ERC-Funded Postdoctoral Research Positions in Computational Astrophysics, Prague, Czech Republic

We invite application for 1-2 postdoctoral positions in the area of computational astrophysics in the research group of Dr. Ondrej Pejcha at the Institute of Theoretical Physics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. The successful candidates will lead development of new computational abilities to understand multi-dimensional evolution of catastrophic interactions of binary stars (mergers, common envelope, compact objects), and the associated radiation signatures (transients). The work will be performed within the project “Cat-In-hAT” funded by the ERC Starting Grant to our group.

The research group will have access to a dedicated computer cluster and is connected to observational efforts in time-domain astronomy as part of the All-Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae. Candidates interested in interacting with observers are welcome to apply.

The position is initially for one year, renewable for up to three years, based on performance.

Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy, computational physics, or a related field by the start date of the appointment. The position includes internationally competitive salary and research budget, full medical and dental benefits, and contributions to social security.

Application instructions: Please submit CV, list of publications, statement on past research and future interests, and names and addresses of 3 references to pejcha[AT]utf.mff.cuni.cz. Applications will be reviewed starting January 26 2019, but the position will remain open until filled.

ERC-funded postdoctoral positions in gravitational wave physics at SISSA, Trieste, Italy

SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy) invites applications for several ERC-funded postdoctoral positions in gravitational-wave physics, funded by the ERC Consolidator project GRAMS (GRavity from Astrophysical to Microscopic Scales), whose PI (Enrico Barausse) will join SISSA in the spring of 2019.

Successful applicants are expected to work on themes relevant for GRAMS, including: gravitational-wave emission in theories extending/modifying general relativity; cosmological screening; numerical relativity simulations; gravitational-wave data analysis.

Positions may be up to 4-year long according to performance and are expected to start in the fall of 2019 or earlier.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Gravitational Wave Astronomy at the eXtreme Gravity Institute, Bozeman, USA

The eXtreme Gravity Institute (www.montana.edu/xgi/) at the Department of Physics of Montana State University invites applications for a 3-year postdoctoral position in gravitational wave astronomy (starting in 2019).

The eXtreme Gravity Institute (XGI) is composed of faculty members Neil Cornish, Nicolas Yunes, Anne Lohfink, Amy Reines, David Nidever, Bennett Link, and Sachiko Tsuruta. The gravity group at XGI is lead by Cornish and Yunes, and is currently made up of two postdocs and a large number of graduate and undergraduate students (approx. 20). The XGI 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.

Research at the XGI covers the full specturm of gravitational wave astronomy, with topics ranging from astrophysical and waveform modeling to science data analysis. The XGI is part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), the LISA Consortium, and the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav).

The XGI is located in Bozeman, Montana, a dynamic mountain town that is a mecca for outdoor sports enthusiast with world class skiing, climbing, hiking and mountain biking just minutes from main street.

The successful candidate will work closely with faculty member Neil Cornish to develop a comprehensive science analysis approach for the future Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA). No previous experience in LISA science is required. Opportunities will also exists to work on LIGO and NANOGrav related projects.

The ideal candidate will be well versed in both gravitational wave science and Bayesian inference, but expertise in just one of these fields is sufficient – training will be provided to fill any gaps. Experience in developing computational algorithms will be considered paticulaly valuable. The successful candidate will demonstrate research experience and creativity, high productivity and proficiency in 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 https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/14565, which must include a resume/CV, a research statement, 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 January 15th 2019. For more information, please refer to the job link or email Prof. Neil Cornish (ncornish[AT]montana.edu).

2-year postdoc position in quantum gravity and foundation of physics in Marseille, France

The quantum gravity group at the Centre de Physique Theorique in Marseille opens a two-year postdoctoral position. The position can start on September 1st 2019 or anytime before that.

The candidate is expected to collaborate with members of the group on the group projects, interact with the students and contribute to the organisation of the group’s activities. The group focuses on quantum gravity and on foundational questions.

Please contact us for details, if interested. Send application (CV, list of publications and motivational letter) and support letters to the address applications.qg.cpt[AT]gmail.com, preferably before December 31. Please indicate the name of the applicant in the subject line of all relevant mails.

We encourage applications contributing to gender and origin diversity in our group.

PhD position in gravitational wave physics and modified gravity, Tuebingen, Germany

The newly formed Emmy Noether research group at the University of Tuebingen, is seeking applications for a PhD position starting in Fall 2019. The group is part of the Theoretical Astrophysics section (TAT) at Tuebingen. The research focus of the successful applicant will be on testing strong-field regime of gravity with gravitational waves; models and dynamics of neutron stars and black holes in modified theories of gravity. The position is for three years.

