Tenure-Track Position in Gravitational Astrophysics, Canberra, Australia

(open to female identifying candidates only)

The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, has recently established a new Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics (CGA), jointly supported by the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Research School of Physics.

The Centre encompasses all aspects of gravitational wave physics and astrophysics, including instrumentation, theory and data analysis, source follow-up and multi-messenger astronomy. It will bring together existing ANU researchers in these areas under one umbrella and expand the capability by making up to seven new tenure-track academic appointments across these research programs over the next year. The inaugural CGA Director is Professor David McClelland.
We are seeking to appoint an outstanding early or mid-career academic with a strong research record in gravitational wave astrophysics (theory and data analysis, source follow-up, multi-messenger astronomy). This will be a tenure-track position attracting a significant start-up package. It will be a key foundation position in the CGA. The appointee will assist with recruiting additional appointments into the CGA, helping to shape its future.

We are now seeking Expressions of Interest (EoI) in this position. An EoI will comprise a 1-page statement of achievement and proposed program of research at ANU, along with a 2-page CV. EoIs will be accepted any time up until January 12, 2020. Please email your EOI to the CGA administrator, Dr Sareh Rajabi, sareh.rajabi[AT]anu.edu.au, and expect confirmation of receipt.

For further information, please contact Professor Susan Scott (susan.scott[AT]anu.edu.au) or Professor David McClelland (david.mcclelland[AT]anu.edu.au) at RSPhys and/or Associate Professor Christian Wolf (christian.wolf[AT]anu.edu.au) at RSAA.

Two 3-year postdoctoral positions in Qubits and Spacetime Unit, Okinawa, Japan

Two 3-year postdoc positions will become available in fall 2020 in the new Qubits and Spacetime Unit at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (www.oist.jp) led by Philipp Hoehn. This unit will be established in the first half of 2020 and its research will lie broadly at the interface of quantum gravity, quantum information and foundations, focusing on general questions in an around quantum gravity. Current research interests include studying dynamics and observables in a diffeomorphism-invariant context, using quantum reference frames/systems to explore a quantum version of general covariance, the interplay of quantum correlations and spacetime geometry, entanglement in gauge systems, as well as the emergence of classicality from within quantum theory, especially in the presence of chaos. Candidates with an interest in any of these or related topics are encouraged to apply. The unit is expected to grow further in the coming years.

OIST currently harbors three further units in quantum gravity or related topics in mathematical physics, headed by Shinobu Hikami, Yasha Neiman and Reiko Toriumi. Furthermore, the institute regularly hosts international workshops, seminars and visitors in this area, providing for a stimulating research environment. The unit will provide support for traveling and hosting collaborators.

Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will contribute to the research program of the Qubits and Spacetime Unit, but is also encouraged to carry out self-designed projects. Active participation in group seminars and meetings is expected, as well as in assisting with their organization. The successful candidate may also contribute to mentoring students.

Qualifications:
1. Completed PhD in theoretical physics or mathematics by the time of employment.
2. Background in one or several of the following topics: quantum gravity, quantum information, quantum field theory, quantum foundations, quantum many-body physics or mathematical physics.
3. Fluency in English.

Starting Date:
Fall 2020

Term & Working hours:
Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 3 years.

Compensation & Benefits:
We pay an internationally competitive salary, which is raised upon completion of every additional year after the PhD award. A housing allowance of up to 80% of the rent complements the salary.

Additional benefits:
– Relocation and commuting allowances
– Annual paid leave and summer holidays
– Health insurance, welfare pension insurance and worker’s accident compensation insurance

How to Apply:
Apply by uploading your Submission Documents through Academic Jobs Online under the link
https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/15684
or by emailing them to: quast.oist[AT]gmail.com
For further information please contact Philipp Hoehn under the above email address.

Submission Documents:
– Cover letter
– Research statement including summary of past achievements and future research plans
– Curriculum vitae including publication list
– Three letters of reference

Application Due Date:
Applications will be screened as they come in. Preferably they should be received by December 31st, 2019. However, given the short notice, applications will be considered until the positions are filled in approximately mid January 2020.

PhD studentships in Cosmology, Newcastle, UK

Dear all,

The Cosmology and Quantum Gravity group at Newcastle University (UK) is pleased to advertise 3 funded PhD studentships in cosmology to begin in autumn 2020. Positions are available in the following areas of study.

1. The cosmic large-scale structure: The cosmic large-scale structure is the skeleton of matter on the largest scales in the Universe. Galaxies trace this large-scale skeleton of dark matter and form in large gravitationally bound dark matter structures. With major upcoming galaxy surveys like Euclid and LSST, we will be able to track the growth of structure through time across large volumes. This will provide a cosmic laboratory for testing cosmology, fundamental physics and astrophysics with the large-scale structure. To extract the maximum amount of information from galaxy surveys, we need a) accurate models for the gravitational dynamics of the dominant dark matter component, and b) powerful statistics that capture key aspects of gravitational clustering. This PhD project will tackle these two intertwined challenges. First, we will use novel techniques to describe gravitational dark matter dynamics, for example using the quantum-classical correspondence. The goal is to develop new analytical and computational tools to solve for the time-evolution of dark matter and hunt for signatures of particular dark matter candidates. Second, we will develop clustering statistics that capture non-Gaussian properties of the late-time matter distribution. The idea is to use a sweet spot of simple statistics that are easy to measure, and can be accurately predicted into the nonlinear regime. With this, we will seek to improve the standard analysis relying on two-point statistics to obtain unique insights into cosmology, fundamental physics and astrophysics.
Advisor: Dr Cora Uhlemann (c.uhlemann[AT]damtp.cam.ac.uk)

2. Observational cosmology in a data-rich era: Cosmology is enjoying an era of unprecedented data abundance, with powerful observations already available and next-generation surveys on the immediate horizon. This wealth of data provides an exciting opportunity to pin down the nature of the mysterious dark energy which makes up 70% of the Universe. This PhD project will develop crucial, cutting-edge techniques for the analysis of modern cosmological survey data, and will apply these and other techniques to existing data in order to achieve new insight into the composition, history, and physical laws of our Universe.
Advisor: Dr Danielle Leonard (Danielle.Leonard[AT]newcastle.ac.uk)

