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Deadline: 2017-11-15
Location: Pasadena, CA, USA

Postdoctoral positions in theoretical gravitational-wave science including numerical relativity, Caltech

The California Institute of Technology invites applications for postdoctoral and senior postdoctoral appointments in theoretical aspects of gravitational-wave science.

These positions are for researchers in any of the three focus areas of our group:

1) NUMERICAL RELATIVITY and COMPUTATIONAL RELATIVISTIC ASTROPHYSICS (Saul Teukolsky, Mark Scheel, Francois Hebert, and grad students), including a strong collaboration with the Cornell group led by Saul Teukolsky and Larry Kidder. Systems and phenomena studied include compact binaries (BH/BH, NS/BH, NS/NS) as well as stellar collapse and supernova explosions.

2) GRAVITATIONAL-WAVE SOURCE ANALYSIS, DATA ANALYSIS, AND ASTROPHYSICS [Yanbei Chen, Sterl Phinney, Curt Cutler, Leo Stein, Michele Vallisneri, and grad students]. This effort has close ties to the Caltech theoretical astrophysics and observational astronomy programs, to the Caltech numerical relativity group, to the LIGO Laboratory, to the JPL gravitational-wave group, and to the Caltech NANOGrav group.

3) GRAVITATIONAL-WAVE DETECTORS [Yanbei Chen, Rana Adhikari, and grad students.] This involves the application of quantum measurement and quantum control theory to advanced gravitational-wave detectors, as well as the formulation of experimental tests of quantum mechanics that can be performed on these detectors. This research is carried out in collaboration or interaction with members of the LIGO Lab, and other Caltech research groups.

These three research programs are embedded in Caltech’s TAPIR group (Theoretical Astrophysics Including Relativity), and the Walter Burke Institute For Theoretical Physics , and are associated with the Caltech/JPL Association for Gravitational Wave Research, which includes the Caltech portion of LIGO and the Caltech/JPL portion of LISA.

By a single application one can be considered for Caltech’s Burke Postdoctoral Fellowships in Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics, including Relativity [see] and for regular postdoctoral and senior postdoctoral positions.

The application deadline is November 15, though late applications will continue to be considered until all positions are filled.


Application materials should include curriculum vitae with email address and with citizenship indicated, bibliography of publications (with refereed articles identified), web locations of manuscripts not yet published, and a description of the desired research directions. Please ensure that at least three letters of recommendation are provided by the writers to the same website, On the application website, please choose “Gravitational Physics” as the “primary focus” in the pulldown menu.

Caltech is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Caltech is committed to working with and providing access and reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical or mental disabilities. To request disability accommodations for any part of the interview or hiring process, please contact 626-395-3821 for assistance or contact jvarlet[AT]

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