of recommendation

-={ University of Idaho }=-
The University of Idaho (UI) is located in the idyllic Palouse region, on the Washington state border. It experiences a Mediterranean-like climate with warm, dry summers, and mild winters. UI is situated in Moscow, the most walkable city in Idaho (, and is only 15km from Pullman, WA, another college town .

The University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.