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

The high energy astrophysics group at Fudan University (Shanghai, China) has a few PhD positions for the next academic year (starting in September 2018). The successful candidates must have a Master degree in Physics or in a related area before September 2018. Courses and research are conducted in English. The PhD program normally lasts for 3 years, but it can be extended to 4-5 years.

We are particularly interested in candidates with interest/experience in:
1) X-ray data analysis of black holes (in particular for spin measurements)
2) Astrophysical codes (fortran, C/C++, python)
We will also consider applications from candidates interested in other lines of research in high energy astrophysics, as well as from candidates interested in theoretical aspects of general relativity and alternative theories of gravity.

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

Interested candidates should send their CV (including, among other things, date of birth and nationality) and a short statement of research interests and/or experience to:

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

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

Applications received by November 30 will receive full consideration.

X Black Holes Workshop, Aveiro, Portugal

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

The Black Holes Workshops gather researchers working on mathematical and physical problems of gravitation, both in its classical and quantum aspects, as well as on superstrings, cosmology and astrophysics, and stimulate the interaction between them.

The tenth edition of the Black Holes Workshop invites researchers on black holes in all their aspects to participate, and will be held at the University of Aveiro in 18-19 December 2017.

Assistant Professor in Gravitational-Wave Astronomy at The University of Mississippi

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Mississippi invites applications for a tenure-track position in gravitational-wave astronomy at the rank of assistant professor for the Spring or Fall of 2018. Current faculty members working on gravitational physics (Berti, Bombelli, Cavaglia’, and Dooley) have expertise in gravitational-wave source modeling, data analysis and instrumentation, quantum gravity, tests of general relativity, and cosmology. The University of Mississippi is part of the LIGO collaboration. We seek candidates from any area that complements or diversifies the group’s research interests in gravitational-wave astronomy. Candidates are expected to develop a research program capable of supporting and leading graduate students to a Ph.D. A competitive startup package is available in the first three years. A Ph.D. in Physics or a related field is required. Faculty members are expected to contribute to the teaching and service activities of the Department and the University. Teaching duties include up to three courses a year at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. In 2017, the University of Mississippi initiated Flagship Constellations, which are designed to bring together a wide range of faculty from across campus to address some of the most difficult and complex problems facing our nation and world. Candidates who are interested in working with cross-disciplinary researchers to solve key, grand challenges are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should apply online at and provide a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a detailed proposal for developing their research program. Inquiries can be sent to the email address gravitysearch[AT] or to

Gravity Search Committee Chair
Department of Physics and Astronomy
The University of Mississippi
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Consideration of applications will begin on October 20, 2017 but applications will be accepted until an adequate applicant pool is established, or until the position is filled.

The University of Mississippi is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA Employer.

Assistant professor in gravitational-wave astrophysics at GRAPPA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

A tenure track position for gravitational-wave astrophysics is available in the Gravitation and AstroParticle Physics Amsterdam group (GRAPPA), at the interface of the National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef) and the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). GRAPPA is a joint effort between the Institute for High Energy Physics, the Anton Pannekoek Institute, and the Institute for Theoretical Physics. It consists of nine faculty members – S. Ando, D. Baumann, D. Berge, G. Bertone (spokesperson), M.P. Decowski, B. Freivogel, S. Markoff, J. Vink and C. Weniger – whose research interests include black holes, cosmic rays, neutrinos, dark matter, dark energy, early universe cosmology, and string theory. In addition, there are about 15 affiliated GRAPPA faculty who are involved with experimental work on Antares/KM3NeT, ATLAS, CTA, LIGO/VIRGO, LOFAR and XENON100/XENON1T, as well as theory.

Project description
The Anton Pannekoek Institute and Nikhef are currently in the process of strengthening their efforts in gravitational-wave astrophysics. Nikhef is a member of the LIGO/Virgo consortium and it has strong expertise in detector construction and in the detection and interpretation of gravitational-wave signals. API has one of the world-leading groups in the astrophysics of compact objects, strong gravity, and evolution of massive stars. The research of both institutes has become more strongly linked since the founding of GRAPPA five years ago; the successful candidate will play a pivotal role in connecting the research in gravitational-wave astrophysics of the two institutes further. Nikhef and API are embedded locally and nationally in a strong and vibrant research environment: the Science Park Amsterdam campus houses national research institutes in many areas of Physics and Computational Science, the Faculty of Science of UvA, the joint BSc and MSc degrees in physics and astronomy of UvA and VUA, and has strong ties to small business incubators and major research companies. Nationally, Nikhef is the home base for the Dutch involvement in CERN, and API is a member of NOVA, the national home base for research at ESO, and has close ties to SRON and ASTRON, the national institutes for Space Science and Radio Astronomy. API has over 30% female faculty, and more than half of the recent hires in physics and astronomy have been female.
The candidate should bring and further develop an independent research program in the field of gravitational-wave astrophysics. This program should be complementary to and synergetic with the ongoing research at Nikhef and API. Acquisition of external funding for building a research group is part of the position, as are enthusiastic participation in the teaching program both on Bachelor and Master level. All staff members at the UvA also have functions in the self-administration and management of the institution.

We are looking for a candidate with an exceptionally strong research program and a strong interest in excellent teaching in the areas of interest of GRAPPA, with a strong preference for candidates working in gravitational-wave astrophysics. For a balanced composition of GRAPPA, we also have a strong preference for female candidates.
The candidate is required to have a PhD in (astro-)physics, an excellent scientific track record, and the proven capability to attract funding. The candidate should have the capabilities to build up a research group of internationally outstanding level and to initiate and carry out scientific research. The candidate should also be able to develop and provide allotted cohesive academic course components for a wide range of target groups, based on the faculty’s curriculum, so that students may meet the course objectives in terms of knowledge, understanding, skills, competence and attitude.

