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.

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

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

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.

Postdoc in GR at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Institute of Theoretical Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, invites applications for a postdoctoral position within Prague relativity group to a motivated person, working in the field of general relativity and/or its astrophysical or cosmological applications. More specifically, his/her doctoral expertise and research plan should include at least one of the following topics: solutions of Einstein’s field equations and their interpretation, problems of energy and radiation in GR, asymptotic structure of space-times, particles and fields around black holes, dynamics of particles and extended bodies in GR, physics of neutron stars, black-hole perturbations, approximation methods and numerical relativity, gravitational lensing, theoretical cosmology, emission and analysis of gravitational waves and their astrophysical and cosmological aspects.

The selected candidate will work within the GR group of the institute, most probably within the ongoing grant project “Albert Einstein Center for Gravitation and Astrophysics”.

We offer:
1 year contract from January 2018 with a possible renewal in case of mutual interest.
Salary comparable to the starting salary of an assistant professor at the Faculty.
Standard equipment and reasonable support for conference and collaboration traveling.

Interested candidates should submit:
CV, brief description of research expertise and plans, list of publications, two letters of recommendation. Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview or seminar.

Postdoc position in numerical relativity/cosmology at Center for Theoretical Physics, Polish Academy of Science

The Director of the Center for Theoretical Physics invites applications for a postdoctoral position at the CTP PAS, financed from the project “Local relativistic perturbation theory in hydrodynamics and cosmology” No. 2016/22/E/ST9/00578 (SONATA BIS 6) supported by the National Science Center, decision No. DEC-2016/22/E/ST9/00578. The principal investigator is Prof. Mikolaj Korzynski. The position starts on September 1st, 2017.

The position requires a PhD in theoretical or computational physics and experience in numerical relativity, computational hydrodynamics, MHD or compatible field. A background in astrophysics, general relativity or cosmology and experience with the EinsteinToolkit framework would be an advantage.

The group of Mikolaj Korzynski will work on the application of numerical relativity to cosmology, especially the problems of structure formation and the light propagation through spacetime, combining numerics, stochastic and perturbative methods.

The applicants should submit the following documents:
1. cover letter including the statement „I hereby give consent for my personal data included in the job offer to be processed for the purposes of recruitment under the Data Protection Act 1997 (Dz. U. no. 101, item 926)”
2. a scientific CV, including the list of publications and major scientific achievements
3. brief description of research interests
4. copy of the PhD diplomma
5. personal questionnaire form from the CTP PAS webpage via email directly to Mikolaj Korzynski (korzynski[AT]cft.edu.pl). Additionally they should arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to the same email address. Applicants expecting to obtain their PhD soon should also include a statement from their supervisors about the scheduled date of their defence.

The deadline for applications has been extended to 1st August 2017. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview. Successful applicant will be employed for the trial period of 12 months, with the possibility of extension for up to 3 further years.

Post-doctoral position in neutron stars astrophysics at the Nicolaus Copernicus, Warsaw, Poland Astronomical Center

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center (NCAC) in Warsaw, Poland, with preferred start in the Fall of 2017 or early 2018. The successful applicant will collaborate with Dr Brynmor Haskell on the physics of superfluid neutron stars, with a specific focus on pulsar glitches and gravitational wave source modelling.

The position is available for up to three years and will be funded from a Polish National Science Centre research project. Funding for travel and research equipment will also be provided.

NCAC is the leading astronomical institute in Poland and current research at the institute encompasses a broad range of both observational and theoretical subjects in modern astrophysics. NCAC scientists participate in many international projects, e.g. H.E.S.S., CTA, Fermi, Herschel, Virgo, LIGO, SALT, Gaia-ESO, ATHENA.
Candidates are required to have completed a PhD in astronomy, physics or a related discipline before the start date and no earlier than in 2011 (with extensions possible for maternity or paternity leave). Applicants should have a strong background in computational physics or astrophysics. Experience in neutron star physics, and in particular cooling or hydrodynamical simulations, will be an advantage but are not essential. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Brynmor Haskell (bhaskell[AT]camk.edu.pl) to discuss the project further.

Applications (in pdf format) can be sent to bhaskell[AT]camk.edu.pl and should include a copy of the applicant’s PhD diploma, a curriculum vitae with a list of publications and a brief statement of research interests and plans (2 pages). Applicants should also arrange for at least two letters of recommendation to be sent to the same address. For full consideration applications should be received by May 15th, 2017. The review of applications will begin soon after this date and continue until the position is filled.

Postdoc position at University of Vienna, Austria: application deadline extended

The Gravitational Physics group of the Department of Physics of University of Vienna (see http://gravity.univie.ac.at/) is seeking to fill a post-doctoral position (Universitaetsassistent/in) in the field of mathematical general relativity and/or numerical general relativity; in the latter case candidates with strong interest in rigorous aspects of numerical analysis will be sought. The appointment will be for four years, according to previous experience, without a possibility of extension. The employment will start on July 1, 2017, possibly a few months later if more convenient for the chosen candidate. The list of members of the group at the start of the appointment, including scientifically active retired members, will include Peter Aichelburg, Robert Beig, Piotr Chrusciel, David Fajman, Jeremie Joudioux, and Walter Simon.

