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Postdoctoral Fellowships Available in Multi-messenger Astrophysics at RIT
Posted on 07/26/2018

The recent observations of a binary neutron star merger using both gravitational wave interferometers as well as electromagnetic telescopes across the full spectrum have initiated the age of multi-messenger astronomy and astrophysics.

As part of several NASA and NSF collaborative projects, the RIT’s Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (CCRG) is currently seeking to fill one or two postdoctoral research positions with highly qualified individuals interested in pursuing research in the fields of numerical relativity, theoretical and computational astrophysics, with an emphasis on general relativistic magneto-hydrodynamics simulations.

We are particularly interested in relativistic magneto-hydrodynamics simulations of accretion disks around supermassive black hole mergers, and binary neutron star coalescences from prior to merger through to the formation of disks and/or collapse of the merged remnant, the production of jets, and launching of outflows. We are also interested perform “event-based” simulations, using parameters informed by specific LIGO/Virgo detections, and thereby permitting much closer comparison with observables, in order to interpret current and future multi-messenger observations by a wide array of current and future detectors.

The successful postdoctoral candidates will be Fellows of a new prestigious “Frontier in Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics” (FGWA) Program. Initially appointed for two or three years, the Fellows are renewable up to five years depending on satisfactory performance and the availability of funds.

Senior scientists in the group includes Manuela Campanelli (Director), Joshua Faber, Carlos Lousto, Richard O’Shaughnessy, Jason Nordhaus, Yosef Zlochower, Sukanya Chakrabarti, John Whelan, and Hans-Peter Bischof, several postdoctoral fellows and Ph.D. students (see http://ccrg.rit.edu/people for an overview on who is or has been at CCRG). The group is involved in several large collaborations, including the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), The Einstein Toolkit Consortium (http://einsteintoolkit.org) and a NASA Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Network (TCAN). CCRG researchers have access to several computing cluster facilities at national computing centers such as XSEDE and the NCSA’s Blue Waters Supercomputer (with an allocation of over 160 million core hours), as well as a dedicated over 3000-core cluster hosted at the Center.

More information about the CCRG is available at http://ccrg.rit.edu/. And about Rochester at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rochester,_New_York

Applications should consist of a cover letter, a brief statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae including publication list, and at least three letters of recommendation. All materials should be sent electronically as soon as possible to: manuela[AT]astro[dot]rit[dot]edu with a copy to ccrg-postdoc[AT]ccrg.rit.edu.

Application material should also be posted at: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25483&siteid=5290&SID=%5ED8_slp_rhc_cDAEuezy9djZw%2FsEzB9B0MySHiwmydFBCVtYCsSD4dlyyqqLP7Zt2OmWSCW3Y#jobDetails=1496350_5290

Enquiries can be addressed to the center’s Director:

Manuela Campanelli, manuela[AT]astro[dot]rit[dot]edu Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, School of Mathematical

Sciences, and School of Physics and Astronomy, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) 85 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, New York 14623 USA

Review of completed applications will begin as soon as available and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Starting date can be as early as January and no later than September, 2019. RIT is committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.