Simulating gravitation and cosmology in condensed matter and optical systems, Trento, Italy

This interdisciplinary workshop gathers specialists from theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics and quantum optics and from theoretical cosmology, gravitation and astrophysics.

The short term goal is to collectively explore the possibility of exploiting condensed matter analog models as experimental tools to study problems that arise in the context of gravitation, especially cosmology and astrophysics.

First examples of such analog models have recently being realized in a few laboratories around the world. The next challenges will be to extend the range of configurations and observables that can be simulated and to identify key questions to be addressed in future experiments. The long-term goal is to bring analog models from being a scientific curiosity towards being a useful quantum simulation tool to experimentally explore intriguing new physics.

Assistant Teaching Professor in Physics/Physics Education, Lawrence, KS, USA

Nominations and applications are invited for a position at the University of Kansas (KU) as an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Center for STEM Learning. The Assistant Teaching Professor is a three-year, non-tenure track appointment through May 2022. The Assistant Teaching Professor will be a part of the KU Comprehensive PhysTEC Program, teach introductory undergraduate physics courses, and work with the Center for STEM Learning, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Department of Mathematics , and other STEM units on the implementation and administration of undergraduate Secondary Physics teacher preparation within the UKanTeach program, with a particular emphasis on recruitment and advising. The successful candidate must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before employment begins.

The Center for STEM Learning (CSTEM), a Unit within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is an interdisciplinary collaborative venture to improve science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) education at KU and throughout Kansas, and contribute to scholarship in these areas. Center activities involve scientists, educators and education specialists from many units on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. The Center is the home of the nationally acclaimed UKanTeach program, which prepares highly qualified STEM teachers; graduates can be found in classrooms across Kansas and nationally. The KU Comprehensive PhysTEC program is a collaboration between CSTEM and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, which has an internationally recognized faculty, strong undergraduate and graduate programs, and a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research.

The CSTEM , Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have a strong interest in candidates with demonstrated experience in constructing or contributing to a diverse and inclusive learning environment.

For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to: A complete online application includes 1) a statement of the candidate’s goals and vision for the unit; 2) a curriculum vitae containing information on accomplishments in research, teaching, service, and administration; 3) a list of three references, and their contact information, who could speak to the qualifications and preparedness of the candidate to lead the unit. Only complete applications will be considered. For additional information about the position, please contact Dr. Steven Case, (785) 864-4471, stcase[AT] Initial review of applications will begin March 8, 2019 and will continue as long as needed to identify a qualified candidate.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, retaliation, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and is the University’s Title IX Coordinator: the Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA[aT], Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

New Gravitational Wave Physics MSc at Cardiff University, UK

Dear colleagues,

please share the announcement below with any undergraduate student interested in studying Gravitational-wave Physics:

The Gravity Exploration Institute ( at Cardiff University is happy to announce a new MSc program in Gravitational-wave Physics:

Gravitational-wave observations are now transforming our understanding of the universe, and the field will continue to grow in the next decades.

The Gravitational Wave Physics MSc provides broad and comprehensive training in both theory and experiment in gravitational wave (GW) physics and astronomy: techniques in laser interferometry for GW detection, general relativity, astrophysics, modelling of GW sources, and data analysis for GW detection and source interpretation. Cardiff University staff are at the forefront of world-leading research in all of these areas, which span the core topics at the heart of the field, and which make this a unique degree programme.

On completion of the programme you will have the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to begin a research career in gravitational-wave physics, and be a competitive candidate for jobs in industry.


Eighth Meeting on CPT and Lorentz Symmetry (CPT’19), Bloomington, Indiana, USA

The Eighth Meeting on CPT and Lorentz Symmetry will be held in Bloomington, Indiana, on May 12-16, 2019. The meeting will focus on tests of these fundamental symmetries and on related theoretical issues, including scenarios for possible violations. You are cordially invited to attend and participate in this event. Topics to be covered include:

