Postdoctoral Positions in Geometric Analysis and Gravitation at the AEI, Potsdam, Germany

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Deadline:  2012-12-15

Location:  Potsdam, Germany

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) will fill research positions in the areas

General Relativity and Cosmology
Geometric Analysis
Geometric Measure Theory
Numerical General Relativity

The division of Geometric Analysis and Gravitation includes research groups by U. Menne and O. Rinne.

Research programs concern the mathematical problems of general relativity and related physical theories, and are based in analysis, geometry and numerical analysis. In particular, non-linear partial differential equations are a common theme of our research.

The Einstein field equations model both the behaviour of cosmological models and of isolated gravitating systems such as stars, black holes and galaxies. Our research addresses the qualitative and quantitative properties of solutions of the Einstein field equations with respect to their local and global behaviour. Other field equations of interest arise from string theory and the consideration of matter models including elasticity, fluids, electromagnetism and gauge theories.

Several mathematical projects involve geometrical variational problems arising in geometry and physics, as well as geometric evolution equations like the mean curvature flow of surfaces and the Ricci-flow of Riemannian metrics.

The central topic of the Max Planck research group Geometric Measure Theory (  is the study of models of generalised submanifolds of Riemannian manifolds such as varifolds, currents, sets, or multiple valued functions. This includes both regularity problems as well as structural questions. The study often benefits from its natural connection to elliptic partial differential equations.

The numerical effort in our division seeks to provide quantitative insight into mathematical problems via a close combination of analytical and numerical methods. Topics of particular interest include conformal methods for the Einstein equations, black hole stability, cosmic censorship and critical phenomena in gravitational collapse, and geometric evolution equations such as Ricci flow.

There are close interactions with the research sections Astrophysical Relativity ( and Quantum Gravity and Unified Theories ( in the Albert Einstein Institute, as well as with the universities in Berlin and Potsdam.

Postdoctoral appointments do not entail teaching duties and are typically for two years, starting September 2013 or earlier.

A limited number of PhD scholarships is available, compare also the website of our International Max Planck Research School (

To apply please fill out this form:
or submit a curriculum vitae, list of publications and statement of research interests, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to

Frau Anne Lampe
Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik
Am Mühlenberg 1
D-14476 Golm
E-Mail: math-rel-jobs[AT]

The deadline for applications in the initial round of appointments is 15. December 2012.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society is certified for its commitment to enhance compatibility of family and career by berufundfamilie (

For further information please contact L. Andersson (, U. Menne ( or O. Rinne (