The gross salary is about EUR 3590 Euro fourteen times a year. The yearly teaching load averaged over two semesters is four hours/week, in English or in German. The candidate will not be asked to teach for more than six hours a week in any given semester in any case. Applications done online before 15.VI.2017 at URL http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at/ position numbered “Kennzahl 7424” (follow the link to the online advertisements) will receive full attention.

The candidates should arrange three letters of recommendation to be sent or emailed before June 15, 2017, to Mrs Karin Picek, Mathematical Physics, Faculty of Physics, Boltzmanngasse 5/5/3521, A-1090 Vienna, Austria. Further enquiries can be directed to karin.picek[AT]univie.ac.at

The University of Vienna pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Assistant Lecturer in Gravitational Wave Astrophysics at Monash University, Australia

Applications are invited for a three-year Assistant Lecturer position in Gravitational Wave Astrophysics at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Paul Lasky in the School of Physics and Astronomy, and undertake research in one or more of the following areas:
* astrophysics and modelling of gravitational wave sources
* analysis of data from LIGO and/or the Parkes Pulsar Timing Array
* astrophysics and modelling of neutron star and/or gamma-ray burst physics.

The School of Physics and Astronomy at Monash University is home to a large group, including gravitational wave and high-energy astrophysics groups in the Monash Centre for Astrophysics. The successful candidate will also be involved in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational wave discovery (OzGrav), a new centre funded by the Australian Research Council.

The Assistant Lecturer will also make contributions to teaching in the Physics and Astronomy Collaborative learning Environment (PACE), participating in the delivery and coordination of first year physics teaching.

All informal enquiries, contact Dr. Paul Lasky (paul.lasky[AT]monash.edu)

Postdoc position in numerical relativity at the University of Trento, Italy

Applications are invited for a two-year postdoc position funded by INFN (National Institute of Nuclear Physics) on the topic of “General Relativistic Simulations of Binary Neutron Stars”. The postdoc will work with Prof. Bruno Giacomazzo of the Physics Department of the University of Trento (Italy). Candidates will need to have a PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or Mathematics by the beginning of the contract. Candidates with previous experience in numerical relativity, computational astrophysics, or gravitational-wave physics are strongly encouraged to apply.

The gross yearly salary for this position is 26197.59 EUR. Candidates that do not already live in Trento will also get 5000 EUR more (before taxes) per year to cover part of their living expenses. Travel funds for international conferences are also available. The position is expected to start possibly in the Summer, but no later than November.

Interested candidates should send their full CV and publication list to bruno.giacomazzo [at] unitn.it.

Short-listed candidates will be contacted on March 6 in order to get assistance in submitting the required paperwork (in Italian) to INFN for the final evaluation. INFN will need to receive all the paperwork by March 13.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Italian-speaking candidates may also apply directly to INFN by following the instructions at http://www.ac.infn.it/job/dettagli_job.php?id=1933

The University of Trento is ranked among the best universities in Italy and it is located in the city of Trento, near the Italian Dolomites. The Physics department is active in a wide range of research topics. In the field of gravitational waves it has groups working on numerical relativity (Giacomazzo), Virgo (Prodi, Perreca), and LISA (Vitale, Dolesi, Weber). More information about the Physics department can be found at http://www.physics.unitn.it/en

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Cosmology at Queen Mary University of London, UK

Applications are invited for the position of postdoctoral research assistant to work in Cosmology on the STFC-funded project “Testing General Relativity with Large-Scale Structures in Cosmology”. Staff in the Astronomy Unit working on this project are Dr Chris Clarkson, Dr Timothy Clifton and Dr Karim Malik. The Astronomy Unit at Queen Mary University of London has active research groups in cosmology, space plasma physics, solar and stellar physics, planetary formation, solar system dynamics, and galaxies, covering both observation and theory. The Unit has access to excellent local computational facilities, including a new cluster of 800 computational cores bench-marked at 4.5 Teraflops.

Postdoc in Quantum Gravity, Shenzhen, China

Two postdoctoral positions in Quantum Gravity at SUSTech (Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen)

The newly established “Classical and Quantum Gravity Group” (spacetime structure from small to large scales) at SUSTech (Shenzhen, China) is looking for very motivated candidates to fill several postdoctoral positions as soon as possible. Our research mainly focuses on local (Lee-Wick) and nonlocal super-renormalizable or finite gravitational theories (SRQG), and super-renormalizable or finite completion/s of the standard model of particle physics (SRSM). Therefore, the interested candidates should submit a short research project highlighting the potential impact of their past research on SRQG and SRSM. Furthermore, other Related interests of the group are: ADS/CFT, black hole physics, cosmology, theoretical astrophysics.

Priority will be given to experts in: perturbative quantum gravity, asymptotically safe quantum gravity, quantum field theory. Candidates in extended/modified theories of gravity, string theory, supergravity, ADS/CFT correspondence, cosmology, classical and quantum black Holes will be considered as well.

