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Location: Trieste, Italy

Postdoc and Advanced-Postdoc positions in Gravity at SISSA, Italy

The Astroparticle physics group ( and the Astrophysics group ( of the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste (Italy) expect to have the following openings:

— Two Research Associate (postdoc) positions: These positions are for two years. One of them is available immediately and the other is expected to start in Fall 2013,
— One Advanced Fellow (senior postdoc) position: The position is for three years. It is available immediately and the successful applicant is expected to start no later than Fall 2013,

to be funded by the ERC Starting Grant “Challenging General Relativity” (PI: Thomas Sotiriou). The grant will be used in order to put together an extended research group (excellence cluster) of young and more experienced researchers (students, postdocs, senior postdocs) and to foster and support a wide network of international collaborations. This group aims to conduct cutting-edge research on the limits of General Relativity as a theory for the gravitational interaction.

Successful applicants are expected to conduct research in related research areas such as alternative theories of gravity, black hole physics, compact stars and strong gravity regime, and quantum gravity. Competitive salaries and ample research support (travel funds, visitor funds, etc.) will be offered. There are no compulsory teaching duties.

SISSA is a multidisciplinary PhD school, unique in Italy, pursuing research in the areas of physics, mathematics and neuroscience and is located close to the main scientific institutions of the region (ICTP, Trieste University and the Trieste Observatory). SISSA offers good local computer facilities and access to regional supercomputing resources. All of our scientific activity is carried out in English (as is the administrative support) and we provide local assistance for all members: a housing office, Italian classes, a nursery for children of SISSA members and a gym.

Applicants should register with and then submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a research statement giving a brief description of past research and future plans and contact details for 3 referees. The online application form for these posts is at All applicants will be considered for all positions.

For further information contact Thomas Sotiriou via email: sotiriou[AT]

Completed applications should be received no later than September 30th, 2012.

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