Recent Progress in Relativistic Astrophysics, Shanghai, China

It is our great pleasure to announce the international conference “Recent Progress in Relativistic Astrophysics”, which will be held at Jiangwan Campus of Fudan University (Shanghai, China) from May 6 to 8, 2019. We will discuss the latest observational and theoretical results on black holes, neutron stars, and gravitational waves. We will have both invited and contributed talks. There is no registration fee, but it is necessary to register in advance in order to attend the meeting. The registration deadline is April 15, 2019. More details can be found on the conference webpage.

Current List of Invited Speakers:
Enrico Barausse (IAP Paris, France)
Edward Cackett (Wayne State, US)
Andy Fabian (Cambridge, UK)
Kostas Glampedakis (Murcia, Spain) **
Luis Ho (Peking, China)
Erin Kara (MIT, US)
Henric Krawczynski (Washington St. Louis, US)
Xiang-Dong Li (Nanjing, China)
Andrea Marinucci (Roma Tre, Italy)
Sourabh Nampalliwar (Tübingen, Germany)
Iossif Papadakis (Crete, Greece)
Chris Reynolds (Cambridge, UK)
Zdenek Stuchlik (Silesian Opava, Czech Republic)
Jianfeng Wu (Xiamen, China)
Renxin Xu (Peking, China)
Kent Yagi (Virginia, US) **
Weimin Yuan (NAOC, China)
Ye-Fei Yuan (USTC Hefei, China)
** To be confirmed

Organizers:
Dimitry Ayzenberg (Fudan, China)
Cosimo Bambi (Fudan, China), Chair
Jing Lu (Fudan, China), Secretary
Sourabh Nampalliwar (Tuebingen, Germany), Co-Chair
Menglei Zhou (Fudan, China)

GRG Golden Oldies by Lichnerowicz / Doroshkevich and Novikov

The Golden Oldies series of the journal General Relativity and Gravitation reprints important papers in general relativity theory that were published 30 or more years ago and are either hard to get hold of, or were originally printed in a language other than English.

Two recent works have been republished in October 2018:

Lichnerowicz, A., Republication of: Propagators, commutators and anti-commutators in general relativity, Gen Relativ Gravit (2018) 50: 145. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10714-018-2433-x

Editorial note by Giampiero Esposito is freely available at https://doi.org/10.1007/s10714-018-2440-y

Doroshkevich, A.G. and Novikov, I.D., Republication of: Mean density of radiation in the Metagalaxy and certain problems in relativistic cosmology, Gen Relativ Gravit (2018) 50: 138. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10714-018-2441-x

Editorial note by Ruth Durrer is freely available at https://doi.org/10.1007/s10714-018-2440-y

Postdoctoral positions in Gravity, Quantum Geometry and Field Theory at OIST

Applications are invited for one or two 2+1-year postdoc position(s) in the Gravity, Quantum Geometry and Field Theory group at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University, Japan, starting in the Fall of 2019 or earlier (earlier is encouraged). The successful applicant(s) will work in the group lead by Prof. Reiko Toriumi. At OIST, there are related research groups lead by Prof. Shinobu Hikami, Prof. Yasha Neiman and Prof. Anastasiia Tsvietkova, with each group supporting about 4 postdocs. 
The Gravity, Quantum Geometry and Field Theory group itself expects frequent research visitors in addition to hosting workshops, e.g., an example workshop can be found here: https://groups.oist.jp/cws/event/oist-mini-symposium-holographic-tensors. 

OIST is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer. Further details can be found at www.oist.jp. 

Responsibilities 
1. The candidate must have a clear research plan, and be able to achieve research objectives.
2. The candidate must be willing to contribute to Gravity, Quantum Geometry and Field Theory group meetings and seminars, and to mentor student research.
3. The candidate is expected to be in residence for the time of appointment. Conference travel is encouraged and the travel support is provided. 

Qualifications 
1. Applicants are required to have completed Ph.D. in Physics 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 motivated, active and responsible researchers.
3.  Demonstrates excellent oral and written English. 

Term
Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years, starting Fall 2019 or earlier (earlier is encouraged). There may be an opportunity to renew it for one more year. 

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 plan) 
3. CV including publication list
4. Three reference letters to be submitted through Academic Jobs Online (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/12388)

The application materials 1, 2, and 3 should be in one pdf file and please send it to oist.qgqft(at)gmail.com. Please submit only the reference letters through Academic Jobs Online. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Reiko Toriumi at oist.qgqft(at)gmail.com. 
 
Application Deadline 
The review of the applications will start on December 21st 2018, and will continue until the positions are filled. The applications received by December 21st 2018 are guaranteed full consideration. 

We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

Aotearoa Fundamental Physics 2018 Workshop – Observer-dependent entropy, Victoria, New Zealand

The notions of entropy and information are recurring themes in vastly different areas of physics. With Bekenstein’s work linking gravitational horizons to entropy, any quantum theory of gravity will have to account for the emergence of Bekenstein’s notion of entropy. In parallel, today’s availability of quantum information experiments made the question of how quantum field theories in general cope with information and entropy increasingly pressing. At the conjunction of these two avenues of inquiry lies the fact that entropy encodes lack of knowledge.

