Simons Postdoctoral Research Associate in Gravitation and Cosmology at Princeton University, USA

The Physics Department at Princeton University expects to have a postdoctoral position for a candidate working at the interface between theoretical cosmology and general relativity, nominally starting September 1, 2020. The initial appointment will be for one year, renewable up to three years contingent on continued funding and satisfactory performance. A PhD in Physics, Astrophysics, Mathematics, or a related area is required.

The postdoctoral fellow will be supported by a Simons Foundation targeted grant under the Initiative entitled New Directions in Gravitational Theory and Cosmology: Cosmological Bounces & Bouncing Cosmologies (see http://bouncingcosmology.com). The fellow will be part of an international collaboration pursuing a broad range of fundamental problems in cosmology and general relativity using a spectrum of techniques that include analytical and numerical relativity and field theory. Interested candidates with a wide range of backgrounds, which might include cosmology, general relativity or high energy physics, will be considered.

Applications will begin to be reviewed on December 1, 2019. Under the link below, you may upload a recent CV, research statement and contact information for three referees who will be solicited to provide letters of support.

For more information please contact Paul Steinhardt at steinh[AT]princeton.edu.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

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

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.

In order to apply, please visit AcademicJobsOnline.org:

https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/15104

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]aei.mpg.de

Note that a similar advertisement for the joint postdoctoral appointment appears on AcademicsJobsOnline.org 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.

Postdoctoral positions in Computational Relativistic Astrophysics division at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics at Potsdam, Germany

The “Computational Relativistic Astrophysics” division at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (the Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam led by Masaru Shibata (director) announces the opening of several postdoc appointments. The postdoctoral position will be available at different levels, depending on experience and seniority, and can last for different number of years.

The “Computational Relativistic Astrophysics” division is currently composed of one group leader (Dr. Kenta Kiuchi), one senior scientist (Shinya Wanajo), and 8 junior researchers, and focuses on several research topics in theoretical astrophysics, computational astrophysics, and general relativity. The members in this division are working in the following topics: (i) numerical relativity with matter fields for a variety of relativistic phenomena like mergers of neutron-star binaries (binary neutron stars and black hole-neutron star binaries), long-term evolution of the merger remnants, stellar collapse to a black hole/neutron star, and long-term evolution of accretion disks around a black hole/neutron star. (ii) deriving accurate gravitational waves from neutron-star binaries by numerical relativity simulation for a variety of neutron-star equations of state. (iii) modeling electromagnetic counterparts (kilonovae, short gamma-ray bursts, radio flare, precursors, etc) associated with neutron-star mergers. (iv) nucleosynthesis calculation associated with neutron-star mergers and stellar collapse. (v) modeling gravitational waves emitted in the supernova explosion/proto neutron star evolution. (vi) studies for the formation processes of a variety of black holes (stellar-mass, intermediate-mass, and supermassive black holes) and for gravitational-wave and electromagnetic signals associated with the formation processes. (vii) Stellar evolution calculation. Researching other topics (even for non-relativistic/non-computational astrophysics) is also encouraged.
The researchers in the “Computational Relativistic Astrophysics” division can use high-performance computers at Max Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF: https://www.mpcdf.mpg.de) and several clusters (sakura and yamazaki) in this division.

For more details, please visit
https://www.aei.mpg.de/2306007/postdoctoral-positions-in-computational-relativistic-astrophysics
The deadline for full consideration is December 9th, 2019. The positions will be available from any time after April 2020.

Postdoctoral position in gravitational wave theory at Nikhef, Amsterdam, The Netherlands,

The gravitational physics division at Nikhef, the National Institute for Subatomic Physics in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in gravitational wave theory, with an emphasis on the numerical and analytical modeling of binary neutron star and neutron star-black hole coalescences. The successful candidate will be part of the team of data analysts and phenomenologists led by Prof. Dr. C. Van Den Broeck and Dr. S. Caudill, which currently consists of 4 postdocs and 4 PhD students and will grow substantially over the next year. In addition, the gravitational physics division at Nikhef (led by Prof. F. Linde) has close ties with gravitational wave researchers at universities and institutes across the Netherlands, which apart from instrumentalists includes astronomers, astrophysicists, and theorists, such as Baumann, Bertone, Groot, Hinderer, Jonker, Levan, Moesta, Nelemans, and Nissanke. There is also vibrant collaboration with individuals and groups around the world.

The position is initially for two years and extendable by a third year. When applying, please be prepared to upload a cover letter, publication list, and curriculum vitae including a brief description of your research interest. Also, please separately arrange for least three references who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The deadline for full consideration is 22 November 2019, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Further information can be obtained from Prof. Dr. C. Van Den Broeck (vdbroeck[AT]nikhef.nl).

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Gravitational Physics at the University of Virginia, USA

The gravity group in the Department of Physics at the University of Virginia invites applications for a postdoctoral research-associate position in gravitational physics. 

