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International Relativistic Astrophysics Ph.D. Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Program

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.

We announce two calls: one with a deadline on 19 February 2012, sponsored by Erasmus Mundus, and the other with a deadline on 30 September 2012. 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 best candidates worldwide, independent of nationality, gender or background. 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 HOLE SPACETIMES – 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; ON THE KERR SOLUTION – Roy KERR; RELATIVISTIC FIELD THEORY – Hagen KLEINERT; BOUNCING COSMOLOGY – Mario NOVELLO; BKL COSMOLOGY AND HIDDEN SYMMETRIES IN GRAVITY – 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; STRONG COUPLING QED AND ELECTRON-POSITRON PLASMA – She-Sheng XUE; THEORIES ON GAMMA-RAY BURSTS – Bing ZHANG; X-RAY ASTROPHYSICS – Shuangnan ZHANG

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; 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; FarrokhVakili – Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur; Gregory Vereshchagin – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet; She Sheng Xue – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet; Shuangnan Zhang – Institute of High Energy Physics – Chinese Academy of Science

The Host Institution for the call of 2012-2015 is the Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis; Grand Château 28 Avenue Valrose 21 – B.P. 2135 – 06103 NICE CEDEX 2