Contact:  thomas.hertog[AT]kuleuven.beLocation:  Leuven, Belgium
The Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Institute of Astronomy at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of KU Leuven, invite applications for several joint postdoctoral positions in the area of gravitational wave physics.
Both Institutes are members of the LISA Science Consortium. Besides staff instrumentalists, the gravity groups include astrophysicists and theorists (G. Nelemans, T. Hertog. T. Van Riet, N. Bobev, A. Van Proeyen), together with a large number of students and postdocs, and they participate in a vibrant and extensive network of collaborations worldwide. The positions are for two, and possibly three years. They form part of the launch of a new Centre for Gravitational Waves at KULeuven funded by the University and by the Belgian Research Council (FWO) that will work at the interface of theoretical high-energy physics, astrophysics and gravitational wave observations.
Prime areas of research interests on gravitational waves in Leuven in the next few years include the theory and modelling of gravitational wave patterns associated with the classical and quantum gravity dynamics of compact systems and their immediate astrophysical environment, and the study of phase transitions in the early universe revealing distinct signatures of the underlying quantum gravity theory. These predictions will also be linked to existing astrophysical data.
Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for full consideration is February 1st, 2017.
In order to apply, interested candidates should email as a single pdf file a cover letter and their curriculum vitae, including a research statement and a publication list (preferably with a link to SPIRES), as well as the names of at least three referees who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf, to Anneleen Marcelis (anneleen.marcelis[AT]kuleuven.be).
Further information about these positions can be obtained from Prof. T. Hertog (thomas.hertog[AT]kuleuven.be) or Prof. G. Nelemans (nelemans[AT]astro.ru.nl).