The successful applicant will work with Assistant Professor David Nichols and other members of the gravity group (Assistant Professor Kent Yagi, Research Associate Alex Saffer, and several graduate and undergraduate students). There will also be the opportunity to work with other members of the Department of Physics, the Department of Astronomy, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) with whom the gravity group collaborates. Research associates have access to the Rivanna cluster, the high-performance-computing system housed at the University of Virginia, which has 8000 cores.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in Physics, Astronomy, or a related field by the beginning of the appointment. It would be beneficial for candidates to have significant research experience in some aspect of gravitational physics (such as analytical or numerical relativity, gravitational-wave data analysis, multi-messenger astrophysics, or cosmology), which would be demonstrated, for example, by papers published and talks delivered on these subjects.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at  https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UVAJobs/job/Charlottesville-VA/Research-Associate-in-Gravitational-Physics_R0011062 and attach a one-page cover letter, a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and experience (at most three pages), and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters. Please submit these attachments as PDF files and format them using at least 11pt font and 1-inch margins. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled. Starting date is flexible, but the anticipated start date is September 1, 2020.

This is a one-year appointment; however, the appointment may be renewed for two additional one-year terms, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance. 

For questions about the position, please contact David Nichols, Assistant Professor, at david[dot]nichols{at}virginia[dot]edu.

For questions about the application, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at rkh6j{at}virginia.edu

For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit https://postdoc.virginia.edu/ and https://hr.virginia.edu/benefits.

Centrally located in Virginia, Charlottesville boasts a thriving intellectual community and cultural life, with easy access to recreational venues and convenient travel to Richmond, Washington D.C. and SAMSI, which combine to make UVa a most desirable place to live and work. For more information about UVA and the area, please visit http://uvacharge.virginia.edu/guide.html.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

Post-doctoral position in Gravitational Wave Instrumentation at UCLouvain, Belgium

The CP3 center (http://cp3.phys.ucl.ac.be/) at the IRMP Research Institute in Mathematics and Physics of the Universite’ catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) has an opening for a post-doctoral research position on development and commissioning of instrumentation for gravitational wave detectors.

The IRMP institute hosts, among others, research on fundamental interactions and cosmology equally strongly on the experimental and theoretical fronts. More than 100 physicists and mathematicians from all over the world currently work at the IRMP. Physicists of the IRMP have recently joined the Virgo Collaboration at the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) and are launching a new research program in gravitational wave physics which includes important contributions to the Virgo detection and computing systems as well as to LIGO/Virgo data analysis and gravitational wave cosmology. The group will also participate in the construction of a research and development facility, funded by the EU through its Interreg Europe programme, aimed to prepare the construction of the Einstein Telescope project.

The selected candidate is expected to take a leading role in current and future upgrade projects of the Virgo interferometer and to the activities related to the design and construction of the Einstein Telescope. The appointment is available for two years, and could possibly be extended to 3 years subject to mutual satisfaction and availability of funds. The position is supported by a joint research program in gravitational wave physics between the CP3 center (http://cp3.phys.ucl.ac.be/) and the CURL group (https://curl.group/) at UCLouvain and the STAR institute (https://www.star.uliege.be/) at Université de Liège. Computing resources and support for traveling are excellent.

Applications including a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a brief statement of research interests and at least two recommendation letters from senior scientists should be submitted on-line, by the 15th of January 2020, at the accompanying URL.

For more information, please, contact

Giacomo Bruno (Giacomo.Bruno[AT]uclouvain.be ; tel: +32 (0)10 473215)

Post-doctoral position in Gravitational Wave Cosmology at UCLouvain, Belgium

The CURL group (https://curl.irmp.ucl.ac.be) at the IRMP Research Institute in Mathematics and Physics of the Universite’ catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) has an opening for a post-doctoral research position in the field of gravitational wave cosmology starting fall 2020.

Applicants with expertises in gravitational wave signatures of early universe physics, stochastic gravitational wave background, cosmic defects, primordial black holes, cosmic inflation, as well as data analysis for current and future gravitational wave interferometers, such as LIGO/Virgo and LISA, are particularly encouraged to apply.

The appointment is available for two years, and could possibly be extended to 3 years depending on mutual satisfaction and available funding.

The position is supported by a joint research program in gravitational wave physics between the CP3 center (https://cp3.phys.ucl.ac.be) and the CURL group (https://curl.irmp.ucl.ac.be) at UCLouvain and the STAR institute (https://www.star.uliege.be) at Universite’ de Liege. Computing resources and support for travelling are excellent.

Letters of application (including a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a brief statement of research interests) and at least two recommendation letters from senior scientists should be submitted on-line, by the 15th of January 2020, at the accompanying URL.

For more information, please contact: christophe.ringeval[AT]uclouvain.be

Cosmology, Universe and Relativity at Louvain
Institute of Mathematics and Physics
Louvain University
2, Chemin du Cyclotron
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
Belgium

Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Relativistic Astrophysics and Numerical Relativity at West Virginia University, USA

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at West Virginia University is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of Computational Relativistic Astrophysics/Numerical Relativity.

The successful candidate will:
* Develop next-generation numerical relativity software.
* Perform state-of-the-art simulations; analyze and visualize simulation data; and write scientific papers summarizing work.
* Work with a multi-institution network of collaborators on a variety of next-generation numerical relativity projects such as:
– Supercomputer simulations of magnetized binary neutron star mergers with IllinoisGRMHD (https://illinoisgrmhd.net) and realistic equations of state.
– A volunteer-computing / public-outreach project called BlackHoles@Home (https://blackholesathome.net), which is aimed at unlocking the consumer-grade desktop computer as a core tool for numerical relativity simulations of black holes and black hole binaries.

