Birnholtz, Ofek

"Frontiers in Gravitational Wave Astrophysics" Postdoctoral Fellow
Office: 
78-1127
Phone: 
(585) 475-5943
Research: 
Gravitational Waves
Astrophysical High Energy Sources
Analytical Relativity & Effective Field Theory
Numerical Relativity
Alternative Theories of Gravity
Black Holes
Neutron Stars
Radiation-Reaction & Self-Force
Background: 

After completing a PhD in theoretical physics at the Hebrew University on “Gravitational Waves: Sources and Methods – From Astrophysics to Effective Field Theory & Back”, I joined the observational LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) as a research scientist at the Compact Binary Coalescence group at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Hanover. At the AEI I was involved in data analysis of LIGO methods and data, serving as both a theoretical expert and a numerical methods and code developer, drawing from a long experience in software and numerical projects in and out of Academia. Now a "Frontiers in Gravitational Wave Astrophysics" postdoctroal fellow at RIT's CCRG, my work seekst to connect the different aspects of analytical theories, numerical methods, and astrophysical observations, in General Relativity and alternative theories. I look forward to further advance these directions and connections to promote gravitational wave astronomy and multi-messenger astronomy.


Education & Professional Experience:
    * 2018 -          "Frontiers in Gravitational Wave Astrophysics" Postdoctoral Fellow, Center For Computational Relativity and Gravitation, RIT
    * 2015 - 2017 Research Scientist, Observational Relativity and Cosmology, Albert Einstein Institute (AEI), Hannover:
                                Gravitational Wave Data Analysis for LIGO Scientific Collaboration
    * 2008 - 2015 Graduate school at Hebrew University of Jerusalem:
                                2015 PhD, Physics, "Gravitational Waves – Sources and Methods: From Astrophysics to Field Theory & Back"
                                2013 MSc, Physics, "Gravitational Waves from Gamma Ray Bursts' Jets"
    * 2003 - 2010 Project Leader & Software System Engineer, IDF & GOI
    * 2004 - 2007 BA, Mathematics & Physics, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Summa Cum Laude
    * 2000 - 2003 BA, Computer Science, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Summa Cum Laude

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