Observers now enter the formalism, either through an observer’s method for coarse-graining encapsulating this ignorance, or directly through the observer’s trajectory in space-time and resulting horizons hiding information. This workshop aims to bring both experts of the field and young researchers together to discuss and explore this exciting interplay of topics.

There is no registration fee. We invite contributed talks.

Postdoctoral Position in Theoretical Physics, Kyoto, Japan

A post-doctoral position starting April 2019 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 17H02890 “Gravity and cosmology beyond general relativity” (PI: Shinji Mukohyama). The monthly salary will be approximately 300,000 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, 2019 or later, and end on March 31, 2021.

The applicant should submit the following documents in PDF format by email to Shinji Mukohyama
with the subject line “Postdoc application”, by December 26, 2018:

(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

Kavli Institute Fellow in Gravitational Waves at the University of Cambridge, UK

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.
In a new collaborative initiative, three University of Cambridge departments conducting research activities related to ‘Gravitational Waves’, the Cavendish Laboratory, Institute of Astronomy (IoA ) and Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), are offering a senior Fellowship in Gravitational Wave theory and Astronomy, to be conducted within the Kavli Institute for Cosmology located within the IoA (West Cambridge).

The senior Kavli Fellow will actively interface and foster collaboration between the three departments (DAMTP, IoA, Cavendish). Specific areas of research include multi messenger astrophysics with GW sources, tests of general relativity through GW observations, the use of LIGO observations to study the formation history of black holes, GW data analysis techniques and template construction, studies of the equation of state through electromagnetic and GW observations of neutron stars and GW source modeling including electromagnetic counterparts.

Applicants must be experienced researchers and have a PhD in Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy or a related field and a proven track record of independent research in one, or more, of the above mentioned or related fields. The fellowship is targeted at researchers who have the potential to become leaders in their fields. The successful applicant will be expected to conduct a programme of independent research, prepare or contribute to proposals to secure research resources (for example access to high-performance computing), write scientific articles for publication in peer reviewed journals and contribute to the supervision of graduate students and outreach as requested by the Director of the Kavli Institute. Applicants must have excellent communication and computing skills.

Particles, Gravitation and the Universe, Hanoi, Vietnam

Second international workshop : “Particles, Gravitation and the Universe” (PGU 2018)

For the last decades physics has undergone great developments shedding new light on our understanding of the Universe in both microscopic and macroscopic scales. One of the purposes of this workshop is to review these developments, present new results and perspectives of particle physics and gravitational science as well as their interfaces and technological impact. Another purpose is to promote the education and the research of these sciences and their applications in Viet Nam and other countries in the region.

All people interested in this workshop (in physics and/or technological aspects) are welcome to register for participation. After having an account one can login and apply for giving a contributed talk (by going to “Submit abstract” in his/her own profile.).

Gravitational Wave Physics and Astronomy Workshop: JSI-GWPAW 2018, College Park, USA (2nd announcement)

Workshop details, including abstract submission categories and a tentative schedule for the scientific sessions, are now posted on the workshop web site, https://jsi.astro.umd.edu/conferences/jsi-gwpaw-2018 . October 31, the early registration deadline, is also the regular abstract deadline (for consideration for a talk, poster or planned verbal comments). The last day to obtain the excellent special rate at the hotel has been extended to November 5. Online registration and abstract submission for posters or verbal remarks will continue through November 18.

For JSI-GWPAW 2018, we are planning a program with ample time for discussion and interaction, covering many of the hottest current and future topics enabled by the detection and detailed study of gravitational waves together with astrophysical modeling and other astronomical observations. Talks will be carefully selected to stimulate discussion and ideas for collaboration, and the workshop will also include tutorials on using data from different gravitational-wave detection projects. Posters will be on display for most of the workshop, and presenters will be able to give 2-minute “sparkler” talks to advertise their posters.

Computational Challenges in Gravitational Wave Astronomy, Los Angeles, USA

The Nobel-Prize-winning observations of gravitational waves by the Advanced LIGO and Virgo detectors have opened an entirely new window to study the universe. The detection of the first gravitational-wave signal, GW150914, on September 14th, 2015, can be considered one of the greatest scientific milestones of all time, confirming a century-old prediction of Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. At present, gravitational waves have been detected from mergers of binary black holes and binary neutron stars. Different types of gravitational-wave signals from other sources await to be detected, as e.g. core-collapse supernovae, spinning neutron stars, white-dwarf binary mergers, and even stochastic backgrounds of astrophysical or cosmological origin.

The detection of gravitational waves is, foremost, a technological challenge. In addition, there are significant mathematical and computational difficulties hampering the process of detection. One of them involves the solution of Einstein’s gravitational field equations, either through approximate methods or by fully numerical means, to generate waveform signals to aid the identification of the event types and the inference of their physical properties. Another major computational difficulty is the analysis of large volumes of non-Gaussian, non-stationary noisy data, aggravated by the presence of transient spurious signals (glitches) that may not only disturb astrophysical signals but also mimic true signals, increasing the false-alarm rate and producing a decrease in the detectors’ duty cycle.

