PhD position in Mathematical Relativity, Hamburg, Germany

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Deadline:  2023-05-25

Location:  Hamburg, Germany

We are offering a position as a doctoral research associate at the department of Mathematics at the University of Hamburg, Germany, in the Geometry and Analysis group led by Prof. Melanie Graf, starting from October 01, 2023 or at a slightly earlier or later date to be negotiated by the successful candidate. The appointment is initially limited to 3 years. Depending on the successful applicant’s experience and interests a suitable PhD thesis project at the cross-section of Analysis, Differential Geometry and Mathematical Relativity and within the existing core areas of expertise of the research group will be developed. Suggested starting points could be, but are certainly not limited to,
– further developing analytic approaches to low-regularity singularity theorems pursued in e.g. arXiv:1910.13915 or
– applying similar techniques as in arXiv:1910.13915 to study scalar curvature in the low-regularity Riemannian setting or
– joining a joint project with Eleni-Alexandra Kontou (King’s College London) investigating singularity theorems based on worldvolume (null) energy conditions (cf. e.g. arXiv:2209.04347).

Doctoral research associates will be expected to participate in continuous scientific exchange with the other members of the research group and the Cluster of Excellence “Quantum Universe” and will become members of the Quantum Universe Research School (QURS), which provides academic and soft skills training, as well as career planning support. In addition, they will receive individual budgets to facilitate the attendance of summer schools and conferences, and to support other educational measures. Additional travel money for project-specific duties will be provided by the hosting research groups. Doctoral research associates may participate in the organization of the Cluster via an early career council. In accordance with the PhD Supervision rules at QURS, doctoral research associates will be advised by a local supervisor (Melanie Graf), a (possibly external) co-supervisor (e.g. Eleni-Alexandra Kontou) and a local mentor from another research area.

Teaching duties currently comprise 2 teaching hours per week. Teaching in English is possible.

– A university degree in a relevant field.
– Candidates should have a strong background in Analysis and Differential Geometry.

Prior experience in General Relativity is helpful but not necessary, while interest in learning concepts and techniques from Mathematical Relativity and in engaging in interdisciplinary collaboration is essential.

The deadline for applications is May 25th and applications with the usual documents (cover letter, CV, copies of degree certificates/transcripts of records) have to be done through the official job portal of the University of Hamburg (see link). Additionally one to two letters of reference should to be submitted directly to bewerbungen[at] Please do not hesitate to contact me at melanie.graf[at] if you have any questions.

The Cluster of Excellence “Quantum Universe” performs research to understand mass and gravity at the interface between quantum physics and cosmology. The research team includes leading scientists from mathematics, particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology at Universitaet Hamburg and DESY. As a University of Excellence, Universitaet Hamburg is one of the strongest research universities in Germany. As a flagship university in the greater Hamburg region, it nurtures innovative, cooperative contacts to partners within and outside academia. It also provides and promotes sustainable education, knowledge, and knowledge exchange locally, nationally, and internationally. The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As women are currently underrepresented in this job category at Universitaet Hamburg according to the evaluation conducted under the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HambGleiG), we encourage women to apply for this position. Equally qualified and suitable female applicants will receive preference. Severely disabled and disabled applicants with the same status will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.