Four-year Postdoctoral Position in Scattering Amplitudes and Gravitational Waves at UCLA and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics

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Deadline:  2019-11-15

Location:  Los Angeles, USA and Potsdam, Germany

We invite applications for a four-year postdoctoral position jointly between the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI) in Potsdam, and the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).

The successful candidate will work to advance the understanding of the two-body problem in General Relativity, taking advantage of modern techniques in scattering amplitudes, effective field theory and the double-copy paradigm, to carry out calculations in post-Newtonian and post-Minkowskian approximations for binaries of compact objects, such as black holes and neutron stars. This program is timely and relevant to develop highly accurate waveform models to be used for gravitational-wave observations with the LIGO and Virgo detectors, and future experiments on the ground and in space.

The postdoctoral position is funded at the AEI by the department “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity”, led by Alessandra Buonanno, and at the UCLA, by the “Mani L. Bhaumik Institute for Theoretical Physics”, led by Zvi Bern.

The successful applicant will reside at the AEI for the first 2 years, and at the UCLA for the last 2 years. Visits to the other institution are expected to maintain collaborations with researchers at both institutes throughout.

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For the application submission you will be asked to upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, a 2-page summary of past research achievements, and a 2-page research proposal. Applicants will need to indicate the names of three referees for recommendation letters. Referees will receive an email with instructions on how to upload their letters.

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for full consideration is November 15, 2019. The position is available as early as Summer 2020. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and UCLA are equal opportunity employers, and are committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

For further information please contact Dr. Andre Schirotzek: andre.schirotzek[AT]

Note that a similar advertisement for the joint postdoctoral appointment appears on under the UCLA institution. It is sufficient for candidates to submit the application only to one of the two institutions. Applications will be reviewed jointly at the AEI and UCLA.