The topic of the Emmy Noether research group is on “Gravitational waves from compact objects – a tool for testing strong gravity and nuclear matter at extreme densities ” with a group leader Dr. Daniela Doneva. In a broader perspective, the activities of TAT group, led by Prof. Kostas Kokkotas, are related to the study of sources of gravitational waves with emphasis on the dynamics of neutron stars and black holes. The TAT group currently consists of four (4) post-doctoral researchers, three (3) PhD students and seven (7) MSc students.

Further information on the Theoretical Astrophysics Group can be found here.

The salary will be paid according to the German public service scale. Applications, including curriculum vitae, list of publications (if any), statement of research interests and experience, and the names (address, e-mail) of two potential referees should be sent via email to

Dr. Daniela Doneva
E-mail: daniela.doneva[AT]uni-tuebingen.de

The deadline for full consideration is February 15th, 2019, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

University of Tuebingen seeks to increase the fraction of female scientists in research and teaching and particularly encourages applications from women. Disabled candidates are given preference if equally qualified.

Postdoc position in gravitational wave physics and modified gravity, Tuebingen, Germany

The newly formed Emmy Noether research group at the University of Tuebingen, is seeking applications for a postdoctoral research position starting in Fall 2019. The group is part of the Theoretical Astrophysics section (TAT) at Tuebingen. The research focus of the successful applicant will be on testing strong-field regime of gravity with gravitational waves; numerical relativity; models and dynamics of neutron stars and black holes in modified theories of gravity. Experience in nonlinear numerical simulations will be considered as an advantage. The position is initially for two years with the possibility of further extension for one more year that will be decided after the first year.

The topic of the Emmy Noether research group is on “Gravitational waves from compact objects – a tool for testing strong gravity and nuclear matter at extreme densities ” with a group leader Dr. Daniela Doneva. In a broader perspective, the activities of TAT group, led by Prof. Kostas Kokkotas, are related to the study of sources of gravitational waves with emphasis on the dynamics of neutron stars and black holes. The TAT group currently consists of four (4) post-doctoral researchers, three (3) PhD students and seven (7) MSc students.

Further information on the Theoretical Astrophysics Group can be found here.

The salary will be paid according to the German public service scale. Applications, including curriculum vitae, list of publications, statement of research interests and experience, and the names (address, e-mail) of three potential referees should be sent via email to

Dr. Daniela Doneva
E-mail: daniela.doneva[AT]uni-tuebingen.de

The deadline for full consideration is February 15th, 2019, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

University of Tuebingen seeks to increase the fraction of female scientists in research and teaching and particularly encourages applications from women. Disabled candidates are given preference if equally qualified.

Postdoctoral researcher in theoretical high-energy multimessenger astrophysics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) invites applications for a 2-year postdoctoral researcher position in theoretical high-energy multimessenger astrophysics. The position will be embedded in the research group of Dr Philipp Moesta, which is part of the GRAPPA center for astroparticle physics. Dr Mösta will be joining GRAPPA in summer 2019. The successful applicant will also work in close collaboration with the groups of Dr Samaya Nissanke (multimessenger gravitational-wave astrophysics) and Dr Selma de Mink (stellar evolution).

The University of Amsterdam has a strong profile in the natural sciences, and has expanded upon that role with the founding of the GRAPPA center for astroparticle physics in 2012. There are also close ties with the Nikhef Institute, which is involved in LHC, KM3NeT and gravitational wave instrumentation and analysis.

Project description

The research will focus on numerical simulations of compact object mergers and core-collapse supernovae with a particular focus on making connections to multi-messenger observations and stellar evolution.

Requirements

You should have a PhD in astronomy and/or physics and a proven track record in theoretical high-energy astrophysics, numerical relativity, or multi-messenger astrophysics. Experience with large-scale simulations is welcome, but not required.

Appointment

The appointment is intended for an initial period of 2 years, with renewal for a 3rd year contingent upon funding and satisfactory progress. The start of the appointment will be on 1 October 2019, with some flexibility.

The salary will be in accordance with the university regulations for academic personnel, and will range from EUR 2,640 to EUR 4,166 (salary scale 10) gross per month based on 38 hours per week. This is excl. 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end of year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable and includes full social benefits.

Job application
We are an equal opportunity employer and greatly value the diverse nature of our institute. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.​

You may submit your application using the link below.

To apply, please submit:

a cover letter;
curriculum vitae;
publication list and statement of research interest (no more than 2 pages);
and provide names and email addresses of 3 referees.

Please combine these documents in one single attachment and also mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience. Please quote the vacancy number: 18-609 in your cover letter.