Preference may be given to candidates with no more than 2-3 years of postdoctoral experience. ABD (All But Dissertation) candidates are also encouraged to apply. The positions will start as soon as possible and the appointment is for 3 years. The salary is negotiable and it starts from 220,000 RMB/year (30,000 Euro/year).

Interested candidates should send their CV, including contact details of 2-3 referees, and expected starting date, short statement of research interests and/or experience, and publication list. For full considerations all the material should be sent to lmodesto[AT]sustc.edu.cn by February 15, 2016.

Please arrange also for 2-3 recommendation letters to be sent separately to the same email address.

If electronic submission is not possible, application materials may be sent via regular mail to:

Prof. Leonardo Modesto
Physics Department, Southern University of Science and Technology
No 1088, Xueyuan Rd., Xili, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong,
China 518055

Tel: +86 150 2672 5795 (Mobile)

Inquires can be sent to lmodesto[AT]sustc.edu.cn
Review of applications will start immediately and shortlisted candidates will be contacted as soon as possible.

The DEADLINE is February 15.
Further details about SUSTech can be found at: http://www.sustc.edu.cn/en/

Top researcher and postdoc positions in gravity theory at the University of Tartu, Estonia

The Laboratory of Theoretical Physics at the Institute of Physics of the University of Tartu, Estonia is looking for candidates to apply for

* a 5-year top researcher position
* a 2-year postdoctoral position

The topics of interest focus upon extensions to general relativity and modified gravity, including:

* mathematical foundations of gravity,
* modifications to the geometry of spacetime,
* gravity theories based on Finsler, Cartan, Weizenboeck or Riemann-Cartan geometry,
* gravity theories including multiple metrics,
* gravity theories including torsion,
* (multi-)scalar-tensor and related gravity theories,
* phenomenology of modified gravity, including gravitational waves, black holes, galaxies,
* cosmological aspects of modified gravity.

The positions depend on external funding and the applications will be processed in two stages. In the first stage, all applications will be reviewed by the gravity research group at the University of Tartu. Then the selected candidates and the University of Tartu will apply for funding via the programme Mobilitas+. The final decision on the funding will be made by the Estonian Research Council.

The positions will be held in conjunction with the Estonian centre of excellence in research “The Dark Side of the Universe” (TK133) and the grant “Geometrical foundations of gravity and their comparison with observations” (PUT790), and aligned with the “Cosmology and Astrophysics Network for Theoretical Advances and Training Actions” (CANTATA).

The top researcher grant amounts to up to 150000 EUR per year, including the salary of the top researcher, the salaries of additional group members, travel costs and further research expenses. Top researchers are expected to lead a research group, train PhD students and teach at the University of Tartu. Applications for the top researcher position must include:

* curriculum vitae,
* three letters of recommendation,
* diploma of PhD degree or equivalent,
* research proposal of up to eight pages,
* list of publications with five most significant publications marked,
* teaching statement.

Deadline for the top researcher application is Wednesday, February 15th 2017, 21:59 GMT. Further details on the external funding to be applied for can be found on the programme’s website:

Top researcher grant

The postdoctoral grant amounts to about €30000 per year. Applications for the postdoctoral position must include:

* curriculum vitae,
* two letters of recommendation,
* diploma of PhD degree or equivalent,
* research proposal of up to five pages,
* list of publications.

Deadline for the postdoctoral application is Wednesday, February 15th 2017, 21:59 GMT. Further details on the external funding to be applied for can be found on the programme’s website:

Mobilitas Pluss postdoctoral researcher grant

All applications for the aforementioned positions must be submitted electronically to manuel.hohmann[AT]ut.ee. Documents in the PDF format as a single file are recommended.

Research Fellow in Relativistic Astrophysics at Southampton, UK

The Southampton Gravity Group is offering two research positions in general relativistic astrophysics, starting in October 2017. Each post is for 1 year, with extension possible subject to future funding. You will be expected to undertake research within an STFC-funded project to investigate the physics, astrophysics and phenomenology of neutron stars.

The University of Southampton (UK) is home to a large research group in gravitational physics. The Group currently comprises 11 permanent staff members and 2 long term fellows (Nils Andersson, Leor Barack, Oscar Dias, Carsten Gundlach, Ian Hawke, Wynn Ho, Ian Jones, Carlos Mafra, Andy O’Bannon, Andreas Schmitt, Kostas Skenderis, Marika Taylor and James Vickers) and a significant number of postdocs and research students. Research in the group ranges from black-hole and neutron-star physics, gravitational waves and numerical relativity to string-inspired gravity and holography. The Group works with colleagues in the Southampton astronomy and high-energy groups and is part of the STAG research centre.

You will have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in astronomy, astrophysics or physics, and a strong theoretical physics and computational background with a track record of original research in at least one of the following research areas: neutron-star astrophysics, gravitational-wave theory and numerical relativity.

*Applications will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.

For informal inquiries contact Prof. Nils Andersson, na[AT]maths.southampton.ac.uk.

For more details, including submission method, see https://jobs.soton.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=831517PJ.