The preferred start date is August 15, 2020, though earlier start dates are acceptable. This position may be renewed in annualized increments for up to three years, contingent upon performance, need, and funding. The screening process will begin on December 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

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* Ph.D. in Physics or a related field required.
* Strong programming skills (C and Python, or closely related languages).
* Experience in high-performance computing and large-scale data analysis.
* Excellent ability to communicate research to both experts and non-experts.

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* Resume or CV
* Cover letter
* Three letters of recommendation

West Virginia University Research Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Corporation values diversity among its employees and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

Faculty position on gravitational wave astronomy at the University of Glasgow (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader), UK

The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow have an opening for a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader with a research focus on gravitational wave astronomy.

More details can be found by going to the external link and clicking ‘Apply’. The closing date for applications is the 29th of October 2019.

Successful applicants will be working with members of the Institute for Gravitational Research to tackle challenges in gravitational wave astronomy with ground-based and spacebourne observatories.

Call for “La Caixa” postdoctoral fellowships at IGFAE, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The “La Caixa” foundation has announced a call for postdoctoral fellowships for excellent researchers, of any nationality, who wish to continue their research career in Spain. They will be offered a three-year employment contract to conduct a research project at accredited centres with the Severo Ochoa or Maria de Maeztu excellence award.
The IGFAE Gravitational Wave Astronomy group at Santiago de Compostela, as a Maria de Maeztu excellence centre, encourages and will support applications to this call.

More information on the fellowship programme and application process are available at http://www.juniorleaderlacaixa.org/ , and on the host institute IGFAE at https://igfae.usc.es/igfae/ . The application deadline is 8 October (registration at https://www.lacaixafellowships.org is required for application). Contact thomas.dent[AT]usc.es or ricardojulio.rodriguez[AT]usc.es in case of questions.

Postdoc position in theoretical particle physics, gravitational physics, and cosmology, Baltimore, USA

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University invites applications for one or more postdoctoral research positions beginning September 2020 in theoretical particle physics, gravitational physics, and cosmology.

The faculty in our group consists of Ibrahima Bah, Emanuele Berti, Marc Kamionkowski, David Kaplan, Jared Kaplan, and Surjeet Rajendran.

A Ph.D. in physics is required. Applications should consist of a CV, list of publications, summary of research interests, and three letters of recommendation.

Postdoctoral positions in Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astrophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam, Germany

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” (ACR) division at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI) in Potsdam announces the opening of several postdoc appointments. The postdoctoral positions will be available at different levels, depending on experience and seniority, and can last from 2 to 5 years.

The ACR division, led by Alessandra Buonanno, is composed of about 30 scientists, including three permanent research group leaders, Jonathan Gair, Harald Pfeiffer, Jan Steinhoff, and the five-year research group leader Miguel Zumalacarregui (as of January 2020). The division also hosts several long and short-term visitors, and it has ties with the Physics Department at the University of Maryland, the Humboldt University in Berlin, and the University of Potsdam.

The ACR division focuses on several aspects of gravitational-wave physics and astrophysics, including (i) theoretical gravitational dynamics and radiation (effective field theory, post-Newtonian and post-Minkowskian expansions, gravitational self-force approach, perturbation theory and effective-one-body formalism), (ii) numerical relativity, most notably simulations of binary black holes and binary neutron stars, (iii) interpretation and analysis of data from gravitational-wave detectors on the ground (LIGO and Virgo) and in space (LISA), (iv) astrophysics of compact objects, (v) cosmography with gravitational waves from binary systems, (vi) cosmology beyond the standard paradigm (dark energy, dark matter, gravitational lensing), and (vii) tests of strong gravity within General Relativity and alternative gravity theories. Members of the division have the opportunity to join the LIGO Scientific Collaboration through the group’s membership, the LISA Consortium, and also participate to building the science case for third generation (3G) ground-based detectors (Einstein Telescope and Cosmic Explorer).

The ACR division has a high-performance computer cluster, Minerva with ~9,500 cores, and a high-throughput computer cluster, Hypatia with ~8,000 cores. Those clusters are used to run numerical-relativity simulations of gravitational-wave sources, and to carry out source modelling and data-analysis studies for current and future gravitational-wave detectors.

To apply, please go to https://www.aei.mpg.de/2419655/postdoctoral-positions-acr-division and follow the instructions.

The ACR division also offers Max Planck Fellowships to non-German scientists. Information on those fellowships and explanations on how to apply are summarized at https://www.aei.mpg.de/2248863/max-planck-fellowships

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for full consideration is November 15, 2019. The positions are available as early as Spring 2020, but they can also start later, in Fall 2020. Applications will be considered until all positions are filled.

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics is an equal opportunity employer, and is 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]aei.mpg.de

Postdoc position at IGC, Penn State, USA

The Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking to fill one or more Postdoctoral Scholar positions in the theoretical aspects of gravitational physics for the academic year 2020-2021. The successful candidate will participate in the research programs led by Professors Abhay Ashtekar and Eugenio Bianchi. These include projects in classical general relativity, especially gravitational waves and cosmology; loop quantum gravity with emphasis on semi-classical issues, spin foams and loop quantum cosmology; all aspects of quantum black holes with emphasis on entanglement entropy, singularity resolution and quantum evaporation; relation between loop quantum gravity and other approaches to quantum gravity; non-perturbative techniques in quantum field theory. We will also consider candidates for the project “The Quantum Information Structure of Spacetime” supported by the John Templeton Foundation. This is a cross-disciplinary project that aims to put the physics of quantum spacetime on an information theoretical basis.

