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Location: several universities in ICRANET

International Relativistic Astrophysics PhD: 2nd call for 2011-2012

9 Erasmus Mundus funded positions available (3 for European students, 5 for non-European students, 1 for “Western Balkans and Turkey Window” candidates)

Deadlines: 30 September 2011

Additional Information: http://www.irap-phd.org – http://www.icranet.org – http://www.icra.it

Following the successful scientific space missions by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile, as well as the high energy particle activities at CERN in Genève, we have initiated a Ph.D. programme dedicated to create a pool of scientists in the field of relativistic astrophysics. After taking full advantage of the observational and experimental facilities mentioned above, the students of our programme are expected to lead the theoretical developments of one of the most active fields of research: relativistic astrophysics. This program provides expertise in the most advanced topics of mathematical and theoretical physics, and in relativistic field theories, in the context of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. It provides the ability to model the observational data received from the above laboratories. This activity is necessarily international as no single university can have a scientific expertise in such a broad range of fields.

The Erasmus Mundus program has a very competitive salary as well as comprehensive benefits.

The Institutions participating in the IRAP PhD are: the international organization ICRANet as coordinating institution and the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis as the host Institution; the Albert Einstein Institute, Potsdam; the Brazilian Center for Physics Research (CBPF) and ICRA Brasil; the Free University of Berlin; Indian Centre for Space Physics, Kolkata; Observatoire de la Cote D’Azur, Nice; Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, China; University of Ferrara, Italy; University of Rome, la Sapienza, Italy; University of Savoie, Annecy, France; University of Stockolm, Sweden, Tartu Observatory , Estonia. The Final Ph.D. degree will be jointly delivered by the Academic Institutions participating in the program. We encourage applications from the most qualified and motivated candidates worldwide, independent of nationality, gender or background. Special attention will be given to applicants originating from or planning to move to countries where ICRANet activities are in action or being planned.

The Courses: Each student will have to follow 180 hours of courses during the three years of the Ph.D. program. There is also a possibility to follow courses from other Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy and Astrophysics Ph.D. programs in each participating institution, after approval by the Faculty. Courses can be chosen from the following list:

VERY HIGH ENERGY PHENOMENA IN ASTROPHYSICS Felix AHARONIAN
COSMOLOGICAL SINGULARITY Vladimir BELINSKI
RELATIVISTIC EFFECTS IN ASTROPHYSICS Carlo Luciano BIANCO
OBSERVERS AND OBSERVABLES IN BLACK HOLES SPACETIME Donato BINI
ACCRETIONS ON BLACK HOLES Sandip Kumar CHAKRABARTI
PARTICLE PHYSICS APPLIED TO ASTROPHYSICS Pascal CHARDONNET
GENERAL RELATIVITY Thibault DAMOUR
SUPERNOVAE AND GRBS Massimo DELLA VALLE
LARGE SCALE STRUCTURE Jaan EINASTO
TOPICS IN COSMOLOGY AND PARTICLE ASTROPHYSICS Li Zhi FANG
X/GAMMA-RAY INSTRUMENTATION Filippo FRONTERA
HIGH ENERGY ASTROPHYSICS: X-RAYS CLUSTERS Riccardo GIACCONI
OBSERVATIONS OF GAMMA-RAY BURSTS Cristiano GUIDORZI
FORMATION OF GALAXIES Yipeng JING
ON THE KERR SOLUTION Roy KERR
RELATIVISTIC FIELD THEORIES Hagen KLEINERT
HOLOGRAPHY, ENTROPIC GRAVITY AND COSMOLOGY Li MIAO
BOUNCING COSMOLOGY Mario NOVELLO
BKL COSMOLOGY AND HIDDEN SYMMETRIES Hermann NICOLAI
THE HIGH-ENERGY GAMMA-RAY UNIVERSE Marco TAVANI
SPECTRAL TIMING FROM BLACK HOLE SOURCES Lev TITARCHUK
SINGULARITIES AND GENERAL RELATIVITY – Kjell ROSQUIST
BLACK HOLES AND FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS Remo RUFFINI
RELATIVISTIC KINETIC THEORY Gregory VERESHCHAGIN
QED AND ELECTRON-POSITRON PLASMA She-Sheng XUE

The Host Institution for the call of 2011-2012 is the Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis; Grand Château 28 Avenue Valrose 21 – B.P. 2135 – 06103 NICE CEDEX 2

Applications and Fellowships:
In the call of September 30, 2011 nine additional fellowships will be available: six with full financial support. See http://www.icra.it and http://www.icranet.org. For further Information please contact: Dr. Carlo Luciano Bianco tel. + 39 06 4991 4 397, secretariat-irapphd[at]icra.it; Dr. Pina Barbaro Université de Nice- Parc Valrose 06108 Nice Cedex, Pina.Barbaro[at]unice.fr

The Faculty

Giovanni Amelino-Camelia – SAPIENZA Università di Roma
Vladimir Belinski – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet
Carlo Luciano Bianco – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet
Donato Bini – CNR – Istit. per Applicaz. del Calcolo “M. Picone”
Sandip Kumar Chakrabarti – Indian Centre For Space Physics, India
Pascal Chardonnet (Erasmus Mundus Coordinator) – Université de Savoie
Christian Cherubini – Università “Campus Biomedico” di Roma
Pierre Coullet – Université de Nice – Sophie Antipolis
Thibault Damour – IHES, Bures-sur-Yvette
Jaan Einasto – Tartu Observatory
Simonetta Filippi – Univ.“Campus Biomedico” di Roma and ICRANet
Sergio Frasca – SAPIENZA Università di Roma
Filippo Frontera – Università di Ferrara
Yipeng Jing – Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, China
Hagen Kleinert – Freie Universitat Berlin
Gian Luca Lippi – Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis
Francois Mignard – Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur
Hermann Nicolai – Max Planck Inst. for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam
Mario Novello – Brazilian Centre For Physics Research, Brazil
José Pacheco – Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur
Kjell Rosquist – Stockolm University
Remo Ruffini (Director) – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet
Farrokh Vakili – Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur
Gregory Vereshchagin – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet
Xue She Sheng – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet