Research Assistant

California University of Technology
Pasadena, Ca.
10 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
08 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Technician-Assistant
Exempt/Overtime Eligible Overtime Eligible Position Information

Posting Number 16663SP Division/Department Physics, Math and Astronomy Laboratory Work Location (City, State or Country) Pasadena, Ca. Functional Title Research Assistant Job Category Occasional If position is parttime, how many hours per week? If position is temporary, is it less than 3 months? Benefits Eligible? No Relocation Available? No Emergency Reporting Designation? Essential Non-Reporting Number of Vacancies 1 Desired Employment Start Date 06/19/2017 Position End Date (if temporary) Anticipated Salary Range 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

Preferred Qualifications Supervisory position? No Posting Detail Information

Posting Open Date 04/03/2017 Posting Close Date Open Until Filled No EEO Statement

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Special Instructions to Applicants Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a BS in Physics or a related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Have you had previous experience using SpEC for numerical simulations?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply Required Documents

  1. Resume

Optional Documents