The larger gravity and cosmology group faculty will include Chad Hanna, Viktoriya Giryanskaya, Donghui Jeong, David Radice, Sarah Shandera and B. Sathyaprakash. Successful candidates will be encouraged to interact also with mathematicians in the Center for Fundamental Theory and with members of the Center for Theoretical and Observational Cosmology. During the current academic year, the Institute has 22 post-docs (including Drs. Tommaso De Lorenzo, Anuradha Gupta, Rahul Kashyap, Juan Margalef, Debnandini Mukherjee, Javed Rana, Marc Schneider and Surabhi Sachdev in Gravitation.) For further information on the Institute, see the institute webpage under gravity.psu.edu.

A Ph.D. in physics or a related field is required, with a research record showing a strong background in general relativity, and at least one of the other areas listed above. While the primary responsibility of the successful candidate(s) will be to carry out research in some of these areas, we also expect successful candidates to interact strongly with the other researchers in the gravity and cosmology group at Penn State. The Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos offers significant additional resources for research expenses to exceptional candidates. They can be used for academic travel, computers, software, books, etc, entirely at the Postdoctoral Scholar’s discretion.

Applicants must submit the Penn State electronic application and upload a CV to the Penn State system at the URL given. A cover letter, statement of research interests and CV (including publication list) should be submitted to Academic Jobs Online using the tag 14866. Applicants should also arrange for at least three letters of reference to be submitted to AJO. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled. Applications received by December 8, 2019 are guaranteed full consideration. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

To review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters and policies, please go to the Penn State website for annual security reports which will also explain how to request a paper copy of the Annual Security Report. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Faculty position in theoretical gravitational wave physics at Utrecht University, The Netherlands

The Institute for Theoretical Physics (ITP) is seeking highly motivated candidates for appointment to tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Theoretical Physics. The candidate is expected to work on theoretical studies of neutron stars, black holes, and/or the gravitational waves from the early universe. This position is part of a recruitment plan to promote gravitational-wave physics at Utrecht University and paired with a full professorship and a tenure-track position in experimental gravitational-wave physics at the Institute of Subatomic Physics and Gravitational Waves. Interdisciplinary cooperation within the Department of Physics, especially with the Institute of Subatomic Physics and Gravitational Waves, as well as with the ongoing (Virgo/LIGO) and and future (Einstein Telescope, LISA) gravitational wave experiments is expected.

The successful candidate is also expected to teach and actively participate in fund acquisition. Teaching involves contributing to the curriculum of the Department of Physics at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate:
* holds a PhD in Physics;
* has an outstanding research record in theoretical high energy physics, especially in the field of gravitational-wave physics or in a related field;
* is expected to develop an independent research group largely based on external funding, and is able to initiate and foster local, national, and international collaborations;
* is committed to high-quality teaching at the BSc, MSc and PhD levels, for which the candidate is expected to meet the requirements for the basic teaching qualification (BKO) within two years after the start of the appointment.

For more information about this position, please contact Umut Gursoy (Professor), via u.gursoy[AT]uu.nl or +31 30 253 59 03.

Postdoctoral position in numerical relativity at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

The appointment is for up to two years with a starting date as soon as possible and a salary of R220 000 per year, to work on a project “Cauchy Characteristic Matching, and Other Uses of the Characteristic Method in Numerical Relativity”. In particular, we are seeking to further develop our matching code, which uses the Cactus framework with a BSSN code in the interior and a characteristic code in the exterior. The faculty members involved in this project are
Nigel Bishop – see https://scholar.google.co.za/citations?user=m8CpFJkAAAAJ&hl=en
Denis Pollney – see https://scholar.google.co.za/citations?user=lOK_rucAAAAJ&hl=en
Chris Stevens – see https://www.ru.ac.za/mathematics/people/staff/chrisstevens/
Background information about the Department and the University can be found at https://www.ru.ac.za/mathematics/

Please apply via e-mail attaching a single PDF file that contains a letter of application, and a CV with a list of publications and a statement of accomplished research. The application should include the date of award of the PhD degree; and if not yet formally awarded, please explain your current status and the expected date of formal award of the degree. Please also arrange for 2 letters of recommendation to be sent in support of the application. All these items should be emailed to n.bishop[at]ru.ac.za with subject “Postdoc Application – Candidate name”.

This is a re-announcement of the position, and applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Tenure-track assistant professor in gravitational physics and astrophysics at the University of Mississippi, USA

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Mississippi invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in gravitational physics and astrophysics for the Fall of 2020. We seek candidates from any area that complements or diversifies the research interests of our gravitational physics group (faculty members Bombelli, Gupta, and Stein) with expertise in gravitational-wave source modeling, tests of general relativity, quantum gravity, and cosmology, who are members of the LIGO and the Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) collaborations. The successful candidate will also join the recently established Center for Multimessenger Astrophysics. Candidates are expected to develop a research program capable of supporting and leading graduate students to a Ph.D. A competitive startup package is available in the first three years. A Ph.D. in Physics or a related field is required. Faculty members are expected to contribute to the teaching and service activities of the Department and the University. Teaching duties include up to three courses a year at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.

