Postdoctoral positions in gravitational-wave source modelling, Southampton, UK

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Deadline:  2023-11-14

Location:  Southampton, UK

The University of Southampton is inviting applications for two postdoctoral positions (Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow) in gravitational-wave source modelling. The successful candidates will undertake research as part of Adam Pound’s ERC Consolidator Grant/UKRI Frontier Research Grant programme to model waveforms from small-mass-ratio binaries.

Southampton’s School of Mathematical Sciences is home to a large research group in gravitational physics, currently comprising 16 staff members and a number of postdocs and PhD students. Research in the group includes black-hole and neutron-star physics, gravitational-wave source modelling and data analysis, gravitational self-force, numerical relativity, string theory, and holography. The group is involved in the LISA Consortium, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, and the Einstein Telescope Collaboration, and the successful applicants will contribute to high-accuracy gravitational-wave model development for both current and future detectors.

The ideal candidates will have a track record in at least one of the following research areas: the relativistic two-body problem (including post-Newtonian or post-Minkowskian approximations), gravitational self-force theory, black hole perturbation theory, tidal perturbations of compact bodies, and environmental or beyond-GR effects in extreme-mass-ratio inspirals. The applicants will have, or be about to obtain, a relevant PhD degree in physics or mathematics.

The Research Fellow post will be for 3 years, and the Senior Research Fellow post will be for 4 years, with negotiable start dates. Both fellows will additionally have the opportunity to join a tight-knit collaboration that links Southampton to University College Dublin, the Albert Einstein Institute, the Niels Bohr Institute, the Universite’ libre de Bruxelles, and others. The Senior Research Fellow will lead one or more projects within the collaboration.

Applications should be made at, with a deadline of 14 November 2023. A complete application should include (i) a CV, including a list of publications, and (ii) a statement of research interests (no more than 1 page).

Informal enquiries may be made to Adam Pound at