Postdoctoral position in theoretical gravity at University of Tartu

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Location:  Tartu, Estonia

Estonian Science Foundation (ESF) runs two programs offering postdoc grants at Estonian research institutions: MOBILITAS (Researcher Mobility Programme), and ERMOS (Estonian Research Mobility Scheme), financed with a support of FP7 Marie Curie COFUND “People”.

The gravitation theory group at the Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Estonia is looking for a suitable postdoc candidate to apply for one of these grants, who would be able to contribute to or complement the ongoing research of the group.

Key points

General research area: theoretical aspects of gravity;

Preferred topics: extensions of Einstein’s general relativity (e.g. scalar-tensor gravity), theoretical cosmology beyond the concordance model (especially dark energy).

Duration of the grant: 2 or 3 years.

Amount of the grant: up to 25,600 EUR per year for salary (pre-tax), 3,200 EUR per year for research costs, and a one-time relocation allowance to move in to Estonia.

Eligibility: The postdoctoral research grant can be applied for by a person who has been awarded a doctoral degree or an equivalent qualification not earlier than five years before the start of the grant. (In case that, after obtaining the degree, the applicant was on parental leave or in compulsory military service, the period of qualification is extended by the period of the parental leave or compulsory military service.)


NB! The postdoc application to ESF is submitted together by the applicant and the host institution.

Therefore interested candidates are first invited to send a CV, a list of publications, a brief research proposal, and a letter of recommendation to Dr. Piret Kuusk (piret[AT], head of the gravitation theory group.

The next deadline for applications is
– 25 January 2012 for ERMOS,
– probably late March 2012 for MOBILITAS.

(Due to technical and administrative reasons the application process to ESF has to begin a week or two before the deadline.)