The initial appointment will be for a period of six years. Based on performance indicators agreed on at the start of the appointment, the tenure track position will lead to a tenured position in a period of maximally 5 years. In the fifth year of the appointment the tenure decision will be taken. These conditions can be tailored appropriately for candidates that have somewhat greater seniority. Exceptional candidates may be directly considered for a tenured position.
The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel. Based on a full time appointment (38 hours per week) the maximum salary is EUR 5,405 gross per month. This is excl. 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end of year bonus. Favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.
Within the Faculty of Science, newly appointed staff follow a didactic training trajectory, which should lead up to completion of a certificate qualifying yourself for academic teaching (basiskwalificatie onderwijs, BKO) within two years. Foreign teaching qualifications/certificates are assessed in compliance with the faculty’s regulations.

Job application
Applications must include:
cover letter;
curriculum vitae including full list of electronically accessible publications;
research statement;
teaching statement.
You will also need to provide contact details for 3 referees. They will be contacted directly.
Application deadline 1 December 2017

Gravity@Malta2018, Valletta, Malta

Abstract: Gravity@Malta2018 is the first in a series of conferences from the COST Action ”CA 16104 Gravitational waves, black holes and fundamental physics (GWverse)”. The consortium links three normally disjoint communities, namely Gravitational Wave detection and analysis, BH modeling (in both astrophysical and GR contexts), and strong-gravity tests of fundamental physics. The aim of the conference is to bring about discussion and collaboration between people working in these communities.

Topics: Astrophysics (Super massive black hole growth and evolution, Transient observations, Numerical relativity, N-body dynamics, Binary formation and population synthesis, Dark matter and primordial Black Holes, Cosmography, Astroparticles, Dual AGN Observations, stellar mass BHs: growth, evolution and binary formation); Source modelling (Perturbation methods, Post-Newtonian and post-Minkowskian methods, Numerical Relativity, Effective and phenomenological methods, Impact on data analysis problem); Black holes and fundamental physics (Testing the Black Holes hypothesis, Strong field parameterizations, Black holes beyond General Relativity, Black hole perturbation theory and fundamental physics, Binaries in alternative theories of gravity)

Postdoctoral Fellow at the eXtreme Gravity Institute, Bozeman, Montana

The eXtreme Gravity Institute ( at the Department of Physics of Montana State University invites applications for a 3-year postdoctoral position (starting in 2018) with a focus on extreme gravity.

The eXtreme Gravity Institute is composed of faculty members Nicolas Yunes, Anne Lohfink, Amy Reines, David Nidever, Neil Cornish, Bennett Link, and Sachiko Tsuruta, and postdoctoral researcher Hector Okada-da Silva. The Institute mentors a large number of graduate and undergraduate students (approx. 30), and hosts international workshops and summer schools on topics related to extreme gravity. The institute is also deeply involved in public outreach, formal and informal education.

The successful applicant will work closely with faculty member Nico Yunes on theoretical physics topics related to extreme gravity, such as neutron stars, black holes, compact binary systems, gravitational waves, and experimental tests of General Relativity. These topics can range from theoretical work (e.g. neutron star solutions, null ray tracing in neutron star backgrounds, gravitational waves from inspiraling compact binaries) to a combination of theory and data-analysis (e.g. Bayesian model selection and parameter estimation), associated with a set of extreme gravity instruments, such as the LISA gravitational-wave detector and the NICER X-ray telescope.

The successful candidate will possess a set of wide-ranging interests in extreme gravity and expertise in theoretical and computational work. In particular, the applicant must demonstrate research experience/creativity, breadth and depth of knowledge in extreme gravity, high productivity and high quality publications, and mastery of written and oral communication. A Ph.D in physics, astronomy, or a related discipline is required by the start of employment.

Interested candidates will submit an application at, which must include a resume/CV, a list of publications, a list of presentations, a research statement (3-page limit, 1-inch margins, 12 pt font), and contact information for three references. After submission of an application, our system will contact all references to request (confidential) letters of recommendation. The deadline for submission of an application is December 1st 2017. For more information, please refer to the job link or email Prof. NIco Yunes (nyunes[AT]

Postdoctoral Position in Gravitational Wave Astronomy at The University of Mississippi

The University of Mississippi invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the area of Gravitational Wave Astronomy. The position is for one year, renewable for up to three years. The applicant must have (or be close to completing) a Ph.D. in Physics or Astrophysics, with a good track record in one or more of the following research areas: gravitational-wave source modeling and parameter estimation, the astrophysics of compact binaries, Bayesian model selection, black hole perturbation theory, post-Newtonian theory, numerical relativity and modified gravity.

The Gravitational and High-Energy Theory Group at The University of Mississippi is active in various areas of theoretical and experimental gravity, and is part of the LIGO collaboration. Permanent faculty in the group include Emanuele Berti, Luca Bombelli, Marco Cavaglia and Katherine Dooley, as well as postdocs and several graduate students.

More information on the gravity group in Mississippi is available at the following URL:

The postdoctoral scholar funded by this position will work with Professor Emanuele Berti ( and several Ph.D. students. The research will be carried out in close collaboration with the group led by Bangalore Sathyaprakash, Elsbach Professor of Physics and Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State University. The successful applicant is expected to engage in a collaborative research program including several institutions (Lisbon, Cambridge, Rome, Paris and Aveiro in Europe, Perimeter Institute in Canada, and Osaka University in Japan) through the “Strong Gravity and High Energy Physics” Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) Action, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015.

A curriculum vitae (including a list of publications and a statement of research interests) should be sent to the following e-mail address:


Please use the subject “Gravitational wave postdoc”. Applicants must also arrange to have at least three recommendation letters to be sent to the same email address.

Applications should be submitted by 01/12/2017, but late applications may be considered in exceptional cases. The position will be open until filled.

New book on the GR’s centenary

The publisher MDPI has just released the book “100 Years of Chronogeometrodynamics: The Status of the Einstein’s Theory of Gravitation in Its Centennial Year”, edited by L. Iorio and E.C. Vagenas, with contributions of G.F. Smoot, I. Antoniadis, O. Gron, J.P.Luminet and others.

