Fundamental Physics in Space, Bremen, Germany

The 656th WE-Heraeus-Seminar on “Fundamental Physics in Space” is kindly funded by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation and will be held October 23 – 27, 2017 in Bremen, Germany. With a lot of university based space research, a number of space institutes and large space industry, Bremen is one major space location in Europe.

At the moment there are comparably many fundamental physics space mission under way. LISA Pathfinder workes perfectly and the mission will terminate in a few weeks, MICROSCOPE is at the moment testing the Equivalence Principle in space and the first data have already been analyzed, since 2011 LARES is taking data in order to obtain in a few years an improved confirmation of the general relativistic Lense-Thirring effect, at the beginning of this year MAIUS made the first Bose-Einstein condensate in space, QUESS established the entanglement between quantum systems in space and on ground, the reading of the clocks of Galileo 5 and 6 are presently analyzed for performing a new test of the gravitational redshift, high precision clocks of ACES/PHARAO will be brought to the ISS for fundamental pyhsics and technology tests, and GRACE Follow On is also planned to be launched next year for measuring the gravitational field of the Earth to be used for geodesy but potentially also for fundamental tests.

Due to these activities it seems to be appropriate and timely to give an overall status report of Fundamental Physics in Space, to discuss and assess present science questions and whether it is of use that they might be tested in space, and to discuss newly developed space technologies. We will also highlight space based Earth observation, geodesy, and positioning. Accordingly, in our seminar we will treat

– past and present fundamental physics missions and missions under development
– the big science questions
– the advantage of space conditions
– new developments in space technology
– proposals for new Fundamental Physics missions

The program consists of invited as well as contributed talks and posters. We particularly encourage female scientist to contribute to the seminar. For young scientists we will award the best poster with a price

The number of participants is limited to about 90. The registration deadline is August 31st, 2017.

Meike List and Claus Laemmerzahl, organizer

Observing Black Holes: From the Universe to the lab, London, UK

“Observing Black Holes: From the Universe to the lab”

This half-day meeting of the IOP Gravitational Physics Group is focused on recent observational developments of black holes. The meeting will be comprised of three speakers who will discuss the following topics:

Gravitational Wave Observations – John Veitch (University of Glasgow)
Imaging a Supermassive Black Hole – Jason Dexter (Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics)
Observation of Superradiance in a Vortex Flow – Silke Weinfurtner (University of Nottingham)

All are welcome to attend and no registration fee will be charged. The talks will be preceded by the IOP Gravitational Physics Group annual general meeting

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The IOP Gravitational Physics Group Committee

Postdoctoral Positions in Gravitation and Cosmology, Yangzhou University

The newly established Center for Gravitation and Cosmology at Yangzhou University, which is part of the BRICS Association of Gravity, Astrophysics and Cosmology (BRICS-AGAC) initiative among the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), invites applications for 3 postdoctoral positions.

The areas of expertise of the candidates should be in the field of gravitation (general relativity or modified theories of gravity) and/or its applications in astrophysics, cosmology, or high energy physics such as holography. Candidates with background in other closely related fields, such as quantum gravity (broadly defined) will also be considered.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to collaborate with Prof. Bin Wang and other members of the center, but they are also free to pursue their own research interest. There is no teaching duty.

We offer a 2+1 year contract starting from September 2018 or earlier, subject to mutual agreement. The salary is competitive and sufficient for a comfortable life in the city of Yangzhou. Productive members of the center can expect to receive additional bonus in addition to the salary. Furthermore, there will be opportunity to apply for national postdoc grant.

Yangzhou is a city in China’s Jiangsu province, known for its beautiful gardens. Historically it was once a major stop for the salt trade, and had been visited by Marco Polo. Our center is located in the College of Physical Science and Technology of Yangzhou University, which is situated right next to the famous Slender West Lake, a popular tourist destination nowadays, and was a favorite retreat of the Qing emperor Qian Long. In the modern days, Yangzhou received the UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Programme) Scroll of Honor Award in 2006, for the achievements made in “conservation of the old city and improving residential environment”.

Interested candidates should submit the following documents in a single PDF file to Prof. Yen Chin Ong at yzucgc [at] gmail.com.

[1] A full curriculum vitae.
[2] A publication list, with five most significant publications clearly highlighted.
[3] A brief description of research interests, including future plans, not exceeding 2 pages.
All applications received by 1 Dec 2017 will receive a full consideration.

In addition, 2-3 recommendation letters should be arranged to be sent to the same E-mail address by the same deadline. Informal inquiries before application are welcome.

VII Essential Cosmology for the Next Generation, Punta Mita, Mexico

Unofficially known as “Cosmology on the Beach”, this meeting is a combination of a winter school and a workshop, which will consist of morning lectures given by eminent scholars, and late afternoons of plenary and contributed talks, highlighting recent developments in cosmology. It will follow the same tradition and format as previous Essential Cosmology for the Next Generation workshops.

