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Birnholtz, Ofek
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Frontiers in Gravitational Wave Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow


  • Ph.D. in Physics
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • BA Mathematics, Physics
    Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
  • BA, Computer Science
    Technion - Israel Institute of Technology


After completing a PhD in theoretical physics at the Hebrew University on “Gravitational Waves: Sources and Methods – From Astrophysics to Effective Field Theory & Back” in 2015, 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 (AEI) in Hanover (2015-2017). 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" postdoctoral fellow at RIT's CCRG, my work seeks 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. Prior my PhD I also was a Project Leader & Software System Engineer at IDF & GOI in Jerusalem, Israel (2003 - 2010).