Closing date: Tuesday 28 February 2017

Postdoctoral position in theoretical physics in Bremen, Germany

The Research Training Group ‘Models of Gravity’ (MOG) invites applications for a postdoctoral position in theoretical physics, salary group (Entgeltgruppe) 13 TV-L, at the University of Bremen beginning as early as April 1st, 2017. The appointment is limited to about 4 years, until the end of the funding period on March 31st, 2021.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to continue her/his academic career in theoretical physics in the area of gravitational physics. She/he will contribute in several aspects to the RTG research program, in particular on analytical methods in the context of relativistic field equations, with an emphasis on relativistic hydrodynamics. The candidate will also work with the RTGs graduate students on relevant projects and participate in the qualification programme of the RTG. She/he is expected to contribute to the teaching programme of the Research Training Group.

The University Bremen aims, in particular, to promote women within the scope of the statutory provisions and, hence, emphatically invites qualified women to apply for this position. Severely disabled applicants are given preferential consideration in the event of equal qualification. Applicants with a migration background are highly welcome.

For further information and to apply see http://www.models-of-gravity.org/apply

Postdoc position in Gravitation and Cosmology, Bilbao Spain

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral position in the area of Gravitation and Cosmology beginning any time in 2017. The position is attached to the Research Group IT956-16 of the Basque Governement with Jose M.M. Senovilla as principal investigator, and will be held in the Department of Theoretical Physics and History of Science at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Bilbao, Spain. The successful candidate is required to hold a PhD at the starting date of the position.

Our group includes David Brizuela, Tom Broadhurst, Alex Feinstein, Inaki Garay, Jesus Ibanez, Ruth Lazkoz, Jose M M Senovilla, and Raül Vera as well as postdocs Mariam Bouhmadi-Lopez, Alfonso Garcia-Parrado, Ivan de Martino, Borja Reina and several graduate students. Some members of the group belong to the European Network (COST Action) CANTATA, led by Dr. Lazkoz. The group also benefits from close ties and permanent collaboration with the Early Universe group, also attached to the same Department, including Igor Bandos, Jose Juan Blanco-Pillado, Sugumi Kanno and Jon Urrestilla.

Our lines of research cover all mathematical and theoretical aspects of Gravitation and Lorentzian geometry, astrophysical compact objects, loop quantum gravity, quantum cosmology, dark energy and dark matter, cosmological observational tests, alternative theories of gravity, gravitational lensing and formation of galaxy (clusters), gravitational waves and panoramic surveys with space telescopes.

The appointment can be for a period between 16 and 24 months, depending on the agreed annual salary (the total amount is fixed, but a lower monthly wage implies a longer contract). The Department offers teaching opportunities to the successful candidate.

Interested candidates should send a CV, statement of research interests and publication list, and arrange for at least two letters of recommendation to be submitted to:

josemm.senovilla[AT]ehu.es

All applications received before March 31st, 2017, will be considered. The deadline may be extended, if needed, until a suitable candidate is found and the position is filled.

Post-doctoral positions in Gravitational Wave Astrophysics, Paris, France

The Gravitation group at AstroParticule & Cosmologie APC is seeking qualified individuals for post-doctoral appointments to work in the area of the gravitational wave data analysis and multimessenger astrophysics.

The institute [http://www.apc.univ-paris7.fr]

APC is an institute funded by the French National Scientific Research Center CNRS and the University of Paris Diderot. The institute is located in Paris, France and it is devoted to astroparticle physics and cosmology. It is involved in many large experiments and observatories in those areas such as the Planck CMB mission, the LSST survey telescope, ESA Euclid survey mission, the KM3NeT neutrino telescope, the SVOM gamma-ray satellite, etc. The institute provides a friendly and lively place to work and a scientifically exciting and stimulating environment to conduct research in.

The positions

The Gravitation group at APC invites applications for postdoctoral research positions. The positions are for two years (24 months). The candidate will be employed by CNRS and will obtain the status of postdoctoral researcher.

Two positions are funded through the ‘Astronomy ESFRI and Research Infrastructure Cluster’ ASTERICS [https://www.asterics2020.eu] which is a Research Infrastructure project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 framework. A third position is funded by the Indo-French Centre for the Promotion and Advanced Research (IFCPAR) in the context of a bilateral grant with Archana Pai at IISER Trivandrum India [http://www.iisertvm.ac.in].

The candidate will join the Virgo team, currently composed of three permanent researchers, two postdoctoral fellows and three PhD students. The candidate will also join the lively world-wide community formed by the Virgo and LIGO Scientific Collaborations.

The candidate will participate in the analysis of Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo data, and in the development of new methods for the scientific exploitation of future gravitational wave detections.

Qualifications

– PhD or postdoctoral experience in Astrophysics/Astroparticle Physics
– Skills and work experience in the cooperative development of scientific software developments

Information and applications

The application consists in a cover letter, curriculum vitae with a list of publications and a brief description of your research interests. Please include the email addresses of at least two references, who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

The application should be sent by e-mail to Eric Chassande-Mottin (ecm[AT]apc[DOT]in2p3[DOT]fr). Further information on these positions can be obtained from the same contact.

The deadline for applications and related materials is March 15, 2017. Later applications will be considered as well until the positions are filled.

Junior Research Leader in Computational Astrophysics in KASI, Daejeon, Korea

The Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) is a government-funded research institute located in Daejeon, Korea. It conducts front-line research in various fields of astronomy, astrophysics and space sciences, develops astronomical instruments, and operates facilities in Korea and overseas. For further details, please visit www.kasi.re.kr/eng/index.

Center for Theoretical Astronomy, KASI, looks for creative and outstanding researchers for Junior Research Leader (JRL) positions in the field of computational astrophysics. The scientific scopes include studies of computation-intensive problems (Newtonian/relativistic hydrodynamics/magnetohydrodynamics, PIC, radiative transfer, N-body, and etc.) for various astrophysical objects, ranging from planets, stars, compact objects, galaxies, AGN, to clusters of galaxies, as well as developments of common computational tools (various codes, visualization, etc.).

Outstanding candidates in all fields of computational astrophysics are encouraged to apply for the positions. Successful candidates will carry out original research of own interests. The position is offered for 5 years (initially for 3 years and for 2 more years after evaluation) with a possibility of continuation based on performance. The salary is comparable to that of Junior faculty, and is commensurate with qualifications. Funds for research expenses of about US $ 20,000 per year as well as those to hire a postdoctoral researcher are provided. Additional funds for further research expenses, postdoctoral researchers, students, and etc may be applied for through the KASI research programs as well as the programs of the NRF (National Research Foundation) of Korea.

Interested persons should send the followings to hradmin[AT]kasi.re.kr: the form (Application Form for Junior Research Leader, CV, Research Plan) downloadable at https://www.kasi.re.kr/eng/post/eng_jobopening and three or more letters of reference. Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy or a related field at the time of appointment. Applications received by February 28, 2017 (17:00 KST) will be given due consideration. The expected stating date is July 1, 2017, which is negotiable. For further inquiries, please contact ryu[AT]kasi.re.kr (Dongsu Ryu, Director of Center for Theoretical Astronomy).

Positions in TianQin Research Center for Gravitational Physics, Zhuhai, China

TianQin Research Center for Gravitational Physics at Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) invites applications for two post-doctoral positions as well as a tenure-track research fellow position in gravitational wave astronomy and data analysis, with a focus on, but not limited to, space-borne gravitational experiments, gravitational wave astronomy, data analysis, numerical relativity, cosmology and gravitational theories.

post-doc
These positions are part of the TianQin project with the aim to launch a space-borne gravitational wave experiment. Anticipated researchers are expected to work closely with the current faculty, in the areas of gravitational wave astronomy and data analysis. These positions are fully supported by the research center for 2 years, with a possible additional 1 year extension. Researchers with outstanding performance may qualify for tenure-track faculty positions in the future.
Applicants should have the following basic qualifications: 1) Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or closely related field, 2) evidence of the ability to establish and maintain a successful research program, and 3) evidence of the ability to work in a large, collaborative effort. Applicants should send the following materials to tianqin[AT]sysu.edu.cn, with the subject title “Application for postdoc from [Applicant’s Name]” 1) a CV, including a publication list, 2) a statement of the candidate’s research interests and how the research fits into the space-borne gravitational wave detection project. Three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to tianqin[AT]sysu.edu.cn with the subject line “Letter of Recommendation for [Applicant’s Name]”. Applications received by Feb 15, 2017, will receive full consideration.
Successful candidates will be offered competitive salary, startup funding and affordable housing. They are expected to start at TianQin Research Center on Sep. 1, 2017, but the exact starting date is negotiable.

research fellow
This position is part of the TianQin project with the aim to launch a space-borne gravitational wave experiment. Anticipated researchers are expected to work closely with the current faculty, in the areas of gravitational wave astronomy and data analysis. This position is fully supported by the research center for 3 years. Research faculty with satisfying performance will be qualified to tenured faculty positions after the 3 year contract.
Applicants should have the following basic qualifications: 1) Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or closely related field, 2) evidence of the ability to establish and maintain a successful research program, and 3) evidence of the ability to work in a large, collaborative effort. Applicants should send the following materials to tianqin[AT]sysu.edu.cn, with the subject title “Application for research fellow from [Applicant’s Name]” 1) a CV, including a publication list, 2) a statement of the candidate’s research interests and how the research fits into the space-borne gravitational wave detection project. Three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to tianqin[AT]sysu.edu.cn with the subject line “Letter of Recommendation for [Applicant’s Name]”. Applications received by Feb 30, 2017, will receive full consideration.
Successful candidates will be offered competitive salary, startup funding and affordable housing. They are expected to start at TianQin Research Center on Sep. 1, 2017, but the exact starting date is negotiable.

About SYSU
Sun Yat-sen University was established in 1924 by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the founding father of modern China, and has been consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in mainland China. Eighteen disciplines at the University, including physics and mathematics, rank in the top 1% world’s universities (ESI 2016), tied for the second most among universities in China.
Sun Yat-sen University is comprised of five campuses in three cities (Guangzhou, Zhuhai, and Shenzhen). Most research of TianQin will be administered by the TianQin Research Center, which is located in the scenery Zhuhai campus of SYSU. The campus is within half an hour driving distance to the city of Macau and Hong Kong.