CoCoNuT Meeting 2017, Garching, Germany

The CoCoNuT code is a general relativistic hydrodynamics code with dynamical spacetime evolution. The aim of this numerical code is the study of several astrophysical scenarios in which general relativity can play an important role, namely the collapse of rapidly rotating stellar cores and the evolution of isolated neutron stars. The emphasis of the meeting shall be put on core collapse supernovae. Recent progress and future developments of this field and of the CoCoNuT code shall be discussed, but not exclusively. Possible topics of the meeting are:
Core-collapse simulations
Dust and molecules in supernovae
Supernova remnants

The purpose of the CoCoNuT meeting is twofold: on the one hand it is intended as a regular (yearly so far) meeting of the CoCoNuT users, but it also serves as an opportunity to interchange ideas with users of similar numerical codes. Therefore the attendance to the meeting of anyone outside the CoCoNuT community is welcome. The CoCoNut meeting is a family friendly meeting. Information for those traveling with kids can be found here.
Invited speakers
Kei Kotake, University of Fukuoka (Japan)
Mikako Matsuura, Cardiff University (UK)
Irene Tamborra, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen (Denmark)

Postdoc position in numerical relativity and gravitational wave physics, Trento, Italy

Applications are invited for a two-year postdoc position on the topic of “General Relativistic Simulations of Binary Neutron Star Mergers”. The postdoc will work with Prof. Bruno Giacomazzo of the Physics Department of the University of Trento in Italy. The project is about numerical simulations of magnetized binary neutron star mergers and the study of their gravitational wave and electromagnetic emission. Giacomazzo’s group has also a strong collaboration with the Virgo Data Analysis group in Trento.

Candidates will need to have a PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or Mathematics by the beginning of the contract. Candidates with previous experience in numerical relativity, computational astrophysics, or gravitational-wave physics are strongly encouraged to apply. The position is expected to start possibly by the Summer of 2018 (but an earlier appointment is also possible).

Interested candidates should send their full CV and publication list to bruno.giacomazzo [at] Candidates are also asked to provide the name and email address of one potential referee, who may be contacted at a later time. Please use the string “Application for postdoc position – SURNAME NAME” in the email subject and use the pdf format for all your files. Applications should be received by October 5, but will be considered until the position is filled.

The University of Trento is ranked among the best universities in Italy and it is located in the city of Trento near the Italian Dolomites ( The Physics department is active in a wide range of research topics. In the field of gravitational waves it has groups working on numerical relativity (Giacomazzo), Virgo (Prodi, Perreca), and LISA (Vitale, Dolesi, Weber). More information about the Physics department can be found at

COST GWverse: Exchange of researchers working on gravitational-wave and black hole physics

In the context of the European COST Action CA16104 on Gravitational waves, black holes and fundamental physics (GWverse), grants for short term scientific missions (STSMs) are available. We are inviting you to submit proposals for STMSs starting after Nov 1, 2017 and before April 30, 2018 (applications outside this timeframe will be discarded).

This call starts on Sep 1 and closes Oct 15, 2017. All proposals will be reviewed and the results will be announced by Nov 1, 2017.

STSMs are a great opportunity for all scientists within the COST Action to exchange visits, nurture collaborations, or develop new ones. Further details are available at the GWverse webpage:
If you have any question, please contact the STSM Coordinator Andreja Gomboc: andreja.gomboc[at]

GRG Editor’s Choice: Notable articles in General Relativity & Gravitation

In each volume of the journal General Relativity & Gravitation, 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.

Tanatarov, I.V. & Zaslavskii, O.B., Collisional super-Penrose process and Wald inequalities, Gen Relativ Gravit (2017) 49: 119.

We consider collision of two massive particles in the equatorial plane of an axially symmetric stationary spacetime that produces two massless particles afterwards. It is implied that the horizon is absent but there is a naked singularity or another potential barrier that makes possible the head-on collision. The relationship between the energy in the center of mass frame Ec.m. and the Killing energy E measured at infinity is analyzed. It follows immediately from the Wald inequalities that unbounded E is possible for unbounded Ec.m. only. This can be realized if the spacetime is close to the threshold of the horizon formation. Different types of spacetimes (black holes, naked singularities, wormholes) correspond to different possible relations between Ec.m. and E. We develop a general approach that enables us to describe the collision process in the frames of the stationary observer and zero angular momentum observer. The escape cone and escape fraction are derived. A simple explanation of the existence of the bright spot is given. For the particular case of the Kerr metric, our results agree with the previous ones found in Patil et al. (Phys Rev D 93:104015, 2016).

Sakovich, A. & Sormani, C., Almost rigidity of the positive mass theorem for asymptotically hyperbolic manifolds with spherical symmetry, Gen Relativ Gravit (2017) 49: 125.

We use the notion of intrinsic flat distance to address the almost rigidity of the positive mass theorem for asymptotically hyperbolic manifolds. In particular, we prove that a sequence of spherically symmetric asymptotically hyperbolic manifolds satisfying the conditions of the positive mass theorem converges to hyperbolic space in the intrinsic flat sense, if the limit of the mass along the sequence is zero.

Guelph-Perimeter Joint Faculty Position in Theoretical Physics

The Department of Physics at the University of Guelph and Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics invite applications for a joint position at the Assistant Professor level in theoretical physics. This is a tenure-track faculty position at Guelph, combined with an Associate Membership at Perimeter Institute. The two institutions are partnering to create a cluster of research excellence in areas of shared interest. We are looking for candidates with exceptional research achievements in theoretical gravitational-wave physics; we also welcome applications in other areas of gravitational physics including astrophysics, cosmology, and high energy physics. The successful candidate will complement and be a part of this exciting new partnership, will be expected to spend time at both institutions, and will benefit from a reduction in teaching load at Guelph in addition to having access to resources and opportunities at both institutions.

