Contact:  bkoebbe[AT]illinois.eduLocation:  Urbana, Illinois, USA
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in the Illinois Relativity Group working with Professors Stuart Shapiro and Antonios Tsokaros. The candidate should have expertise in numerical relativity and relativistic astrophysics. Experience in computational hydrodynamics and/or computational MHD is desirable.
Applicants should go online at https://my.physics.illinois.edu/join/ 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 Brandy Koebbe at bkoebbe[AT]illinois.edu if you have any questions. Applications should be posted by DEC 1, 2022 for full consideration.
The successful applicant will join Professors Shapiro and Tsokaros and their group in developing and applying the tools of numerical relativity together with computational hydrodynamics, MHD, and/or stellar dynamics to tackle diverse problems in general relativity and astrophysics. Recent topics include the inspiral and coalescence of compact binaries, the generation of gravitational waves, magnetized neutron stars, magnetorotational stellar collapse, accretion onto isolated and binary black holes and jets, the formation and cosmological growth of supermassive black holes, and the dynamics of dark matter halos and spikes around black holes. Some of this work is geared to identifying astrophysically plausible, strong-field sources of gravitational waves and calculating gravitational waveforms detectable by LIGO/VIRGO, KAGRA, the PTA, and future detectors such as LISA and the EINSTEIN TELESCOPE. For the “multimessenger” sources we are also exploring counterpart electromagnetic signals, including gamma-ray bursts and kilonovae, as well as neutrinos.
In addition to Professors Shapiro and Tsokaros, the Illinois Relativity Group includes Professors Nicolas Yunes and Helvi Witek and our postdocs, graduate and undergraduate research students. The Group maintains close interactions with other UIUC colleagues in Physics, Astronomy and NCSA, in addition to several external collaborators.
The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.