Research Assistant - Physics

California University of Technology
Pasadena, California, United States
04 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
02 May 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Summary

This position will conduct research using numerical simulations with the SpEC code to study black-hole binary systems, and will improve the capabilities of the SpEC code.

Job Duties

  • Improve the part of SpEC that computes the eccentricity of a binary orbit. In particular, compute and output error bars on eccentricities, and modify the code so that the measured eccentricity is as independent as possible on the time window used to do the calculation.
  • Compare SpEC’s measure of eccentricity to weak-field post-Newtonian eccentricity computations, to determine how far apart a binary system must be for SpEC to agree with the weak-field limit.
  • Carry out simulations to explore how well LIGO can measure eccentricity, and conversely, how poorly the assumption of zero eccentricity impacts LIGO measurements of systems with small but nonzero eccentricity.
  • Collaborate with faculty supervisor on publishing paper of research findings.

Basic Qualifications

  • BS in Physics or a related field
  • Previous experience using SpEC for numerical simulations

Supervisory position? No

Posting Detail Information

Posting Open Date 04/03/2017
Posting Close Date 04/08/2017
Open Until Filled No

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.