(1) experimental and observational searches for CPT and Lorentz violation involving
– accelerators and colliders
– astrophysical birefringence, dispersion, and anisotropy
– atomic and molecular spectroscopy
– cavities, oscillators, resonators
– Cherenkov radiation
– clock-comparison measurements
– CMB polarimetry
– cosmic rays
– decays of atoms, nuclei, and particles
– equivalence-principle tests with matter and antimatter
– exotic atoms, muonium, positronium
– gauge bosons, the Higgs boson
– gravimetry
– gravitational waves
– high-energy astrophysical observations
– hydrogen and antihydrogen spectroscopy
– lasers, masers
– matter-wave interferometry
– meson and baryon properties
– neutral-meson interferometry
– neutrino mixing and propagation, neutrino-antineutrino oscillations
– particle-antiparticle comparisons
– photon and particle scattering
– post-Newton gravity in the solar system and beyond
– second- and third-generation particles
– short-range gravity
– sidereal and annual time variations, compass asymmetries
– single-top and top pair production
– space-based missions
– spin-gravity couplings
– spin precession
– time-of-flight measurements
– torsion and nonmetricity
– trapped particles, ions, and atoms

(2) theoretical studies of CPT and Lorentz violation involving
– physical effects at the level of the Standard Model, General Relativity, and beyond
– origins and mechanisms for violations
– classical and quantum field theory, gravitation, particle physics, and strings
– mathematical foundations, Finsler geometry

Information about the meeting and online registration, including instructions on requesting a talk or poster, are available on the meeting web site.

Iberian Cosmology Meeting, Bilbao, Spain

Cosmology is the glue that binds the vocations of many researchers in Portugal and Spain. Women and men of different ages and backgrounds which pursue a wide range of topics: from theoretical particle physics to observational astrophysics.

The traditional Iberian Cosmology Meeting (aka IberiCOS) is the event that every year provides a warm setting to stimulate ongoing collaborations and favour the emergence of new ones. Bold and provocative ideas and presentations are most welcome; at the end of the day we can boast about this being a gathering of old friends and new to come rather than a rigid sort of conference.

The Cosmology and Gravitation Group of the University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea will host the event from the 15th to the 17th of April of 2019.

In the usual fashion painstaking efforts are made to allocate slots for everyone, but should it turn to be impossible to offer room to everyone then either PhD students or early career postdoctoral researchers will be given preference. We expect to be able to offer some financial support to some of the participants in those categories.

As there will be no registration fee and we need to manage our resources, we therefore beg all participants to register before the 18th of March.

PhD Position in Cosmology at Lancaster, UK

Cosmology models the behaviour of our universe in terms of a small set of descriptive variables; the scale factor, Hubble parameter, relative shear expansions etc. From Einstein’s equations, we can calculate the equations of motion of these systems and find their evolution. The complete behaviour can be described in terms of dynamical systems arising from a Hamiltonian and expressed as a flow on phase space. All these descriptions rely upon factors which cannot be explicitly measured by an observer within the universe at all times. In recent work, I have shown that under certain conditions these can be extended beyond the initial singularity. One key aspect of your project will be to examine the nature of singularities in relational systems.

The goal of this project will be to develop a complete description of cosmological systems which relies only upon relational measurements and find their cosmological completions. You will develop skills in differential geometry (particularly symplectic geometry) and numerical methods alongside a strong understanding of physical systems. You will gain significant insight into the nature of singularities in general relativity and the geometry of mathematical physics.

The Physics Department is the holder of an Athena SWAN Silver award and JUNO Championship status and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our department.

The PhD starting date is 1 October 2019. Funding is for 3.5 years and is available to citizens of the UK and the European Union.

PhD positions in gravitational wave physics and astrophysics, Trieste, Italy

SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy) invites applications for several PhD positions in astrophysics, cosmology and astroparticle physics. Application may be submitted here

See also announcement here:

Candidates interested in the astrophysics of LISA and pulsar timing arrays, in LISA data analysis, and more generally in gravitational wave physics are especially encouraged to apply for the ***Astroparticle physics*** positions. The deadline for applications is March 12, with oral and written exams on March 25-26, 2019.

