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Location: Potsdam, Germany

Postdoctoral position in Quantum Gravity at the AEI

We invite applications of outstanding candidates for a postdoctoral position, starting in or around the fall 2011, at the Max Planck Institute (Albert Einstein Institute) for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam, Germany, in Quantum Gravity. This is meant to include loop quantum gravity and spin foam models, group field theories, matrix models, discrete quantum gravity, non-commutative geometry, and related areas, including gravitational thermodynamics, emergent gravity models and quantum gravity phenomenology.

The position will be offered either in the Max-Planck Research Group headed by Dr. Bianca Dittrich (, or in the Independent Research Group headed by Dr. Daniele Oriti (, and funded by a Sofja Kowalevskaja Award of the Humboldt Foundation. The two groups are formed by approximately twenty members in total, between postdocs, PhD students and visiting scientists. The two groups are also involved in a variety of international research collaborations. Moreover, close collaboration and research exchanges are expected with the ”Quantum gravity and unified theories” division of the Institute, directed by Prof. Nicolai, and counting on a considerable number postdocs and PhD students (see,
Overall, we can offer a vibrant, stimulating and top quality research environment for young researchers interested in Quantum Gravity.

The postdoctoral appointments will be for two years, with the possibility of extension (depending on performance and availability of funds) in exceptional circumstances. We offer competitive salary, depending on experience, and adequate travel funds.

Applicants are expected to hold, or to anticipate receiving very soon, a PhD in theoretical or mathematical physics, and to have already shown outstanding research abilities and potential. Successful applicants will likely have a strong research background and research interests in at least one of the following areas: loop quantum gravity, spin foam models, group field theory, simplicial gravity, matrix models, non-commutative geometry, fundamental cosmology and cosmological implications of quantum gravity models, emergent gravity in condensed matter systems, thermodynamical aspects of gravity, quantum gravity phenomenology. Interest in combining methods and ideas from different approaches to quantum gravity, and to apply techniques from quantum (statistical) field theory and/or condensed matter theory in quantum gravity is desirable.

The review of applications will start December 1st 2010, but applications will be considered until the position is filled.

To apply, please visit the webpage:

and follow the application procedure online.

Please also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be written on your behalf. Referees will be asked to upload the letters following your application. Alternatively, they can be e-mailed to qgpostdocs[at] or mailed to

Max-Planck-Institut fuer Gravitationsphysik
Frau Christine Gottschalkson
Am Muehlenberg 1
D-14476 Golm

The Albert Einstein Institute is an equal opportunity employer, and applications from women and minority scholars are strongly encouraged.

For any question or problem concerning the application process, please contact daniele.oriti[at]