3. Measuring gravity and accretion using pulsars: Neutron stars are extremely dense cinders remaining after stellar explosions. They often have strong magnetic fields and rotate rapidly, and this combination often results in their appearing to pulsate with extreme regularity. We call these objects “pulsars”, and their measurable rotation provides an opportunity to take precision measurements in some of the most extreme astrophysical environments accessible to observation. This project will use existing observations and request and carry out new observations of pulsar systems. These observations will strongly constrain theoretical models of how matter falls onto neutron stars, and in fact probe the details of how gravity works – does it behave as Einstein predicted?
Advisor: Dr Anne Archibald (Anne.Archibald[AT]newcastle.ac.uk)

Application details may be found online:
https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/sources/allstudents/msp022.html
https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/sources/ukeustudents/msp019.html

IGFAE Global Talent 2020, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The Galician Institute of High Energy Physics, IGFAE, at the University of Santiago de Compostela, invites applications for research associate positions within its Global Talent 2020 Program.

The IGFAE Global Program aims to recruit outstanding postdoctoral researchers capable of preparing and leading an ambitious research project within the Institute. Several positions are available in an extensive search that includes High-Energy Experimental Physics, Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology (including gravitational wave research), Nuclear Physics and Theoretical Physics including phenomenology and more formal aspects as well as Quantum Information and Computing. Opening new lines of research, complementing those already existing at the Institute, is encouraged.

The positions are for a maximum of three years with additional funds for research and the possibility to supervise PhD students and postdocs. IGFAE will encourage and assist successful candidates to apply to ERC and Ramon y Cajal programs. Permanent positions will be available for successful ERC applicants through the (external) Oportunius program. Non-tenure assistant professor level positions will be available for a limited number of successful applicants.

Review of the applications will start on December 20th, 2019, but later applications will be considered until the positions are filled. Applications should be submitted through Academic Jobs Online (see link).

IGFAE is a Maria de Maetzu Excellence Unit. The current research programmes at the Institute can be found on its website http://igfae.usc.es

IGFAE is an equal opportunity employer. IGFAE is committed to increasing the diversity of its personnel and particularly welcomes applications from qualified women, minorities and persons with disabilities.

Post-doctoral position at Paris Observatory: Searching for Dark Matter transients using Galileo data

See this link

Several astrophysical observations suggest that ordinary matter contributes only to around 5% to the total energy content of our Universe. The unknown remaining part has never been directly detected so far and is commonly separated into two components: dark matter which behaves as a pressure-less fluid and dark energy, a fluid exerting negative pressure. Many hypotheses have been imagined to explain these two components ranging from the introduction of a new type of matter to a modification of general relativity. Currently, all we know about dark matter is based on the gravitational interaction between the dark and luminous matter. Some theoretical models suggest that dark matter consists of ultralight transient topological defects that are regularly crossing the Earth. Such transients will produce signatures on both the GNSS atomic clocks and on the propagation of the GNSS electromagnetic signal. The goal of this project is to develop a modelling of GNSS observables including these possible signatures from Dark Matter transients and to develop a new strategy to analyse GNSS measurements to search for such Dark Matter candidates. First, we will identify the best strategy to search for Dark Matter transients using the Galileo constellation. Then, we will develop a methodology and the associated tools to perform the first search for Dark Matter using Galileo measurements, which will be carried out using Galileo data and support from ESA (European Space Agency) and international laser ranging stations (ILRS – International Laser Ranging Service). The activity will benefit from experience gained by our team in analysing Galileo data for tests of general relativity [Delva et al. PRL 121, 231101, 2018].

Skills

Strong skills in statistics, data analysis and numerical computation are necessary. A good knowledge of GNSS data analysis will be favored. Theoretical knowledge of Dark Matter models is a plus.

Position

The position provides a one year appointment starting preferably before March 2020, but open until filled. It is funded by ESA/H2020. Applicants should send their CV and two recommendation letters to Pacôme Delva (pacome.delva[AT]obspm.fr), preferably before December 20th, 2019.

Postdoc opportunity in quantum gravity at CP3-Origins, Odense, Denmark

We expect an opening according to funding availability in quantum gravity at the Centre for Cosmology and Particle Physics Phenomenology (CP3-Origins) at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.

The prospective candidate will work in the research team of Astrid Eichhorn, which focuses on aspects of quantum gravity, including asymptotically safe gravity, matrix and tensor models, causal sets, the interplay of quantum gravity with matter and black-hole spacetimes.

CP3-Origins is a centre of excellence established by the Danish National Research Foundation, dedicated to understanding fundamental interactions, including quantum gravity, as well as the origins of bright and dark matter in our universe, and the mathematical underpinning of gauge theories of fundamental interactions. At the moment it contains 11 faculty and several postdocs and PhD students in these areas. There is an active international visitor program, together with international workshops, conferences and schools that contribute to a stimulating research environment.

The appointment will be for a term of two years or longer, depending on the candidate’s background, at a very competitive salary and is expected to start in 2020 (the starting date is flexible). We are happy to receive your expressions of interest all year long. However, full consideration will be given to enquiries received before the 11th of December 2019.

To submit your expression of interest, go to Academic Jobs Online.

For further information please contact Astrid Eichhorn at eichhorn[AT]cp3.sdu.dk

Heinrich Hertz Fellowship in History and Philosophy of Physics, Bonn, Germany

The Heinrich Hertz Fellowship in History and Philosophy of Physics is designed to allow graduate students and early-career scholars to spend 3 months, 6 months or an entire academic year (9 months) at the University of Bonn to work on any topic in the history and philosophy of physics. They have no formal duties apart from following their own research agenda and interacting with the other historians and philosophers of physics in Bonn.

Hertz fellows are provided with:

1. A (possibly shared) office in the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Bonn.
2. Reimbursement of all travel and visa costs to come to Bonn.
3. A monthly stipend of 2500 Euros to cover accommodation and maintenance during the stay in Bonn. Stipends are not generally taxable in Germany. Fellows have to show that they have sufficient (travel) health insurance for their stay in Bonn.
4. Reimbursements of some conference travel and similar expenses during the stay in Bonn.

