2018 Giulio Rampa Thesis Prize for Outstanding Research in General Relativity

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Giulio Rampa Thesis Prize for outstanding research in General Relativity will be presented to Dr. Davide Gerosa and to Dr. Jan Ostrowski.

The committee consisting of Profs. Lars Andersson, Mauro Carfora, Gerhard Huisken, Luciano Rezzolla, prepared the following laudationes:

“Dr. Gerosa’s Ph.D. Thesis on “Source modelling at the dawn of gravitational-wave astronomy” shows an impressive ability to master a rather broad range of topics in relativistic astrophysics and gravitational wave physics. The research initiated by Dr. Gerosa in these areas has triggered follow-up work, providing new important insights and new physical scenarios. The large impact that the work of Dr. Gerosa has already had can only continue to grow.”

“Dr.Ostrowski’s Ph.D. Thesis on “Mass function of galaxy clusters in inhomogeneous relativistic Cosmology” established him as a leading researcher in the field of inhomogeneous relativistic cosmology, i.e. the approach in cosmology where the epoch of nonlinear structure formation needs to be studied employing general relativity together with the “background” rather than separately. Dr. Ostrowski has revealed an impressive stamina in addressing this crucial theme, and his results will have a significant importance for the interpretation of data in the forthcoming era of precision cosmology.”

In recognition of the high quality of the nominations received, the Committee has also decided to award an honourable mention to the outstanding Ph.D. research carried out by Benito A. Juarez Aubry in the Thesis “Asymptotics in the time-dependent Hawking and Unruh effects, and to Sumanta Chakraborty for the Thesis “Classical and Quantum Aspects of Gravity in Relation to the Emergent Paradigm”.

The prize is sponsored by The University of Pavia and by the Italian Society for Relativity and Gravitational Physics (SIGRAV) to honor the memory of Giulio Rampa and is given, every two years, to a graduate student for outstanding research in general relativity. The prize has been established in 2011, and is endowed under the terms of a donation from Nadia and Giorgio Rampa.

Each GRT prize carries a certificate and a net check for EUR 2,000. The prizes will be presented to Davide Gerosa and Jan Ostrowski at the 23rd edition of the “Italian Society for General Relativity and Gravitation (SIGRAV) Conference” to be held at the Hotel Flamingo in Santa Margherita di Pula, (Cagliari), Italy, 9-15 September 2018 (http://sigrav2018.ca.infn.it). This is the biennial Conference of the Italian Society for General Relativity and Gravitation (SIGRAV) devoted to all aspects of gravitational physics. The Rampa Prize winners will have the opportunity to present their work during a special session of the conference. The winners will also be announced during the annual Honours Ceremony during the Inauguration of the Graduate Studies Academic Year in Pavia, in December 2018.

Tenure Track Position in Multi-Messenger Astrophysics at SISSA, Trieste, Italy

The Astrophysics & Cosmology Group at the “Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati” (SISSA) in Trieste (ITALY), invites expressions of interest for a Tenure Track position from outstanding candidates with a solid theoretical research record in the fields of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics. The position will be activated at the Assistant Professor level, to be confirmed as an Associate Professor (Permanent Faculty) within three years after the appointment according to performances.

The successful candidate will work as an independent principal investigator, promoting and leading research activities concerning the astrophysics messengers represented by electromagnetic and gravitational radiation, neutrinos, and cosmic rays. Connections with existing observational facilities for gravitational wave detection and multi-messenger follow-up of electromagnetic counterparts will be strongly appreciated. The position complements the current expertise of the SISSA group in High Energy and Plasma Astrophysics, Stellar Physics, Gravitational Wave Physics, Galaxy Formation and cosmology.

The successful candidate is expected to be capable of attracting external funds, must also take an active part in the SISSA PhD teaching program and supervise graduate students. Expressions of interests submitted by June 30, 2018 will receive full consideration; submissions after this date are still welcome until the position is filled. The expression of interest, written in English and submitted exclusively via Academic Jobs Online (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11182/), should include:

Cover letter.
Curriculum Vitae with a complete publication list.
Description of current research interests.
List of 10 publications of greatest interest for the selection.

The candidate should also arrange for reference letters from at least 3 referees (to be uploaded on https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11182/).

The International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) is a leading research and training institution (PhD School) located in the Italian coast nearby the Adriatic sea, in the city of Trieste. It promotes inter-disciplinarity, diversity of expertise, gender balance in research and administrative groups, and inclusion of minorities and people with disabilities. It offers top facilities for research, such as High Performance Computing including hardware and Master Course. PhD students and Post-Doc are regularly supported by the Italian Ministry of University and Research. SISSA has leading roles in large international collaborations, and constitutes a research network with the other scientific institutions in the area, including the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), and the Astronomical Observatory of Trieste (INAF-OATs). All of its activities are held in English. More information about the school and the groups can be found at http://www.sissa.it/, and http://www.sissa.it/ap/.

Upon receipt and evaluation of the expressions of interest, the SISSA governing bodies will deliberate on the opening of the position according to the provisions of the Italian law.

