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Deadline: 2020-12-06
Location: Frankfurt, Germany

PhD Position – Gravitational Wave Probes of Dark Matter, Frankfurt, Germany

The Institute of Theoretical Physics at Faculty of Physics at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, invites applications for a

PHD STUDENT POSITION (all genders welcome)
(E13 TV-G-U, 65%-part-time)

at the interface of theoretical gravitational wave physics, particle physics and cosmology, with a starting date as soon as possible. The duration of the position is limited to 3 years. The salary grade is based on the job characteristics of the collective agreement (TV-G-U) applicable to Goethe University.

The position is funded by the DFG Collaborative Research Center CRC-TR 211 “Strong-interaction matter under extreme conditions”. The salary grade is based on the job characteristics of the collective agreement (TV-G-U) applicable to Goethe University.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The successful candidate will join the newly set-up group of Prof. Dr. Laura Sagunski and pursue cutting-edge research at the interface of gravitational wave physics, particle physics and cosmology to explore the particle nature of dark matter with gravitational waves.

Possible topics include for example exploring dark matter effects on gravitational wave signals from binary mergers (dark matter density spikes, dark fifth forces) or gravitational waves from phase transitions in the Early Universe in extensions of the Standard Model of particle physics.

The prospective candidate will closely interact with the other members of the CRC-TR 211 and the Astrophysics Groups at the Institute of Theoretical Physics and at the Frankfurt Institute of Advanced Studies (FIAS).

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: The ideal candidate has a Master’s degree in physics or astrophysics, a strong background in theoretical gravitational wave physics, particle physics and/or cosmology, and solid knowledge of at least on programming language (Python, C++). Experience with general-relativistic numerical simulations is of advantage but not a prerequisite.

APPLICATION MATERIAL AND DEADLINE: Applications, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a short research summary and out-look, and a copy of the Master’s certificate, should be sent electronically to: Mrs Astrid Steidl (steidl@itp.uni-frankfurt.de) and CC-ed to sagunski[AT]itp.uni-frankfurt.de

Applicants should also arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent separately to the e-mail addresses above. The application deadline is Dec 06, 2020.

Goethe University is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the number of women in research and teaching. Qualified female researchers are therefore especially encouraged to apply. Severely handicapped applicants with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone.


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