Interested candidates should apply online at https://careers.olemiss.edu/job/University-Assistant-Professor-%28Physics%29-MS-38677/595517600/ and submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, a detailed proposal for developing their research program, and the names of three references who can provide letters of recommendation. Inquiries can be sent to the email address gravitysearch@phy.olemiss.edu or to Gravity Search Committee Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677. Consideration of applications will begin on November 11, 2019, but applications will be accepted until an adequate applicant pool is established or until the position is filled.

Applications from underrepresented groups in physics are strongly encouraged. The department is committed to increasing diversity in the field. The University of Mississippi complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetic information.

Gravitational Wave Astronomy Postdoc at Montana State, Bozeman, USA

The Department of Physics of Montana State University invites applications for a 3-year postdoctoral position in Gravitational Wave Astronomy with an emphasis on Bayesian Inference and AstroStatistics.

The successful candidate will work with Prof. Neil Cornish and his group in the eXtreme Gravity Institute (www.montana.edu/xgi/) at Montana State University. The eXtreme Gravity Institute (XGI) is composed of faculty members Neil Cornish, Bennett Link, Anne Lohfink, Amy Reines, Sachiko Tsuruta and David Nidever. The XGI hosts international workshops and summer schools on topics related to extreme gravity. The institute is also deeply involved in public outreach, formal and informal education.

For the job announcement and application portal see: https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/18272

Members of the eXtreme Gravity Institute are leaders in the application of Bayesian Inference and machine learning to develop new tools for gravitational wave astronomy.
The position is NASA funded, with the goal of developing a comprehensive science analysis approach for the future Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA). Prof. Cornish is a member of the LISA, LIGO and NANOGrav collaborations, and opportunities will be available to conduct research across the gravitational wave spectrum.

Montana State University is located in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. Bozeman is surrounded by stunning mountain ranges, and is close to Yellowstone National Park. The area is renowned for outdoor activities such as alpine and cross-country skiing, mountain climbing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting and camping. See https://www.visitmt.com/places-to-go/cities-and-towns/bozeman.html for more details.

Postdoctoral position in theoretical cosmology and gravitation, Honolulu, USA

The department of Physics at the University of Hawai’i invites applications for a postdoctoral position in theoretical cosmology and gravitation (broadly defined) in the research group of professor J. Sakstein. The start date is expected to be around September 2020. The position is initially for a period of one year with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years, contingent on funding.

The theory/cosmology group consists of faculty with interests in dark matter, dark energy, modified gravity, astrophysics, early universe cosmology, and high energy theory. Additionally, there is a close relationship with the Institute for Astronomy. Candidates with a broad range of overlapping interests are particularly encouraged to apply.

Candidates should hold (or be about to complete) a Ph.D. in theoretical physics, cosmology, gravitation, or any area related to those above, and compensation will be commensurate with experience. The application should consist of:

– A cover letter
– A curriculum vitae
– A publication list
– A statement of research interests
– Three letters of recommendation (to be submitted through academic jobs online)

Applications should be submitted via academic jobs online (see link below), and a review of applications will begin on December 1st.

For more information please contact Jeremy Sakstein (sakstein[AT]sas.upenn.edu).

The University of Hawaii is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a protected veteran, National Guard participation, breastfeeding, and arrest/court record (except as permissible under State law).

Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gravitational Waves & Multi-messenger Astrophysics, Nashville, USA

The Vanderbilt Initiative in Data-Intensive Astrophysics (VIDA) announces the 2019 Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunity in Multi-messenger Astrophysics (MMA).

Successful VIDA Prize Fellows will be expected to conduct original research in theoretical, computational, or observational astrophysics and to disseminate this research through high-impact publications. Fellows are free to work on any of the diverse research efforts within VIDA. In the current cycle we expect to appoint at least one Fellow specifically in gravitational-wave astrophysics and data analysis in Professor Stephen Taylor’s VIPER Group (Vanderbilt Initiative in Probes of Extreme Relativity); candidates in these areas are particularly encouraged to apply, although exceptional candidates in all areas will be considered. VIDA Prize Fellows are appointed to renewable one-year terms, up to a total of three years. The VIDA Fellowship comes with an attractive salary commensurate with other prestigious prize fellowships in astrophysics, full benefits, and a competitive research budget.

VIDA operates within the vibrant Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University, and includes faculty at the forefront of research in Gravitational Waves (Taylor, Holley-Bockelmann), Supermassive Black Holes (Runnoe, Taylor, Holley-Bockelmann), Galaxies and Dark Matter (Berlind), Star Formation (Weintraub), and Stellar Astrophysics and Exoplanets (Stassun). Faculty are world-leaders within MMA collaborations such as NANOGrav, the International Pulsar Timing Array, LISA, SDSS, and LSST. VIDA research is focused on the burgeoning arena of astro-informatics, which confronts the challenges of Big Data analytics, often employs simulation-based methods and machine learning, and lives at the interface of astrophysics, data science, and statistics. Vanderbilt (ranked 15th in 2020 US News & World Report Rankings) houses the state-of-the-art Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education (ACCRE) cluster with ~10,000 cores and bleeding-edge GPU resources, as well as a new Data Science Institute (DSI) with strong faculty connections in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. Nashville is ranked amongst the top 20 cities to live in the US, with thriving scenes in music, art, entertainment, education, and technology.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or equivalent, by the date of appointment. Applicants should ensure that all of the following are sent directly to vida.gravity[AT]gmail.com, with the subject line “VIDA Fellow 2019, LASTNAME FIRSTNAME”, and received by 11.59pm Central US Time on November 30th 2019.
— A cover letter stating the applicant’s overall goals, motivation for applying, and how their research aligns with the position (1 page; LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_Cover.pdf)
— A curriculum vitae including a list of publications and talks. (LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_CV.pdf)
— A description of research accomplishments and future plans (3 page limit, 1 inch margins, 12 pt font; LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_Research.pdf)
— Names and contact details of three professional references (LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_References.pdf)
— Three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to vida.gravity[AT]gmail.com.

