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Deadline: 2017-11-30
Location: Hannover, Germany

Postdoctoral position at Albert Einstein Institute, Hannover, Germany

The Max-Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hannover Germany (Albert Einstein Institute) invites applications for post-doctoral and long-term visiting positions in the Division of Observational Relativity and Cosmology [1]. The Division, led by Prof. Bruce Allen, consists of more than 25 scientists and several highly-qualified scientific programmers and sysadmins; the senior scientists are Dr. Badri Krishnan and Dr. Reinhard Prix. The Division works closely with two independent research groups hosted at the Institute, led by Dr. M. Alessandra Papa and Dr. Frank Ohme.

The Division’s core research area is gravitational-wave astronomy and the analysis of data from gravitational-wave detectors. Applications are welcome from those with experience in all related areas of astronomy and physics. We seek excellence, creativity, and enthusiasm, and choose candidates based both on potential and on specific scientific expertise and accomplishments. Scientists have the option to join the LIGO Scientific Collaboration through membership in our group, giving them full access to data from the LIGO, Virgo and GEO600 detectors.

Post-doctoral appointments will be for two years, with the possibility of further extension. The start date is expected to be in the second quarter of 2018, but may be earlier. We also welcome inquiries regarding long-term visits by senior researchers and faculty.

We are proud to provide a stimulating and dynamic research environment with broad opportunities. The current focus is the hunt for gravitational waves in data from the most sensitive ground-based interferometric detectors. This includes searches for long-lived signals from rapidly-rotating neutron stars, transient signals from the inspiral and coalescence of binary neutron stars and/or black holes, and unmodelled burst signals. These searches have already led to several binary black hole detections, and discoveries from other types of sources expected in the near future.

Application materials, including a cover letter, a CV with a list of publications, and a research statement should be sent to
jobs-gw-han[AT]aei.mpg.de no later than November 30, 2017. The applicant should arrange for three reference letters to be sent to the same email address. Applications will be considered as they arrive, until all positions are filled.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and to increase the number of women in those areas (such as this) where they are underrepresented. We explicitly encourage applications from such qualified individuals.


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