The Department of Physics counts 19 faculty members and 12 postdoctoral fellows, and offers strong undergraduate and graduate programs to the Ph.D. level. Research areas include astrophysics and gravitation, biophysics and medical physics, condensed matter physics and material nanoscience, physics education, planetary surface exploration, and subatomic physics. More information is available at Perimeter Institute is a rapidly growing independent centre for fundamental research in theoretical physics. The Institute offers an exceptional research environment and is currently staffed with 40 full-time and part-time faculty members, 40 Distinguished Visiting Research Chairs, and 55 postdoctoral researchers. More information is available at

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in theoretical physics or a closely related field, postdoctoral experience, and will have demonstrated exceptional strength in independent research. The candidate will also have a proven ability or demonstrated potential for teaching.

To apply, electronic (PDF) versions of a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, statement of teaching philosophy, publications list, and at least three letters of recommendations must be submitted to

Further information about the search can be obtained from Martin Williams, Acting Chair, Department of Physics, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1. Consideration of applications will begin on October 15, 2017 but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

27th Midwest Relativity Meeting, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

The website is ready for the Midwest Relativity Meeting 2017 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, October 12-14. The website for the conference is

Please, register through this website as soon as possible. The registration deadline is October 5th, 2017. There is no registration fee.

The website lists hotel rooms blocked for participants of this meeting, and reservations must be made by September 11 for the Ann Arbor Regent Hotel and Suites, and, September 27 for the Executive Learning and Conference Center Center. For more information please see our website.

The meeting will start on Thursday (October 12th) at 2pm. and will end in the afternoon of Saturday (October 14th). In addition to the regular talks, there will be two plenary talks, one by Abhay Ashtekar (Penn State) and one by Matthew Evans (MIT). The rough schedule will be as follows:

Thursday (Oct 12):

2-3pm. Registration

3-5pm. Talks

5-6pm. Refreshments.

Friday (Oct 13):

9-10am. Plenary talk by Abhay Ashtekar (Penn State)

followed by regular talks during the day (coffee breaks provided /lunch on your own).

Saturday (Oct 14):

9-10am. Plenary talk by Matthew Evans (MIT)

followed by regular talks during the day (coffee breaks provided /lunch on your own).

We strongly encourage graduate students and postdocs to present talks on their research. The Blue Apple Prize will be awarded for the best talk by a student.

Please pass this information along to anyone you think will be interested.

We look forward to seeing you at the Midwest Relativity Meeting!

Best regards.

The organizers:

Lydia Bieri, Henriette Elvang, David Garfinkle

The Ninth Australasian Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation, Gingin, Western Australia

ACGRG9 is the ninth in a series of biennial conferences run by the Australasian Society for General Relativity and Gravitation (ASGRG) with the aim of bringing together researchers from around the world to discuss all aspects of General Relativity, Gravitational Waves, Cosmology and Relativistic Astrophysics including theory and experiment.

ACGRG9 will be held at the Gravity Discovery Centre, Gingin, Western Australia, 27-30 November 2017.

Faculty Position in Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology, Dallas, USA

The Department of Physics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position in the broadly defined area of Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology. The appointment will start in August 2018 or later. Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy or closely related field.

Current research at the Department of Physics at SMU is concentrated in the field of particle physics. Current experimental program includes ATLAS at the LHC, NOvA at Fermilab, SuperCDMS and DESI. The theory program is concentrated on the LHC related topics. The department expects an increased interest in astrophysics and astronomy. The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous research program, supervise graduate students and to teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Applications may be submitted electronically (PDF format preferred) via website and should include a research statement, statement of teaching interests, curriculum vitae and three letters of references. To ensure full consideration, the application should be received by October 31, 2017, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. Inquiries (but not applications) can be sent to: jobsearch[AT]

Southern Methodist University will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, accessequity[AT] Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

Postdoc position at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) is establishing a research group in theoretical physics, with a focus on quantum gravity and related questions in e.g. string theory, QFT and cosmology. The group is led by Yasha Neiman, with Linqing Chen, Henry Stoltenberg and Tomonori Ugajin joining as postdocs in the fall of 2017.
We are looking to hire one additional postdoc, for a 3-year term to begin in the fall of 2018, or earlier if desired.

OIST is a young and growing research and graduate education institute, located on the beautiful Japanese island of Okinawa. The institute is English-speaking and international in nature, and enjoys generous funding from the Japanese government. Its unique structure emphasizes individual research groups over departments, providing each group with substantial freedom to define itself and to collaborate with others. OIST is just beginning to develop a population of fundamental theorists, and we have the opportunity to be at the forefront of that process. Current faculty with related interests include Shinobu Hikami and Hirotaka Sugawara.

We are looking for an independent person with an inner drive and an ability to pursue their own research direction. The aim is to have a diverse group where members can learn from each other about different aspects of fundamental theory.

A central question for the group at this moment is how to think about quantum gravity when confined to a finite region, due e.g. to a cosmological horizon. Yasha’s current personal focus is on a research program for constructing a working model of quantum (higher-spin) gravity in de Sitter space, where a holographic theory at de Sitter infinity translates into observable physics inside horizons. Current work involves both conceptual issues in de Sitter physics and the development of new tools and perspectives in higher-spin theory. Each of our three incoming postdocs follows their own line of research, quite independent from this one.

The base annual salary range for postdocs at OIST is currently 4.4-5.7 million yen. Within this range, the salary increases with each year since the Ph.D.
A postdoc in the group will generally be able to make several trips per year, including long-distance flights. The group also has funds for bringing in visitors (~6 visitor-months per year), and a postdoc in the group will have full access to this resource. Any particular budgetary needs can be discussed at the interview stage.

Please apply via AcademicJobsOnline at:
For any inquiries, please contact Yasha Neiman at: yaakov.neiman[AT]
Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2017.