PhD Position in Quantum Gravity, Regensburg, Germany

The Junior Research Group “Quantum Gravity techniques for real world applications of the Gauge / Gravity duality” funded by the Elite Network of Bavaria is planning to fill up to three PhD positions starting September 2017 or later. The group will be located at the University of Regensburg within a large and very active quantum field theory group and headed by Dr. Norbert Bodendorfer.

The salary is 2/3 of an TVL-E13 position, resulting in approximately 1500 EUR monthly after taxes and benefits (including health insurance and retirement funds). The positions will be funded for at least 3 years, with possible extensions. A moderate amount of teaching in accordance with the university’s regulations will be required. Each position comes with an annual travel budget of 2000 EUR. Applicants should hold a MSc degree in physics or equivalent before signing the contract.

The research focus of the group will be to apply loop quantum gravity techniques to the gauge / gravity correspondence with the eventual goal to better understand finite N gauge theories via quantum gravity. Individual research projects may include lattice gauge theory and will in this case be executed in collaboration with experts from Regensburg.

PhD students in the Junior Research Group will have access to the activities of the Elite Graduate Programme “Physics Advanced” jointly run by the Universities of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Regensburg (workshops, summer schools, …) as well as to those of the Elite Network of Bavaria (soft-skill seminars, …). Likewise, activities of the graduate school “Particle Physics and High Performance Computing” in Regensburg will be open to them.

In order to apply, please send an email to norbert.bodendorfer@lmu.de including a CV, transcripts, and a concise letter of motivation stating
– your research interests
– your motivation to join the group
– whatever you think is relevant.

Letters of recommendation are optional and should be sent by the author to the same email address.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

GRG Editor’s Choice: Cosmological solutions with charged black holes

Bibi, R., Clifton, T. and Durk, J., Cosmological solutions with charged black holes, Gen Relativ Gravit (2017) 49: 98. doi:10.1007/s10714-017-2261-4

Open Access | Editor’s Choice (Research Article)
First Online: 30 June 2017

In each volume of the journal General Relativity & Gravitation, a few papers are marked as “Editor’s Choice”. The primary criteria is original, high quality research that is of wide interest within the community.

Abstract:
We consider the problem of constructing cosmological solutions of the Einstein–Maxwell equations that contain multiple charged black holes. By considering the field equations as a set of constraint and evolution equations, we construct exact initial data for N charged black holes on a hypersphere. This corresponds to the maximum of expansion of a cosmological solution, and provides sufficient information for a unique evolution. We then consider the specific example of a universe that contains eight charged black holes, and show that the existence of non-zero electric charge reduces the scale of the cosmological region of the space. These solutions generalize the Majumdar–Papapetrou solutions away from the extremal limit of charged black holes, and provide what we believe to be some of the first relativistic calculations of the effects of electric charge on cosmological backreaction.

The authors:
Jessie Durk is currently a PhD student, researching theoretical cosmology with Dr Timothy Clifton, lecturer at Queen Mary University London. Rashida Bibi is a faculty member of the International Islamic University, Islamabad.

High-Energy Phenomena in Relativistic Outflows VI, Moscow, Russia

The series of conferences High Energy Phenomena in Relativistic Outflows, HEPRO, is continuing. The previous meetings were held with success in Dublin (2007), Buenos Aires (2009), Barcelona (2011), and Heidelberg (2013) and La Plata (2015).

HEPRO VI will take place in Moscow (Russia) during September 11-15, 2017.

It will be hosted by Space Research Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences (IKI RAS). The conference will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of hot recent observational, phenomenological, and theoretical developments in the field of high energy phenomena associated with relativistic winds and jets. The topics include: gamma-ray and neutrino production in relativistic outflows, multi-wavelength jet emission, formation and propagation of relativistic jets on different scales, and particle acceleration in various relativistic contexts.

Postdoc position in gravitational wave, Taipei Taiwan

Postdoc hiring for gravitational wave (GW) research, working at Taipei Gravitational Wave Group (TGWG). PhD graduates or experts on all aspects of GW are welcome, although theorists on data analysis or numerical relativity are preferred.

Term is 1+1 years. Starting date: any time from August, 2017. Please send your CV and publication list and arrange 2 to 3 reference letters to be sent to

Prof. Feng-Li Lin
Dept. of Physics, National Taiwan Normal University,
on behalf of TGWG
email: fengli.lin[AT]gmail.com
TGWG homepage: http://taipeigravitationalwavegroup.weebly.com

New code: EFTofPNG (version 1.0)

EFTofPNG is a public Mathematica code for high precision Feynman computation in the Effective Field Theory of Post-Newtonian Gravity. The code covers the current state of the art PN accuracy including spinning components in the merging compact binaries. Its final unit computes observables useful for the waveform modelling, and serves as a pipeline chain for the wave templates.

This package was created in view of the timely need to publicly share automated computation tools, which integrate the various types of physics manifested in the expected increasing influx of gravitational waves data.