This workshop will bring together experts in the field of mathematical and numerical relativity, and researchers in gravitational-wave data analysis, who will discuss recent advances for the detection and reconstruction of gravitational-wave signals from advanced interferometers. It will cover aspects ranging from the formulation of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, including state-of-the-art numerical methodology for the generation of waveform templates from astrophysical systems, to gravitational-wave detector characterization, data analysis, and parameter estimation, with modern mathematical and numerical approaches.

Organizing Committee

Marco Cavaglia (University of Mississippi)
Matt Choptuik (University of British Columbia)
Elena Cuoco (Scuola Normale Superiore)
Jose Antonio Font (University of Valencia)
Antonio Marquina (University of Valencia)
Stanley Osher (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA))

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Theoretical Astrophysics at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Applications from candidates with broad interests connected to any of the following areas of theoretical astrophysics are invited for a 3-year postdoctoral research fellow to start in September, 2019 (the start date is flexible):

* Gravitational-wave astrophysics and the astrophysical interpretation of exciting new data on binary neutron star and black hole mergers
* Modelling massive stellar and binary evolution
* The interpretation of high-energy astrophysical transients, including tidal disruption events and gamma ray bursts
* Stellar dynamics
* Astrostatistics

Please follow the URL for the full advertisement and application instructions.

Applications should be submitted online via the above URL and should include a CV with a publication list and a statement of research interests. Applicants should also arrange for three reference letters to be sent directly to Prof. Ilya Mandel at ilya.mandel AT monash.edu .

The School of Physics and Astronomy at Monash University is strongly committed to improving the diversity of our staff and students, and promoting a culture of equity, fairness, respect and openness. Applications from female candidates are highly encouraged.

The application deadline is 30 November, 2018.

P.S. Candidates interested in a PhD position in related areas should contact me directly.

GR22 and Amaldi13, Valencia, Spain

Dear Relativists,

It is a great pleasure to invite you to the 22nd International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation (GR22) and the 13th Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves (Amaldi13) which takes place from 7th – 12th July 2019 at the University of Valencia, Spain.

Registration is now open!

GR22 is the latest in the series of triennial international conferences held under the auspices of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation. This conference series constitutes the principal international meetings for scientists working in all areas of relativity and gravitation.
The Amaldi conferences are held under the auspices of the Gravitational Wave International Committee. Since 1997, they have been held every two years and are regarded as the most important international conferences for the gravitational-wave detection community. In Valencia, GR22 and Amaldi13 are organized as a joint event.

The program of the conference, among many topics, includes a celebration of the Eddington expedition, the status of analogue experiments, tests on the nature of compact objects, superradiance and dark matter in strong-field gravity, progress in post-Newtonian expansions and effective field theory methods, progress in mathematical relativity, Numerical Relativity and its applications to astrophysics and high-energy physics, neutron stars, formation of supermassive black holes, Loop Quantum Gravity, the Event Horizon Telescope, the galactic center black hole, holography and quantum information, post-Planck cosmology, the LIGO-Virgo detections and multi-messenger astronomy, as well as the future of gravitational-wave detectors.

The program will also include a public talk on gravitational waves, an award ceremony for the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize, and a tribute to Stephen Hawking.

The conference venue is the Valencia Conference Centre (2010 World’s Best Convention Centre) designed by internationally renowned architect Norman Foster. Public transportation access is straightforward from all parts of the city by either bus, metro, or tram, or even using the environmentally friendly bicycles of Valenbisi. The venue is only ten minutes away from the city’s airport and from the high-speed train station, and it is surrounded by hotels, with circa 1,000 hotel rooms within two minutes’ walking distance. The venue is well connected with the Old Town where the visitor can enjoy a large monumental heritage comprising buildings dating to Roman and Arabic times and UNESCO heritage sites.

We look forward to welcoming you to Valencia 2019!

Vitor Cardoso – Chair, GR22 Scientific Organizing Committee
Sheila Rowan – Chair, Amaldi 13 Scientific Organizing Committee
Toni Font – Chair, GR22/ Amaldi13 Local Organizing Committee
Eric Poisson – ISGRG President

Assistant Level Faculty Position – Theoretical Astrophysics, UCSB, USA

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Theoretical Astrophysics at the level of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019 . The department has close affiliations with the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, the University of California Observatories, and the Las Cumbres Observatory. Further information may be found at these websites: http://www.physics.ucsb.edu,
http://web.physics.ucsb.edu/~astrogroup.

Responsibilities of faculty members include teaching at undergraduate and/or graduate levels, recruitment, supervision, and mentorship of graduate students, participation in university service and professional activities, and the development of an actively funded research program of the highest quality. Applicants must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy, or a related field (or equivalent degree) except the dissertation at the time of application. PhD degree expected by appointment start date. A demonstrated record of excellence in research, and a record of (or potential for) outstanding teaching are desired. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.

Applications should be submitted electronically, and must include:
• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• Statement of research
• Statement of teaching
• Complete List of publications
• Applicants will need to arrange for at least 3 references to submit letters of recommendation on their behalf via the recruitment website.