For further information about OIST, visit:
For the Quantum Gravity group (still under construction), visit:
For a list of research groups at OIST, visit:

Observing Black Holes: From the Universe to the Lab, London UK

IOP Gravitational Physics Group September Meeting
“Observing Black Holes: From the Universe to the Lab”

Friday, 15 September 2017, 12:00 – 17:00
Ayrton and Franklin Rooms, Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, London W1B 1NT, UK

This half-day meeting of the IOP Gravitational Physics Group is focused on recent observational developments of black holes. The meeting will be comprised of three speakers discussing the following topics:

Gravitational Wave Observations – John Veitch (University of Glasgow)
Imaging a Supermassive Black Hole – Jason Dexter (Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics)
Observation of Superradiance in a Vortex Flow – Silke Weinfurtner (University of Nottingham)

All are welcome to attend and no registration fee will be charged. The talks will be preceded by the IOP Gravitational Physics Group annual general meeting.

12:00: Annual General Meeting for members of the IOP Gravitational Physics Group
13:30-14:30 – John Veitch
14:30-15:30 – Jason Dexter
16:00-17:00 – Silke Weinfurtner


The IOP Gravitational Physics Group Committee

ERC funded Post-Doctoral Researcher position in Strong Gravity, Rome, Italy

We expect to open some Post-Doctoral Researcher positions at various seniority levels to work in the area of strong gravity (theory and phenomenology). The successful candidate will join the team of the DarkGRA project [] recently funded by the European Research Council.

The appointment is for two or three years, depending on seniority, subject to funding renewal and satisfactory performance. All candidates must hold (or soon be completing) a Ph.D. in Physics. The start date is flexible and can be as early as 1st of January 2018. Screening of the applications will begin on 31st October 2017 and will continue until the positions are filled.

The research activity of the successful candidate will focus on black-hole and neutron-star physics, in particular gravitational-wave modelling of exotic compact objects, tests of gravity and of the nature of compact objects, and strong-gravity tests of dark matter. Members of the team are also expected to get involved in other activities related to the project and in the training of students.

The DarkGRA team will have strong connections with the gravity group at the Physics Department – Sapienza University of Rome, which is currently composed by faculty Valeria Ferrari, Leonardo Gualtieri and Paolo Pani, by one postdoc, two PhD students and several master students. The group has also strong connections with other local groups at Sapienza, with the gravity groups in Lisbon, Mississippi, Tubingen, Nottingham, Para’, Baleares, Cambridge, Aveiro, IAP (Paris) and King’s College London, and it is part of the COST Action GWVerse. The Department of Physics at Sapienza hosts renowned research groups in several areas of physics and is regularly included among the first 40 Physics and Astronomy institutes in the world according to various rankings.

Informal inquiries can be made by contacting Dr Paolo Pani (paolo.pani[AT]

Application should be sent through the online form available on the project webpage.

The selection will be done in agreement with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers, and particular attention will be paid to the gender balance of the team.

Postdoc position in gravitational waves, Shanghai, China

Postdoc hiring for gravitational wave (GW) physics and astronomy, working at Gravitational Wave Group of Shanghai Astronomical Observatory. PhD graduates or experts on all aspects of GWs are welcome, although theorists on analytical or numerical simulations on GWs are preferred.

Term is 1+1 years, the salary before tax is 150000 RMB/year. Starting date: any time from September, 2017. Please send your CV and publication list and arrange 1-2 reference letters to be sent to

Dr. Wen-Biao Han
Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences

email: wbhan[at]

Faculty Position in Gravitational Physics at ICN-UNAM, Mexico City

The Department of Gravitation and Field Theory at the Institute of Nuclear Sciences (ICN) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City, announces the opening of a tenure track Faculty Position in Gravitational Physics. The focus of the position is Gravitational Waves Physics and related subjects (numerical relativity, post-Newtonian approximations, effective one-body approaches to relativistic two-body problems, self-force and corrections to geodesic motion, precision tests and alternative theories), but we expect the successful candidate to have wider interests and to be able to collaborate with other members of the Department.

The candidate is expected to play an active role in the development and consolidation of a program devoted mainly to the study of the two-body problem in General Relativity and alternative theories of gravity, in connection with the interpretation of data from Gravitational Wave detectors of the currently operating devices (LIGO, VIRGO, GEO600) and of the forthcoming ones (LISA, KAGRA, LIGO-INDIA).

The position is a tenure track professorship whose level (assistant, associate or full) will be determined by the candidate’s expertise and experience. Salaries are competitive and include tax-free subsidies from funding agencies within UNAM and the Mexican National Science Foundation (Conacyt). The contract package includes health insurance among other benefits.

Interested candidates should submit the following documents in a single PDF file to the Depart-ment’s Head, Prof. Hernando Quevedo (quevedo at
– full curriculum vitae;
– publication list, with the five most significant publications clearly highlighted;
– brief description of research interests.
In addition, three recommendation letters should be arranged to be sent to the same e-mail ad-dress. The review of applications starts on October 1-st, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.

The Department participates in the operation of various graduate programs at the university level, including physics, mathematics, astronomy, engineering, philosophy and others. The successful candidate is expected to participate in the undergraduate and graduate physics activities at UNAM, including teaching and mentoring students.

Research grants are available from an internal UNAM funding agency and from Conacyt. An active postdoctoral recruiting program within the UNAM runs twice a year. Large computing (including supercomputers) and extensive library resources are available within the UNAM campus. The successful candidate is expected to apply for research funding and to take advantage of the postdoctoral program to help develop and to strengthen her/his research projects.

Currently, the Department’s faculty members are Miguel Alcubierre, Wolfgang Bietenholz, Yuri Bonder, Chryssomalis Chryssomalakos, Jemal Guven, Tim Koslowski, Darío Núñez, Hernando Quevedo, Marcos Rosenbaum, Marcelo Salgado, Christopher Stephens, Daniel Sudarsky, Roberto Sussman, and Alexander Turbiner. In addition, there is a considerable number of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students associated to the Department. The research interests are diverse and include black hole physics, relativistic physics, cosmology, numerical relativity, QFT in curved spacetimes, alternative theories, quantum gravity, lattice quantization, shape dynamics, condensed matter, complex systems, integrable systems, mathematical physics, QCD, foundations of quantum physics, among others. The Department shares building facilities with the neighboring High Energy Physics Department, facilitating a close collaboration with its theoretical and experimental branches which focus on related subjects (e.g. dark matter search, neutrino physics, string theory and AdS/CFT duality, cosmic and gamma rays, hadron physics, physics beyond the standard model, etc.).