The code is available as a public repository in GitHub.

We aimed for a code accessible to the classical Gravity community, yet of possible use to the broader community.

Black Holes: From Classical to Quantum Gravity, Gandhinagar, India

Black holes are one of the exotic predictions of general relativity: they are solutions of Einstein’s equations containing a boundary called the event horizon that separates spacetime into two causally disconnected regions. The first black hole solution in General Relativity was discovered by Karl Schwarzschild in Germany in 1916.
Prof. C V. Vishveshwara, widely acknowledged as one of the pioneers of the Golden Age of General Relativity, was one of the first to analyse the structure of black holes employing spacetime symmetries. In 1970, he proved the stability of the non-rotating Schwarzschild black hole – a crucial and significant factor that ensures its continued existence after formation. Further, he discovered the quasi-normal modes of black holes, the unique characteristics of the event horizon, the boundary of the black holes. These modes of black hole vibrations are one of the primary targets of observation using the gravitational wave detectors. In February 2016, the detection of gravitational waves from a black hole merger by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration confirmed the existence of these modes.
To celebrate achievements of this great relativist, a five-day workshop titled “Black Holes: From Classical to Quantum Gravity’’ will be organised at IIT Gandhinagar from 15-19 December 2017. The workshop aims to bring leading experts working in various aspects of relativity theory to deliver lectures for PhD student and postdocs. In particular, the academic program of this workshop will focus on contemporary topics in black hole physics, both theoretical and observational.
We are thankful to Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune for providing main financial assistance for the workshop.

Postdoctoral Researcher/Assistant Professor in astrophysical transients, Ajdovscina, Slovenia

The Centre for Astrophysics and Cosmology (CAC) of the University of Nova Gorica invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher/Assistant Professor position in observational and/or computational astrophysics of transients.

The CAC of the University of Nova Gorica is active in the research fields of astrophysics and astroparticle physics with focus on studies of high-energy transients (gamma-ray bursts, tidal disruption events), dark matter searches, ultra high-energy cosmic rays and gamma-ray data (more info at: http://www.ung.si/en/research/cac/). The CAC actively participates in several large international collaborations, including Gaia, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, Fermi LAT, Cherenkov Telescope Array, and Pierre Auger Observatory. The CAC is benefiting also from the proximity of several institutions with strong expertise in high-energy astrophysics and/or astroparticle physics such as SISSA, ICTP, INFN and INAF in Trieste.

Successful applicant is expected to collaborate with Prof. Dr. Andreja Gomboc in the study of gamma ray bursts and/or tidal disruption events and to become involved (if not already a member) in relevant international collaborations. The position may also include teaching duties in the fields of physics and astronomy at graduate and/or undergraduate level.

Start date: as soon as possible in 2017.
The position is for 1 year, with possibility of extension.

The candidate must have a PhD degree.

Interested candidates should send their CV, list of publications, and motivation letter with short summary of research interests to tea.stibilj[AT]ung.si, no later than July 31st, 2017 (an application sent by email should be a single file in pdf format). They should also arrange for three reference letters to be sent to the same address.

Informal enquiries before application are very welcome (for research related questions please contact andreja.gomboc[AT]ung.si).

As an equal opportunity employer the University of Nova Gorica encourages applications from proposers of all nationalities, underrepresented minorities, and especially those from women.

Chrusciel-Fest: A panorama of GR, Vienna, Austria

This symposium is held to honor Piotr T. Chrusciel, Professor at the Faculty of Physics at Vienna University, on the occasion of his 60th birthday. It takes place on 17th and 18th of August at the Erwin Schroedinger International Institute for Mathematics and Physics (ESI) in Boltzmanngasse 5, 1090 Vienna.

Speakers:

Helmut Friedrich (AEI Golm)
Greg Galloway (Miami)
Jim Isenberg (Oregon)
Vince Moncrief (Yale)
Hans Ringstroem (Stockholm)
Paul Tod (Oxford)

Fifth International Conference on the Nature and Ontology of Spacetime, Albena, Bulgaria

To mark the 110th anniversary of Hermann Minkowski’s lecture “Space and Time” the main theme of the Fifth International Conference on the Nature and Ontology of Spacetime (organized by the Minkowski Institute, Montreal) will be the nature of spacetime – whether spacetime should be regarded just as an abstract mathematical notion modelling an evolving present, or spacetime represents a block universe or a growing block universe?

Physicists are especially encouraged to attend because even relativists hold widely different views, e.g., that

  • spacetime is nothing more than a mathematical continuum (which is essentially Poincaré’s view that prevented him from discovering the spacetime structure of the world and from developing the mathematical formalism of spacetime physics) 
  • the question of the reality of spacetime belongs to philosophy (which is hardly physics at its best because the question of the dimensionality of the world can be answered only by physics).

Despite that the focus of the fifth spacetime conference will be on the main theme, the Scientific Organizing Committee invites papers from physicists and philosophers on any topics related to the nature and ontology of spacetime.