​Starting times of the fellowships are flexible. However, the default would be to start on the 1st of October (beginning of the Winter Semester) or the 1st of April (beginning of the summer semester).

If you are interested in a Hertz fellowship, please send your complete application documents by 5 January 2020 to office.lehmkuhl[AT]uni-bonn.de. Before sending your application, please combine and convert all of your documents into one PDF file. A complete application will consist of a.) a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample of no more than 10.000 words; and b.) three letters of reference which must be sent by the letter writers or the placement service directly to the above address. In your cover letter, please state the preliminary dates during which you would like to come to Bonn, what kind of research project you intend to pursue during your time here, and why pursuing this project in Bonn would be particularly useful to you. If you have questions, please contact Prof. Lehmkuhl (dennis.lehmkuhl[AT]uni-bonn.de).

Expression of Interest for Professor Position in Gravitational Astrophysics, Canberra, Australia

The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, has recently established a new Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics (CGA), jointly supported by the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Research School of Physics.

The Centre encompasses all aspects of gravitational wave physics and astrophysics, including instrumentation, theory and data analysis, source follow-up and multi-messenger astronomy. It will bring together existing ANU researchers in these areas under one umbrella and expand the capability by making up to seven new tenure-track academic appointments across these research programs over the next year. The inaugural CGA Director is Professor David McClelland.
We are now seeking Expressions of Interest for the key appointment of a Full Professor (Level E). It is the intention that the appointee will initially take on the role of Deputy Director, in the anticipation that they would become Director within the next five years.

We are seeking an inspirational scientific leader with an equity agenda from any area of research covered by the Centre who can grow ANU’s leadership across all areas of gravitational astrophysics. If you think you have the skills, vision and drive required to fill this role, please consider applying, regardless of your current level of appointment.

The appointment comes with an attractive start-up package and the ability to help shape the future of the CGA through subsequent faculty hires. This is a continuing (tenured) position following the standard ANU six-month probation period.

We are now seeking a 2-page Expression of Interest (EoI), along with a complete CV. EoIs will be accepted any time up to 12 January 2020. We anticipate advertising the position in mid-January 2020 with a closing date for applications in mid-February 2020.
You are encouraged to contact Professor David McClelland (david.mcclelland[AT]anu.edu.au) for further information. Please email your expression of interest and CV to the CGA Administrator, Dr Sareh Rajabi (sareh.rajabi[AT]anu.edu.au), before the closing date.

PhD position in Gravitational Wave Probes of Fundamental Physics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

We are seeking a PhD candidate who is interested in interdisciplinary research in gravitation and astroparticle physics. The successful candidate will in particular work on the implications of gravitational wave observations for fundamental physics and cosmology.

What are you going to do?
You are expected:
* to be active in the fundamental research of our center of excellence in gravitation and astroparticle physics;
* to contribute to develop a new line of research at the interface between dark matter, black holes and gravitational waves;
* to contribute to publish the results in peer-reviewed academic journals;
* to pursue, complete, and defend a PhD thesis within the appointed duration of four years;
* to present the research results at international conferences and workshops;
* to collaborate with other researchers at GRAPPA and Nikhef;
* to assist in teaching activities.
We will base our selection on your CV and application material as well as on the letters of recommendation.

What do we require?
* A MSc in Physics or Astronomy;
* fluency in English, both written and spoken.

Our offer
A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years. (initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it can be extended for a total duration of 4 years) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be EUR 2.325 to EUR 2.972 (scale P) gross per month, based on full-time employment (38 hours a week). These amounts are exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. A favorable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science (https://www.uva.nl/en/faculty/faculty-of-science/working-at-the-faculty/working-at-the-faculty-of-science.html)

Questions?
Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:

Prof. Gianfranco Bertone (g.bertone[AT]uva.nl)

About the Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 6,500, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

GRAPPA, the center of excellence in Astroparticle Physics of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), is a joint effort between the Faculty’s Institute of Physics (IoP) and the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API). It consists of faculty members with a strong interest in experimental and theoretical research into black holes, cosmic rays, neutrinos, dark matter, dark energy, early universe cosmology, and string theory. Several of GRAPPA’s faculty members are also affiliated with Nikhef, the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics, which is in close proximity to the UvA building. This position is part of the research programme ‘Gravitational waves: a new road to fundamental physics, astrophysics, and cosmology’, under the supervision of Profs. Gianfranco Bertone and Daniel Baumann.

Job application
The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your CV and cover letter by 10 december 2019. You may apply online by using the link below.

Applications should include:
* a cover letter;
* a CV (including a list of publications);
* the name and email address of two referees.

Postodoctoral positions in Quantum Gravity and Quantum Cosmology, Beijing, China

The Center for Relativity and Gravitation at Beijing Normal University has one or two post-doctoral positions opening from September 2020 in the areas of quantum gravity and quantum cosmology. Successful candidates will work with Yongge Ma. The positions include competitive salary depending on the qualifications of the applicants. The appointment will be for two years.

The gravity group consists of Sijie Gao, Wenbiao Liu, Yongge Ma, Hongbao Zhang, and Bin Zhou. In addition, the retired professors Canbin Liang, Zheng Zhao and Jianyang Zhu join the academic activities frequently, and Abhay Ashtekar, Jerzy Lewandowski, Carlo Rovelli and Thomas Thiemann held visiting professorships at the Institute. The areas of research in the group concern loop quantum gravity, black hole physics, general relativity, de Sitter spacetime, higher dimensional gravity and cosmology, AdS/CFT etc..

Interested candidates should send a CV, a publication list and a statement of research proposal and arrange to have two recommendation letters (one from the PhD advisor of the applicant) sent directly to Yongge Ma by:

mayg[AT]bnu.edu.cn, yonggema[AT]yahoo.com

The deadline for receipt of all application material is March 1st, 2020.