Astrophysics, Gravity and Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics Postdoctoral Positions in Department of Physics, IIT Bombay, India

Astronomy, Cosmology and Gravity, and High Energy Theory research groups, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay, intend to appoint several postdoctoral positions in all areas of Astrophysics, Dark Matter, Early Universe Cosmology, Elementary particle physics, Gravitational waves and Electromagnetic followup, Neutrino Physics, Physics beyond the Standard model, QCD, Quantum gravity and String theory. Currently, the groups have nine faculty members, and several Postdoctoral fellows and PhD students. Please visit the group pages to know more about the research activities:


Candidates awarded PhD recently, or research scholars who have submitted their thesis and waiting for the examination are strongly encouraged to apply. More details about the position can be found at:

The positions are available for up to two years. Informal inquiries can be made to any faculty member in these groups.

Tenure: 2 years
Fellowship: INR 780000 – 852000 per year (House Rent Allowance 24% extra)
Deadline: 15 March 2019

To apply, please send an up-to-date CV, research statement and have at least three letters of reference sent by email to:


with the subject “Application for Institute Post-doctoral Positions – “.

Applications received after the deadline may still be considered subject to availability of positions.

Email: thep_acg_postdoc_app[AT]
More Information:
Letters of Reference should be sent to: thep_acg_postdoc_app[AT]

Postdoc in Gravitational-wave Physics at University of Portsmouth, UK

The Institute of Cosmology & Gravitation (ICG) intends to appoint a postdoctoral researcher in gravitational-wave physics, specifically in data analysis with current and near-future detectors like Advanced LIGO and Virgo.

The researcher will work on a project “Preparing for the First Neutron Star-Black Hole Detection with LIGO” funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), supervised by Dr. Andrew Lundgren.

A PhD degree and relevant research experience are required. This project will involve developing both search and parameter estimation methods for precessing compact binaries.

The post is for three years, starting on 1st October 2019.

6th Conference of the Polish Society on Relativity, Szczecin, Poland

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to register for our conference

“6th Conference of the Polish Society on Relativity” – POTOR-6

which will take place in Szczecin, Poland from 23rd to 26th September 2019.

The abstract submission deadline is June 30th, 2019. The registration deadline is 31st July 2019. Full information is available on our webpage:

Conference email is: potor6[AT]

The 6th Conference of the of the Polish Society on Relativity is organised by the Szczecin Cosmology Group on behalf of Polish Society on Relativity. The conference is the regular annual meeting of the Society which is open to international invited speakers and participants.

The conference covers all aspects of classical relativity as well as related fields including contemporary theories of unification and quantum gravity. Topics include: Theoretical and numerical relativity. Black holes: classical and quantum aspects. Relativistic cosmology. Early universe, dark matter, and dark energy problems. Gravitational waves. Approaches to quantum gravity. Quantum cosmology. Relation of relativity and superstring theory.

Invited speakers are: Joseph Conlon (Oxford), Salvatore Capozziello (Napoli), Jacques Delabrouille (Paris), Jose Anthony Font (Valencia), Hermann Nicolai (AEI, Golm), Edward Porter (APC, Paris, France), Jorge Pullin (Lousiana State Univ., USA), Masaru Shibata (Yukawa Institute, Kyoto, Japan), Massimo Tinto (Univ. San Diego, USA).

We are looking forward to seeing you in Szczecin.

Yours faithfully,

Adam Balcerzak (Organizing Committee chair)
Mariusz P. Dąbrowski (Scientific Committee chair)

9th Iberian Gravitational Waves Meeting, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The Iberian Gravitational Waves Meeting, (IberianGW2019) is an international conference organised yearly by different groups around the Iberian Peninsula with interests in Gravitational Waves. In 2019 it will take place in Santiago de Compostela, organized by the Instituto Galego de Fisica de Altas Enerxias, IGFAE.

The meeting will consist of plenary sessions with talks by invited speakers and selected contributed talks by participants.

The target is to bring together researchers working in Gravitational Waves in its different facets, including both theoretical and experimental. Another target aims at keeping track of the main developments achieved since the last meeting within the context of the Iberian GW community, in instrumentation, data analysis and theory.

On the crest of a wave: a four-decade long scientific journey in honor of Valeria Ferrari, Rome, Italy

In her four-decade long career, Prof. Valeria Ferrari has given seminal contributions to the theory of General Relativity, to gravitational-wave phenomenology, and to the understanding of the physics of neutron stars and black holes.