Postdoctoral position in Relativistic Astrophysics, Prague, Czech Republic

The Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences invites applications for a post-doctoral position in the Relativistic Astrophysics Group at the Prague section of the Institute. The appointment is initially for one year; an extension for another year is expected upon satisfactory scientific performance and availability of funds. The position will be funded through the project “Non-linear Phenomena in a Multi-channel Astronomy of Black Holes”, which is supported by the Czech Science Foundation. The salary will be based on the domestic level and it includes health insurance. Commencement is expected on the 1st of July 2017.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate research experience at least in one of the following topics: orbital dynamics in GR (Mathisson-Papapetrou equations, effective one-body approximation, self-force), gravitational waves (astrophysically relevant sources, synergy with electromagnetic signatures), black-hole accretion discs (GRMHD modeling, exact solutions), and/or particle acceleration in magnetic fields near black holes (effects of strong gravity). A successful applicant will join Georgios Loukes-Gerakopoulos, Petra Sukova, and Ondrej Kopacek in their research team, supported by the Czech Science Foundation.

Applications containing a Cover Letter, a Curriculum Vitae, a List of Publications, and a Summary of Research Plans should be submitted in a single pdf
to: sekretariat (at) asu.cas.cz
subject: “GR postdoc 2017 – Prague”
cc: gglukes (at) asu.cas.cz
Two recommendation letters have to be sent to the same email addresses with the same subject.

In the application please provide the exact date of your PhD defense or attach a statement from the supervisor certifying the planned date of the defense. The successful candidate must hold a PhD degree in the field and present a certificate of that by the date of employment. Preferences will be given to early-stage researchers (PhD obtained after 2008). A necessary condition for the appointment is to satisfy the legal requirements for being employed in Czech Republic. For informal inquiries about the position please feel free to email Georgios Loukes-Gerakopoulos.

To receive full consideration please submit your application and arrange your recommendation letters to be sent by 1st March 2017. Applications will be acknowledged by email. Once the selection process is completed, the successful applicant will be notified.

Further information:
o See http://www.asu.cas.cz for the list of working groups at the Institute.
o See http://www.euraxess.cz for details about the research employment and work conditions in Czech Republic.
o See https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/comparison.jsp to compare cost of living.

Postdoc positions on Gravitational Waves and Black Hole Theory, Leuven, Belgium

The Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Institute of Astronomy at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of KU Leuven, invite applications for several joint postdoctoral positions in the area of gravitational wave physics.

Both Institutes are members of the LISA Science Consortium. Besides staff instrumentalists, the gravity groups include astrophysicists and theorists (G. Nelemans, T. Hertog. T. Van Riet, N. Bobev, A. Van Proeyen), together with a large number of students and postdocs, and they participate in a vibrant and extensive network of collaborations worldwide. The positions are for two, and possibly three years. They form part of the launch of a new Centre for Gravitational Waves at KULeuven funded by the University and by the Belgian Research Council (FWO) that will work at the interface of theoretical high-energy physics, astrophysics and gravitational wave observations.

Prime areas of research interests on gravitational waves in Leuven in the next few years include the theory and modelling of gravitational wave patterns associated with the classical and quantum gravity dynamics of compact systems and their immediate astrophysical environment, and the study of phase transitions in the early universe revealing distinct signatures of the underlying quantum gravity theory. These predictions will also be linked to existing astrophysical data.

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for full consideration is February 1st, 2017.

In order to apply, interested candidates should email as a single pdf file a cover letter and their curriculum vitae, including a research statement and a publication list (preferably with a link to SPIRES), as well as the names of at least three referees who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf, to Anneleen Marcelis (anneleen.marcelis[AT]kuleuven.be).

Further information about these positions can be obtained from Prof. T. Hertog (thomas.hertog[AT]kuleuven.be) or Prof. G. Nelemans (nelemans[AT]astro.ru.nl).

Prize postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Birmingham

The Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy at the University of Birmingham, UK, invites applications for Postdoctoral Prize Fellowships.

The Institute’s Postdoctoral Prize Fellowships provide top-caliber researchers with an opportunity to carry out an independent research programme in any area connected to gravitational wave astronomy in a diverse, dynamic and collaborative group. Areas of particular strength in the group include experimental and theoretical physics with applications to future-generation detector design; data analysis for ground-based, space-borne, and pulsar-timing observatories; and theoretical astrophysics with a focus on gravitational-wave sources at all mass scales.

Applications from top researchers in all areas related to gravitational-wave astronomy, including instrumentation, quantum measurement, data analysis, astrostatistics, astronomical observations, astrophysics theory and general relativity are encouraged. Applications from Ph.D. holders with strong interdisciplinary connections (e.g., to optics, computer science, theoretical physics) or those with backgrounds in adjoint fields are welcome.

The appointment will be for a three-year term starting in 2017. The Prize Fellowship comes with a generous research and travel budget.