Foundational Problems of Black Holes and Gravitation Waves, Munich, Germany

The attempt to understand black holes, gravitational radiation, and the relations between them occupies a central role in the foundations of physics. The physics of black holes points to profound connections among general relativity, quantum field theory, and thermodynamics, with potentially revolutionary consequences for our understanding of the nature of spacetime itself. Gravitational radiation is a deep and fascinating astrophysical phenomenon, and one which raises profound questions for the metaphysics and epistemology of spacetime. The two topics go naturally together, both because of the stunning recent successes in gravitational-wave detection, which confirmed the existence of coalescing black hole systems, and because gravitational radiation is expected to generically accompany all non-trivial black hole phenomena. There are numerous philosophical questions raised by black holes and gravitational radiation, which have only recently started to attract the attention of philosophers.

By bringing together top researchers from the diverse fields of physics, philosophy, history, and sociology, we seek to create an atmosphere in which major advances in understanding can be made by the cross-pollination that discussion across traditional disciplinary boundaries can create. We aim to engender collaboration and interaction among philosophers and scientists so that insights from different disciplines may be shared and inspire workers in all relevant fields to find new approaches to both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary problems. Specific questions we hope the conference will address include (but are not limited to):

1. the nature of black holes as thermodynamical objects
2. the character of Hawking radiation and black hole entropy
3. the definition of gravitational radiation and its relation to the ontology of spacetime
4. the status of the Generalized Second Law as a physical principle
5. the Information Loss Paradox, and what it may tell us about the nature of quantum mechanics and spacetime
6. the epistemic status of analogue gravity and ”desktop” physical models of black holes
7. the nature of spacetime itself
8. the related problems of cosmic censorship, determinism and predictability in general relativity
9. epistemic problems for the detection of black holes by gravitational radiation, and the status of the associated theoretical models
10. the epistemology and sociology of gravitational radiation detection as ”big science”
11. the search for a theory of quantum gravity

Ecole Internationale d’Astrophysique Daniel Chalonge – Hector de Vega

Ecole Internationale d’Astrophysique Daniel Chalonge – Hector de Vega

Open and Interdisciplinary Session Tuesday 19 June 2018, at the Cite’ Internationale Universitaire de Paris, College d’Espagne, 7E boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris

Addressed to researchers in different fields, post-docs, phd students, professors, science journalists, communicators,…

At the Programme of this Session:

A New Quantum Universe beyond the Planck scale.

– Nature is Quantum. From the 1986 Paris-Meudon pionnering colloquium on String theory and Quantum cosmology with Stephen Hawking to the first 1991 Chalonge de Vega School on astrofundamental physics with S. Chandrasekhar .

– The last article by Stephen Hawking and a scientific perspective from may 1979 to may 2018 by Norma Sanchez.

– Fractality, universality, universe… From Benoit Mandelbrot to multiverses. The infinity and the indefinite…

-Dynamics of complex systems in the planete evolution.

From Henri Poincare’ to Quo Vadis Science ? Ubi es Science?

(and “ce n’est pas tout”: citation d’Henri Poincare…)


Brochure and Invitation:

Poster and Programme:

More informations:

Looking forward to seeing you at this Session for a creative, fruitful and stimulating meeting,

The Chalonge – de Vega School team


Energy conditions in quantum theory and gravity, York, UK

The workshop “Energy conditions in quantum theory and gravity” will be held from September 20-21, 2018 at the University of York (UK) in the historic King’s Manor.

Registration is now open until September 1st. For more information and registration visit the workshop website: https://sites.google.com/a/york.ac.uk/energy-conditions-in-quantum-theory-and-gravity

Classical energy conditions were introduced as a means of codifying generic properties of matter in general relativity. They play key roles in the singularity theorems of Hawking and Penrose and in many other results of mathematical relativity. However, not all models of classical matter obey the pointwise energy conditions, and quantum fields cannot obey any of them. This workshop will address two main themes, bringing together experts in both areas: (a) the use of weakened energy conditions in classical relativity, (b) the Quantum Energy Inequalities that can be proved for various quantum field theory models, and their consequences. In addition, related topics in mathematical relativity and quantum field theory will be discussed.

This workshop also falls in the 40th anniversary year of the first paper on energy inequalities in quantum field theory. [LH Ford, Proc.Roy.Soc.Lond. A364 (1978) 227-236]

Invited speakers include:

Erik Curiel (University of Munich)
Larry Ford (Tufts University)
Stefan Hollands (Leipzig University)
Jorma Louko (University of Nottingham)
Ken Olum (Tufts University)
Nicola Pinamonti (University of Genoa)
Ko Sanders (Dublin City University)
Robert Wald (University of Chicago) [tbc]
Aron Wall (Stanford University)
Elizabeth Winstanley (University of Sheffield)


Christopher Fewster (University of York)
Eleni-Alexandra Kontou (University of York)

Funded by Marie Sklodowska Curie fellowship grant 744037

Tenure-track position in Theoretical Physics at the University of Trento, Italy

We have an opening for a tenure-track position in theoretical physics at the Department of Physics of the University of Trento (Italy): https://www.physics.unitn.it/en

The position is tenure-track for three years. Upon successful review, the position becomes permanent at the level of associate professor.

The candidate should have expertise in one or more of the following research areas: applications of General Relativity and Quantum Field Theory to astrophysics and cosmology, and in particular on modeling, interpretation and predictions of multimessenger observations with large facilities, both ground- and space-based, within themes like gravitation, dark matter, dark energy, neutrino physics, cosmology of primordial universe, extensions of standard model and any other related subject.