There are several other research institutes (physics, mathematics, chemistry, astronomy, philosophy, among many others) based on campus, allowing a rich exchange of ideas during the year through seminars, colloquia, and local meetings. A rich cultural life and ludic activities can be found in the campus (art cinemas and museums, concert halls, classical music seasons, festivals, conferences, a Mexican premier league soccer team, etc.), which also hosts an array of sport and fitness facilities.

The UNAM is an equal opportunity employer.

The 27th Workshop on General Relativity and Gravitation in Japan (JGRG27), Higashi Hiroshima

We would like to announce that this year JGRG workshop will be held at Higashi Hiroshima Arts and Culture Hall Kurara from Nov.27 to Dec.1, 2017. JGRG is a series of annual workshops held in Japan since 1991. The main purpose of the workshop is to provide a place for exchanging ideas to pursue future trends of research. The workshop will cover a wide area of research related to general relativity and gravitation. For more details please visit our web page:
The important deadlines are:
10 September 2017 (JST): Registration deadline (for financial support)
17 October 2017 (JST): Registration deadline (for presentation)

SOC: Hideki Asadeki (Hirosaki), Takeshi Chiba (Nihon University), Tomohiro Harada (Rikkyo), Kunihito Ioka (YITP, Kyoto), Akihiro Ishibashi (Kinki University), Hideki Ishihara (Osaka City), Masahiro Kawasaki (ICRR, Tokyo), Hideo Kodama (YITP, Kyoto), Yasufumi Kojima (Hiroshima), Kei-ichi Maeda (Waseda), Shinji Mukohyama (YITP, Kyoto), Takashi Nakamura (Kyoto), Ken-ichi Nakao (Osaka City), Yasusada Nambu (Nagoya), Ken-ichi Oohara (Niigata), Misao Sasaki (YITP, Kyoto), Masaru Shibata (YITP, Kyoto), Tetsuya Shiromizu (Nagoya) Jiro Soda (Kobe), Naoshi Sugiyama (Nagoya), Hideyuki Tagoshi (Osaka City), Takahiro Tanaka (YITP, Kyoto), Masahide Yamaguchi (Tokyo Institute of Technology), Ryo Yamazaki (Aoyama Gakuin), Jun’ichi Yokoyama (RESCEU, Tokyo)

LOC: Yasufumi Kojima, Kazuhiro Yamamoto, Nobuhiro Okabe, Tomohiro Inagaki (Hiroshima University)

Postdoctoral Position in Gravitational Physics at Koc University

A postdoctoral position in gravitational physics is available at the Physics Department of Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey. The position is for two years starting January 1, 2018 with a re-evaluation at the end of the first year. A third year is possible upon the availability of funding. Selected candidate will undertake research on gravitational physics with Fethi M Ramazanoglu, mainly using numerical methods (see for more information) The candidate is expected to have a strong background in gravitational physics and general relativity. Knowledge of numerical methods is desired, but not required.
Please upload your CV with publications list, research statement and three references at Deadline is October 1, 2017, but applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Compensation: The salary is 2800 Turkish liras per month and tax exempt. Koc University provides free shared housing near the university, or a housing allowance depending on the candidate’s preference. Meal tickets covering lunches are also provided free of charge.

Work Place: Koc University is a leading research institute with a lively physics department. We are located among the forests of northern Istanbul with an easy commute to the city center. Istanbul is a global metropolis spanning the intersection of Europe and Asia with an active social life and many natural beauties.

Postdoctoral positions(s) in gravity at the University of New Brunswick, Canada

The Gravity Group at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UNB Fredericton ( intends to appoint one or more postdoctoral fellows beginning sometime between January and September 2018, for a period of two years (the precise start date is negotiable). The group has three faculty members (Viqar Husain, Sanjeev Seahra, and Edward Wilson-Ewing), several graduate students, and typically 1-2 postdocs. Research interests include classical general relativity, cosmology and quantum gravity.

Applications must include curriculum vitae, list of publications, research statement, and three references. Applications should be made at

The deadline for receipt of completed applications (including reference letters) is September 15, 2017. Successful applicants may be asked to apply for an Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS | postdoctoral fellowship (deadline November 15, 2017).

Postdoc in GR at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic (deadline shifted)

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 include 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 and fields around black holes, dynamics of particles and extended bodies in GR, physics of neutron stars, black-hole perturbations, approximation methods and numerical relativity, gravitational lensing, theoretical cosmology, emission and analysis of gravitational waves and their astrophysical and cosmological aspects.

The selected candidate will work within the GR group of the institute, most probably within the ongoing grant project “Albert Einstein Center for Gravitation and Astrophysics”.

We offer:
1 year contract from January 2018 with a possible renewal in case of mutual interest.
Salary comparable to the starting salary of an assistant professor at the Faculty.
Standard equipment and reasonable support for conference and collaboration traveling.

Interested candidates should submit:
CV, brief description of research expertise and plans, list of publications, two letters of recommendation. Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview or seminar.

Postdoctoral Position in Gravitational Wave Data Analysis, University of Valencia (Spain) and EGO (Italy)

A one-year post-doctoral position starting October 2017 is available at the Valencia Virgo Group of the University of Valencia, Spain. For the members and activity of the group, please refer to the webpage: .

The position is funded by the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) through a collaboration convention with the University of Valencia on data analysis and detector characterization for the Advanced Virgo observation runs (Ref. EGO-DIR-51-2017 – OTR2017-17579COLAB; PIs: Jose’ A. Font and Elena Cuoco). The selected applicant will spend most of his/her time at the Virgo site at EGO in Cascina, Italy.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in Physics or equivalent by the time of the appointment. Interested applicants should contact Jose’ A. Font (j.antonio.font[AT] and E. Cuoco (elena.cuoco[AT] before September 7th, 2017, for further information.