In addition to talks and poster sessions, special coffee hours will be included in the program to stimulate more informal discussions among the participants. For this reason we encourage interested colleagues to attend the conference even if they do not plan to give a talk or present a poster.

Contributed papers in the form of extended abstracts of up to two pages should be emailed by Wednesday, January 31, 2018 to 2018conference[AT]minkowskiinstitute.org. Submissions will be reviewed and notification of acceptance will be given by Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Scientific Organizing Committee:

Dennis Dieks (Utrecht University)
Mauro Dorato (University of Rome Three)
George F. R. Ellis (University of Cape Town)
Robert Geroch (University of Chicago)
Eleanor Knox (King’s College London)
Vesselin Petkov (Minkowski Institute, Montreal)
Steven Savitt (University of British Columbia)
Anguel Stefanov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
James Owen Weatherall (University of California, Irvine)
Christian Wüthrich (University of Geneva)

Postdoctoral position in LISA data analysis and simulation, Edinburgh, UK

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in data analysis and simulation for the planned ESA space-based gravitational wave detector LISA. The post is available from 01 September 2017 for 24 months. The precise start date is flexible.

The postholder will take an important and visible role in starting to develop the ground-segment infrastructure for LISA. The focus of the work will be on simulation of instrumental noise sources, in particular arising from the optical system, and on understanding and mitigating the impact of noise sources on science output. The research is funded by a grant from the UK Space Agency and involves direct interaction with the PI (Jonathan Gair) and collaboration with researchers working on the development of the LISA optical bench at Glasgow University and in STFC’s Advanced Technology Centre in Edinburgh. The postholder will also work closely with scientists in Birmingham, Paris and Hanover, to begin development of the LISA data processing architecture. The specific tasks of the post-holder include: simulation of the LISA instrument, design and testing of statistical techniques for LISA data analysis that allow for imperfectly modelled noise and understanding the impact of noise sources on the extraction of scientific information from the data.

The applicant should have a PhD in an area of mathematics (e.g. statistics or mathematical physics), or a related area such as physics, engineering or computer science. It is highly desirable for the candidate to have expertise in one of the following areas: advanced statistical techniques, numerical simulation of experimental apparatus or modelling or experiment of optical measurement systems. Basic knowledge of statistical methods and some experience writing software are desirable for all candidates.

The starting salary will be in the range of GBP 32,004 – 38,183, depending on experience.

Applicants will need to submit a CV, a research statement, and arrange for 2 letters of reference to be sent to hr[AT]maths.ed.ac.uk. The closing date for receipt of applications, including reference letters, is 21 July 2017.

Research Fellowship in Fundamental Physics – Quantum Metrology, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

The European Space Agency’s Advanced Concepts Team (http://www.esa.int/act) is looking for a highly motivated young researcher in the field of Fundamental Physics.

Duties and Tasks
The successful candidate will carry out research in the field of fundamental physics, with a focus on quantum metrology. Areas of research are partly chosen by the successful candidate based on his/her own expert judgements and insight into trends and developments, partly chosen by the team as to follow strategic directions of the Agency.
Scientifically she/he will in particular:
– Propose and perform research in the field of theoretical quantum physics – including quantum information, optics and metrology – and the application of quantum effects to technology and material design as well as to other fields of physics e.g. relativistic quantum metrology, where
appropriate together with universities of ESA Member States (in particular through the Ariadna programme);
– Assess and investigate concepts and effects, either current or foreseen, derived from novel theoretical or experimental discoveries in physics for their potential application and use in space systems;
– Follow and monitor the progress of research in areas of physics of interest to the team in order to derive and report strategic trends;
– Critically assess ideas and concepts for space systems relying on methods or phenomena of the area of fundamental physics that are brought to the attention of the ACT.
As ACT researcher, she/he will:
– Publish results in peer-reviewed publications and use modern communication tools to communicate with the broader audience inside and outside ESA;
– Lead and assist interdisciplinary projects with other ACT researchers;
– Participate together with the team in the assessment of proposed space system concepts and propose new concepts and assessment studies; and
– Perform and participate in assessments on subjects of strategic interest of ESA, provide inhouse
expertise to strategy development.

Who can apply – Required Qualifications
The programme is open to suitably qualified women and men. Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates within five years of receiving their PhD.
The Research Fellow Programme is open to nationals of the following states: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK, Slovenia as an Associate Member or Canada as a Cooperating State, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia as
European Cooperating States (ECS).
Applicants must have obtained:
– a degree in physics, mathematics or equivalent;
– PhD (completed before take up of duty) in Physics, subject of the thesis being relevant to the description of the tasks outlined above.
Additional Requirements:
– ability for and interest in prospective interdisciplinary research;
– aptitude to contextualise specialised areas of research and quickly assess their potential with respect to other domains and applications;
– academic networking to add functioning links to universities and research institutes;
– ability to work in a team, while being able to work individually regarding his/her own personal research plans and directions;
– natural curiosity and a passion for new subjects and research areas;
– good methodological and organisation skills;
– applicants must be fluent in English and/or French, working languages of the Agency. A good proficiency in English is required.

ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science

The European Space Agency awards several postdoctoral fellowships each year.

The aim of these fellowships is to provide young scientists, holding a PhD or the equivalent degree, with the means of performing space science research in fields related to the ESA Science Programmes.

Areas of research include planetary science, astronomy and astrophysics, solar and solar-terrestrial science, plasma physics and fundamental physics. The fellowships have a duration of two years, with the possible extension to three years, and are
tenable at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Netherlands, or at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain.

Applications are now solicited for fellowships in space science to begin in the fall of 2018. Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates within five years of receiving their PhD. Candidates not holding a PhD yet are encouraged to apply, but they must provide evidence of receiving their degree before starting the fellowship.

ESA fellows are enrolled in ESA’s Social Security Scheme, which covers medical expenses. A monthly deduction covers these short-term and long-term risks.

The deadline for applications is 2 October 2017.

More information on the ESA Research Fellowship programme in Space Science, on the conditions and eligibility, as well as the application form can retrieved from http://cosmos.esa.int/fellowship

Questions on the scientific aspects of the ESA Fellowship in Space Science not answered in the above pages can be sent by e-mail to the fellowship coordinators, Dr. Oliver Jennrich or Dr. Bruno Altieri at the address fellowship[AT]cosmos.esa.int

Symposium in Honor of Edward Seidel’s 60th Birthday, Mallorca, Spain

Black Holes, Red Square, and Blue Waters: A Symposium in Honor of Edward Seidel’s 60th Birthday

Edward Seidel, Founder Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation for the University of Illinois System, has a scientific career which has impacted general relativity, relativistic astrophysics, high performance computing, scientific computing, scientific data and policy, and institutional development.

Recognizing his contributions across these disciplines and his role as a leader and mentor at the University of Illinois, Albert Einstein Institute, Louisiana State University, National Science Foundation and Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, and on the occasion of his 60th birthday, we invite you to a symposium that will reflect on past experiences and look forward to future trends in the areas Ed has spent his career to date advancing.

The symposium will start with an evening reception on October 13th, with a day of invited talks on October 14th followed by an evening event.

European Einstein Toolkit Workshop 2017, Mallorca, Spain

The 2017 European Einstein Toolkit Workshop in Mallorca will provide an opportunity for researchers and students interested in numerical relativity to learn about the Einstein toolkit and discuss about its current and future development. The Einstein Toolkit is a publicly-available framework used by many research groups in the world, with applications ranging from high-energy astrophysics to cosmology.

The first three days will be dedicated to presentations and discussions concerning the development and applications of the Einstein Toolkit and will be open to developers and anyone interested in numerical relativity, numerical (magneto-)hydrodynamics, cosmology, gravitational wave data analysis and related fields. The workshop will present recent developments and allow for discussions about future directions of code development and applications.

Friday evening and Saturday will be devoted to a special event – “Black Holes, Red Square, and Blue Waters: A Symposium in Honor of Edward Seidel’s 60th Birthday (EdFest)”.

Both the workshop and the symposium will take place at the Club Pollentia Resort near Alcudia in Mallorca.

Postdoctoral Position in Gravitational Wave Astronomy at the University of Mississippi, USA

The University of Mississippi invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the area of Gravitational Wave Astronomy. The position is for one year, renewable for up to three years. The applicant must have (or be close to completing) a Ph.D. in Physics or Astrophysics, with a good track record in one or more of the following research areas: gravitational-wave source modeling and parameter estimation, the astrophysics of compact binaries, Bayesian model selection, black hole perturbation theory, post-Newtonian theory, numerical relativity and modified gravity.

The Gravitational and High-Energy Theory Group at the University of Mississippi is active in various areas of theoretical and experimental gravity, and is part of the LIGO collaboration. Permanent faculty in the group include Emanuele Berti, Luca Bombelli, Marco Cavaglia and Katherine Dooley, as well as postdocs and several graduate students.

More information on the gravity group in Mississippi is available at the following URL:

http://www.phy.olemiss.edu/GR/

The postdoctoral scholar funded by this position will work with Professor Emanuele Berti (http://www.phy.olemiss.edu/~berti/) and several Ph.D. students. The research will be carried out in close collaboration with the group led by Bangalore Sathyaprakash, Elsbach Professor of Physics and Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State University. The successful applicant is expected to engage in a collaborative research program including several institutions (Lisbon, Cambridge, Rome, Paris and Aveiro in Europe, Perimeter Institute in Canada, and Osaka University in Japan) through the “Strong Gravity and High Energy Physics” Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) Action, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015.

A curriculum vitae (including a list of publications and a statement of research interests) should be sent to the following e-mail address:

grpostdoc[AT]phy.olemiss.edu

Please use the subject “Gravitational wave postdoc”. Applicants must also arrange to have at least three recommendation letters to be sent to the same email address.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. The position will be open until filled.