For full consideration, candidates must apply online, see http://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/gwgroup/jobs for full details. The deadline for application is 6 January 2017.

For informal enquiries please contact: Prof. Alberto Vecchio (av[at]star.sr.bham.ac.uk), Prof. Andreas Freise (a.freise[at]bham.ac.uk), or Prof. Ilya Mandel (imandel[at]star.sr.bham.ac.uk).

Two postdoctoral positions in gravitational-wave physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Two postdoctoral positions are available in the gravitation and cosmology group at the Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. These two positions are open for candidates who are working in the area of gravitational-wave physics, supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NNSFC).

Excellent applicants with a PhD in theoretical physics or other related fields are welcome to apply for the positions. For application, one should submit:

1) a curriculum vitae including a list of publications;

2) two recommendation letters should be sent directly by the referees;

3) a research plan.

All application materials should be submitted electronically as PDF files to Ms. Yaning Sun at syn[AT]itp.ac.cn.

The deadline of the application is April 15, 2017.

Postdoctoral position in Theoretical Cosmology, Bilbao, Spain

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral position in the area of Theoretical Cosmology beginning in September 2017. The position will be held in the Department of Theoretical Physics at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Bilbao, Spain. The successful candidates are required to hold a PhD at the starting date of the position.

Our group includes Ana Achucarro, Igor Bandos, Jose Juan Blanco-Pillado, Sugumi Kanno, Juan Luis Manes, Eugenio Megias, Jon Urrestilla, Manuel Valle as well as several graduate students. The group also benefits from close ties with other faculty members of the department which includes, Mariam Bouhmadi-Lopez, Inigo Egusquiza, Alexander Feinstein, Jesus Ibanez, Ruth Lazkoz, Jose M. M. Senovilla and Raul Vera.

Our research interests focus on inflationary cosmology, topological defects and other applications to cosmology within field theory as well as String Theory. For more information on the group see (http://tp.lc.ehu.es/earlyuniverse/ ). The appointment will be for two years.

Interested candidates should send a CV, statement of research interests and publication list, and arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be submitted to:

early-universe-cosmo[AT]ehu.es

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of completed applications will begin on January 31st, 2017.

Postdoc in Nottingham, UK

The University of Nottingham invites applications for three Research Associate/Fellows within the Particle Theory group at the School of Physics & Astronomy and the Quantum Gravity group in the School of Mathematical Sciences.

One of the positions is funded by an STFC consolidated grant. The person appointed will be expected to work with members from either of the two groups on aspects of late universe cosmology which can include; dark matter, dark energy, modified gravity, approaches to solving the cosmological constant problem, strong gravity and black holes.

The other two positions are to work with Dr Clare Burrage, and form part of the research project “New Searches for Dark Energy” funded by the Leverhulme Trust. An important aspect of these positions will be proposing and developing new ways to test theories of dark energy and modified gravity against observations from cosmological to subatomic scales. The post holders will also be encouraged to interact with the other members of the two groups.

The Particle Theory group is headed by Ed Copeland, and includes Tasos Avgoustidis, Clare Burrage, Anne Green, Adam Moss, Tony Padilla and Paul Saffin. The Quantum Gravity group is headed by John Barrett, and includes Kirill Krasnov, Jorma Louko, Thomas Sotiriou and Silke Weinfurtner. Members of the groups participate in DES, Planck, Euclid and LISA.

Candidates for all three positions are expected to have, or be working towards, a PhD in theoretical physics or a related field. The STFC position is available from October 2017, and the Leverhulme funded positions are available from March 2017 and will be available for a period of three years.

Interested candidates should submit pdf files of their CV, a list of publications and a research proposal which includes a summary of their research accomplishments through the online application system:

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/currentvacancies/ref/SCI432416

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Clare Burrage, tel: 0115 9567903 and Prof Ed Copeland, tel: 0115 9515164 or email clare.burrage[AT]nottingham.ac.uk and ed.copeland[AT]nottingham.ac.uk Please note that applications sent directly to these email addresses will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Three postdoctoral positions in Gravitation, Astrophysics, Cosmology and Fundamental Interactions at CBPF, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A call is now open for postdoctoral researchers at the Brazilian Center for Physics Research / Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas (CBPF) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro has a dynamic scientific atmosphere, with several research-intensive Universities and independent centres, among which CBPF, which is one of the top research institutions in Physics in South America. In particular, CBPF has recently created a new department of Astrophysics, Cosmology and Fundamental Interactions – COSMO, with 10 faculty members carrying out research comprising (but not limited to) the following areas: gravitational waves; gravitational lensing; theoretical and observational cosmology (dark matter and dark energy, early Universe, quantum cosmology, alternative models); black hole physics; quantum field theory and supersymmetry; nuclear astrophysics.