Candidates interested in further details are encouraged to contact Professor Stephen Taylor (stephen.r.taylor[AT]vanderbilt.edu, https://my.vanderbilt.edu/stephentaylor/).

VIDA and Vanderbilt University engage in significant efforts to increase diversity and equity in STEM through the Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program (http://fisk-vanderbilt-bridge.org). VIDA Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in these efforts. Vanderbilt University is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and underrepresented minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Tenure Track Faculty Job at Montana State, Bozeman, USA

The Department of Physics at Montana State University invites applications for a tenure-track position with a research emphasis in Gravitational Physics, including the fields of General Relativity, Gravitational Waves, and Cosmology.

Successful candidates will hold a Ph.D. in physics or related field and will have demonstrated the potential to develop and conduct a vigorous research program in areas related to the study, development, and application of gravitational physics. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching and research, and will complement current research collaborations in the Department of Physics. The appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level.

Montana State University values a broad array of experiences and perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive, diverse and culturally rich campus environment. We hope to attract applicants who can teach effectively and have demonstrated ability in helping students succeed. In support of our strategic plan, which promotes access and respect, we enthusiastically encourage members of traditionally underrepresented groups to apply. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples

Montana State University is located in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. Bozeman is surrounded by stunning mountain ranges, and close to Yellowstone National Park. The area is renowned for outdoor activities such as alpine and cross-country skiing, mountain climbing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting and camping. See https://www.visitmt.com/places-to-go/cities-and-towns/bozeman.html for more details.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Gravity, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA

The Illinois Relativity Group at the Department of Physics of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a 2 to 3-year postdoctoral research fellow position (starting in 2020) with a focus on extreme gravity.

The fellowship is intended for a person with a set of wide-ranging interests in extreme gravity and expertise in general relativity and gravitation, with an emphasis in analytical relativity (post-Newtonian, black hole perturbation theory, self-force), data analysis (Bayesian theory, parameter estimation, model selection) and theoretical physics (beyond-Einstein phenomenological models, high energy physics, cosmological modified gravity). In particular, the applicant must demonstrate research experience and creativity, breadth and depth of knowledge in extreme gravity, high productivity and high quality publications, and mastery of written and oral communication. A Ph.D in physics, astronomy, or a related discipline is required by the start of employment.

The successful applicant will join Professor Nico Yunes in the study of eXtreme gravity topics related, such as neutron stars, black holes, compact binary systems, gravitational waves, and experimental tests of General Relativity. These topics can range from theoretical work (e.g. neutron star and black hole solutions in and outside General Relativity, gravitational-waves from inspiraling compact binaries, black hole shadows) to a combination of theory and data-analysis (e.g. Bayesian model selection and parameter estimation) associated with extreme gravity instruments, such as the ground-based (LIGO/Virgo/KAGRA) and space-based gravitational-wave detectors (LISA) and the Event Horizon Telescope.

In addition to Professor Yunes, the Illinois Relativity Group includes Professors Stu Shapiro and Helvi Witek, their postdocs, PhD and undergraduate research students. The group is part of the Center for Theoretical Astrophysics at UIUC, which also includes Professors Charles Gammie, Gil Holder and Peter Adshead. The Illinois Relativity Group maintains close interactions with other UIUC colleagues in Physics, Astronomy and the NCSA, as well as collaborators across the globe.
Interested candidates will submit an application at the link below, which must include the following separate documents:

– A curriculum vitae,
– A list of publications, with a summary of total papers published, number of citations to papers and h-index.
– A list of presentations given outside of the candidate’s local university.
– A brief research statement (3-page limit, 1-inch margins, 12 pt font),
– The names, mailing and email addresses of three references.

Please contact Betsy Greifenkamp at greifenk[AT]illinois.edu if you have any questions. Applications should be posted by DEC 1, 2019 for full consideration. The starting date of the position is summer, 2020.

Visiting positions at Fudan University, Shanghai, China

The high energy astrophysics group at Fudan University (Shanghai, China) invites applications for visiting scientists at any stage of their career (visiting PhD students, visiting postdoctoral researchers, visiting professors) of the duration of 1 to 6 months to collaborate on projects of interest in our group (development of astrophysical codes and X-ray data analysis of black holes). Salary depends on qualification and experience.

Applications received by December 31 will receive full consideration. The positions are available from March to December 2020. In the application, please specify the possible period of the visit.

Interested candidates should send standard application material (CV, publication list, and any additional material that can be useful for the selection process) to:

Prof. Cosimo Bambi
E-mail: bambi[AT]fudan.edu.cn

Inquires can be sent to:

Prof. Cosimo Bambi
E-mail: bambi[AT]fudan.edu.cn

More details on our research group can be found at:
http://www.physics.fudan.edu.cn/tps/people/bambi/

Postdoctoral positions in astrophysics at Fudan University, Shanghai, China

The high energy astrophysics group at Fudan University (Shanghai, China) invites applications for postdoctoral positions to work on the development of astrophysical codes (models of accretion disks around black holes and calculation of disk’s spectrum).