The deadline for applications is 15 December 2018.

Postdoc position in gravitational wave astronomy at Nikhef, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The gravitational physics division at Nikhef, the National Institute for Subatomic Physics in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in gravitational wave astronomy, with emphasis on searches for coalescing binary neutron stars and black holes with LIGO and Virgo. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Sarah Caudill. The data analysis effort at Nikhef currently involves 2 senior scientists (Dr. Caudill and Prof. Van Den Broeck), 3 postdocs, and 3 PhD students; the group will expand significantly in the next few years. In addition to data analysts, the gravitational physics division at Nikhef (which is a member of the Virgo Collaboration) and its collaborators in the Netherlands consists of astronomers and astrophysicists, theorists, and instrumentalists. There is also vibrant collaboration with individuals and groups around the world.

A PhD in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field is a prerequisite for the position; candidates who are close to finishing their PhD thesis are also encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be employed by the NWO-I foundation, whose employment conditions are excellent; these can be found on the website of the employer: www.nwo-i.nl. Candidates are expected to have good communications skills and be able to work in a large international team.

The position is for two years, extendable by a third year. For more information and an online application form, see https://www.nikhef.nl/jobs/vacatures/. Please be prepared to upload a cover letter, research statement, publication list, and curriculum vitae. Also, please have the email addresses ready of at least three references who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The deadline for full consideration is January 11th, 2019, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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

Neil Gehrels Prize Postdoctoral Position in the Joint Space-Science Institute at the University of Maryland, USA

Applications are invited for the Neil Gehrels Prize Postdoctoral Position in the Joint Space-Science Institute (JSI) at the University of Maryland (UMd), College Park. The JSI is a research partnership between UMd-Astronomy, UMd-Physics, and NASA-Goddard created in 2010 to foster interdisciplinary collaborations. This position, which was formerly the JSI Prize Postdoctoral Position, has been renamed to honor Dr. Neil Gehrels, who was a strong supporter of JSI. Current areas of interest to JSI include strong gravity, gravitational waves, black holes, high-energy and plasma astrophysics, particle astrophysics, and cosmology.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy or a related field by the start date of the position. The appointment will be for two years and will start Fall 2019. Applications should be submitted through Academic Jobs Online Job #12373. For best consideration upload a CV, bibliography, and statement of research interests/accomplishments by December 15, 2018. Please also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded to the same web site.

The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity.

Postdoctoral position in gravity and cosmology at ICTS-USTC, Hefei, China

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Interdisciplinary Center for Theoretical Study (ICTS) at University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). The position is expected to start in the fall of 2019, or earlier.

The postdoc will work with Shuang-Yong Zhou and other members of the ICTS on gravity and cosmology (broadly defined), including applications of effective field theories, gravitational wave physics, black holes, massive gravity, solitons and simulations in the early universe and strong gravity.

The University of Science and Technology of China is a top university in China, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Staff members of the ICTS include Li-Ming Cao, Gui-Jun Ding, Dao-Neng Gao, Sen Hu, Min-Xin Huang, MingZhe Li, JianXin Lu, Yuji Sugimoto, Qun Wang, Zhi-Guang Xiao and Shuang-Yong Zhou, with interests ranging from string and formal theory, gravity, particle and nuclear physics to cosmology. See http://icts.ustc.edu.cn/english/index.html for more details. In addition, we have close ties with members of the Astronomy Department including Yi-Fu Cai, Wen-Juan Fang and Wen Zhao.

The position is for two years with possible one year extension. The annual salary is from 100,000 CNY to 180,000 CNY depending on qualifications. Generous travel funding will be provided, allowing the postdoc to travel for international conferences and collaborations. In additional, the postdoc is also entitled to housing and food benefits, including renting an on-campus apartment for about 1000 CNY per month and using the subsidized University Canteens (including the Faculty Canteen) for all three meals.

Candidates are invited to send their CV, publication list, a short statement of research interests and to arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Shuang-Yong Zhou (zhoushy[AT]ustc.edu.cn).

To receive full considerations, applications should be submitted before March 1, 2019. For further information, please contact Shuang-Yong Zhou (zhoushy[AT]ustc.edu.cn).

Geometric Foundations of Gravity in Tartu, Estonia

Geometric Foundations of Gravity in Tartu

is a conference dedicated to the geometric foundations of gravity theories that will take place June 17-21, 2019 in Tartu, Estonia. This conference is a continuation of series of conferences Geomgrav 2017 and Telegrav 2018. The aim of this conference is to gather experts on various alternative and modified approaches to gravity.