Knowledge of Italian language is not required, but fluency in English is required.

The successful applicant will cover undergraduate or graduate teaching courses (90 hours per year) about Theoretical Physics, Model and Mathematical Methods or Quantum Field Theory or General Relativity.

The overall annual hours of work for research, teaching and office hours for students within the areas indicated above equal 1,500 hours per year.

Online application form, further requirements, and instructions about reference letters are available here:


Applications should be submitted online via the above link by July 5.

Postdoctoral Position at Koc University with possible H2020 funding, Istanbul, Turkey

Co-Funded Brain Circulation Scheme (CoCirculation2) is a new Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Cofund Program managed by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK). The fellowship is quite similar to MSCA Fellowships in structure, but is specific to Turkey. It aims to attract qualified researchers from abroad, and is going to fund a total of 100 researchers in the next 4 years to spend 24 months in the country.

– The fellowship is not restricted to any specific research discipline.
– Each recipient will receive a monthly living and mobility allowance of 5050 Euros and monthly Research, Training and Networking cost of 800 Euros (note that living expenses in Turkey are considerably lower than the EU average).
– Only researchers who spent no more than 12 months of the last 36 months in Turkey are eligible to apply.
– There is no restriction on citizenship.
– There is possibility of up to 6 months of secondments outside Turkey.
– This year’s applications open on 1 August 2018, and close on 30 October 2018. Decisions will be likely made around January 2019 with an earliest start date being around April 2019.
– In my experience, the chances of being awarded this fellowship is considerably higher than obtaining the MSCA Fellowship due to the restriction of the research destination to Turkey.
More detailed information can be found at https://www.tubitak.gov.tr/en/funds/academy/international-researchers-fellowship-programmes/content-2236-co-funded-brain-circulation-scheme-co-circulation-scheme

Application procedure is also very similar to the MSCA Fellowships. Every applicant applies together with a supervisor, and to a specific institution. If you are interested in postdoctoral research on gravitational physics at Koc University with me (Fethi M Ramazanoglu), please contact me at framazanoglu[AT]ku.edu.tr by August 1 2018 so that we can prepare an application suitable for our joint interests. Koc University is located in the beautiful northern suburbs of Istanbul.

2019 YITP Asian-Pacific Winter School and Workshop on Gravitation and Cosmology, Kyoto, Japan

Dear all,

We are going to have “2019 YITP Asian-Pacific Winter School and Workshop on Gravitation and Cosmology” for February 11 – 15, 2019 at Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto, Japan.

The school/workshop consists of two parts: lectures by invited lecturers and presentations by participants. Topics covered by the school/workshop are as follows.

Gravitational waves
Numerical relativity
Black hole physics
Cosmic microwave background
Inflationary universe
Dark matter and dark energy
String cosmology
Quantum gravity

Invited Lecturers:
Luc Blanchet (IAP) “Gravitational waves from post-Newtonian sources”
* Gary Gibbons (Cambridge) “TBA”
Veronika Hubeny (UC Davis) “AdS/CFT for GR students”
Kenta Kiuchi (YITP/Max Planck) “Frontiers in numerical relativity”
(* to be confirmed)

The registration is already open. We look forward to having you in Kyoto.

Best regards,
Shinji Mukohyama

ESA Research Fellowship in Space Science, The Netherlands and Spain

The European Space Agency awards several postdoctoral fellowships each year.

The aim of these fellowships is to provide scientists in their early career, holding a PhD or the equivalent degree, with the means of performing research in fields related to the ESA Science Programme.

Areas of research include planetary science, astronomy and astrophysics, solar and solar-terrestrial science, plasma physics and fundamental physics. The fellowships have a duration of two years, with the possible extension to three years, and are tenable at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Netherlands, or at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain.

Applications are now solicited for fellowships in space science to begin in the fall of 2019. Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates in an early stage of their career. Candidates not holding a PhD yet are encouraged to apply, but they must provide evidence of receiving their degree before starting the fellowship.

ESA fellows are enrolled in ESA’s Social Security Scheme, which covers medical expenses. A monthly deduction covers these short-term and long-term risks.

The deadline for applications is 1 October 2018.

More information on the ESA Research Fellowship programme in Space Science, on the conditions and eligibility, as well as the application form can retrieved from http://cosmos.esa.int/fellowship

Questions on the scientific aspects of the ESA Fellowship in Space Science not answered in the above pages can be sent by e-mail to the fellowship coordinators, Dr. Oliver Jennrich or Dr. Bruno Altieri at the address fellowship[AT]cosmos.esa.int

Royal Society URF/STFC Rutherford fellowship, King’s College London, UK

The Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology (TPPC) group at King’s College London welcomes expressions of interest to apply for the Royal Society University Research Fellowship
and the Rutherford STFC Ernest Rutherford fellowship to be hosted by our group.

The TPPC group is a vibrant, international research team including experts in
– particle physics
– axion- and dark matter physics
– cosmology
– gravitational waves
– numerical relativity
– extensions of general relativity
– quantum gravity

The group has also strong ties to other Universities of the London area, including Imperial College, UCL and QMUL.

