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Deadline: 2016-01-10
Location: Potsdam, Germany

5-year positions in Gravitational-Wave Astronomy at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam, Germany

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division, led by Dr. Alessandra Buonanno, at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam announces the opening of two 5-year positions. The nominal starting date is September 2016, but earlier or later appointments are possible.

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division focuses on several aspects of gravitational-wave astronomy, including (i) theoretical gravitational dynamics and radiation (post-Newtonian theory, gravitational self-force approach, perturbation theory and effective-one-body formalism), (ii) numerical simulations of gravitational-wave sources, (iii) source modeling and analysis of data from gravitational-wave detectors, and (iv) astrophysics of compact objects. Members of the division have the opportunity to join the LIGO Scientific Collaboration through the group’s membership. They could also be involved in Pulsar-Timing-Array projects and the eLISA mission.

Candidates who specialize in one of the following areas (i) modeling gravitational radiation from compact-object binaries combining analytical and numerical-relativity techniques, (ii) science analysis of gravitational waves with advanced LIGO and Virgo detectors, (iii) observational gravitational-wave astrophysics and (iv) theoretical astrophysics of compact objects, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Candidates should have excellent research records and strong ability in leading and coordinating interdisciplinary work.

To apply for the 5-year positions should fill out this form and upload a curriculum vitae, list of publications, summary of past and current research. Furthermore, candidates should also upload a statement/vision (maximum 3 pages) of the future work envisioned at the AEI. Applicants would need to indicate the names of three referees for recommendation letters. Referees will be notified by email on how to upload the letters (in case of problems referees could send the letters directly to gwjobs[AT]

Mrs. Ute Schlichting
Max-Planck-Institut fuer Gravitationsphysik
Am Muehlenberg 1
D-14476 Potsdam-Golm
email ute.schlichting[AT]

The deadline for full consideration is January 10, 2016. The search will continue until positions are filled.

The Max Planck Institute encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.

For further information please send an email to Ute Schlichting.