Contact:  frank.ohme[AT]ligo.orgLocation:  Hannover, Germany
Update: This call has been closed. No further applications will be accepted.
The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Hannover is offering a position for a PhD student in the newly formed independent research group led by Frank Ohme. The research focus is on the interpretation of gravitational-wave observations made by the Advanced LIGO+Virgo network with the help of Bayesian parameter estimation techniques and numerical simulations of colliding binaries. The start date is negotiable, but can be as early as 1st January 2017. We offer a Max Planck funding contract for 3 years, with potential extension of further 6 months.
We are part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. The independent research group will use large scale numerical simulations of colliding black hole (and/or neutron star) binaries to interpret experimental data from gravitational-wave detectors and extract the source properties of binary observations. Other research pursued at the Albert Einstein Institute include analysis algorithms for a variety of gravitational-wave sources, analytical and numerical signal modelling, tests of General Relativity, as well as gravitational-wave detector improvements.
We are looking for a highly motivated student to work in our newly established independent research group. You should have a University degree in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science or related fields, with interest in one or more of the following research areas: Gravitational-wave data analysis, gravitational-wave theory, numerical simulations of black hole or neutron star binaries, Bayesian parameter estimation methods, astrophysics of binary formation and merger, signal processing and signal reduction.
For more information, please see http://www.aei.mpg.de/1922169/phd-student-position-in-gravitational-wave-astronomy. For informal enquiries, contact frank.ohme[AT]ligo.org.