We invite interested candidates to contact us by sending a brief research proposal (max. 1 page) and an abridged CV to helvi.witek[AT]kcl.ac.uk or diego.blas[AT]kcl.ac.uk before the 25th of June 2018. We advise potential candidates to carefully check the eligibility criteria of the calls. We expect to make a decision on the candidates we can support by the end of June 2018.

Our group is committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority groups, women, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Summer School “The Black Hole Information Loss Paradox”, Bremen, Germany

The aim of this school is to provide an in-depth overview about recent developments in the field. Starting with a precise formulation of the problem in the first half of the school, we will discuss various solution proposals, with a particular focus on the relation to the BMS-group.

Targeting mainly PhD-students, the material will be covered in form of lectures and discussion sessions.

Related contributions by attendees are also welcome.

1st PU International Conference on Gravitation and Cosmology, Lahore-Pakistan

The propagation of light probes the fundamental structure of spacetime, and its gravitational dynamics are described by general relativity or possible modifications. These theoretical models are increasingly testable, thanks to the latest advances in astronomy and astrophysics. Given the remarkable recent insight that gravity theories can be constructed, we will investigate how such theories may work. With the first detections of gravitational waves we have entered an exciting new era in gravitational physics that enables us to learn about the fundamental properties of gravity with a completely new sense. In particular, it opens up the unique opportunity to probe gravity in its most challenging, strong-field and dynamical regime. The attractive nature of this conference is that it intersects with several core areas of mathematical physics particularly, gravitation and cosmology.

This International conference will be aimed at newcomers to the field, with a strong focus on team-based collaborative work. Pedagogically, the expressway into the subject is to use many of the key ideas and theorems in the field. The scientific program covers a broad range of topics from the mathematical structure of General Relativity and fundamental issues of classical gravity, through modified gravitational models. In addition to the invited/plenary talks, the conference will consist of contributed talks by the participants. The duration of the contributed talks will be 17+3 minutes. The talks should be submitted in pdf format to the conference secretary at email puicgc[AT]pu.edu.pk until November 16, 2018.

The main topics of the conference will be

Gravitation and General Relativity
Alternative Theories of Gravity
Cosmology and the Early Universe
Dark Energy and Inflation
Fundamental Aspects of Astrophysics
Mathematical and Relativistic Aspects of Cosmology
Gravitational Waves of Cosmological and Astrophysical Origin

GRG Editor’s Choice: recent highlight articles

In each volume of the journal General Relativity and Gravitation (GRG), a few papers are marked as “Editor’s Choice”. The primary criteria is original, high-quality research that is of wide interest within the community. These recent articles deserve special attention:

Jeremy D. Schnittman
“The collisional Penrose process”

Claus Kiefer, David Wichmann
“Semiclassical approximation of the Wheeler–DeWitt equation: arbitrary orders and the question of unitarity”

Hideyoshi Arakida
“Light deflection and Gauss–Bonnet theorem: definition of total deflection angle and its applications”

Emanuele Berti, Kent Yagi, Nicolás Yunes
“Extreme gravity tests with gravitational waves from compact binary coalescences: (I) inspiral–merger”

Please, browse all Editor’s Choice articles at:

Frank Schulz
Publishing Editor GRG

Gravity, Blackholes, Cosmology, String Theory, Groningen, The Netherlands

A full time position at the level of Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Groningen, Van Swinderen Institute. In the following areas of research: Quantum Gravity, Higher Derivative and Infinite Derivative Gravity, Aspects of Quantum Field Theory, Cosmology.

The appointment starts from 1st November 2018 for a period of (1+1) years.

Required documents: CV, Publications and Submitted Papers, 2 Pages Research Proposal
Deadline: 30 June 2018
Informal inquireies can be made: anupam.mazumdar[AT]rug.nl
Contact: Anupam Mazumdar

More Information: https://www.rug.nl/research/vsi/
Letters of Reference should be sent to: anupam.mazumdar[AT]rug.nl

STFC Rutherford Fellowship, Nottingham, UK

The School of Mathematical Sciences of the University of Nottingham plans to support a candidate for the Ernest Rutherford Fellowship awarded by the STFC. The duration of the fellowship is 5-years and the STFC deadline is September 20th 2018. More information about the fellowship can be found here:

The School of Mathematical Sciences can support only one candidate and it will review applications from interested candidates. Expressions of interest should be sent to
Professor Thomas Sotiriou, email: Thomas.Sotiriou[AT]nottingham.ac.uk.
They should be received before June 30th in order to receive full consideration and should include a full CV (a research statement or proposal is not necessary at this stage).

Successful applicants will be hosted by the Quantum Gravity Group that includes John Barrett, Steffen Gielen, Kirill Krasnov, Jorma Louko, Alex Schenkel, Thomas Sotiriou and Silke Weinfurtner.

The research interests of the group include:
– alternative theories of gravity
– analogue gravity
– black holes and compact stars (strong gravity)
– quantum field theory in curved spacetimes
– quantum gravity

Research proposals in topics that are complementary to the above are welcome. The group has close ties (including a joint STFC Consolidated Grant) with the Particle Theory Group in the School of Physics and Astronomy, which includes Tasos Avgoustidis, Clare Burrage, Ed Copeland, Anne Green, Adam Moss, Tony Padilla and Paul Saffin.