A statement of contributions to outreach and diversity is also welcome, but not required.

Applications received by Dec 1, 2018 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01344.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 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.

Accretion in Strong Gravity, Bad Honnef, Germany

The guiding theme of this seminar is the observation, the modelling and the theoretical description of accretion processes in systems where gravity is strong and nonlinear. Accreting matter are the objects which most closely approach compact objects like black holes or neutron stars and, therefore, are an ideal laboratory to explore the effects of strong gravity. Recently technological developments in observation techniques lead to a strongly improved accuracy in observing accretion discs and related phenomena. This trend will be continued in the next years, for instance with observations of ALMA and the James-Webb telescope, but also with survey telescopes like PanSTARRS or LSST. This development has to be paralleled by the theoretical description and modelling.

Basic open questions in accretion disc physics which will be discussed in this seminar include the description of viscosity and turbulence, in particular in the relativistic context, the effective equations of accretion, evolution of supermassive black holes, accretion discs in generalised theories of gravity, and GRMHD simulations. Summarized, the topics of this seminar are

Observation of astrophysical accretion and related phenomena
The basic equations of accretion and their structure
Applications to accretion discs and the accretion process
Numerical simulation of accretion in strong gravity

Confirmed invited speakers are so far
Prof. Dr. Axel Brandenburg
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Duschl
Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckart
Prof. Dr. Jose Antonio Font
Prof. Dr. Domenico Giulini
PD Dr. Rodion Groll
Dr. Eva Hackmann
Dr. Tobias Illenseer
Prof. Dr. Jutta Kunz
Prof. Dr. Claus Laemmerzahl
Prof. Dr. Shin Mineshige
Dr. Monika Moscibrodzka
PD Dr. Volker Perlick
Dr. Daniela Pugliese
Prof. Dr. Luciano Rezzolla
Prof. Dr. Paul Romatschke
Dr. Oldrich Semerak
Dr. Odele Straub

There is no conference fee. The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation bears the cost of full-board accommodation for all participants. Up to 75 persons including invited speakers can participate in the seminar. To express your interest in the conference please fill the application form on our website, https://www.we-heraeus-stiftung.de/veranstaltungen/seminare/2019/accretion-in-strong-gravity/application/ or contact us directly.

International Workshop on Dark Matter and Stars, Lisbon, Portugal

Stars scattered through the Milky Way and the Universe form a network of laboratories to test the nature of dark matter in unique and diverse conditions which are not within reach of dark matter experimental detectors. The high-quality data obtained from solar and astronomical observatories on Earth and space allows to use stars to study the nature of dark matter, and to put stringent constraints on their properties.

The goal of the international workshop on “Dark Matter and Stars” is to bring together scientists working across different research fields of stellar astrophysics and dark matter to discuss the current status and the future prospects of dark matter research. This meeting aims to discuss the recent advances in dark matter particle candidates, solar and stellar astrophysics, including helioseismology and asteroseismology, as well as compact astrophysical objects like neutron stars and white dwarfs. Moreover, we will also discuss the possibilities open by the next generation of stellar space observatories to the research in dark matter.

We seek to encourage dialogue between different research groups to enhance collaboration and help to improve our understanding of the dark matter. The workshop was also planned with the aim of introducing the dark matter research field to encourage attendance by young scientists including PhD students.

The meeting will be held at the Center for Astrophysics and Gravitation (CENTRA) of the Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, please register and send an abstract before November 15th.

Participants:

Oral presentations are by invitation only. The participants will be able to present posters during the workshop. The registration in the workshop is free. The number of participants is limited to ensure a manageable number of activities and create good opportunities for the participants to interact. The selection of the final participant list is the responsibility of the organising committee. The criteria to choose the participants is based on availability and also on the workshop goals, as described above.

Local Organizing Committee: Ilidio Lopes, Jose Vargas Lopes, Violetta Sagun

Scientific Committee: Riccardo Catena, Ilidio Lopes, Ana Mourao, Amaro Rica da Silva, Jose Sande Lemos, Joseph Silk

Contacts: Violetta Sagun (iwdms2018[AT]centra.tecnico.ulisboa.pt)

Webpages: https://centra.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/events/?id=864 and https://indico.cern.ch/event/734467/

Venue: Complexo Interdisciplinar IST

Postdoctoral Research Associates – Computational Relativistic Astrophysics/Numerical Relativity, West Virginia University, USA

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Computational Relativistic Astrophysics / Numerical Relativity
Job Number: 10075

The Department of Mathematics at West Virginia University is seeking two postdoctoral researchers in the field of Computational Relativistic Astrophysics/Numerical Relativity. The positions require a Ph.D. in Physics or a related field; strong programming skills (C and Python, or closely related languages); experience in high-performance computing and large-scale data analysis; and an excellent ability to communicate research to both experts and non-experts. Successful candidates will work with a multi-institution network of collaborators on a variety of numerical relativity projects, including for example (1) supercomputer simulations of magnetized binary neutron star mergers with IllinoisGRMHD; and (2) a volunteer-computing / public-outreach project called BlackHoles@Home, 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.

