Postdoctoral Research Associate in Numerical Relativity or Computational Astrophysics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate position in the Illinois Relativity Group. The candidate should have research experience in numerical relativity, computational hydrodynamics or computational MHD. A background in general relativity and relativistic astrophysics would be desirable.
Applicants should go online 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 Elisabeth Greifenkamp at if you have any questions. Applications should be posted by October 15, 2015 for full consideration. The starting date of the position is January 15, 2016. A second position may become available with a starting date of August 15, 2016.
The Illinois Relativity Group under Professor S. Shapiro is developing the tools of numerical relativity, computational hydrodynamics and computational MHD to tackle diverse problems in general relativity and astrophysics. Recent topics include the inspiral and coalescence of compact binaries (binary black holes, binary neutron stars, binary black hole-neutron stars and binary white dwarf-neutron stars), the generation of gravitational waves, magnetorotational stellar collapse, gas accretion onto black holes and binary black holes, the formation and cosmological growth of supermassive black holes in the early universe, and the dynamics of dark matter halos and spikes around black holes. Some of our work is geared to identifying astrophysically plausible, strong-field sources of gravitational waves and calculating gravitational waveforms for detection by laser interferometers, such as Advanced LIGO/VIRGO, PTA and eLISA. For these “multimessenger” sources we are also exploring counterpart electromagnetic signals, where the later may include optical, UV and X-ray emission and gamma-ray bursts.
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