Fundamental physics with LISA, Florence, Italy

Observations of astrophysical systems where gravity is extreme — highly-dynamical and/or non-linearly strong — have the potential to shed light on some of the most profound questions in physics today: from the nature of compact objects to whether Einstein’s theory accurately describes the merger of black holes. The first space-borne detector, LISA, a joint ESA-NASA mission is currently planned to be deployed in 2034, allowing for the first observation of the merger of supermassive black holes and of extreme mass-ratio inspirals. These observations will enable new accurate tests of general relativity, in particular in the strong regime.

We announce the Fundamental Physics with LISA workshop which will take place on November 12-14, 2018 at the Galileo Galilei Institute (Arcetri, Florence, IT). Its goal will be to discuss ways in which we can test General Relativity and learn about fundamental theoretical physics with future LISA observations.

For more information and registration, please visit the conference webpage: http://www.ggi.infn.it/showevent.pl?id=305

In order to encourage interaction and discussion, the workshop will bring together experts in theory, phenomenology, modeling and data analysis, and will have an unusual format. Each day will be centered around one of these facets, and consist of three topical sessions in which discussions will be moderated by a panel of three or four experts. The goal of the workshop is to foster fruitful interactions between different dimensions of LISA science. This will include the following topics:

* Model independent tests versus Model-Specific tests of GR.
* Tests of GR and inferences about physics from the inspiral of supermassive black holes.
* Tests of GR and inferences about physics from the ringdown of supermassive black hole merger.
* Tests of GR and inferences about physics from extreme mass-ratio inspirals.
* Inferences about the nature of supermassive black holes.
* Tests of superradiance and inferences about ultralight boson fields and fuzzy dark matter.
* Exotic compact objects, tests of the horizon, and GW echoes.
* Environmental effects

The number of participants is limited. The registration deadline is *Sepember 1st* or earlier if the capacity of the conference venue is reached. The conference fee (€60) includes lunch tickets for on-site catering.


1A: Black holes
1B: Cosmology
1C: Gravity

2A: Inferences on exotic objects
2B: Inferences on particle physics
2C: Inferences on theoretical physics

3A: Massive black-hole binaries: modeling and systematics
3B: Extreme mass-ratio inspirals: modeling and environmental systematics
3C: Data-analysis tools and strategies

A. Arvanitaki
S. Babak
E. Berti
D. Blas
R. Brito
A. Buonanno *
C. Burrage
C. Caprini
V. Cardoso
K. Chatziioannou
N. Cornish
J. de Boer
P. Ferreira
J. Gair *
S. Giddings
T. Hinderer
S. Hughes
L. Hui
A. Klein
B. Kocsis
C. Palenzuela
A. Raccannelli
T. Sotiriou
L. Stein *
A. Tolley
M. Trodden
M. Van den Meent
M. Vallisneri
A. Vecchio
F. Vernizzi
F. Vidotto
H. Witek
K. Yagi
A. Zimmerman

(* to be confirmed)


Enrico Barausse (Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris),
Thomas Hertog (KU Leuven),
Philippe Jetzer (University of Zurich),
Paolo Pani (Sapienza University of Rome),
Nicolas Yunes (Montana State University)

– European Research Council Starting Grant DarkGRA-757480 (“Unveiling the dark universe with gravitational waves”).
– COST Action CA16104 “Gravitational waves, black holes and fundamental physics” (GWverse)

Workshop poster (courtesy of Michele Monasta, http://www.michelemonasta.it):

high-res: https://www.dropbox.com/s/de8lxpokwjom6lp/nov_2018.pdf?dl=0
low-res: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ekdpzg6u87gys7c/poster_low_res.pdf?dl=0

Gravitational Wave Physics and Astronomy Workshop: GWPAW 2018, College Park, USA (1st announcement)

Save the dates! The Joint Space-Science Institute is pleased to be hosting the 2018 edition of the Gravitational Wave Physics and Astronomy Workshop on December 1 through 4.

Sessions will be held at the new Hotel@UMD (https://www.thehotelumd.com/) adjacent to the University of Maryland campus in College Park.

This listing will be updated with additional details, a conference website link and registration information as they become available.

Master/PhD Programs in Physics, Famagusta, Cyprus

The objectives of the two-year MS program and four-year PhD program in physics are, within a physics curriculum, to provide the students with knowledge of the advanced methods of modern theoretical physics.

The student will be integrated from the very beginning into the physics group of Eastern Mediterranean University, and are expected to MS/PhD thesis during the second/fourth year.

All the lectures will be given in English.

A limited number of fellowships is available.

Postdoc position in gravitational astrophysics at University of Guelph, Canada

The Astrophysics and Gravitation Group at the University of Guelph invites applications for a postdoctoral position in Gravitational Physics, including gravitational-wave astrophysics, strong-field gravity theory, Bayesian parameter estimation for compact binaries, etc. The position is for two years.

More Info about the group can be found at: https://www.physics.uoguelph.ca/research/astrophysics-and-gravitation

The starting date for the position is Jan 1, 2019. All applicants must hold a Ph.D in Physics.

The Astrophysics and Gravitation Group at University of Guelph has strong connection to the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics, and Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics. The successful applicant will also become an associate postdoc of the Perimeter Institute, and will be able to interact with Will East, Luis Lehner, Eric Poisson, Daniel Siegel, Huan Yang, as well as any other research, postdoc and student at the University of Guelph and Perimeter Institute.

