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.