We particularly encourage candidates with research interests in the above fields to apply for one of the three postdoctoral positions available at COSMO: one “senior” (with a monthly stipend of Brazilian R$5,200 net), for candidates who finished a Ph.D. at least 2 years ago, and two “junior” ones (with a monthly stipend of R$4,160 net). Each position is to start some time between April and May, 2017 and its length is up to 2 years, subject to renewal every 6 months. The selection procedure consists of: (i) an email by February 7, 2017, to the address pci2016[AT]cbpf.br containing a C.V., a letter of support from a CBPF professor as potential advisor and a research project of at most 5 pages, and (ii) a 30-minute presentation of the research project (which can be done by videoconference) some time to be arranged between March 13 and 17, 2017.

For further information, please see:
http://www.cbpf.br/~mcasals/index.html
http://portal.cbpf.br/chamada-publica-pci-2016

Research Associates in Cosmology and in Gravitation at the University of Cambridge, UK

Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Research Associate positions in the Relativity and Gravitation Group and the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. The successful candidates will work with academic staff (John Barrow, Anthony Challinor, Mihalis Dafermos, Anne Davis, James Fergusson, Gary Gibbons, Stephen Hawking, Harvey Reall, Jorge Santos, Paul Shellard, and Ulrich Sperhake) and research staff (Tobias Baldauf, David Marsh, and Ewald Puchwein) on theoretical and computational projects related to CMB observations and inflation, scalar fields, and black holes and gravitational physics. The specific projects are:

The first position focuses on advancing the confrontation between observational CMB and large-scale structure data and the standard inflationary paradigm. The research programme includes developing robust predictions from inflationary models for the distribution of galaxies through quantitative developments in gravitational perturbation theory, as well as obtaining insights in inflationary theory, in light of observational information about higher-order correlators and tensor modes.

The second post will study black holes and gravitational physics. The purpose is to model the dynamics of astrophysical system containing black holes and neutron stars and their gravitational wave emission in the framework of Einstein’s general relativity and generalizations of the theory.

The positions are expected to be available from 1 April 2017, but the start date is flexible and can be delayed until October 2017. Applicants should have, or be about to obtain, a PhD in a relevant area of theoretical physics, and have an established track record of original research and experience of working in collaboration.

Duties will include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. The role holders will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required, and to assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies. The successful candidates must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. They may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating to the research area.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 3 years in the first instance.

Further information about the Relativity and Gravitation Group can be found at http://damtp.cam.ac.uk/research/gr/

Informal enquiries may be made to Paul Shellard (LE10920[AT]maths.cam.ac.uk).

To apply, please go to http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/12331/

Please indicate the contact details of three academic referees on the online application form and upload a full curriculum vitae and a description of your recent research (not to exceed three pages). Please ensure that at least one of your referees is contactable at any time during the selection process, and is made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

Please quote reference LE10920 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The Department would particularly welcome applications from women, since women are, and have historically been, underrepresented on our research staff.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Postdoctoral position in Quantum Gravity and Quantum Cosmology, Beijing Normal University

The Center for Relativity and Gravitation at Beijing Normal University has one post-doctoral position opening from September 2017 in the areas of quantum gravity and quantum cosmology. The appointment will be for two years.

The gravity group consists of Sijie Gao, Wenbiao Liu, Hong Lu, Yongge Ma, Hongbao Zhang, Bin Zhou and Jianyang Zhu. In addition, the retired professors Canbin Liang and Zheng Zhao join the academic activities frequently, and Abhay Ashtekar, Jerzy Lewandowski, Carlo Rovelli and Thomas Thiemann hold visiting professorships at the Institute. The areas of research in the group concern loop quantum gravity, black hole physics, general relativity, higher dimensional gravity and cosmology, supergravity, AdS/CFT etc.. For further information on the group, see the webpage:
http://physics.bnu.edu.cn/application/research/gravity/index.html

Interested candidates should send a CV, a publication list and a statement of research proposal and arrange to have two recommendation letters (one from the PhD advisor of the applicant) sent directly to Yongge Ma by:

mayg[AT]bnu.edu.cn, yonggema[AT]yahoo.com

The deadline for receipt of all application material is Feburary 28, 2017.

Postdoctoral position in Relativistic Theoretical Astrophysics at UIB, Spain

The gravity group at the Balearic Islands University (UIB) invites applications for a postdoctoral position in Relativistic Theoretical Astrophysics.

Candidates should have a PhD in astrophysics or physics. Candidates with research experience with simulations in numerical relativity, relativistic hydrodynamics and MHD are particularly encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will work with the PIs Carlos Palenzuela and Joan Masso, in collaboration with Carles Bona, on different subjects related to the modeling of sources of gravitational waves like neutron stars and black holes. Further faculty members in the UIB gravity include Alicia Sintes, Sasha Husa, Carles Bona-Casas, Joan Stela and Jaume Carot. Additionally, the relativity group will have three postdoctoral researchers and 6 PhD students. The group also has a research programmer.

Nominal starting date of the position is Fall of 2017, but an earlier starting date might be possible. The initial appointment will be for 1 year, with renewal for a second year expected, depending on satisfactory progress. Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, brief description of research interests and achievements, as well as arranging for three letters of recommendation to be sent to Carlos Palenzuela ( carlos.palenzuela[AT]uib.es ). Please address inquiries about the position to the same email.

Review of applications will begin on December 15, but the search will remain open until the position is filled.