Applicants should send a CV, a list of publications, a research statement and arrange two letters of recommendation. All files should be sent to hyang10[AT]uoguelph.ca, with the subject “Gravity Application.” The deadline for this application is September 1, 2018. For more information, please contact Huan Yang (hyang10[AT]uoguelph.ca).

Dynamical Horizons, Binary Coalescences, Simulations and Waveforms, Penn State, USA

The Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos will hold a Focus Session to discuss novel ideas at the interface of post-Newtonian methods, horizon dynamics, numerical simulations and data analysis to create new tools to test the dynamical regime of full, non-linear general relativity through gravitational waves. It will be held at Penn State, University Park campus from July 16-19, 2018. The main session program will be over on July 18 but we will have additional information discussions on July 19.

Recently, interesting ideas have been put forward to extract information about the progenitors of compact binary collisions from gravitational wave signals using, e.g., post-Newtonian methods. There is potential to connect the post-Newtonian inspiral phase to the beginning of the formation of the common dynamical horizon, and then relate the non-linear process by which the dynamical horizon settles down to the waveforms seen in detectors. The Focus Session will bring together expertise in four areas with the hope of making significant advances: Post-Newtonian methods, mathematical GR, numerical GR and data analysis.

There will be a few talks in each area to bring everyone to the same wavelength and most of the session will be devoted to discussions aimed at cross-fertilization of ideas. Details on scientific organization will be available in due course.

Confirmed participants include: K.G. Arun, Abhay Ashtekar, Sina Bahrami, Eugenio Bianchi, Ssohrab Borhanian, Deborah Ferguson, Anuradha Gupta, Jose-Luis Jaramillo, Neev Khera, Bhavesh Khomesra, Badri Krishnan, Pablo Laguna, B. Sathyaprakash, Deirdre Shoemaker, and Andrey Shoom.

This event is open to other interested participants. However, each participant must register in advance by sending an email to Randi Neshteruk at rxh1@psu.edu with the following information: Name, institutional affiliation, professional status (faculty, postdoc, graduate student or undergraduate student), and participation dates. Strong preference will be given to those who intend to participate in the full session. Early registration is strongly recommended since the event will be limited to 25 participants.

Scientific Program
The scientific program for the Focus Session will be available within the next few weeks.

This Focus Session is supported by the Pittsburgh Foundation through its Urania Stott Fund and the Eberly College of Science.

MG15: awards and scientific program

Marcel Grossmann Awards 2018

Individual Awards:
Lyman Page (Princeton University)
Rashid Sunyaev (Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics)
Shing-Tung Yau (Princeton University)

Institutional Award:
“Planck Scientific Collaboration” to be presented to Prof. Jean-Loup Puget (Université Paris-Sud 11).

The preliminary plenary program is available: http://www.icra.it/mg/mg15/PreliminaryPlenaryProgram.pdf and the list of invited speakers is http://www.icra.it/mg/mg15/invited_speakers.htm.

The number of registered participants at the 15th Marcel Grossmann Meeting that will take place in Rome at “Sapienza” University July 1 to 7, 2018, is by now over 840. There are 96 parallel sessions. The current preliminary list of parallel sessions is available: http://www.icra.it/mg/mg15/parallel_sessions.htm together with the list of chairpersons: http://www.icra.it/mg/mg15/par_sessions_chairs_details.htm.

Deadline for the payment of the early registration fee 400 EUR is postponed to June 10, after which the fee will be 450 EUR. The student fee is 150 EUR through June 10, after which the fee will be 200 EUR (with certification of “Student Status”). On line fee payments will be accepted until June 25th, 2018. After this deadline, registration fees can only be paid on site by credit card.

The poster can be downloaded from: http://www.icra.it/mg/mg15/MG15_poster.pdf

All inquiries may be directed to the meeting mailbox: mg15[AT]icra.it

Remo Ruffini (chair of International Organizing Committee)
Robert Jantzen (chair of International Coordinating Committee)
Elia Battistelli and Carlo Luciano Biano (chairs of Local Organizing Committee)

Senior Lecturer/Lecturer position in Applied Mathematics at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

The School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash University invites applications for the position of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Computational Mathematics. Candidates will be expected to have outstanding research records and help our drive for excellence across the School. The two areas of specific interest for this position are Mathematical Biology and Computational Mathematics. All areas of Mathematical Biology and Medicine will be considered, including research that involves collaborations with biologists or medical researchers. Research areas in Computational Mathematics that are of specific interest include numerical PDEs, numerical linear algebra, uncertainty quantification, high performance computing, computational fluid dynamics, computational biology, optimisation, optimal control, and operations research. We are interested in outstanding researchers who apply Computational Mathematics techniques to problems in science, engineering, biology and technology. Exceptional candidates in other areas of Applied Mathematics will also be considered. To be considered you will have a PhD in mathematics or a related area, proven ability to perform independent research, and a strong commitment to teaching and the supervision of research students.

Professor/Associate Professor position in Applied Mathematics at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

The School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash University invites applications for the position of Professor/Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics (Mathematical Biology or Computational Mathematics).