Postdoc position in theoretical physics at the University of Tartu, Estonia

The Laboratory of Theoretical Physics at the Institute of Physics of the University of Tartu, Estonia is looking for candidates to apply for a 2-year postdoctoral position. The research focus lies on:
– mathematical foundations of gravity,
– modifications to the geometry of spacetime,
– gravity theories based on Finsler, Cartan, Weizenboeck or Riemann-Cartan geometry,
– gravity theories including multiple metrics,
– gravity theories including torsion,
– (multi-)scalar-tensor and related gravity theories,
– phenomenology of modified gravity, including gravitational waves, black holes, galaxies,
– cosmological aspects of modified gravity,
– relativistic quantum information, aiming at including gravity by employing quantum field theory on curved spacetime,
– nonlocality in quantum field theories,
– effective approaches for heavy quark physics.

The position depends on external funding and the applications will be processed in two stages. In the first stage, all applications will be reviewed by the Laboratory of Theoretical Physics at the University of Tartu. Then the selected candidates and the University of Tartu will apply for funding. The final decision on the funding will be made by the respective agencies.

The position will be held in conjunction with the Estonian centre of excellence in research “The Dark Side of the Universe” (TK133) and the grant “Gauge gravity: unification, extensions and phenomenology” (PRG356), as well as aligned with the COST Actions “Cosmology and Astrophysics Network for Theoretical Advances and Training Actions” (CANTATA) and “Quantum Gravity Phenomenology in the multi-messenger approach” (QGMM).

The postdoctoral grant amounts to 51000 EUR per year (40800 EUR direct research costs and 10200 EUR overhead for the host institution). Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent, awarded not earlier than 01 February 2015, and not later than 31 August 2020. Applications for the postdoctoral position must include:
– curriculum vitae,
– diploma of PhD degree or equivalent,
– research proposal of up to five pages,
– list of publications,
– two letters of recommendation (to be sent separately).
The deadline for the postdoctoral application is Monday, 06 January 2020, 05:59 GMT.

All applications for the aforementioned position must be submitted electronically via the form on the linked homepage. All documents from the applicant, except for the recommendation letters, must be combined into a single PDF file of at most 8 MB size. The recommendation letters must be uploaded separately, and also in the PDF format.

Postdoctoral position in numerical relativity at the University of New Hampshire

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of New Hampshire invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The successful candidate will work within our numerical relativity program, in collaboration with Prof. Francois Foucart’s research group. Our numerical relativity group focuses on the study of merging black holes and neutron stars, and on the modeling of the gravitational wave, electromagnetic, and neutrino signals that they produce. The UNH numerical relativity group is a member of the Simulating Extreme Spacetime (SxS) collaboration. 

This position will focus in part on studies of neutrino physics and nuclear astrophysics in merger simulations, and/or on the development of improved numerical methods for merger simulations. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to work on research projects in the broader areas of numerical relativity and relativistic astrophysics. The proposed starting date for this position is September 1, 2020 (different starting dates are however negotiable). This is a one year appointment that can be renewed for up to two additional years contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, summary of relevant research experience, and cover letter with their application. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted through the application website. The position will remain open until filled. Applications will be considered immediately upon arrival and should be sent no later than January 15, 2020 for full consideration. Inquiries regarding this position may be sent to Prof. Foucart (francois.foucart@unh.edu).

The University of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran’s status, physical or mental disability, or marital status. Candidates of all genders and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Post Doctoral Positions in Quantum optics and precision sensing at The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Classification: Academic Level A /B
Salary package: $80,439 – $113,165 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full time, Fixed term (2 years) with a possibility of extension
– Flexible and family friendly role
– On campus childcare facilities
– Support network and mentoring program for early career academics

Background:
The ANU Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational-wave Discovery (OzGrav) conducts research on high precision laser interferometry for gravitational wave detection and other applications. The ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) aims to build sophisticated quantum machines to harness the quantum world for practical applications. OzGrav -ANU and EQUS-ANU reside within the Department of Quantum Science at the Research School of Physics, a dynamic group researching applications of quantum and optical technologies in a range of different areas. It co-hosts three ARC Centres of Excellence, an innovations hub that supports start-up companies, and several other major projects.

The Position:
We are seeking to appoint multiple experimental physicists to work on optical instrumentation.
The successful candidates should have a PhD or equivalent in physics or a related discipline and a background in optical physics, electro-optics, quantum optics, control systems and low noise electronics.
The Australian National University is a world-leading institution and provides a range of lifestyle, financial and non-financial rewards and programs to support staff in maintaining a healthy work/life balance whilst encouraging success in reaching their full career potential. To see what the Science at ANU community is like, we invite you to follow us on social media at http://www.instagram.com/anu_science/ and https://www.facebook.com/ScienceANU/.

For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.anu.edu.au/jobs.
CLOSING DATE: JANUARY 5th, 2020.
If you wish to discuss the position after obtaining the selection documentation, please contact: Professor David McClelland, phone (02) 6125 9888, e-mail david.mcclelland[AT]anu.edu.au.

Postdoc position in Cosmology at the University of Malta

A postdoctoral position starting early next year has been made available for a suitably qualified individual to work in the Institute of Space Sciences and Astronomy (ISSA), University of Malta.

The position is funded by COSMOLOGY@MALTA which is an internal grant to the ISSA by the University of Malta to study observational consequences of new cosmological models. The salary of the position is Eur 24,960, which will be complemented by travel funds. The appointment will begin early next year

The main duties and responsibilities of the appointee will consist of:
a. producing project deliverables within the time frames specified in the project description;
b. carry out surveys of the modified gravity landscape against recent observational data;
c. writing scientific conference papers related to the project, and presenting them at conferences;
d. assisting in dissemination activities related to the project; and
e. performing any other project-related tasks as instructed by the project coordinator.

Candidates should submit their Letter of application, CV and copies of certificates to projects.hrmd[AT]um.edu.mt by Friday, 29th November 2019

IFPU postodoctoral fellowships in Trieste, Italy

The Institute for Fundamental Physics of the Universe (IFPU, www.ifpu.it/), Trieste, Italy, invites applications for several postdoctoral research positions to start in the Fall of 2020. Available positions include:

– Three positions – for two years, with a possible extension to a third year – for theoretical and phenomenological research in the areas supported by the Institute: astroparticle physics, astrophysical probes of fundamental interactions, early Universe, gravitational wave astrophysics, structures in the Universe, theory and phenomenology of gravity;

– One additional position – for two years – in the area of gravitation theory [gr-qc], with focus on phenomenological aspects of black holes beyond general relativity;

– Two additional positions – for two years – in the area of dark matter phenomenology and theory.