Applications:

Preferred start date is September 2019, though earlier start dates are acceptable. These positions may be renewed in annualized increments for up to three years, contingent upon performance, need, and funding. The screening process will begin on November 15, 2018 and will continue until the positions are filled. To apply, please visit https://careers.wvu.edu and navigate to the position title listed above. Upload a letter of application, a CV, and the names and contact information of three referees. For additional information, contact Professor Zachariah B. Etienne at zbetienne[AT]mail.wvu.edu. Fostering diversity and inclusivity is part of WVU’s mission, and we welcome applications from minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer.

Postdoctoral positions at Fudan University, Shangai, China

The high energy astrophysics group at Fudan University (Shanghai, China) invites applications for postdoctoral positions to work in one of the following projects:

1) Development of astrophysical codes: we are interested in models of accretion disks around black holes and calculation of disk’s reflection spectra.

2) X-ray data analysis: we are interested in measurements of the spacetime metric around black holes using the iron line method.

The appointment is for 2 years. Applications received by December 15 will receive full consideration.

Interested candidates should send standard application material (CV, short statement of research interests, publication list) 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 here:
http://www.physics.fudan.edu.cn/tps/people/bambi/

Twistors meet Loops in Marseille, France

Twistor theory was originally proposed by Roger Penrose as a geometric framework for physics that aims to unify general relativity and quantum mechanics. In this approach, spacetime is secondary with events being derived objects that correspond to compact holomorphic curves in a complex three–fold, the twistor space.

Loop quantum gravity is a background-independent approach to the quantization of general relativity. It provides a compelling picture of quantum spacetime in terms of a collection of `atoms’ with discrete spectra, and the possibility of resolving the singularities of general relativity.

The communities working in these two theories share both technical and a conceptual pillars, however the fields have evolved independently for many years, with different methods and intermediate goals. The aim of the meeting is to bring together for the first time the two communities in a broad and comprehensive way, to strengthen this interdisciplinary overlap and foster new collaborations and developments, concentrating primarily on the geometric and general– relativistic aspects. Leading international researchers both in twistor theory and loop quantum gravity will have the opportunity to establish and consolidate the connections between the two areas of research, and to overcome problems at the forefront of both fields.

Tenure-track Faculty Position in General Relativity at the University of Virginia, USA

The University of Virginia Department of Physics invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. We seek a theoretical physicist with a strong record of research in the area of general relativity including numerical relativity, gravitational waves and cosmology. In addition to their primary role in the Physics department, it is highly desirable that the successful candidate can engage with the department of Astronomy and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, whose headquarters are located on the grounds of the University of Virginia. We seek candidates who are dedicated to our educational mission and are passionate about teaching at a world-class, international university.

Upon joining the faculty at the University of Virginia, the new faculty member will be expected to establish a vibrant and successful research program in physics; obtain external funding; teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels; provide service to the University, Department, and professional organizations; and mentor doctoral students. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018; however, later applications may be considered until the position is filled. The appointment begins with the fall term of 2019, with an anticipated start date of July 25, 2019. Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in physics or a related field at the time of application.

To apply, visit jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=85227. Complete a candidate profile online; attach a cover letter of interest, a statement describing the proposed research agenda and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, a publication list (as Other 1), and contact information for three references. Have the reference letter writers email letters directly to phys-astro-job[AT]virginia.edu.

For questions about the application process, please contact Savanna Galambos at skh7b[AT]virginia.edu.

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

UVA assists faculty spouses and partners seeking employment in the Charlottesville area. To learn more about these services, please visit http://provost.virginia.edu/dual-career. For more information about UVA and the surrounding area, please visit http://uvacharge.virginia.edu/guide.html.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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

The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia invites applications for a post-doctoral Research Associate in Gravitational Physics. The successful applicant will work with Professor Kent Yagi and students in the group. Candidates are also encouraged to interact and collaborate with faculty members and students at the Department of Astronomy and National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

The group’s interests include (but are not restricted to) gravitational-wave physics, nuclear astrophysics, experimental tests of relativity and compact object modeling.

Candidates must have a PhD degree in Physics or Astronomy by the appointment start date. Sufficient knowledge, skills and experience on research in classical gravity, astrophysics and/or cosmology is required.

The anticipated start date for this position is September, 2019. An earlier or later start date could be considered if mutually desired. This is a one-year appointment; however, appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

To apply, visit https://jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=85690. Complete a Candidate Profile online and attach the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters. Review of applications will begin on December 1 and the position will remain open until filled.

For additional information about the position, please contact Kent Yagi (ky5t[AT]virginia.edu).

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom (rkh6j[AT]virginia.edu).

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.

XI Black Holes Workshop: The Black Hole 50 Years After, Lisbon, Portugal

From astrophysics to high-energy physics, from information theory to quantum gravity, black holes have acquired an ever increasing role in fundamental physics, and are now part of the terminology of many important branches of observational, theoretical, and mathematical physics.

The Black Holes Workshops gather researchers working on physical and mathematical problems of black holes, both in its classical and quantum aspects, as well as their connections to general relativity and gravitation, string theory, cosmology, and astrophysics, and stimulate the interaction between all these issues.