The appointment is for 2 years. Applications received by December 31 will receive full consideration. Salary is in the range 150,000-200,000 CNY/year.

Interested candidates should send standard application material (CV, publication list, and any additional material that can be useful for the selection process) to:

Prof. Cosimo Bambi
E-mail: bambi[AT]fudan.edu.cn

Please arrange also 2-3 recommendation letters to be sent separately to the same email address.

Inquires can be sent to:

Prof. Cosimo Bambi
E-mail: bambi[AT]fudan.edu.cn

More details on our research group can be found at:
http://www.physics.fudan.edu.cn/tps/people/bambi/

Master/PhD positions in astrophysics at Fudan University, Shanghai, China

The high energy astrophysics group at Fudan University (Shanghai, China) has a few Master and PhD positions for the next academic year (starting in September 2020). For the Master Program, the candidates must have a Bachelor degree in Physics or in a related area before September 2020. For the PhD Program, the candidates must have a Master degree in Physics or in a related area before September 2020. Courses and research are conducted in English. Both the Master and the PhD Programs normally last 3 years. The scholarship covers: tuition fee, accommodation inside the campus, health insurance, salary (normally 3,000 CNY/month for Master students and 3,500 CNY/month for PhD students).

We are looking for candidates interested in:
1) X-ray data analysis of black holes
2) Astrophysical codes (fortran, C/C++, python)

The group is led by Prof. Cosimo Bambi and currently consists of 2 postdoctoral researchers and several graduate and undergraduate students. More details can be found on the group webpage.

Interested candidates should send their CV (including, among other things, date of birth and nationality) and any additional material that can be useful for the selection process to:

Prof. Cosimo Bambi
E-mail: bambi[AT]fudan.edu.cn

Please arrange also at least 2 recommendation letters to be sent separately to the same email address.

Application deadline: 30 November 2019 (but earlier applications are strongly recommended).

More details on our research group can be found at:
http://www.physics.fudan.edu.cn/tps/people/bambi/

Postdoc opportunities in General Relativity, Dublin City University, Ireland

The Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme is a competitive scheme funding 2-year research fellowships across all disciplines. The Relativity Group in Dublin City University (Abraham Harte, Brien Nolan, Ko Sanders, Peter Taylor and IRC Postdoc Aindriu Conroy) invites expressions of interest from potential applicants working in classical General Relativity (self-force/problem of motion, mathematical relativity, wave propagation in curved spacetimes, exact solutions) or in Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime (renormalisation, quantum aspects of black hole physics, algebraic QFT, mathematical aspects of QFT).

The deadline for full applications to the IRC will fall at or around the end of November (date TBC). To allow time for the collaborative preparation of a competitive application, those interested in the scheme should contact one of those named below by Sunday 20th October 2019, including a short cv and a brief statement of research interests. Terms and conditions for the 2020 scheme have not been published yet, but will be similar to those of the 2019 scheme which are available by following the link under ‘More Info’ above. (Note in particular that prospective applicants who have not completed their PhD viva by 31st March 2020 (date TBC) are not eligible for the scheme.)

Abraham Harte (abraham.harte[AT]dcu.ie)
Brien Nolan (brien.nolan[AT]dcu.ie)
Ko Sanders (jacobus.sanders[AT]dcu.ie)
Peter Taylor (peter.taylor[AT]dcu.ie)

Research associate position in gravitational wave searches, Perth, Australia

Research Associate – Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, The University of Western Australia

The UWA Gravitational Wave Astronomy group in the Department of Physics in the School of Physics, Mathematics and Computing is an active member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (http://www.ligo.org/) that aims to detect gravitational waves in the audio band and is a member of the 2017 ARC Center of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav,  https://www.ozgrav.org). 

You will undertake research duties in the area of gravitational wave search pipeline development and testing, high-performance computing by smart algorithm design and hardware acceleration using Graphics Processing Units. You will also help develop strategies to enable prompt electromagnetic follow up observations and extract astrophysical information using data from detected gravitational wave events.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:
1. A Ph.D. in astrophysics, computer science, or engineering
2. Experience and demonstrated excellence in signal processing
3. Strong track record of research publication relative to opportunity
4. Highly developed written and verbal communication skills in the preparation of high-quality reports, presentations and publications
5. An ability and willingness to direct and supervise students
6. Demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and conduct research

Please visit http://external.jobs.uwa.edu.au/cw/en/job/503049?lApplicationSubSourceID= for full details of the position and “How to Apply”

Posdoctoral research position in numerical relativity, Cornell Unversity, USA

Cornell University expects to have an opening for a Research Associate in numerical relativity starting in September, 2020. The position requires a Ph.D. and experience in numerical relativity or computational physics. The position is for one year, with subsequent renewals depending on performance and the availability of funds.

The Cornell Relativity Group consists of Saul Teukolsky and Eanna Flanagan, senior research associate Larry Kidder and research associates Mike Boyle and Prayush Kumar. There will also be opportunities to interact with the Theoretical Astrophysics Group, including Rachel Bean, David Chernoff, Dong Lai, Richard Lovelace, and Ira Wasserman.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a CV (including list of publications) and a brief (1-3 pages) description of research interests, and should arrange three letters of reference to be submitted through Academic Jobs Online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14469.