IFPU is a newly born institute, having started its activities in the academic year 2018-2019. It is a joint initiative of International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA, www.sissa.it/ap/ and www.sissa.it/app/), the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF; Observatory of Trieste) and the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN; Trieste Section). The Institute aims at hosting and promoting a vigorous and innovative multi-disciplinary research program focused on investigating the fundamental laws of Nature under a Cosmological and Astrophysical perspective. Postdocs at IFPU work in close connections with staff members from the supporting institutions – about 30 researches in total – and also benefit from the extended visitor and research programs the Institute is hosting.

Applications, via Academic Jobs Online (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/15438), should include curriculum vitae, research statement, publication list and three reference letters.

Review of applications will begin on December 12, 2019 and continue until the positions are filled.

Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor in Mathematical Physics at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

The Mathematics Department of Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) is looking for a tenure track Assistant/Associate Professor in Mathematical General Relativity and Geometric Analysis.

For the tenure track the initial employment is for six years. If the final review is positive the position will be converted to a permanent one. For candidates who are already further in their career a higher entry level is negotiable. We particularly encourage female applicants and applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

The Mathematics Department at Radboud University is part of the Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics, and Particle Physics (IMAPP) in the Faculty of Science. This new position will strengthen IMAPP’s increasing focus on gravity as a key research theme (ranging from its mathematical language and underpinning to the theoretical study of classical and quantum gravity to the imaging of black holes by the Event Horizon Telescope), as well as the Mathematics Department’s focus on applied analysis, and geometry and topology.

PhD positions in theory, instrumentation, observations, Prague, Czech Republic

We are inviting applications for multiple 4-year PhD positions in Prague, Czech Republic, in the fields of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Astroparticle Physics, Cosmology, Theory of Gravity, and Mathematical Physics. The areas of research include theory, observation, and instrumentation. Some of the projects are part of large international collaborations (LSST, Pierre Auger, CTA, ASAS-SN). The list of available projects is at http://physicsphd.cz/. We will continue to update the website and add more projects until early December.

PhD thesis research will be conducted at one of the participating institutions in Prague: Charles University (Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astronomical Institute), Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and Institute of Mathematics of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The PhD degrees are awarded by Charles University. The positions are funded by individual grants (both national and EU, including ERC grants or equivalents) and institutional fellowships. The positions are open to candidates of any nationality.

PhD students receive medical insurance with no or small co-pays, subsidized meals, possibility of staying in student dormitories, and free “Czech as foreign language” classes. There are no fees or tuition for PhD students. Prague remains cheaper than other comparable European cities while offering similar level of comforts and entertainments.

For more information and application procedure, please see http://physicsphd.cz. The application deadline is January 15 2020 for positions beginning in the Fall semester of 2020.

Faculty Positions in High Energy Astrophysics at Fudan University, Shanghai, China

The Department of Physics at Fudan University (Shanghai, China) invites applications from outstanding candidates for tenure-track Associate Professor positions in high energy astrophysics (broadly defined). Applicants must have a Doctoral Degree in physics, astronomy, or related field and an outstanding research record. They are expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses and to supervise undergraduate and graduate students. Salary, start-up grant, and housing allowance are competitive at international level.

Fudan University is one of the most prestigious and selective universities in China. The Department of Physics counts about 80 faculty members, over 400 undergraduate students, and over 300 graduate students.

Applications are accepted at any time and will be considered until opening positions are filled. For positions starting in September 2020, applications should be submitted before March 2020. Applicants should submit standard application materials including full CV, research and teaching statements to Prof. Cosimo Bambi (email: bambi[AT]fudan.edu.cn).

For inquiries, please contact Ms. E Xu (email: xue[AT]fudan.edu.cn).

Postdoc positions in Multi-Messenger Modelling of GW+EM sources, Stockholm, Sweden

Within the Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics a strong research environment has recently been established that focuses on the study of the electromagnetic signals from mergers of compact objects, G.R.E.A.T., see www.great.cosmoparticle.com. Within the G.R.E.A.T. research environment we study the electromagnetic signals from mergers of compact objects, both from a theoretical and an observational perspective. This research environment benefits from very close connections between Physics and Astronomy, between scientist working on theoretical, computational and observational aspects and access to data (e.g. ZTF, ENGRAVE).

Postdoc Positions
Postdoctoral openings will be available for outstanding individuals to work on the multi-messenger aspects of sources that produce both gravitational and electromagnetic waves. Expertise in any relevant multi-messenger aspect are of interest, expertise in relativistic (magneto-)hydrodynamics, nucleosynthesis and/or radiative transfer is particularly welcome.

Closing date for the application is January 15, 2020, but application reviewing will start as soon as applications come in, therefore early applications are encouraged.

Postdoctoral research position in distributed computing for gravitational wave astronomy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Nikhef is the national institute for subatomic physics in The Netherlands. At Nikhef, approximately 175 physicists and 75 technical staff members work together on theoretical and experimental research in the fields of particle- and astroparticle physics. Nikhef includes a collaboration between 6 major Dutch universities and the Nikhef research institute.

The position
The gravitational physics division at Nikhef invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in gravitational wave astronomy, with emphasis on high-throughput distributed computing for gravitational wave searches. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Sarah Caudill and Dr. Roel Aaij. The data analysis effort at Nikhef currently involves 3 senior scientists (Dr. Sarah Caudill, Dr. Chris Van Den Broeck, Dr. Samaya Nissanke), 3 postdocs, and 3 PhD students; the group will expand significantly in the next few years. The Physics Data Processing department consists of two senior researchers (Dr. Jeff Templon and Dr. David Groep) and a staff scientist (Dr. Roel Aaij) who, together with 9 computing professionals, carry out the R & D program and operate Nikhef’s distributed computing facility.

