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Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho
Date Posted 12/09/2021
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Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Details
Posting Number SP003068P
Position Title Postdoctoral Fellow
Location Moscow
Division/College College of Science
Department Physics
FLSA Status Overtime Exempt
Employee Category Exempt
Pay Range Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Type of Appointment Fiscal Year
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Position Overview
The postdoc will conduct research into numerical relativity-based source modeling of compact binary objects, with an emphasis on magnetized binary neutron star merger simulations with realistic equations of state. The postdoc will engage in research that advances the state of the art in numerical relativity methodology, including implementation of both advanced algorithms and improved mathematical formulations.
Unit Overview
The Department of Physics at the University of Idaho provides a rigorous and friendly environment where students learn about the nature of the physical universe and participate in cutting-edge research. We offer highly personalized physics degree programs to prepare our students for future careers as scientists, educators and engineers. Both undergraduate and graduate students participate in research with faculty members that strengthens problem solving skills, builds teamwork, and provides valuable research experience.
Funding This position is contingent upon the continuation of work and/or funding.
A visa sponsorship is available for the position listed in this vacancy. Yes
Internal Posting?

Position Responsibilities

Key Accountability Perform Simulations
Job Duties
- Perform state-of-the-art simulations of important astrophysical/multi-messenger phenomena.
- Analyze and visualize simulation data.
Key Accountability Collaborative Projects
Job Duties
- Work with multi-institution networks of collaborators on next-generation numerical relativity projects such as:
  • BlackHoles@Home (https://blackholesathome.net ), which is a proposed, BOINC-based volunteer-computing / public-outreach project called aimed at unlocking the consumer-grade desktop computer as a core tool for numerical relativity simulations of black holes and black hole binaries. Our goal is to generate more than 10,000 NR-based waveform predictions per year, validating all existing waveform catalogs and greatly exploring the parameter space. 
  • NRPy+-enhanced Einstein Toolkit, which involves advancing NRPy+-based code generation within the Einstein Toolkit framework, lowering the barrier to entry for new users. 
  • IllinoisGRMHD (https://illinoisgrmhd.net ): Supercomputer simulations of magnetized binary neutron star mergers with IllinoisGRMHD (https://illinoisgrmhd.net ), coupling dynamical spacetimes, GRMHD, tabulated equations of state, and neutrino physics. 
  • ChaNGa/NRPy+: Advancing the state-of-the-art in supercomputer simulations of binary neutron star mergers, through the marriage of the ChaNGa SPH code (for GRHD/GRMHD) and the NRPy+-based BlackHoles@Home infrastructure (for the spacetime). 
  • NRPyElliptic: A fast new hyperbolic relaxation elliptic solver for generating initial data for numerical relativity.
Key Accountability Presentation of Results
Job Duties
- Write scientific papers summarizing work and present work at scientific conferences.

Required Experience
- Strong computer programming skills (C and Python, or closely related languages)
- Proficient in C, Python, or a related language
- Excellent communication skills
Required Education
- PhD or equivalent in Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy, Computer Science, or a related field.
Required Licensures, Certifications or other
Additional Preferred
- Demonstrated proficiency in:
  • Numerical relativity 
  • Computational hydrodynamics or magnetohydrodynamics 
  • Gravitational wave source modeling

- Code development within the Einstein Toolkit/IllinoisGRMHD/NRPy+ frameworks
- Experience in high-performance computing and large-scale data analysis.
- Excellent ability to communicate research to both experts and non-experts.
Physical Requirements
Working Conditions
Degree Requirement Listed degree qualification is required at time of application.

Posting Date 10/19/2021
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications submitted by December 15, 2021 will receive first consideration.
Background Check Statement
Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.
EEO Statement

The University of Idaho (U of I) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, U of I does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, genetic information or status as any protected veteran or military status in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions and educational programs.

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