The third Landau-Dirac Ph.D training School dedicated to Supernovae Explosions and Gamma-Ray Bursts, Cargese, France

On 2 July 1967, two American military satellites, part of the VELA programme, recorded an intense flash of light. VELA program was in charge of control the treaty of 4 August 1963, limiting the testing of nuclear weapons. The detection of the flash at first appeared to resemble an atomic explosion; was a rapid increase in the flux of gamma photons in a very short time, the proof that the treaty was breached? Not infrequently the spies of the skies noticed other explosions, some similar to those generated by an atomic explosion. But the satellites were unable to detect the site of an explosion on Earth, nor on the moon nor in fact anywhere in the solar system. After many years the military experts were forced to conclude that the explosions couldn’t be coming from the blue planet. Atomic peace was preserved. But a new mystery began : the Cosmic Gamma-Ray Bursts 50 years after the discovery of the most powerful explosions of the universe, we are glad to welcome students from all over the world in Cargese for the third Landau-Dirac Ph.D training School dedicated to Supernovae Explosions and Gamma-Ray Bursts!

The Cargese school to be held on 11-15 september 2017, Institut d’Études Scientifiques de Cargese, is organized with the following preliminary scientific program:

Lectio magistralis: General relativistic transformations in GRBs
Carlo Luciano Bianco (ICRANet & Sapienza University)
Lectio magistralis: On the theory of supernovae explosions
Valery Chechetkin (KIAM, RAS Moscow)
Lectio magistralis: On supernovae classification
Massimo Della Valle (Capodimonte Astronomical Observatory)
Lectio magistralis: On the discovery of gamma-ray bursts
Filippo Frontera (University of Ferrara)
Lectio magistralis: On the theory of stellar evolution
Georges Meynet (University of Geneva and Geneva Observatory)
Lectio magistralis: The transition from a supernova to a hypernova
Marco Muccino (ICRANet & Sapienza University)
Lectio magistralis: On the Induced Gravitational Collapse
Jorge Rueda (ICRANet & Sapienza University)
Lectio magistralis: On the theory of black holes
Remo Ruffini (ICRANet & Sapienza University)
Lectio magistralis: On the theory of inflation
Aleksei A. Starobinsky (Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics)

Advanced seminar: Dawn of the universe and the quest of the first stars
Pascal Chardonnet (USMB LAPTh Annecy-le-Vieux)
Advanced seminar: Opacity for high energy photons and gamma-gamma scattering
Gregory Vereshchagin (ICRANet & Sapienza University)

Registration fee prior to 5 of September: 500 euro

Postdoc positions in Gravitational Waves and Numerical Relativity at the University of Parma and INFN, Italy

Applications are invited for postdoctoral positions in the field of gravitational waves and numerical relativity at the University of Parma and the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN). The positions are associated with Sebastiano Bernuzzi’s group and funded by ERC-StG grant “BinGraSp”. The project is about modeling binary neutron star coalescence in general relativity, including computational aspects in numerical relativity, gravitational waveform modeling and data-analysis applications.

Appointments will be initially for 2 years, but longer appointments, up to 5 years, are possible for senior profiles. 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 October 1st, 2017, but will be considered until the positions are filled.

Please send applications to:


Sebastiano Bernuzzi
Parma University
Department of Mathematical, Physical and Computer Sciences
Parco Area delle Scienze, 7/A
43124 Parma, Italy

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

Ph.D. Fellowships in Physics at the University of Parma, Italy

The Department of Mathematical, Physical and Computer Sciences [1] at the University of Parma [2] invites applications for its Ph.D. program. The Ph.D. fellowships start November 1st 2017 and have a duration of 3 years.

The Ph.D. program covers several scientific areas in theoretical physics, including Cosmology, Gravitational physics, Numerical Relativity, Gravitational Waves, Fundamental interactions at high energy, Quantum Field Theory, Lattice Field Theory and Strings, Statistical Physics, Quantum Mechanics and Complex Systems. (See [3] for a summary of the research activity of the Theoretical Physics group).

The submission deadline is September 5th 2017. In the application the candidate must indicate the main research topic (and a second-priority choice) amongst the research topics proposed by the Research Doctorate Program in Physics at the Department of Mathematical, Physical and Computer Sciences. The selection will be based on the curriculum of the candidate and an interview. The interview will focus on the previous research experience and on the research project that the candidate proposes.

Details of the call, on-line application, list of research topics and selection procedures can be found at:

For more information please contact Prof. Cristiano Viappiani (cristiano.viappiani[AT] and Prof. Luca Griguolo (luca.griguolo[AT]

Other links:


IRAP PhD 2017 call

The International Relativistic Astrophysics Ph.D. (IRAP PhD) – Joint Doctorate Program sponsored by ICRANet.

A deadline of 30th September 2017 has been established for eight positions open internationally and directly sponsored by the participating institutions.

The coordinated effort of many international organizations such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Southern Observatory (ESO), has led to an unprecedented amount of scientific information from the microphysical world all the way to the entire Universe. To harvest the results of these scientific missions, a specific Ph. D. program has been envisaged in order to involve the students in the analysis and modeling of the above observational data within the theory of general relativity and relativistic quantum and classical field theories.

The students will also be involved in innovative experimental programs in relativistic astrophysics. The program provides expertise in the most advanced topics of experimental, mathematical and theoretical physics relevant to the context of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. These activities, being necessarily international, the scientific and academic institutions, indicated below, participate with their own specific scientific specialties and a joint degree is delivered, at the end of the program.

The Institutions participating in the IRAP PhD are: the international organization ICRANet (Pescara, Rio de Janeiro and Rome) as coordinating institution and the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis as the host Institution; the Albert Einstein Institute, Potsdam (Germany); Indian Centre for Space Physics, Kolkata (India); Observatoire de la Cote D’Azur, Nice (France); University of Ferrara (Italy); University of Rome, la Sapienza (Italy); University of Savoie, Annecy (France).
The Final Ph.D. degree will be jointly delivered by the Academic Institutions participating in the program.