She has mentored several students who have achieved prestigious academic and institutional positions.

This meeting will gather together her long-lasting collaborators and former students to celebrate Prof. Ferrari’s career and the multi-faced aspects of her research activity, which is nowadays more timely than ever.

Second Hermann Minkowski Meeting on the Foundations of Spacetime Physics, Albena, Bulgaria

The Second Hermann Minkowski Meeting on the Foundations of Spacetime Physics will commemorate the 110th anniversary of the publication of Minkowski’s lecture “Space and Time” in 1909, which presented the novel ideas of the four-dimensional physics of spacetime. In addition to technical papers on areas related to Minkowski’s contributions to the foundations of spacetime physics and on modern ramifications of his ideas, contributions on closely related topics will be also welcome.

In addition to talks and poster sessions, special tea coffee hours will be included in the program to stimulate more informal discussions among the participants. For this reason we encourage interested colleagues to attend the meeting even if they do not plan to give a talk.

Contributed papers in the form of extended abstracts from one to two standard pages should be emailed by Thursday, February 28, 2019 to minkowski2019[AT] Submissions will be reviewed and notification of acceptance will be given by Friday, March 15, 2019.

Scientific Organizing Committee:

Abhay Ashtekar (Penn State University)
Dennis Dieks (Utrecht University)
George F. R. Ellis (University of Cape Town)
Valeria Ferrari (University of Rome “La Sapienza”)
David Garfinkle (Okland University)
Robert Geroch (University of Chicago)
James Isenberg (University of Oregon)
Claus Kiefer (University of Cologne)
Vesselin Petkov (Minkowski Institute, Montreal)
Carlo Rovelli (Centre de Physique Theorique de Luminy)
Mairi Sakellariadou (King’s College London, University of London)
James Owen Weatherall (University of California, Irvine)
Nick Woodhouse (University of Oxford, Clay Mathematics Institute)
Christian Wuethrich (University of Geneva)

GRG Editor’s Choice: recent highlight article

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. This recent article deserves special attention:

Harte, Abraham I.,
“Gravitational lensing beyond geometric optics: I. Formalism and observables”,
Gen Relativ Gravit (2019) 51: 14.

The laws of geometric optics and their corrections are derived for scalar, electromagnetic, and gravitational waves propagating in generic curved spacetimes. Local peeling-type results are obtained, where different components of high-frequency fields are shown to scale with different powers of their frequencies. Additionally, finite-frequency corrections are identified for a number of conservation laws and observables. Among these observables are a field’s energy and momentum densities, as well as several candidates for its corrected “propagation directions”.

Please, browse all Editor’s Choice articles at:

Frank Schulz
Publishing Editor GRG

Inhomogeneous Cosmologies IV, Torun, Poland

During 14-19 July 2019 we are gathering experts in inhomogeneous cosmology for a small workshop of about 30 participants at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, the town where Copernicus was born. We wish to map out the most promising directions for analytical, numerical and observational investigations aimed to take into account both structure formation and cosmological expansion within the constraints of general relativity. Can we clarify the physics present in the relativistic cosmology software now being developed? Are the calculations artificially constrained or are they fully relativistic? Can we achieve accurate postdiction of cosmological observations and follow up by making predictions for the upcoming decade of new major survey projects? We expect vigorous, constructive debate between “one-percenters” and “order-unity” proponents, and practical hands-on sessions of free-licensed inhomogeneous cosmology software packages.

Feel free to redistribute this announcement. Check the CosmoTorun19 website or subscribe to the inhom newsletter to know when registration is open.

More info:
Newsletter ‘inhom’:
Contact: cosmotorun19 at

Organising committee: Boud Roukema, Eloisa Bentivegna, Krzysztof Bolejko, Thomas Buchert, Mikolaj Korzynski, Hayley Macpherson, Jan Ostrowski, Sebastian Szybka, Eleonora Villa, David Wiltshire

Topics will include:
* exact cosmological solutions of the Einstein equations
* averaging and backreaction in cosmology
* numerical cosmological relativity
* observational tests

MICRA2019, Jena, Germany

We are pleased to announce the 5th installment and the 10th anniversary of Microphysics in Computational Relativistic Astrophysics, MICRA 2019. MICRA 2019 will take place at the Theoretisch-Physikalisches Institut at the University of Jena from August 12-16, 2019.

