PhD position in gravity theory at the University of Tartu, Estonia

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Deadline:  2017-03-01

Location:  Tartu, Estonia

The Laboratory of Theoretical Physics at the Institute of Physics of the University of Tartu, Estonia is looking for candidates to apply for a 4-year PhD / doctorate position. The topics of interest focus upon extensions to general relativity and modified gravity, including:

* mathematical foundations of gravity,
* modifications to the geometry of spacetime,
* gravity theories based on Finsler, Cartan, Weizenböck or Riemann-Cartan geometry,
* gravity theories including multiple metrics,
* gravity theories including torsion,
* (multi-)scalar-tensor and related gravity theories,
* phenomenology of modified gravity, including gravitational waves, black holes, galaxies,
* cosmological aspects of modified gravity.

The position depends on external funding and the applications will be processed in two stages. In the first stage, all applications will be reviewed by the gravity research group at the University of Tartu. Then the selected candidate and the University of Tartu will apply for funding via the programme DoRa+. The final decision on the funding will be made by the funding agency Archimedes and the University of Tartu.

The position will be held in conjunction with the Estonian centre of excellence in research “The Dark Side of the Universe” (TK133) and the grant “Geometrical foundations of gravity and their comparison with observations” (PUT790), and aligned with the “Cosmology and Astrophysics Network for Theoretical Advances and Training Actions” (CANTATA).

The PhD student will be supervised by Dr. Manuel Hohmann. A supporting scholarship from combined sources will be about €600 per month. Applications for the PhD thesis position must include:

* curriculum vitae,
* one letter of recommendation,
* diploma of master’s degree or equivalent,
* summary of research experience and a statement of interests up to two pages.

Deadline for the PhD student application is March 1st 2017, 21:59 GMT.

Further details on the external funding to be applied for can be found on the programme’s website:

All applications for the aforementioned position must be submitted electronically to manuel.hohmann[AT] Documents in the PDF format as a single file are recommended.

Please note that the deadline has been shortened to March 1st 2017, 21:59 GMT, in order to comply with an unexpected change in the faculty’s overall schedule for the admission of doctoral projects.