The gravitational physics division at Nikhef is a member of the Virgo Collaboration and collaborates with astronomers, astrophysicists, theorists, and instrumentalists across the Netherlands. There is also vibrant collaboration with individuals and groups around the world.

Requirements
A PhD in physics or a degree in computing or a closely related field is a prerequisite for the position; candidates who are close to finishing their degrees are also encouraged to apply. Experience working across physics research and distributed computing disciplines will be considered a strong advantage.

Offer
The candidate will be employed by the NWO-I-foundation for a period of two years with a possible extension of one year and will obtain the status of postdoctoral researcher. He/she will receive a competitive salary. The conditions of employment are excellent and include extra month’s salary payment in May and December. The conditions of employment of the NWO-I foundation can be found at the NWO-I website: https://www.nwo-i.nl/en/personnel/personnel-information/

Information and application
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button after finding the position on our vacancy page: https://www.nikhef.nl/en/vacancies/. Please be prepared to upload a cover letter, research statement and curriculum vitae. Also, please have the email addresses ready of at least three references who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The deadline for full consideration is December 18, 2019, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Further information can be obtained from Dr. S. Caudill (S.Caudill[AT]nikhef.nl)

Postdoctoral position in Gravity, Quantum Geometry and Field Theory, Okinawa, Japan

Applications are invited for a 2-year postdoc position in the Gravity, Quantum Geometry and Field Theory group (Principal Investigator: Reiko Toriumi) at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University, Japan, starting in the Fall of 2020. The successful applicant will work in the group lead by Prof. Reiko Toriumi.

Responsibilities
1. The candidate is expected to actively contribute to the research program of Gravity, Quantum Geometry and Field Theory group including meetings and seminars, and to mentor student research.
2. The candidate must have a clear research plan, and be able to achieve research objectives.
3. The candidate is expected to be in residence for the time of appointment. Support for conference and collaboration travel/host is provided.

Qualifications
1. Applicants are required to have completed Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics and/or Mathematics by the time of appointment and have a background in quantum gravity, quantum field theory, random geometry or related areas.
2. We are looking for a self-motivated, responsible, and respectful researcher.
3. Demonstrates excellent oral and written English.

Term
Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years, starting Fall 2020. There may be an opportunity to renew it.

Compensation
The salary is internationally competitive and complemented by allowances as below.

Benefits
1. Relocation, housing and commuting allowances in addition to the salary.
2. Annual paid leave (10 days for the first year and 20 days for the second year) and summer holidays (7 days)
3. Health insurance, welfare pension insurance, and worker’s accident compensation insurance.

Application documents in pdf (in English)
1. Cover letter
2. Research statement (includes future research plan)
3. CV including publication list
4. Three reference letters to be submitted through Academic Jobs Online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/15506

The application materials 1, 2, and 3 should be compiled in one single pdf file and should be sent to qgqft.oist[AT]gmail.com. Please submit only the reference letters through Academic Jobs Online. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Reiko Toriumi at qgqft.oist[AT]gmail.com

Application deadline
The review of the applications will start on December 21st 2019, and will continue until the positions are filled. The applications received by December 21st 2019 are guaranteed full consideration.

Postdoctoral Position in Theoretical Physics, Kyoto, Japan

A post-doctoral position starting April 2020 is available for a suitably qualified individual to work in the Astrophysics and Cosmology Group at Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University. For the members and activity of the group, please refer to the webpage: https://www.yukawa.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en-GB/contents/labs/astro .

The position is funded by MEXT KAKENHI Grant Number 17H06359 “New developments of gravity theory research in gravitational wave physics/astronomy” (PI: Shinji Mukohyama). The monthly salary will be approximately 362,000 yen. A small amount of research grant will be provided. Depending on research experience, the title of research assistant professor may be granted.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent by the time of the appointment.

The appointment will begin on April 1, 2020 or later, and end on March 31, 2022.

The applicant should submit the following documents in PDF format by email to Shinji Mukohyama with the subject line “Postdoc application”, by January 14, 2019:

(1) CV
(2) publication list (mark up to 3 main papers with *)
(3) expected arrival date in YITP
(4) past research
(5) research plan
(6) contact details of two references

Postdoc positions in Relativity and Gravitation at the University of Cambridge, UK

Applications are invited for up to three Postdoctoral Research Associate positions in the Relativity and Gravitation Group and the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. Up to three positions may be offered, depending on the availability of funding, for up to three years. The theoretical and computational projects of direct relevance for these posts include: advancing observational tests of inflationary predictions from large-scale structure and the CMB, especially higher-order correlators and their estimation; studying cosmological correlators generated in the primordial universe, the general rules and symmetries they must obey; developing methods for testing General Relativity using gravitational waves with a focus on using effective field theory to describe possible deviations from GR; modelling of compact binary systems involving scalar and vector fields with the goal of identifying gravitational wave signatures that distinguish these from vacuum black-hole binaries.

The successful candidates will work with academic staff (Barrow, Challinor, Dafermos, Davis, Fergusson, Gibbons, Pajer, Reall, Santos, Shellard, Sherwin and Sperhake) and research staff. There are close links with the HEP group in DAMTP and the Kavli Institute for Cosmology.

The positions are expected to be available from 1 April 2020, but the start date is flexible and can be delayed until October 2020. Applicants should have, or be about to obtain, a PhD in a relevant area of theoretical physics, and have an established track record of original research and experience of working in collaboration.

PhD position in gravitational waves and cosmology 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 PhD studentship at the University of Amsterdam in gravitational waves, with an emphasis on using signals from coalescing binary objects (neutron stars and/or black holes) as “standard sirens” for cosmological measurements. The successful candidate will work with the groups of Prof. Dr. C. Van Den Broeck (Nikhef and Utrecht University), and of Dr. S. Nissanke (Nikhef and University of Amsterdam). 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, Caudill, Groot, Hinderer, Jonker, Levan, Moesta, and Nelemans. There is also vibrant collaboration with individuals and groups around the world.