MICRA is a workshop that heavily focuses the microphysics needs of computational simulations of relativistic astrophysical systems: neutrinos, nucleosynthesis, and nuclear density equations of state. To intention is to bring together active nuclear and neutrino theorists and astrophysicists with computational modelers to achieve improvements in the modeling relativistic systems: stellar collapse, core-collapse supernovae, compact object mergers, and gamma-ray bursts.

Further updates, a preliminary program, and critical dates will be available at the conference website at . Inquiries are welcomed at micra2019[AT] We are looking forward to a productive workshop in Jena, see you there!

MICRA2019 organizers

22nd Capra Meeting on Radiation Reaction in General Relativity, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The 22nd Capra meeting on Radiation Reaction in General Relativity will be held at the Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas/Brazilian Center for Research in Physics (CBPF) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The meeting will run from Monday June 17 until Friday June 21, 2019. T

he Capra meetings focus on the modelling of black hole binary dynamics in the small mass-ratio limit. In good Capra tradition, the meeting will be of an informal nature with a mixture of invited reviews, contributed talks, and open discussions. There will be no registration fee or proceedings. Contributed talks on all aspect of modelling small mass-ratio systems are welcome.

For more information and registration please visit:

PhD Position in Gravitational Waves and Data Science at University of Jena, Germany

The numerical relativity group at the University of Jena invites applications for a PhD position starting in April 2019.

The position is associated with the research group of Prof. Bernd Bruegmann at the Theoretical Physics Institute. It is part of the recent research initiative of the Michael Stifel Center Jena (MSCJ) for Digitization in the Sciences. The candidate is expected to work on the topic of “Deep Learning for Gravitational Wave Data Analysis”. There is the opportunity to participate in a wide range of research activities. Candidates with a background in gravitational wave science or associated computational and mathematical methods including machine learning are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a strong background in at least one of the above topics, and be strongly motivated to learn the others.

Applications should consist of a single PDF file including: (i) a letter of interest and (ii) a brief CV. Please submit your application per email with Reg.-Nr. 029/2019-P6 as the subject until February 15th, 2019, to
Lisann Schmidt,[AT]

Interviews are likely to be held in February 2019, but applications will be considered until the position is filled.

For additional information:

Theoretical Physics Institute

Michael Stifel Center Jena for Data-Driven and Simulation Science

Two postdoctoral positions in gravitational wave and multi-messenger astronomy at the University of Glasgow, UK

The Institute for Gravitational Research (IGR) at the University of Glasgow is seeking to fill two postdoctoral positions for projects entitled ‘Exploring the frontiers of gravitational wave astronomy’ and ‘Probing the universe with multi-messenger observations’.

Successful applicants will be working with John Veitch, Chris Messenger, Ik Siong Heng and others at the IGR to tackle challenges in gravitational wave and multi-messenger astronomy with Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo observations in O3 and beyond.

Postdoc position in gravitational waves and numerical relativity at Jena, Germany

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the field of gravitational waves and numerical relativity at the University of Jena. The position is associated with the research group of Prof. Sebastiano Bernuzzi at the Theoretical Physics Institute Jena. The candidate is expected to work on the topic of binary neutron star coalescence in general relativity, including computational aspects in numerical relativity, gravitational waveform modeling and data-analysis applications. The successful candidates have the opportunity to join the Virgo Collaboration and participate to the LIGO-Virgo gravitational-wave astronomy programme. The group is also part of the computational relativity (CoRe) collaboration.

The appointment will be initially for one year with possible extension up to three years. Candidates with experience in analytical and numerical relativity, gravitational-wave modeling and data analysis are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, a brief description of research interests, and a list of three potential referees, who may be contacted separately. Applications should be received by March 1st, 2019, but will be considered until the positions are filled. Starting date is expected in November 2019.

Please send applications to:

Theoretisch-Physikalisches Institut
Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena
Max Wien Platz 1
D-07743 Jena, Germany
Office 209

Please use the string “Application for PD position – SURNAME NAME” in the email subject and use the PDF format for all your files.