Postdoc for LISA science at APC, Paris, France

Post-doctoral position in Gravitational Wave Astronomy with LISA at AstroParticule & Cosmology (APC)

The Gravitation group at AstroParticule & Cosmologie APC welcomes applications for a post-doctoral position in the area of the gravitational wave astronomy.

The post-doctoral position is for 2 years. The successful applicant is expected to work on the subjects related to the LISA mission. This includes the study of the astrophysical population of the anticipated LISA sources, modelling gravitational wave signals and development of the data analysis techniques.

To apply for this position, please send CV (curriculum vitae), list of publications and the research statement to stanislav.babak[AT]apc.in2p3.fr . Please arrange three recommendation letters to be sent to the same address with the name of the applicant in the subject.

The deadline for applications is September 1, 2017. Later applications will be considered as well until the position is filled.

For more information please visit:

http://www.apc.univ-paris7.fr/APC_CS/en/post-doctoral-position-gravitational-wave-astronomy-lisa-astroparticule-cosmology-apc

Request for references on use of computer algebra

I am preparing a review article on applications of computer algebra in gravity research.

To list all papers where computer algebra was used would be impractical, but I would like my selected examples to include reasonably recent papers covering a wide area. So please send information on any unusual applications, or extensive uses in traditional applications. Email to m.a.h.maccallum[AT]qmul.ac.uk, please

Physics and Astrophysics at the eXtreme (PAX), Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The ability to directly observe gravitational waves will open up unprecedented scientific opportunities at the interface of astronomy, astrophysics, fundamental physics, and cosmology. Gravitational and classical astronomy will together observe highly energetic and transient phenomena in the Universe. The goal of the workshop is twofold: (1) to explore how upcoming observations of such processes can help us understand physics at the extreme – strong gravitational fields as well as ultra-high densities, temperatures and magnetic fields – and (2) to discuss the ultimate science goals for this emerging, synergistic field, and what future detectors and telescopes will be needed to make a step change in the scientific questions we can address.

The workshop will consist of panel discussions, each of them organized around short presentations to identify important areas of research and to foster new collaborations.

PhD position in Gravity and Black Holes at University of Barcelona, Spain

One PhD studentship is open at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences at University of Barcelona (ICCUB). It is funded by the ERC Advanced Grant of Prof Roberto Emparan “A New Strategy for Gravity and Black Holes” (ERC2015AdG 692951 GravBHs).

The successful applicant will work directly with Prof Emparan on novel theoretical approaches to black hole physics and gravity. They will be members of a very active group doing research on many areas of gravitational theory, string theory and cosmology.

Candidates must hold an MSc or equivalent in a field that is closely related to theoretical physics, with excellent performance in General Relativity.

The start date is expected to be October 2017. The position will be funded for up to 4 years, and includes travel money.

Applications must be made online at the link below, and will contain a CV

New code: EFTofPNG (version 1.0)

EFTofPNG is a public Mathematica code for high precision Feynman computation in the Effective Field Theory of Post-Newtonian Gravity. The code covers the current state of the art PN accuracy including spinning components in the merging compact binaries. Its final unit computes observables useful for the waveform modelling, and serves as a pipeline chain for the wave templates.

This package was created in view of the timely need to publicly share automated computation tools, which integrate the various types of physics manifested in the expected increasing influx of gravitational waves data.

The code is available as a public repository in GitHub.

We aimed for a code accessible to the classical Gravity community, yet of possible use to the broader community.

LCDM and Beyond: Cosmology Tools in Theory and in Practice

We are delighted to announce the first CANTATA summer school, LCDM and Beyond: Cosmology Tools in Theory and in Practice, to be held in Corfu (Greece) between the 4/09/2017 (arrival and registration date) and 15/09/2017 (departure). The school is organised within the framework of our CANTATA COST-Action network, CA15117, http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/ca/CA15117

The school will have a strong hands-on component, with practical training on the CAMB and CLASS CMB codes and their modifications to consider Dark Energy and Modified Gravity models, EFTCAMB and HICLASS, as well as on Monte Carlo methods and codes used for testing cosmological models. Theoretical support will be provided by six sets of of lectures, for a total of forty hours over the eight days of the school (lecturers names in brackets):

History of the Universe: the physics of the FLRW background (Jens Chluba, University of Manchester, UK) Cosmological perturbation theory and the CMB (Ingunn Kathrine Wehus, University of Oslo, Norway) Dark Energy and Modified Gravity (Martin Kunz, University of Geneva, Switzerland) Observational probes (Carmelita Carbone, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera and University of Milan, Italy) Statistics and model selection in cosmology (Signe Riemer-Sorensen, University of Oslo, Norway) Nonlinearity in cosmology (Kazuya Koyama, University of Portsmouth, UK)

The introductory topics 1. and 2. will be covered in the first two days, with the other courses running over the following six mornings. Afternoons from the third day will be dedicated to:

* a workshop on CAMB and EFTCAMB, Trainer Matteo Martinelli (University of Leiden, The Netherlands) on three afternoons;
* a workshop on CLASS and HICLASS, Trainer Thomas Tram (AARHUS University, Denmark) on three afternoons.