We encourage applications from the best candidates worldwide, independent of nationality, gender or background.

The Courses: Each student will have to follow 180 hours of courses during the three years of the Ph.D. program. There is also a possibility to follow courses from other Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy and Astrophysics Ph.D. programs in each participating institution, after approval by the Faculty.
Courses can be chosen from the following list:

Lorenzo AMATI (INAF-IASF Bologna)
Carlo Luciano BIANCO (SAPIENZA-Rome and ICRANet)
Michel BOER (UNICE-France)
Luca IZZO (Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia)

Ulisses Barres de Almeida (CBPF/MCT Rio)
Alessandro DE ANGELIS (Univ. Udine-Italy)
Razmik MIRZOYAN (Max-Planck Institute for Physics)
Narek SAHAKYAN (ICRANet-Armenia)

Stephen HAWKING (University of Cambridge)
Hermann NICOLAI (MPIG-Einstein Institut)
Malcolm PERRY (University of Cambridge)
Andrew STROMINGER (Harvard University)
Johannes BLUEMLEIN (DESY and FU Berlin)
M. K.-H. KIESSLING (Rutgers)
Hagen KLEINERT (FU Berlin and ICRANet)

Xiaohui FAN (UA and Tucson)
Marcelo Moraes GUZZO (UNICAMP)

Donato BINI (CNR and ICRANet)
Bruno Carneiro DA CUNHA (UFPE-Recife)
Jutta KUNZ (Univ. Oldenburg-Germany)
Volker PERLICK (Univ. of Bremen-Germany)

SUPERNOVAE AND GAMMA RAY BURSTS (a specialized ICRANet workshop)
Massimo DELLA VALLE (INAF-Naples and ICRANet)
Christopher FRYER (LANL-USA)
Georges MEYNET (Obs. UNIGE-Geneva)
Patrick YOUNG (Arizona State University)


Francis EVERITT and Paul WORDEN (Stanford University)
Claus LAEMMERZAHL (University of Bremen)
Roberto PERON (INAF-Rome)
Costantino SIGISMONDI (ON Rio and ICRANet)

Carlos ARGUELLES (University of La Plata and ICRANet)
Andreas KRUT (ICRANet)
Nikolaos MAVROMATOS (King’s College London)
Fulvio MELIA (University of Arizona)
Marco MERAFINA (Sapienza-Rome)
Francois MIGNARD (Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur)
Piero ROSATI (University of Ferrara)

Filippo FRONTERA (University of Ferrara)
Shuangnan ZHANG (IHEP – Chinese Academy of Science)

Bernardo FRAGA (ICRANet)
Mauro ORLANDINI (University of Ferrara)

Remo Ruffini (ICRANet)
Hernando QUEVEDO (UNAM-Mexico)
Mu-Tao WANG (Columbia University)
Shing-Tung YAU (Harvard University
James YORK (Cornell University)

Pascal CHARDONNET (University of Savoie and ICRANet)
Ana PENACCHIONI (University of Siena)
Tsvi PIRAN (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Giovanni PISANI (SAPIENZA-Rome and ICRANet)
Bing ZHANG (University of Nevada)

Robert FISHER (University of Massachussets Darmouth)
Manuel MALHEIRO (ITA Brazil)

Alexey AKSENOV (ICAD, RAS-Moscow)
Antonino DI PIAZZA and Christoph H. KEITEL (MPIK)
She-Sheng XUE (SAPIENZA-Rome and ICRANet)

Giovanni Amelino-Camelia (Sapienza Universita’ di Roma), Stefano Ansoldi (Universita’ degli Studi di Udine), Ulisses Barres de Almeida (Brazilian Centre For Physics Research, Brazil), Vladimir Belinski (Sapienza Universita’ di Roma and ICRANet), Carlo Luciano Bianco (Sapienza Universita’ di Roma and ICRANet), Donato Bini (CNR – Ist. per Applicaz. del Calcolo “M. Picone”), Sandip Kumar Chakrabarti (Indian Centre For Space Physics, India), Pascal Chardonnet (Universite’ de Savoie), Christian Cherubini (Universita’ “Campus Biomedico” di Roma), Thibault Damour (Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques), Andreas Eckart (University of Cologne), Jaan Einasto (Tartu Observatory), Sergio Frasca (Sapienza Universita’ di Roma), Filippo Frontera (Universita’ di Ferrara), Jean-Marc Gambaudo (Universite’ de Nice Sophia Antipolis), Paolo Giommi (ASI – Agenzia Spaziale Italiana), Domenico Giulini (Univesity of Bremen), Rodion Groll (Univesity of Bremen), Eva Hackmann (University of Bremen), Luis Herrera (University of Salamanca), Yipeng Jing (Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, China), Hagen Kleinert (Freie Universitat Berlin), Michael Kramer (Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy), Jutta Kunz-Drolshagen (Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg), Luca Lamagna (University of Rome Sapienza), Claus Laemmerzahl (Universitaet Bremen), Thierry M. Lanz (Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur), Paola Leaci (Sapienza Universita’ di Roma), Francois Mignard (Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur), Hermann Nicolai (Max Plank Institute for Gravitational Physics, Postdam), Luis Alberto Nunez de Villavicencio Martinez (Universidad Industrial de Santander), Jorge Rueda (Sapienza Universita’ di Roma and ICRANet), Remo Ruffini (Director) (Sapienza Universita’ di Roma and ICRANet), Felix Ryde (Stockholm University), Narek Sahakyan (ICRANet-Armenia), Yakov Shnir (Bogoliubov Laboratory of Theoretical Physics), Gregory Vereshchagin (Sapienza Universita’ di Roma and ICRANet), She Sheng Xue (Sapienza Universita’ di Roma and ICRANet), Shuangnan Zhang (Institute of High Energy Physics – Chinese Academy of Science)

More information at