More info

* Job advertisement:

* Theoretical Physics Institute:

* Research group:

PhD position in Indirect Dark Matter searches at Tuebingen University, Germany

The High-Energy Astrophysics group of the Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Tuebingen (IAAT) invites applications for a

PhD position (3 years, starting date 01.05.2019)

in the context of indirect dark matter search program performed at the University of Tuebingen.

Within the program, we analyze all-sky searches for a signal from astrophysical decaying / annihilating dark matter in the X-ray and gamma-ray bands. The project is focused on searches of two main dark-matter candidate particles, namely sterile neutrino and massive WIMPs, and includes both, theoretical and data analysis aspects.

The successful candidate is expected to participate in the development of the model of expected emission from decaying/annihilating dark matter. The project also includes the analysis of the data of modern X-ray and gamma-ray satellites (including XMM-Newton and Fermi/LAT) and the interpretation of obtained results.

Applicants are required to have a diploma, master or equivalent university degree in astrophysics or physics.

The position is available starting May, 1st, 2019, a later starting date can be negotiated. The salary is based upon the German federal public service scale (50% of E13 TV-L). The process of hiring the selected candidate is handled by the Central Administration of the University.

The University seeks to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified women to apply. Severely handicapped persons will be preferentially considered in case of equivalent qualifications.

Please send your application before February, 20th, 2019 together with a CV, copies of diploma, M.A., or related certificates, and the names and email addresses of two references electronically to Prof. Andrea Santangelo (andrea.santangelo[at] ) and Dr. Denys Malyshev (denys.malyshev[at]

Postdoctoral position in numerical relativity (re-announcement), Rhodes University, South Africa

The appointment is for up to two years with a starting date as soon as possible and a salary of R220 000 per year, to work on a project “Cauchy Characteristic Matching, and Other Uses of the Characteristic Method in Numerical Relativity”. In particular, we are seeking to further develop our matching code, which uses the Cactus framework with a BSSN code in the interior and a characteristic code in the exterior. The faculty members involved in this project are
Nigel Bishop – see
Denis Pollney – see
Chris Stevens – see
Background information about the Department and the University can be found at

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

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

Postdoctoral Researcher in Theoretical High Energy Physics at the University of Kansas, USA

The High Energy Theory Group at the University of Kansas invites applications for a position at the postdoctoral researcher level beginning on September 1, 2019. The group works on physics of the Standard Model and beyond, including QCD, collider physics, dark matter physics, neutrino physics, ultra-high energy cosmic rays, model-building, and astroparticle-cosmology. Preferred qualifications include experience in particle phenomenology with expertise in collider and/or dark matter physics. Exceptional applicants from other areas will be given careful consideration. The appointment will be for two years as evidenced by application material.

Required qualifications for the postdoctoral researcher position include a Ph.D. in physics or related field by date of appointment and potential for and/or evidence of scientific productivity.

For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to Applicants should submit a cover letter with the names and contact information of three references, their CV, publication list, and a statement of research interests. In addition, three reference letters should be sent by email to theorypostdoc[AT] or mailed to Department of Physics & Astronomy, 1251 Wescoe Hall Drive, Room 1082, Malott Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045 USA.

The position is open until filled and the initial review of applications will begin January 30, 2019; please apply by this date for full consideration of your application. Inquiries can be made by email to ian.lewis[AT]

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access, IOA[AT],, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

Postdoctoral positions in cosmology at Nicolaus Copernicus University

The Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics of the Nicolaus
Copernicus University invites applications for 12- to 24-month
postdoctoral positions (adiunkt naukowy) in theoretical/observational
inhomogeneous cosmology. A substantial fraction of the successful
candidates’ research work will be expected to focus on the possible
links between inhomogeneous cosmology and dark matter, but they will
also be expected to develop their own original cosmology research
programs. Candidates with solid experience in LCDM N-body cosmology
simulations and willing to work on numerical relativistic (standard
general relativity) cosmology simulations will be strongly considered.