The two areas of specific interest for this position are Mathematical Biology and Computational Mathematics. We anticipate growth over the next few years in these two areas, and successful candidates in these areas will be expected to take a leadership role in this. All areas of Mathematical Biology and Medicine will be considered, including research that involves collaborations with biologists or medical researchers. In Computational Mathematics, areas of specific interest include numerical PDEs, numerical linear algebra, uncertainty quantification, high-performance computing, computational fluid dynamics, optimisation, optimal control, and operations research. The School’s current areas of strength in Applied and Computational Mathematics include fluid mechanics, magnetohydrodynamics, numerical analysis, scientific computing methods, and operations research. Applications that align with any of these focus areas are also of interest.

Candidates will be expected to have outstanding research records and help our drive for excellence across the School. We are interested in excellent researchers who apply mathematics to problems in science, engineering, biology and technology. To be considered you will have a PhD in mathematics or a related area, an exceptional track record in high-quality research, and a strong commitment to teaching and the supervision of research students. Successful candidates will be expected to take a leadership role within the department.

Senior Lecturer/Lecturer (Female Only) position in Applied Mathematics at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

The School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash University invites applications for the position of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics. Candidates will be expected to have outstanding research records and help our drive for excellence across the School. All areas of Applied Mathematics will be considered. The School’s current areas of strength in Applied Mathematics include fluid mechanics, magnetohydrodynamics, numerical analysis, scientific computing, and operations research, and we anticipate growth over the next few years in the areas of computational mathematics and mathematical biology. We are interested in outstanding researchers who apply mathematics to problems in science, engineering, biology and technology. To be considered you will have a PhD in mathematics or a related area, proven ability to perform independent research, and a strong commitment to teaching and the supervision of research students.

Monash University recognises the need to be diverse, inclusive, and excellent. The School of Mathematical Sciences seeks to increase the diversity of the school, particularly the number of female academic staff members, in order to add distinct viewpoints and broader experiences to research and teaching, and to inspire the next generation of mathematics students and staff. Therefore the school will only consider applications from suitably qualified female candidates for this position. The female-only requirement is a lawful special measure under section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act and section 7D of the Sexual Discrimination Act.

Living Reviews in Relativity: “Relativistic dynamics and extreme mass ratio inspirals”

The open-access journal Living Reviews in Relativity has published a new review article on “Relativistic dynamics and extreme mass ratio inspirals” by Pau Amaro-Seoane on 15 May 2018:

Amaro-Seoane, Pau,
“Relativistic dynamics and extreme mass ratio inspirals”,
Living Rev Relativ (2018) 21: 4.

It is now well-established that a dark, compact object, very likely a massive black hole (MBH) of around four million solar masses is lurking at the centre of the Milky Way. While a consensus is emerging about the origin and growth of supermassive black holes (with masses larger than a billion solar masses), MBHs with smaller masses, such as the one in our galactic centre, remain understudied and enigmatic. The key to understanding these holes—how some of them grow by orders of magnitude in mass—lies in understanding the dynamics of the stars in the galactic neighbourhood. Stars interact with the central MBH primarily through their gradual inspiral due to the emission of gravitational radiation. Also stars produce gases which will subsequently be accreted by the MBH through collisions and disruptions brought about by the strong central tidal field. Such processes can contribute significantly to the mass of the MBH and progress in understanding them requires theoretical work in preparation for future gravitational radiation millihertz missions and X-ray observatories. In particular, a unique probe of these regions is the gravitational radiation that is emitted by some compact stars very close to the black holes and which could be surveyed by a millihertz gravitational-wave interferometer scrutinizing the range of masses fundamental to understanding the origin and growth of supermassive black holes. By extracting the information carried by the gravitational radiation, we can determine the mass and spin of the central MBH with unprecedented precision and we can determine how the holes “eat” stars that happen to be near them.

Please, visit frequently our relativity channel (http://www.springer.com/livingreviews/relativity) at http://livingreviews.org for other news.

IGC@25: Multimessenger Universe, Penn State, USA

This is the first announcement of international conference entitled

Multimessenger Universe

will be held at the University Park campus of Penn State from Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28, 2019 in celebration of the Silver Jubilee of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos (IGC). The scientific program has a dual goal: to assess the current status of our field in broad terms, and to discuss future directions.

The Invited portion of the program will feature plenary talks and panel discussions reflecting these goals. The plenary talks by leading experts will provide a broad overview of the field, with emphasis on developments that have occurred in the past ~25 years, and not concentrate only on the most recent advances, or research carried out by just one or two groups. Panels will focus on developments over the past decade and, especially, the vision for the next decade or two.

The plenary session will set the stage for more specialized invited and contributed parallel sessions. IGC has three Centers: Center for Fundamental Theory; Center for Particle and Gravitational Astrophysics and Center for Theoretical and Observational Cosmology. There will be parallel sessions devoted to all these areas.

The conference program is designed to provide ample opportunities for both formal and informal discussions. In addition to providing global, long-range perspectives and an opportunity for stimulating scientific exchange across traditional boundaries, the conference will also be a festive event celebrating the completion of 25 years of IGC. We hope it will bring together many of the several hundred researchers who have passed through IGC. The conference will take place immediately after Loops19, which is scheduled for the week of the 17th to 21st June 2019, also at Penn State.

Please mark your calendars. Information on the conference website and registration will appear soon in the second announcement.