Alternatively, applications may be sent by email to: Ms. Lynda Sovocool lmk3[AT]cornell.edu . (Please note “Teukolsky Research Associate” in the subject heading, and put the CV and research statement in a single PDF file.) Applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to this same email address. All materials should be received by November 1, 2019.

Diversity and inclusion have been and continue to be a part of our heritage. Cornell University is a recognized EEO/AA employer and educator.

Postdoctoral Research Position in Numerical Relativity and Computational Astrophysics, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in the Illinois Relativity Group. The candidate should have expertise in numerical relativity and relativistic astrophysics. Some experience in computational hydrodynamics and/or computational MHD would be desirable.

Applicants should go online at https://my.physics.illinois.edu/join/ to submit their application, which must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, brief description of research interests, and the names, mailing and email addresses of three references. Please contact Elisabeth Greifenkamp at greifenk@illinois.edu if you have any questions. Applications should be posted by DEC 1, 2019 for full consideration. The starting date of the position is AUG 15, 2020.

The successful applicant will join Professor Stuart Shapiro in developing and applying the tools of numerical relativity and computational hydrodynamics, MHD, and stellar dynamics to tackle diverse problems in general relativity and astrophysics. Recent topics include the inspiral and coalescence of compact binaries, the generation of gravitational waves, magnetized neutron stars, magnetorotational stellar collapse, accretion onto isolated and binary black holes, the formation and cosmological growth of supermassive black holes in the early universe, and the dynamics of dark matter halos and spikes around black holes. Some of this work is geared to identifying astrophysically plausible, strong-field sources of gravitational waves and calculating gravitational waveforms detectable by LIGO/VIRGO, KAGRA, LISA and the PTA. For these “multimessenger” sources we are also exploring counterpart electromagnetic signals, including gamma-ray bursts and kilonovae, as well as neutrinos.

In addition to Professor Shapiro, the Illinois Relativity Group includes Professors Nicolas Yunes and Helvi Witek, their postdocs, PhD and undergraduate research students. It maintains close interactions with colleagues in Physics, Astronomy and NCSA, in addition to several outside collaborators.

Assistant/Associate Professor – Astrophysics, Pullman, WA, USA

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Washington State University, Pullman, WA invites applications for a permanent, full-time, tenure-track faculty position in astrophysics at the assistant or associate professor level beginning August 16, 2020. Candidates working in all areas of astronomy, astrophysics, and gravitational physics will be considered. The Department is especially interested in candidates whose research complements the work of existing faculty, for example on galaxy evolution, gravitational waves, or relativity. The successful applicant will be expected to establish a vigorous externally funded research program and to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Additional information about the Department can be found at physics.wsu.edu.

Candidates must have a PhD in physics/astronomy or a closely related field. Further information about the required and preferred qualifications, and the application process may be seen at https://physics.wsu.edu/open-positions.

Applicants should apply online at https://www.wsujobs.com/postings/46905. Review of applications begins October 16, 2019. Complete applications received by this date are guaranteed full consideration, but review of applicants will continue until position is filled. Inquiries can be sent to physics[AT]wsu.edu or 509-335-9532. WSU is an EO/AA Educator and Employer.

Two ERC funded postdoctoral positions in gravitational wave astrophysics, Milan, Italy

Universita’ di Milano Bicocca is currently seeking to fill at least two postdoctoral research positions with highly qualified individuals interested in pursuing research in the fields gravitational wave astrophysics, with a particular focus on massive black hole binaries.

The successful candidates will join Prof. Alberto Sesana in forming the core team of ‘B Massive’, an ERC CoG funded project aimed at tackling all the facets of the astrophysics of massive black hole binaries.
We are particularly looking for candidates with strong background either in numerical (N-body and/or hydro) simulations of massive black holes binaries and their galaxy hosts or in pulsar timing observations, data analysis and inference. But candidates with relevant expertise in all aspects of massive black hole binary theory and observations, gravitational wave data analysis at large and numerical simulations are warmly welcomed to apply.

Appointments are expected to start as soon as possible but certainly no later than fall 2020. The ERC funding guarantees a generous salary, competitive with the highest European standards for this type of positions.

The Bicocca astro group has a strong expertise in massive black hole astrophysics, dynamics and gravitational waves (Prof. Monica Colpi, Prof. Massimo Dotti, Prof. Alberto Sesana and visiting Prof. Francesco Haardt), relativistic numerical simulations of compact objects (Prof. Bruno Giacomazzo), observations of high redshift galaxies and black holes (Prof. Michele Fumagalli, to join the group in 2020). It is a lively group supporting a number of postdocs and PhD students. It also have tight connections with the observatories of Brera and Merate. It is located close to the centre of Milan, the most lively and international city in Italy, 1h away from the beautiful Como Lake and the stunning Alps.

Candidates must have a PhD degree in physics, astronomy or a related discipline.
Applications should consist of:
-a cover letter,
-a brief statement of research interests,
-a curriculum vitae including publication list,
-at least three letters of recommendation.

All material should be sent electronically as soon as possible to the attention of Prof. Alberto Sesana to the email address alberto.sesana[AT]unimib.it, by October 22, 2019.