Formal advertisement and how to apply:

Informal enquiries: boud

New book: The Physics and Astrophysics of Neutron Stars

We would like to announce the publication of a new book in Springer’s ASSL series:

Luciano Rezzolla, Pierre Pizzochero, David Ian Jones, Nanda Rea & Isaac Vidana (eds):
“The Physics and Astrophysics of Neutron Stars”.
Astrophysics and Space Science Library, vol 457.
Springer, Cham (2018)

This book summarizes the recent progress in the physics and astrophysics of neutron stars and, most importantly, it identifies and develops effective strategies to explore, both theoretically and observationally, the many remaining open questions in the field.

Because of its significance in the solution of many fundamental questions in nuclear physics, astrophysics and gravitational physics, the study of neutron stars has seen enormous progress over the last years and has been very successful in improving our understanding in these fascinating compact objects.

The book addresses a wide spectrum of readers, from students to senior researchers. Thirteen chapters written by internationally renowned experts offer a thorough overview of the various facets of this interdisciplinary science, from neutron star formation in supernovae, pulsars, equations of state super dense matter, gravitational wave emission, to alternative theories of gravity.

The book was initiated by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action MP1304 “Exploring fundamental physics with compact stars” (NewCompStar).

Kurt Goedel’s Legacy: Does Future lie in the Past? Vienna, Austria

The Kurt Goedel Society intends to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Goedel’s seminal publication and the 100th anniversary of the decisive experimental verification of general relativity by organising a conference at the University of Vienna, Austria. This event will bring together prominent researchers from the fields of Physics, Mathematics, Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence.

The conference will be accompanied by a special exhibition about the life and work of Kurt Goedel with emphasis on Goedel’s solution.

The list of physics speakers includes M. Aspelmeyer, J. Barrow, C. Bennett, D.Bennett, G.Ellis and R. Weiss. See the website of the conference for the list of all speakers.

ICTP School on Geometry and Gravity, Trieste, Italy

ICTP School on Geometry and Gravity | (smr 3311)
Trieste (Italy)
Starts 15 Jul 2019
Ends 26 Jul 2019

The purpose of the School is to expose graduate students and young researchers to a variety of topics, techniques and lines of research of common interest to geometers and physicists. The activity is intended for theoretical physicists and mathematicians with knowledge of Differential geometry and General Relativity.

Black Holes,
Modified Gravity Theories,
AdS/CFT Correspondence,
Einstein Constraint Equations,
Mass in General Relativity,
Cosmological Solutions.

School Lectures:
C. CEDERBAUM, University of Tubingen, Germany
P.T. CHRUSCIEL, University of Vienna, Austria
M. DAFERMOS, Princeton University, USA and University of Cambridge, UK
H. REALL, DAMTP, University of Cambridge, UK
R. SCHOEN, University of California Irvine, USA
R. WALD, University of Chicago, USA
T. WISEMAN, Imperial College London, UK
N. YUNES, Montana State University, USA

A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants, with priority given to participants from developing countries. There is no registration fee.

North American Einstein Toolkit Workshop, Rochester, NY, USA

We are pleased to announce the 2019 edition of the North American Einstein Toolkit workshop. The workshop to be held at the Rochester Institute of Technology will provide an opportunity for researchers and students to learn about the toolkit and discuss its future development. The Einstein Toolkit is a community-driven software platform of core computational tools to advance and support research in relativistic astrophysics and gravitational physics.

The workshop will be held on June 17 through June 19, with morning sessions on the first two days dedicated to discussing the status and future directions of the toolkit, and afternoon sessions dedicated to tutorials for new users. The final day will be dedicated to discussing codes and techniques used by other collaborations and the feasibility of importing those algorithms into the toolkit.

More information can be found at

Loops’19, Penn State, USA (2nd announcement)

Registration for Loops’19 is now open. Abstracts for the parallel session talks can now be submitted for consideration. The deadline for abstract submission is March 17, 2019.

The international conference Loops’19 will be held at the University Park campus of Penn State from Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21, 2019. Loops’19 is the most recent conference in a long tradition of biannual meetings focused on loop quantum gravity and background independent approaches to quantum gravity.