The eleventh edition of the Black Holes Workshop celebrates the 50th anniversary of the name Black Hole. In 1968, in a paper with the title “Our Universe: The known and the unknown” published in the American Scientist, Wheeler called one of its sections “The Black Hole”. From here onward the term spread through all fields of knowledge and has been used an astronomical number of times. It is truly appropriate to celebrate this date in 2018, fifty years after.

Researchers on black holes in all their aspects are invited to participate. The workshop is organized by the Center for Astrophysics and Gravitation (CENTRA) and will be held at Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST) in Lisbon, in December 17 and 18, 2018.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, please register and send an abstract before November 15th.

Organizing Commitee: Lorenzo Annulli, Laura Bernard, Vitor Cardoso, Jose Sande Lemos, Andrea Maselli, Christopher Moore, Rodrigo Vicente, Miguel Zilhao, Rita Sousa (secretary), Manuel Torrinha (sysadmin).

Scientific Commitee: Vitor Cardoso, Carlos Herdeiro, Jose Sande Lemos, Filipe Mena, Jose Natario.

Contacts: Rita Sousa (rita.t.sousa[AT]ist.utl.pt).

Venue: Complexo Interdisciplinar, IST.

Sponsors: The workshop is sponsored by CENTRA, IST, FCT, and BPI.

Several Postdoctoral Positions on multi-messenger signals from compact mergers, Stockholm, Sweden

The Departments of Physics and Astronomy at Stockholm University are situated at AlbaNova in Stockholm, providing a vibrant international research environment. We are part of the Oskar Klein Centre, containing world-class research groups in cosmology and time domain astronomy, http://www.okc.albanova.se/. 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., https://www.great.cosmoparticle.com. Within this initiative, we are currently searching for several qualified Postdoctoral Fellows, in particular in the area of Modelling (two positions) and Observations (two positions) of gravitational + electromagnetic wave sources.

Modelling Positions
Two Postdoctoral openings will be available for outstanding individuals to work on the multi-messenger aspects of sources that produce both gravitational and electromagnetic waves. We search in particular for expertise in relativistic (magneto-)hydrodynamics, nucleosynthesis, neutrino transport and/or radiative transfer to work with Prof. Stephan Rosswog.

Observational Positions
Up to two Postdoc positions will be open for researchers working on observational aspects of transients. Within GREAT, GROWTH and ENGRAVE we focus on preparations and follow-up of optical counterparts to GW sources. Within ZTF and ePESSTO we also have resources to study other kinds of transients, such as supernovae. For more information, please contact jesper.sollerman[AT]astro.su.se or Ariel.Goobar[AT]fysik.su.se

Faculty position in Astrophysics at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

The Department of Physics (https://uwm.edu/physics/) at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship, beginning fall 2019. Areas of interest include but are not limited to gravitational-wave science, observational astronomy, and theoretical astrophysics.

The position is associated with the Center for Gravitation, Cosmology and Astrophysics (https://cgca.uwm.edu), home to seven professors, one visiting professor, eleven post-doctoral researchers and staff scientists, and a number of graduate and undergraduate students. We seek candidates with an outstanding record of research, excellent teaching skills and a commitment to building a diverse educational environment. Candidates should submit a cover letter, a CV with a list of publications, statements of research and teaching interests, and arrange for submission of three letters of recommendation.

Application material must be submitted electronically to http://jobs.uwm.edu/postings/27894. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UWM promotes excellence through diversity and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

Faculty position in theoretical gravitational physics and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

The Department of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applicants for a full-time tenured or tenure-track position in theoretical gravitational physics beginning in August 2019. We seek individuals with a strong background in general relativity, numerical relativity, gravitational wave physics, physics of compact objects, relativistic astrophysics, or cosmology.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

Salary will be competitive and rank will be commensurate with qualifications. A Ph.D., or equivalent, is required, along with the ability and commitment to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A successful applicant will be expected to conduct a vigorous and significant research program. Ideal candidates include those who demonstrate evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service endeavors.

Qualified senior candidates may also be considered for tenured full Professor positions as part of the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative, which is backed by a $100-million gift from the Grainger Foundation. Over the next few years, more than 35 new endowed professorships and chairs will be established, which will provide incredible opportunities for world-renowned researchers. The two main research areas are Big Data and Bioengineering. More information regarding the Grainger Initiative can be found at: http://graingerinitiative.engineering.illinois.edu.

To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload an application package. The application package should include a statement of teaching and research interests, statement on commitment to diversity, a curriculum vitae, a publication list, and names and contact information of four references (no letters) all in a single .pdf file. The statement on diversity should address past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service. Review of applications will begin on November 14, 2018. Please contact Margie Gamel at 217-333-3762 or mgamel[AT]illinois.edu for further inquiries or questions.

We have an active and successful dual-career partner placement program and a strong commitment to work-life balance and family-friendly programs for faculty and staff (http://provost.illinois.edu/worklife/index.html). The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

9th Central European Relativity Seminar, Cracow, Poland

The 9th Central European Relativity Seminar will be the ninth of a series initiated at the Erwin Schroedinger Institute in Vienna in 2011. The series of seminars is designed to provide a forum for younger researchers to present their work, and to expand their research horizons, in all topics of research in general relativity. While the main geographical basin of attraction is Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Germany, we welcome researchers from all countries.