The main topics include:
— Gauge theories of gravity (Poincare, teleparallel, …)
— Extended field content & related theories ((multi)scalar-vector-tensor theories, Horndeski, f(R) gravity, generalized Proca, massive gravity and bimetric theories, …)
— Beyond Lorentzian geometry (Finsler, modified dispersion relations,…)
— Dynamical systems in cosmology

The conference is organized by the Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, University of Tartu, Estonia.

An up to date list of invited speakers, the registration procedure, participants and all further details can be found on

http://hexagon.fi.tartu.ee/~geomgrav2019/

We are looking forward to meet you in Tartu in June, the organizing committee:

Sebastian Bahamonde
Manuel Hohmann
Laur Jarv
Tomi Koivisto
Martin Krssak
Christian Pfeifer
Margus Saal

PhD position in gravity theory at the University of Tartu, Estonia

The Laboratory of Theoretical Physics at the Institute of Physics of the University of Tartu, Estonia is looking for candidates to apply for a 4-year PhD / doctorate position. The topics of interest focus upon extensions to general relativity and modified gravity, including:
— mathematical foundations of gravity,
— modifications to the geometry of spacetime,
— gravity theories based on Finsler, Cartan, Weizenboeck or Riemann-Cartan geometry,
— gravity theories including multiple metrics,
— gravity theories including torsion,
— (multi-)scalar-tensor and related gravity theories,
— phenomenology of modified gravity, including gravitational waves, black holes, galaxies,
— cosmological aspects of modified gravity.
The position depends on external funding and the applications will be processed in two stages. In the first stage, all applications will be reviewed by the gravity research group at the University of Tartu. Then the selected candidates and the University of Tartu will apply for funding. The final decision on the funding will be made by the respective agencies.

The position will be held in conjunction with the Estonian centre of excellence in research “The Dark Side of the Universe” (TK133) and the grants “Gauge gravity: unification, extensions and phenomenology” (PRG356) and Energy conditions and singularities in the teleparallel equivalent of general relativity (MOBJD423), and aligned with the “Cosmology and Astrophysics Network for Theoretical Advances and Training Actions” (CANTATA).

The PhD position is supported with a scholarship of 1100 EUR per month. The supervisor of the PhD position will be Tomi Koivisto. Applicants must have a masters degree or equivalent. Applications for the postdoctoral position must include:
— curriculum vitae,
— diploma of masters degree or equivalent,
— summary of research experience and a statement of interests up to two pages,
— one letter of recommendation (to be sent separately).

The deadline for the PhD application is Monday, 15. January 2019, 05:59 GMT.

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

Postdoc position in gravity theory at the University of Tartu, Estonia

The Laboratory of Theoretical Physics at the Institute of Physics of the University of Tartu, Estonia is looking for candidates to apply for a 2-year postdoctoral position. The topics of interest focus upon extensions to general relativity and modified gravity, including:
— mathematical foundations of gravity,
— modifications to the geometry of spacetime,
— gravity theories based on Finsler, Cartan, Weizenboeck or Riemann-Cartan geometry,
— gravity theories including multiple metrics,
— gravity theories including torsion,
— (multi-)scalar-tensor and related gravity theories,
— phenomenology of modified gravity, including gravitational waves, black holes, galaxies,
— cosmological aspects of modified gravity.

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

The position will be held in conjunction with the Estonian centre of excellence in research “The Dark Side of the Universe” (TK133) and the grants “Gauge gravity: unification, extensions and phenomenology” (PRG356) and Energy conditions and singularities in the teleparallel equivalent of general relativity (MOBJD423), and aligned with the “Cosmology and Astrophysics Network for Theoretical Advances and Training Actions” (CANTATA).

The postdoctoral grant amounts to 40000 EUR per year (32000 EUR direct research costs and 8000 EUR overhead for the host institution). Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent, awarded not earlier than 01. February 2014, and not later than 31. August 2019. Applications for the postdoctoral position must include:
— curriculum vitae,
— diploma of PhD degree or equivalent,
— research proposal of up to five pages,
— list of publications,
— two letters of recommendation (to be sent separately).
The deadline for the postdoctoral application is Monday, 15. January 2019, 05:59 GMT.

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

The Modern Physics of Compact Stars and Relativistic Gravity 2019, Yerevan, Armenia

We will hold the 5th edition of the conference series “The Modern Physics of Compact Stars and Relativistic Gravity” in Yerevan, Armenia, during September 17-21, 2019. Its aim to bring together people working in astrophysics of compacts stars, physics of dense matter, gravitation and cosmology, observations of pulsars and binary neutron stars and related fields. It is devoted to the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of the Yerevan State University and will be held at the University Campus in the city center.