Invited plenary speakers include: Ivan Agullo (LSU), Abhay Ashtekar (Penn State), Benjamin Bahr (DESY), Norbert Bodendorfer (U. Regensburg), Valentin Bonzom (U. Paris 13), Bianca Dittrich (Perimeter), Pietro Dona (Penn State), Netta Engelhardt (Princeton), Florian Girelli (U. Waterloo), Janet Ling-Yan Hung (Fudan U.), Jerzy Lewandowski (U. Warsaw), Beatriz Elizaga Navascues (FAU Erlangen-Nuernberg), Karim Noui (U. Tours), Javier Olmedo (LSU), Tomasz Pawlowski (U. Warsaw), Alejandro Perez (CPT Marseille), Alessia Platania (Heidelberg U.), Carlo Rovelli (CPT Marseille), Thomas Thiemann (FAU Erlangen-Nuernberg), Yidun Wan (Fudan U.).

The scientific program of Loops’19 will highlight recent developments in quantum gravity research, structural and computational aspects of loop quantum gravity, applications to black hole physics and cosmology. The conference is preceded by the Loops’19 Summer School held at Bard College (NY) on June 10 – 14, 2019 and followed by the IGC@25 conference celebrating the 25 years of the Institute for Gravitation & the Cosmos, also held at Penn State on June 24 – 27, 2019. The linked page allows you to register to both Loops’19 and IGC@25 at a reduced bundled fee.

While you can submit an abstract before registration, we encourage you to register at the same time as registration will close once the capacity of the auditorium is reached. Only registered participants will be able to make presentations at the conference.

A welcome reception will be held on Sunday, June 16 and the conference banquet will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Additional details will be posted on the conference website (see the external link).

Multi-Messenger Astrophysics in the Gravitational Wave Era, Kyoto, Japan

We are pleased to announce that the YITP long-term workshop and the associated Yukawa International Seminar (YKIS) 2019 will take place in Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics (YITP), Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Kyoto.

=== YITP long-term workshop ===
“Multi-Messenger Astrophysics in the Gravitational Wave Era”
September 24 – October 25, 2019
Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University

=== YKIS 2019 ===
“Black Holes and Neutron Stars with Gravitational Waves”
October 7 – October 11, 2019, YITP, Kyoto Univ.

Invited Speakers:
Tsvi Piran (Hebrew University)
Bing Zhang (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
Kenta Hotokezaka (Princeton University)
Masahiro Teshima (ICRR, MPP)
James Lattimer (Stony Brook University)
Alessandra Buonanno (AEI)
Thomas Tauris (Aarhus University)
Francis Halzen (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Rodrigo Fernandez (University of Alberta)
Hiranya Peiris (University College London)
Jennifer Barnes (Columbia University)
Brian Metzger (Columbia University)
Frederic Rasio (Northwestern University)
Raffaella Margutti (Northwestern University)
Francois Foucart (University of New Hampshire)
… and more

– Compact star mergers and Gravitational waves
– Gamma-ray bursts
– R-process nucleosynthesis
– Equation of state of compact stars
– Binary formation and evolution
– High-energy gamma-rays and neutrinos
– Supernovae
– Fast radio bursts
– Chemical evolution
– Population III stars
– Related topics

Scientific Organizing Committee:
Kunihito Ioka (YITP, chair), Masaru Shibata (YITP/AEI), Takahiro Tanaka (Kyoto), Tsvi Piran (Hebrew), Alessandra Buonanno (AEI), Masaomi Tanaka (Tohoku), Peter Meszaros (Penn State), Bing Zhang (UNLV), Samaya Nissanke (Amsterdam), James Lattimer (Stony Brook), Kohta Murase (Penn State), Brian Metzger (Colombia), Masahiro Teshima (MPP/ICRR)

Local Organizing Committee:
Kunihito Ioka (YITP, chair), Yudai Suwa (Kyoto Sangyo), Kenta Kiuchi (YITP), Shinji Mukohyama (YITP), Atsushi Taruya (YITP), Sho Fujibayashi (AEI), Kenta Hotokezaka (Princeton), Kazuya Takahashi (YITP), Kohta Murase (Penn State), Kazumi Kashiyama (Tokyo), Koutarou Kyutoku (KEK), Tatsuya Matsumoto (Hebrew/Kyoto)