See you in Krakow in February!

Organizers:

Lars Andersson (Golm)
Robert Beig (Vienna)
Piotr Bizon (Krakow)
Piotr T. Chruściel (Vienna)
Helmut Friedrich (Golm)
Maciej Maliborski (Vienna)

Postdoc position in gravitational physics at University of Barcelona, Spain

One postdoctoral position, funded by the European Research Council, is now open at the University of Barcelona. Selected candidates will work with Prof Roberto Emparan and other members of the group on theoretical aspects of black hole physics, broadly defined.

Selected candidates will start work no later than October 1st, 2019 for a period of 2 years. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2018.

Faculty members of our group working on black holes, gravitation and related areas include Bartomeu Fiol, Cristiano Germani, Jaume Garriga, David Mateos, Josep M. Pons, and Enric Verdaguer. For more information, visit our websitehttp://icc.ub.edu/

Application procedure

The University of Barcelona is part of a group of European institutes with a centralized system of postdoctoral applications. Thus interested candidates should apply through the Joint European postdoc application website at KU Leuven, choosing Barcelona as one of their preferred institutes. Only applications submitted through that website will be considered. Please do not resubmit them in any other way.

CITA National / Canada Fellowship at the University of Alberta, Canada

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB, Canada, via the CITA National or Canada Fellowship, to be hosted by Prof. Rodrigo Fernandez. The CITA National Fellowship is 2 years long and can be held at a Canadian University. The CITA Canada Fellowship adds an additional 2 years to be spent at CITA in Toronto, ON.

Applicants interested in holding the fellowship at the University of Alberta should have a PhD in Astronomy or Physics, and experience with time-dependent numerical (magneto)-hydrodynamic simulations in the context of nuclear astrophysics and/or numerical relativity. The position is expected to start in September 2019. Successful candidates will have part of their time available to develop their own independent research program during the first 2 years of the fellowship.

To apply, please go to:

https://icat.cita.utoronto.ca/pdf/

and upload a CV, List of Publication, Research Statement, and e-mail contact information of up to 3 reference letter writers. The application deadline is November 10, 2018.

Interested applicants can contact Prof. Rodrigo Fernandez at [rafernan AT ualberta DOT ca] for information about research activities.

More information about the CITA National Fellowship:
https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/c3f0003d

National Fellowship

And about the Astrophysics Group at the University of Alberta:
https://sites.ualberta.ca/~rafernan/
https://www.ualberta.ca/physics/research/astronomy-and-astrophysics

Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory (PIRT-2019), Moscow, Russia

International Conference “Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory” (PIRT-2019), Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow, Russia, 1 – 5 July , 2019, organized by Bauman University (Russia) and University of Liverpool (Great Britain).

The objectives of this conference are the same as those pursued in the Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory (PIRT) conferences which have been held in Imperial College, London, every two years since 1988. These objectives are the physical, geometrical, and mathematical interpretations of the formal structure of Relativity Theory, and to examine the questions concerning the various interpretations of the accepted mathematical expression of the Relativity Principle.

The Conference Program of the Moscow PIRT-2019 will include papers dealing with the following major themes:
– Gravitation, cosmology and large-scale structure;
– Gravitational waves and experimental tests of the relativity theory;
– Space-time, topology and differential geometry;
– Relativistic electrodynamics;
– High energy astrophysics;
– Nature and models of physical vacuum.

SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZING COMMITTEE PIRT-2019
Anatoly Aleksandrov, Bauman University, Russia
Barry Barish, California Institute of Technology, the United States
Aroonkumar Beesham, University of Zululand, South Africa
David Blair, University of South Western Australia, Australia
Anatol Cherepashchuk, Sternberg Astronomical Institute Moscow University, Russia
Alexander Chernikov, Bauman University, Russia
Sergei Chervon, Ulyanovsk State Pedagogical University, Russia
Naresh Dadhich, IUCAA, PUNE, India
John Dainton, Liverpool University, Great Britain
Vladimir Gladyshev, Bauman University, Russia
Georgii Izmailov, Moscow Aviation Institute, Russia
Nikolay Kardashev, Astro Space Center of P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute of RAS, Russia
Louis Kauffman, University of Illinois at Chicago, the United States
Richard Kerner, University Pierre et Marie Curie, France
Vassily Manturov, Bauman University, Moscow State University, Russia
Bivudutta Mishra, BITS-Pilani, India
Andrey Morozov, Bauman University, Russia
Nicola Napolitano, INAF Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte, Italy
Guido Pizzella, University of Rome, Italy
Konstantin Postnov, Sternberg State Astronomical Institute, Moscow State University, Russia
Vladislav Pustovoit, Russian Academy of Science, Bauman University, Russia
Carlos Romero, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Departamento de Fisica, Brazil
Peter Rowlands, University of Liverpool, the United Kingdom
Valentin Rudenko, Sternberg State Astronomical Institute, Moscow State University, Russia
Mikhail Sazhin, Sternberg State Astronomical Institute, Moscow State University, Russia
Alexei Starobinsky, Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Russia
Sergey Sushkov, Kazan Federal University, Russia
Roland Triay, Centre de Physique Theorique CNRS – Aix- Marseille University, France
Nina Tyannikova, Bauman University, Russia
Rainer Weiss, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the United States

Postal Communications may be sent to the Secretary of PIRT-2019 Organizing Committee preferably by e-mail to Dr. Nina D. Tyannikova (dekan-fn[AT]mail.ru).

Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory (PIRT-2019), Moscow, Russia

International Conference “Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory” (PIRT-2019), Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow, Russia, 1 – 5 July , 2019, organized by Bauman University (Russia) and University of Liverpool (Great Britain).

The objectives of this conference are the same as those pursued in the Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory (PIRT) conferences which have been held in Imperial College, London, every two years since 1988. These objectives are the physical, geometrical, and mathematical interpretations of the formal structure of Relativity Theory, and to examine the questions concerning the various interpretations of the accepted mathematical expression of the Relativity Principle.

The Conference Program of the Moscow PIRT-2019 will include papers dealing with the following major themes:
– Gravitation, cosmology and large-scale structure;
– Gravitational waves and experimental tests of the relativity theory;
– Space-time, topology and differential geometry;
– Relativistic electrodynamics;
– High energy astrophysics;
– Nature and models of physical vacuum.

SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZING COMMITTEE PIRT-2019
Anatoly Aleksandrov, Bauman University, Russia
Barry Barish, California Institute of Technology, the United States
Aroonkumar Beesham, University of Zululand, South Africa
David Blair, University of South Western Australia, Australia
Anatol Cherepashchuk, Sternberg Astronomical Institute Moscow University, Russia
Alexander Chernikov, Bauman University, Russia
Sergei Chervon, Ulyanovsk State Pedagogical University, Russia
Naresh Dadhich, IUCAA, PUNE, India
John Dainton, Liverpool University, Great Britain
Vladimir Gladyshev, Bauman University, Russia
Georgii Izmailov, Moscow Aviation Institute, Russia
Nikolay Kardashev, Astro Space Center of P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute of RAS, Russia
Louis Kauffman, University of Illinois at Chicago, the United States
Richard Kerner, University Pierre et Marie Curie, France
Vassily Manturov, Bauman University, Moscow State University, Russia
Bivudutta Mishra, BITS-Pilani, India
Andrey Morozov, Bauman University, Russia
Nicola Napolitano, INAF Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte, Italy
Guido Pizzella, University of Rome, Italy
Konstantin Postnov, Sternberg State Astronomical Institute, Moscow State University, Russia
Vladislav Pustovoit, Russian Academy of Science, Bauman University, Russia
Carlos Romero, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Departamento de Fisica, Brazil
Peter Rowlands, University of Liverpool, the United Kingdom
Valentin Rudenko
, Sternberg State Astronomical Institute, Moscow State University, Russia
Mikhail Sazhin, Sternberg State Astronomical Institute, Moscow State University, Russia
Alexei Starobinsky, Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Russia
Sergey Sushkov, Kazan Federal University, Russia
Roland Triay, Centre de Physique Théorique CNRS – Aix- Marseille University, France
Nina Tyannikova, Bauman University, Russia
Rainer Weiss, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the United States

Postal Communications may be sent to the Secretary of PIRT-2019 Organizing Committee preferably by e-mail to Dr. Nina D. Tyannikova (dekan-fn[AT]mail.ru)
Details will be at the website: http://www.pirt.info/index.php?lang=eng

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

The high energy astrophysics group at Fudan University (Shanghai, China) has a few PhD positions for the next academic year (starting in September 2019). The successful candidates must have a Master degree in Physics or in a related area before September 2019. Courses and research are conducted in English. The PhD program normally lasts for 3 years, but it can be extended to 4-5 years.

We are looking for candidates interested in working on:
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 a short statement of research interests and/or experience 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.

Applications received by November 30 will receive full consideration.

Post-doc 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 post-doctoral scholar positions in the theoretical aspects of gravitational physics for the academic year 2019-20 . 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 and loop quantum cosmology; all aspects of quantum black holes with emphasis on entanglement entropy, singularity resolution and quantum eaporation; and relation between loop quantum gravity and other approaches to quantum gravity and non-perturbative techniques in quantum field theory.

The larger gravitational theory group faculty will include Chad Hanna, 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. Emmanuele Alesci, Sina Bahrami, Tommaso de Lorenzo, Pietro Dona, Anuradha Gupta, Marc Schneider and Surabhi Sachdev in Gravitation and Cosmology). For further information on the Institute, see http://www.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 them 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 post-doctoral scholar’s discretion.

Applications must be submitted electronically at https://psu.jobs/job/83419 and include a cover letter, CV and statement of research interests. Applicants should arrange for three reference letters to be submitted to Randi Neshteruk at rxh1[AT]psu.edu indicating the appropriate job number in the subject line. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire, with possibility of re-funding. Review of applications will begin on December 8th, 2018 and continue until suitable candidate(s) are found.

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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.