Additional training activities will be organised in the evenings and over the week-end. Support for the various activities will be provided by Marco Bruni (University of Portsmouth, UK), David F. Mota (University of Oslo, Norway) and Miguel Zumalacarregui (NORDITA, Sweden)

The CANTATA EU COST-Action aims to be inclusive, especially of less represented minorities and students from Inclusiveness Target Countries. To this end we shall provide financial support, in the form of a partial reimbursement of expenses, to eligible participants.

Due to the strong practical component of the school, participation will be limited to about forty students. We therefore strongly encourage anyone interested to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for application is the 9th of June 2017.

Details on the program and venue, and the application form, are available on the web-site:

http://www.physics.ntua.gr/corfu2017/lc.html

On behalf of the Organising Committee,

Marco Bruni (CANTATA Training Coordinator) and Ruth Lazkoz (CANTATA Chair)

Scientific Organising Committee (CANTATA Core)

Marco Bruni (University of Portsmouth, UK)
Alessandra Silvestri (University of Leiden, The Netherlands)
David F. Mota (University of Oslo, Norway)
Prado Martin Moruno (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain)
Vincenzo Salzano (University of Szczecin, Poland)
Ruth Lazkoz (University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain)
Christian Boehmer (University College London, UK)
Salvatore Capozziello (University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy)
Mariafelicia De Laurentis (Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany and Tomsk State Pedagogical University, Russian Federation)
Jose Pedro Mimoso (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Paulo Vargas Moniz (Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal)
Valeria Pettorino (CEA Paris Saclay, France)

Local Organising Committee

Emmanuel Saridakis, Konstantinos Ntrekis, Ioannis Dalianis (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)

Hot Topics in General Relativity and Gravitation

This international conference is held every two years at ICISE in Quy Nhon (Vietnam)
Our present aims are to discuss and review recent developments on:
Testing Gravity in Cosmology and Astrophysics
Black Hole Physics and Gravitational Waves
Quantum Field Theory on Curved Spacetime
Numerical Relativity and Relativistic Astrophysics
Inflation and the Early Universe
Higher-Dimensional and Modified Gravity Theories
Mathematical Relativity
Quantum Gravity, String and Ads/CFT (Gauge/Gravity) Correspondences

The conference will consist of plenary sessions for in-depth oral presentations (review talks and talks on specific specialized topics) and posters. The contributions are either solicited or selected among submitted abstracts. The program will be available after the deadline of abstracts submission (July 9th, 2017).

Living Reviews and CompAC: new open access articles

The open-access journals Living Reviews in Relativity and Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology have published new articles in May 2017:

Brian D. Metzger, “Kilonovae”, Living Rev. Relativ. (2017) 20:3
https://doi.org/10.1007/s41114-017-0006-z

Douglas Potter, Joachim Stadel and Romain Teyssier, “PKDGRAV3: beyond trillion particle cosmological simulations for the next era of galaxy surveys”, Comput. Astrophys. Cosmol. (2017) 4:2
https://doi.org/10.1186/s40668-017-0021-1

Oliver Porth, Hector Olivares, Yosuke Mizuno, Ziri Younsi, Luciano Rezzolla, Monika Moscibrodzka, Heino Falcke and Michael Kramer, “The black hole accretion code”, Comput. Astrophys. Cosmol. (2017) 4:1
https://doi.org/10.1186/s40668-017-0020-2

Living Reviews are open-access review journals that allow authors to regularly update their articles to include latest developments. Its companion research journals primarily publish original work.

73rd Scottish Universities Summer School in Physics: Gravitational wave astronomy

The topic of the 73rd Scottish Universities Summer School in Physics will be gravitational wave astronomy. The School will be held in St Andrews, Scotland, from 23rd July to 5th August 2017. SUSSP was established in 1960 to “contribute to the dissemination of advanced knowledge (in Physics) and the formation of contacts among scientists from different countries” through annual summer schools of the highest international standard.

The cost for the School, including accommodation at St Salvators’ Hall, all meals and activities and School dinner, is £1300 at the early bird rate until 9th June 2017, and GBP 1500 thereafter until registration closes on 30th June 2017. This includes:
– Full accommodation
– All meals and tea/coffee breaks (packed lunch for the weekend excursions)
– All excursions
– Conference dinner and Ceilidh (traditional Scottish dancing)

The themes to be covered during the School are:
– General Relativity and gravitational waves
– Astrophysical sources
– Gravitational wave detection (ground and space based)
– Data analysis
– Multi-messenger astrophysics

We have assembled world-renowned experts in these fields to provide content on these themes, building up to the very latest understanding in gravitational wave science at this incredibly exciting time.