Postdoc in GR at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Institute of Theoretical Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, invites applications for a postdoctoral position within Prague relativity group to a motivated person, working in the field of general relativity and/or its astrophysical or cosmological applications. More specifically, his/her doctoral expertise and research plan should be close to at least one of the following topics: solutions of Einstein’s field equations and their interpretation, problems of energy and radiation in GR, asymptotic structure of space-times, particles, bodies and fields in GR, black holes, neutron stars, black-hole perturbations, quantum gravity, approximation methods and numerical relativity, gravitational lensing, contemporary cosmology (cosmological models and their perturbations, dark matter and dark energy), emission and analysis of gravitational waves and their astrophysical and cosmological aspects.

We actually offer two positions, in both cases within a pleasant academic environment, with standard equipment and reasonable support for traveling.

1) A “University” position funded by the Czech Operational Programme Research, Development and Education. This funding is available for one year, starting preferably between September 2018 and January 2019, with salary roughly corresponding to that of an associate professor at our University. Candidate should have a PhD in theoretical physics or astrophysics, obtained not earlier than 7 years before the application deadline (this may be extended by maternity or parental leave, long-term illness, taking care of a family member for more than 90 days, and military service), who during the last 3 years worked outside of the Czech Republic for at least 2 years at the half-time (or more) research position, or was for this period of time a PhD student abroad.

2) A position directly funded by our Institute. This means 1 year contract starting preferably from January 2019, with a possible renewal in case of mutual interest. Salary will be comparable to a starting salary of an assistant professor at our Faculty.

Interested candidates should (in both cases) submit: CV, a copy of PhD diploma, research statement, list of publications, two letters of recommendation. Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview or seminar. Deadline is 30th June, but we encourage to apply early, mainly for the first (“University”) position.

Gravitational Waves Postdoc position at IGFAE, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The Galician Institute of High Energy Physics, IGFAE, at the University of Santiago de Compostela, invites applications for a research associate in gravitational-wave astrophysics, cosmology, data analysis and related fields, within the newly-created Gravitational Wave research initiative. It will contribute to the analysis of LIGO-Virgo data and multi-messenger followup, among other activities.

The position is for 2 years with the earliest starting date in fall 2018. Interested candidates should submit via Academic Jobs Online (https://academicjobsonline.org):

1) A recent CV.
2) List of Publications.
3) Statement of Research Interest.
4) At least three letters of recommendation.

The position will remain open until filled, however, to ensure full consideration applications must be received by July 1.

IGFAE is a member of SOMMa Excellence Alliance (http://www.somma.es/centres-units/galician-institute-high-energy-physics-igfae), the league of Severo Ochoa Centres and Maria de Maeztu Units to promote Spanish Excellence in research and to enhance its social impact at national and international levels.

Please, send any further question to jobs[AT]igfae.usc.es or thomas.dent[AT]aei.mpg.de.

PhD Position in Quantum Gravity, Regensburg, Germany

The Junior Research Group “Quantum Gravity Techniques for Real World Applications of the Gauge / Gravity Duality” funded by the Elite Network of Bavaria is planning to hire a PhD student starting in September 2018 or later. The group is located at the University of Regensburg within a large and very active quantum field theory group and headed by Dr. Norbert Bodendorfer. It employs up to three PhD students (of which two positions are currently filled) and hosts a varying number of Bachelor and Master students.

The salary is 2/3 of an TVL-E13 position, resulting in approximately 1500 EUR monthly after taxes and benefits (including health insurance and retirement funds). The position will be funded for at least 3 years. A moderate amount of teaching in accordance with the university’s regulations will be required. The position comes with an annual travel budget of 2000 EUR. Applicants should hold a MSc degree in physics or equivalent before signing the contract.

The research focus of the group will be to apply loop quantum gravity techniques to the gauge / gravity correspondence with the eventual goal to better understand finite N gauge theories via quantum gravity. Individual research projects may include lattice gauge theory and will in this case be executed in collaboration with experts from Regensburg.

PhD students in the Junior Research Group have access to the activities of the Elite Graduate Programme “Physics Advanced” jointly run by the Universities of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Regensburg (workshops, summer schools, …) as well as to those of the Elite Network of Bavaria (soft-skill seminars, …). Likewise, activities of the graduate school “Particle Physics and High Performance Computing” in Regensburg will be open to them.

In order to apply, please send an email to norbert.bodendorfer[AT]physik.uni-r.de including a CV, transcripts, and a concise letter of motivation stating

– your research interests
– your motivation to join the group
– whatever you think is relevant.

Letters of recommendation are optional but welcome and should be sent by the author to the same email address.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The final selection will not be made prior to August 1, 2018, so that all applications received by this date will receive full consideration. Later application will be considered until the position is filled.

North American Einstein Toolkit Workshop, Atlanta, USA

The registration for the North American ET workshop are currently ongoing. The last date for the registration is June 1st, 2018. The workshop will be hosted at Georgia Tech from June 18th-20th.

We are also offering travel support to a few participants. If you wish to apply for travel support, please submit an application along with your registration briefly describing

1. Your interest in this workshop
2. Your research work
3. The type of support requested (registration/travel/both) and estimated expense.
4. The reason for requesting the support.

The last date for applying for travel support is May 20th, 2018.

Please let us know if you have any questions.