Post-doctoral and Ph.D. positions in Gravitational Wave Astrophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam, Germany

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Deadline:  2017-01-08

Location:  Potsdam, Germany

The Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity division, led by Dr. Alessandra Buonanno, at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam announces the opening of several postdoc appointments and PhD positions. The postdoc positions will be available at different levels, depending on experience and seniority.

The Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity division focuses on several aspects of gravitational-wave astronomy, including (i) theoretical gravitational dynamics and radiation (post-Newtonian theory, gravitational self-force approach, perturbation theory and effective-one-body formalism), (ii) numerical simulations of gravitational-wave sources, (iii) source modeling and analysis of data from gravitational-wave detectors, (iv) astrophysics of compact objects and (v) tests of General Relativity. Members of the division have the opportunity to join the LIGO Scientific Collaboration through the group’s membership. They can also be involved in Pulsar-Timing-Array projects and the LISA mission.

The gravitational-wave data-analysis research at the division also includes work on the detection of continuous gravitational-wave signals, led by Dr. Maria Alessandra Papa’s group and located at the AEI campus in Hannover. Postdoctoral candidates and students interested in this research topic are also encouraged to apply.

The Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity division has high-performance computer clusters to run numerical-relativity simulations, and carry out source modeling and data-analysis studies.

The Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity division has ties with the Physics Department at the University of Maryland, notably the gravitation theory and experimental groups, the Humboldt University in Berlin, and the University of Potsdam.

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for full consideration for both PhD and postdoctoral positions is January 8th, 2017.

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The Max Planck Institute encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.