The aim of the School is to provide a congenial setting for early career scientists to learn from the foremost experts in the field on the latest advances in astronomy using gravitational wave observations, and to hold discussions on the future directions of the field. There will be a mix of lectures and interactive discussion/problem solving sessions. These will provide stimulating content covering the broad field of gravitational waves: from theoretical description to details of detectors, and analysis of data. Each topic will be delivered starting at an intermediate level and finishing at the very latest understanding.

The School will be held in the historic coastal town of St Andrews, Scotland, and will include excursions to help refocus the minds.

There will be sessions on general interest topics such as influencing government policy, performing effective outreach and generating impact from your research which will be led by engaging and expert presenters. These will be tailored to be particularly relevant to those working in the field of gravitational waves.

Fifteenth Marcel Grossmann Meeting on General Relativity (MG15), Rome 2018

This is a preliminary announcement of the dates of the Fifteenth Marcel Grossmann Meeting on General Relativity and Relativistic Astrophysics to be held on the campus of the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in Rome, Italy in the year 2018:

Onsite registration Sunday July 1, Opening Monday July 2, Closing Saturday July 7, 2018.

Further information will be updated here and available at the website.

Remo Ruffini, University of Rome, on behalf of the International Organizing Committee
Robert Jantzen, Villanova University, on behalf of the International Coordinating Committee

Postdoctoral positions in GRMHD/NR/LIGO at the Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA

The Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (CCRG) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) anticipates filling several postdoctoral positions in the coming year. We are looking for postdoctoral candidates in the areas of modeling of gravitational waves sources and their electromagnetic counterparts with numerical relativity, and gravitational wave data analysis for LIGO and its astrophysical interpretation.

In the area of gravitational-wave astronomy, we are particularly interested in candidates who are interested in the data analysis challenges involved in the detection of astrophysical gravitational wave sources; in the parameter estimation of binary compact objects, particularly binary black holes; in tests of general relativity enabled by gravitational wave measurements; and in the opportunities afforded by multimessenger astrophysics.

In the area of computational astrophysics and astrophysical numerical relativity we are particularly interested in candidates who are interested in relativistic magneto-hydrodynamics (GRMHD) simulations of accretion disks around supermassive black hole mergers, and jet dynamics. This work will have direct impact on electromagnetic observations of active galactic nuclei, and is part of an ongoing long-term collaborative research effort with Julian Krolik at Johns Hopkins University, Scott Noble at the University of Tulsa, as well as other collaborators.

In the area of numerical relativity we are interested in a candidate capable of working on the initial data and evolution of binary black holes and neutron stars in the framework of the Einstein-toolkit (ETK) and LazEv codes. We seek to develop and optimize current RIT’s group codes as well as semianalytic efforts to model hybrid waveforms and final remnant formulae for LIGO. The ongoing effort includes several faculty, postdocs, and graduate students, as well as external collaborator Nakano at Kyoto University, and others.

The successful postdoctoral candidates will have the opportunity to collaborate on a broad range of research topics in gravitational physics. Our group is involved in several large collaborations, including the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), The Einstein Toolkit Consortium (http://einsteintoolkit.org), and a Petascale computing project with NCSA.

There are many senior researchers working in a broad range of areas of gravitational physics and astrophysics at the CCRG. This includes Manuela Campanelli (Director), Sukanya Chakrabarti, Joshua Faber, Carlos Lousto, Richard O’Shaughnessy, Jason Nordhaus, Yosef Zlochower, John Whelan, and Hans-Peter Bischof (a visualization expert), several postdoctoral fellows and Ph.D. students (see http://ccrg.rit.edu/people for an overview on who is or has been at CCRG). The group also collaborates with many faculty, postdocs and graduate students in the larger astrophysics group (http://www.rit.edu/cos/astrophysics/), the school of Mathematical Sciences (http://www.rit.edu/cos/sms/) and the School of Physics and Astronomy (http://www.rit.edu/cos/physics/).

The positions are for two or three years and renewable depending on satisfactory performance and the availability of funds. CCRG researchers have access to several computing cluster facilities at national computing centers such as XSEDE and BlueWaters as well as a dedicated 1600-core cluster hosted at the Center.

More information about the CCRG is available at http://ccrg.rit.edu/ And about Rochester at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rochester,_New_York

Applications should consist of a cover letter, a brief statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae including publication list, and at least three letters of recommendation. All materials should be sent electronically as soon as possible to: ccrg-postdoc[AT]ccrgweb.rit.edu For an overview of all job openings at CCRG please go to: http://ccrg.rit.edu/spotlight/jobs.

Enquiries can be addressed to the center’s Director:

Manuela Campanelli, manuela[AT]astro[dot]rit[dot]edu Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, School of Mathematical Sciences, and School of Physics and Astronomy, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) 85 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, New York 14623 USA

Review of completed applications will begin as soon as available and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Starting date can be as early as September, 2017. RIT is committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.