For more information and an application form, see the link provided. Please be prepared to upload a cover letter, research statement, and curriculum vitae. Also, please separately arrange for least one reference who is willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The deadline for full consideration is 15 January 2020, 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) or Dr. S.M. Nissanke (samaya.nissanke[AT]uva.nl)

Postdoctoral Position in Computational Black Hole Astrophysics, Atlanta, GA, USA

The Center for Relativistic Astrophysics (CRA) at the Georgia Institute of Technology invites applications for a postdoctoral position in Black Hole Astrophysics with an emphasis on modeling of multimessenger signatures of massive black hole binaries. The successful candidate will work with Prof. Tamara Bogdanovic and her group on hydrodynamic simulations of coincident electromagnetic and gravitational wave signatures associated with massive black hole binaries headed for coalescence. The candidate will also have an opportunity to collaborate with Prof. Shane Davis (University of Virginia), Dr. Yan-Fei Jiang (Flatiron Institute) and Prof. Pablo Laguna (CRA, Georgia Tech).

Appointment terms: The initial appointment is for one year, renewable for up to two additional years contingent upon satisfactory performance, mutual agreement, and availability of funds. The desired start date is as soon as possible and no later than September 1, 2020.

Qualifications: A PhD in astronomy, physics, or a related discipline is required by the start of employment. Applicants with research interests in and / or experience in multi-messenger astrophysics, magnetohydrodynamic simulations, modeling of accretion and radiative processes, computational astrophysics and relativity are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from women and groups traditionally underrepresented in astrophysics are strongly encouraged.

Application instructions: Applicants should submit a single PDF document including a cover letter, CV, publication list, and research statement (no longer than 3 pages) to Prof. Tamara Bogdanovic (tamarab[AT]gatech.edu). They should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the same email address. Screening of applications will begin on December 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Included benefits: The position includes a competitive salary, benefits, research and travel funds, and access to supercomputing facilities. For more information about the Georgia Tech benefits package and resources see http://www.ohr.gatech.edu/benefits. Georgia Tech is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

The city of Atlanta: CRA is situated at the heart of the Georgia Tech campus in Midtown Atlanta. Atlanta is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States and one of the nation’s most cosmopolitan cities. Thanks to its major international airport, it has excellent connections with many cities in the world. Atlanta enjoys a relatively mild (subtropical) climate, is surrounded by rolling hills and has dense tree coverage earning it the nickname of “the city in a forest.” More information can be found here https://postdocs.gatech.edu/new-postdocs/welcome-to-atlanta-0.

Postdoctoral Position in Numerical Relativity at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA

The Georgia Tech Center for Relativistic Astrophysics (CRA) invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar position in the area of gravitational wave astrophysics including numerical relativity, with an emphasis on binary black hole simulations as they pertain to gravitational wave astronomy. The successful candidate will work with Prof. Deirdre Shoemaker and collaborate with Prof. Pablo Laguna and the rest of the CRA, for more information see https://cra.gatech.edu.

The appointment will initially be for one year, renewable for up to three years subject to availability of funds and satisfactory progress. The expected starting date is September 1, 2020. 

Applicants should email to deirdre[AT]gatech.edu the following documents in a single PDF file: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae including full list of publications, and 3) a brief description of research interests (maximum 3 pages). In addition, applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference emailed separately to deirdre[AT]gatech.edu. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2019.

The position includes a competitive salary, benefits, research and travel funds, and access to supercomputing facilities. For more information about the Georgia Tech benefits package and resources see http://www.ohr.gatech.edu/benefits. Georgia Tech is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

CRA Postdoctoral Fellowship at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA

The Georgia Tech Center for Relativistic Astrophysics (CRA) invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position at the CRA. This position is expected to be independent and in support of current research at the CRA including astrophysics, cosmology, particle-astrophysics, gravitational wave astronomy, and extra-solar planets. The CRA faculty include David Ballantyne, Tamara Bogdanovic, Laura Cadonati, Pablo Laguna, Gongjie Li, Nepomuk Otte, Deirdre Shoemaker, Ignacio Taboada, and John Wise.

The position is initially for two years, with renewal for a third year subject to performance and availability of funding. The expected start date is September 1, 2020.

Applicants should email to CRA-postdoc[AT]lists.gatech.edu the following documents in a single PDF file: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae including full list of publications, and 3) a brief description of research interests (maximum 3 pages). In addition, applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference emailed separately to CRA-postdoc@lists.gatech.edu.

Review of applications will begin on December 16, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

The position includes a competitive salary, benefits, research and travel funds, and access to supercomputing facilities. For more information about the Georgia Tech benefits package and resources see http://www.ohr.gatech.edu/benefits. Georgia Tech is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

Postdoc position in quantum gravity or theoretical cosmology or gravitational wave physics, Erlangen, Germany

Postdoctoral Positions in Erlangen-Nuernberg

In autumn 2020, at least one postdoctoral position in the fields of quantum gravity or theoretical cosmology or theoretical gravitational waves is expected to be available at the Institute for Quantum Gravity (IQG) (Theoretical Physics III) of the Friedrich Alexander University (FAU) Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany. The position is for two years with a possibility of extension for one additional year, depending on funding and performance. In exceptional cases, a five year contract may be negotiable. Salaries depend on seniority and follow the collective wage agreement for scientific employees in Germany (TV-L).

Current staff of the IQG includes professors Kristina Giesel, Hanno Sahlmann and Thomas Thiemann (Chair), Emeriti Frieder Lenz (former chair) and Hartmut Hofmann, postdoc Beatriz Elizaga de Navacues as well as 8 Phd and 7 master students. Former institute members and Humboldt Fellows Jonathan Engle and Muxin Han accepted positions as assistant professors at Florida Atlantic University and hold affiliate positions at the institute. Further affiliates are professors Wojciech Kaminski, Jerzy Lewandowski and Parampreet Singh.

The Institute for Quantum Gravity (IQG) is part of the Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics (ECAP) which has a strong expertise in experimental astroparticle physics. The IQG benefits from continuous exchange with the excellency cluster ‘Universe’ in Munich, especially with the groups working on (quantum) cosmology. The IQG fosters strong links with the Department of Mathematics in Erlangen. Finally, the IQG is in close contact with a network of international research centers focussing on quantum gravity such as the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos in State College, Pennsylvania, USA; Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; Institute for Theoretical Physics in Marseille, France; Institute for Theoretical Physics in Warsaw, Poland and Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.

