Postodoctoral Felloships in Astrophysical Relativity, Bangalore, India

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Deadline:  2023-12-31

Location:  Bangalore, India

The International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), TIFR, Bangalore, India invites applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships. ICTS provides a stimulating intellectual atmosphere and state-of-the-art facilities for academic research. In addition to the vibrant in-house research program, ICTS holds several visitor-oriented programs in its state-of-the-art campus in Bangalore.

Initial postdoctoral appointments will be for two years, which will be renewable for the third year in exceptional cases after a review. Postdoctoral fellows are eligible for ICTS accommodation or a house rent allowance, medical benefits, and travel support for participation in important international meetings. Fellows will also have opportunities to participate in the teaching of graduate courses at ICTS.

Applications are invited from highly motivated young scientists with a proven track record. Candidates must have a PhD degree in physics, astronomy, or related fields. Individuals who have submitted their doctoral thesis can also apply but will be required to have their degrees before joining the position.

Interested candidates should apply online with their curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a research proposal (not more than two pages), and a list of referees. The nominal deadline is 31 December 2023, but applications will be considered until the positions are filled. The nominal starting date of 1 Aug 2024 is negotiable.

The ICTS Astrophysics and Relativity group includes faculty members Parameswaran Ajith, Pallavi Bhat and Prayush Kumar, visiting faculty members Bala R Iyer, Rajaram Nityananda and Tejaswi Venumadhav Nerella as well as several postdocs and graduate students. Rana Adhikari, Sumanta Chakraborty, Poonam Chandra, Shasvath Kapadia and B.S. Sathyaprakash are associate faculty.

The group’s research interests include analytical and numerical relativity including waveform modelling, tests of general relativity, gravitational lensing, astrophysical fluid dynamics, plasma astrophysics, cosmology, gravitational-wave data analysis, machine learning applications, etc. The group is an active member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the LIGO-India Scientific Collaboration. The group hosts a 2500-core LIGO Tier-3 grid computing cluster and has access to high-performance compute clusters at ICTS. The group organizes several ICTS programs every year, including the annual ICTS summer schools on gravitational-wave astronomy.

Founded in 2007, ICTS is a new initiative in Indian science. It is conceived to contribute to the growth of excellence in the basic sciences through its programs, interactions and cross-fertilization between disciplines. ICTS provides a platform and infrastructure to organise various activities in theoretical natural sciences and mathematics.

ICTS has an active in-house research program. Current research spans the following broad areas: Complex systems: Nonlinear dynamics and Data assimilation, Statistical physics, Fluid dynamics and turbulence, Condensed matter physics, Physical biology; Space-time physics: String theory and Quantum field theory, Astrophysical relativity; Mathematics: Differential geometry, Mathematical physics, Dynamical systems, Data assimilation, Monsoon dynamics, Analysis of partial differential equations and applications. Other areas under active consideration are cosmology, multiscale and complex systems including interfaces with theoretical biology, computer science and computational sciences with a strong interface to other research areas at ICTS.

ICTS hosts a variety of visitors and associates-driven programs throughout the year, a highly competitive graduate school as well as an active postdoctoral program that forms an integral part of the in-house research. Located in Bangalore, the garden city of India, with a pleasant and moderate climate, ICTS maintains close ties with the world-class academic ambience of the city.