Applicants must have a PhD in either physics or mathematics and should have prior research experience in general relativity and quantum field theory or theoretical cosmology or theoretical gravitational waves as well as a strong interest in working on aspects of non perturbative and background independent quantum gravity. The following list of material should be uploaded in one pdf- or zip file, whose name should include your last name, using the application form at https://www.umfrageonline.com/s/36ead16.

1. Curriculum vitae.
2. Research proposal including a summary of previous work and plans for future projects.
3. Teaching experience (if applicable).
4. List of seminars and conferences attended, detailing talks given (if applicable).
5. List of publications.
6. In addition we ask for three letters of recommendation, which should also be uploaded by the referees before the deadline via the application form at https://www.umfrageonline.com/s/ef26bb1.

Recommendation letters sent by email will not be accepted.
Referees are kindly asked to use the following format for their message text: Recommendation letter for FIRST-NAME AND LASTNAME OF THE APPLICANT.

Applications will be reviewed starting December 15th, 2019 (deadline) but later applications will be considered until the position is filled. The starting date of the position is normally Oct. 1st 2020 but there is some flexibility.

For further information about the Department of Physics and the Institute please visit: https://www.physik.nat.fau.de/ and https://www.gravity.physik.fau.de.

For further information about the position please send an inquiry to application[AT]gravity.fau.de.

Postdoctoral and PhD positions in Cosmology at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Applications are invited for one postdoctoral and one (possibly two) PhD positions in the Physics Department at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece, starting at the beginning of 2020, or soon thereafter by mutual agreement. The duration of the posts is up to three years and the research area is Relativistic Cosmology and the Large-Scale Structure of the Universe. The selected candidates will study the origin, the evolution and the implications of the large-scale peculiar velocity fields seen in the Universe.

All posts will be officially located at the University of Thessaloniki, but the research project runs in collaboration with the Physics Departments at the University of Oxford (UK) and the University of Ioannina (Greece). Generous funding for travel and expenses is also provided.

Applicants must have a solid background in Theoretical Cosmology and General Relativity. Additional expertise on numerical methods is desirable, but not essential. The selected postdoctoral candidate will also have the opportunity to guide junior fellows, teach courses at the MSc level, participate in outreach activities and organise international meetings.

Applications, including a full CV and a statement of research background and interests, should be sent to Prof. Christos Tsagas at: tsagas[AT]astro.auth.gr, by December 15, 2019. The applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to arrive at the same address.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Multi-messenger Astrophysics at the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Multi-messenger Astrophysics at the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York

The recent observations of a binary neutron star merger using both gravitational wave interferometers as well as electromagnetic telescopes across the full spectrum have initiated the age of multi-messenger astronomy and astrophysics.

As part of NSF collaborative projects, the RIT’s Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (CCRG) is currently seeking to fill a postdoctoral research position in Multimessenger Astrophysics with highly qualified individuals interested pursuing research in the multimessenger analysis and interpretation of neutron star mergers.

We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in any of the areas of gravitational wave parameter estimation; surrogate modeling; hydrodynamical simulations of binary merger, relativistic outflows, and nucleosynthesis; or the detailed, self-consistent simulations of electromagnetic emission.
Successful applicants will work closely with and regularly visit collaborators at the Center for Theoretical Astrophysics (CTA) at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL). Here, they will consult with the experts on nuclear equations of state, r-process nucleosynthesis, atomic opacities and detailed radiative transfer to produce realistic predictions which can be compared with observations. To ensure efficient and productive collaboration, successful applicants should be prepared to spend significant percentage of time at LANL during the year.

Senior scientists in the CCRG include Manuela Campanelli (Director), Joshua Faber, Carlos Lousto, Richard O’Shaughnessy, Jason Nordhaus, Yosef Zlochower, Sukanya Chakrabarti, John Whelan, and Hans-Peter Bischof, several postdoctoral fellows and Ph.D. students (see http://ccrg.rit.edu/people for an overview on who is or has been at CCRG). The group is involved in several large collaborations, including the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), The Einstein Toolkit Consortium (http://einsteintoolkit.org) and a NASA Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Network (TCAN) devoted to the simulation of neutron star mergers. CCRG researchers have access to several computing cluster facilities at national computing centers such as XSEDE and the NCSA’s Blue Waters Supercomputer (with an allocation of over 160MSUs), as well as a dedicated over 3000-core cluster hosted at the Center. The Center for Theoretical Astrophysics at LANL is directed by Chris Fryer. Subject experts include Chris Fontes, Aimee Hungerford, Joshua Dolence, Wesley Even, Ryan Wollaeger, Matthew Mumpower, Jonas Lippuner, Jonah M. Miller, W. Thomas Vestrand, Przemek Wozniak, and others (see https://ccsweb.lanl.gov/astro/index.html#team). Experts at LANL CTA are involved in various large collaborations, including LIGO and LISA, several gamma-ray astronomy programs, and gravitational-wave counterparts search and follow-up campaigns.

More information about the CCRG is available at http://ccrg.rit.edu/. And about Rochester at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rochester,_New_York

Applications should consist of a cover letter, a brief statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae including publication list, and at least three letters of recommendation. The cover letter should refer to this specific postdoctoral position (“MMA Astrophysics”). All materials should be sent electronically as soon as possible to: oshaughn[AT]main[dot]rit[dot]edu with a copy to ccrg-postdoc[AT]ccrgweb.rit.edu. For an overview of all job openings at CCRG please go to: http://ccrg.rit.edu/careers

Enquiries can be addressed to Richard O’Shaughnessy, oshaughn[AT]mail[dot]rit[dot]edu Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, School of Mathematical Sciences, and School of Physics and Astronomy, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) 85 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, New York 14623 USA

Review of completed applications will begin as soon as available and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. For full consideration, submit before 1/3/2020. Starting date can be as early as March 2020. RIT is committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.