The focus of the conference will be on:

. Gravitational waves from compact objects
. Fundamental properties of superdense matter and equation of state
. Numerical simulations of compact stars
. Transport processes in heavy ion collisions and compact stars
. Thermal, magnetic and rotational evolution of neutron stars
. Alternative theories of gravity
. Advances in cosmology

Special sessions are planned on 21 September devoted to the celebration of 60th birthday of Prof. David Blaschke and 80th birthday of Prof. David Sedrakian.

Invited speakers include:

Jim Lattimer (Stony Brook), Sergei Odintsov (Barcelona), Horst Stoecker (Frankfurt), Dmitri Voskresensky (Moscow)

The international advisory board consists of:

M. Alford (St. Louis)
N. Andersson (Southampton)
E. R. Bezerra de Mello (Paraiba)
D. Blaschke (Wroclaw)
F. Burgio (Catania)
K. Kokkotas (Tuebingen)
D. Lai (Cornell)
B. Link (Montana)
J. Novak (Meudon)
S.D. Odintsov (Barcelona)
A. Potekhin (St. Petersburg)
L. Rezzolla (Frankfurt)
M. Sargsian (Miami)
S.V. Sushkov (Kazan)
D. N. Voskresensky (Moscow)
F. Weber (San Diego)
D. Yakovlev (St. Petersburg)

Organizing Committee:

• Anna Kontanjian (Chair of LOC)
• Daniel Baghdasaryan
• Arus Harutyunyan
• Mekhak Hayrapetyan

From Einstein and Eddington to LIGO: 100 years of gravitational light deflection, Principe Island, São Tomé

On May 29th 1919, during a total solar eclipse, Einstein’s theory of general relativity was confirmed to be correct. Stars behind the obscured Sun could be seen on Earth as the light rays they emitted were deflected by 1.7 arcseconds, due to the Sun’s spacetime curvature, as predicted by the theory.

The observations were carried out at the Príncipe Island, off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa, and in the city of Sobral, in Brazil. The Principe expedition was led by the renowned Cambridge astrophysicist Arthur Eddington and the Sobral expedition by the Greenwich Observatory astronomer Andrew Crommelin. Both expeditions had been carefully planned by the Astronomer Royal Frank Dyson and Eddington himself.

This is one of the most acclaimed events in the history of science with Einstein being made instantaneously a worlwide figure. Science had demonstrated once again that people from different countries could be united in a common goal. At the time, the First World War had just ended and British and German scientists were eager to close hands looking towards a new future.

Since then, general relativity has passed a large number of other impressive tests, the most recent and notable one being the LIGO first detection of gravitational waves generated by the collision of two 30 solar mass black holes.

This conference will be held from May 26th to May 30th, 2019, precisely one hundred years after the 1919 eclipse, at Resort Bom Bom in Principe Island, 2.5 Km away from the site of Eddington’s observations, which took place at Roca Sundy.

The main aim of the conference is to celebrate such an important date with a gathering of experts to discuss the legacy left by Einstein and Eddington from the event itself and the subsequent fantastic developments in the field of general relativity and gravitation.

The conference also aims at drawing the attention of the local population towards the historical importance of the 1919 observations and science in general.

Participation: Participation and presentation are by invitation only. The number of participants is limited in accordance with the capacity of the resort Bom Bom.

Scientific and Organizing Committee: Jose’ Sande Lemos, Vítor Cardoso, and Carlos Herdeiro.

Secretariat: Dulce Conceicao (dulce.conceicao[AT]tecnico.ulisboa.pt) and Rita Teixeira (ritat.sousa[AT]gmail.com).

Sponsors: CENTRA – Center for Astrophysics and Gravitation, IST, FCT, Eddington at Sundy, Resort Bom Bom, HBD.

General Relativity and Gravitation welcomes Pablo Laguna

Introducing our new Editor-in-Chief to succeed Abhay Ashtekar

Publisher and editors of the journal General Relativity and Gravitation (GRG) welcome Pablo Laguna who is taking over the responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief from Abhay Ashtekar, who served on this post from 2012–2018.

We gratefully acknowledge Abhay Ashtekar’s contributions to GRG and the community as a whole. Roy Maartens will continue to jointly lead the journal together with Pablo Laguna, who has been an Editorial Board member since 2013.

Pablo Laguna is Professor and Chair of the School of Physics and member of the Center for Relativistic Astrophysics in the College of Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, U.S.A. His research is in computational astrophysics and numerical relativity. He is using computers to solve the Einstein’s equations of General Relativity to study astrophysical phenomena were the curvature of space-time plays a fundamental role. He is currently focusing on computer simulations to investigate 1) the merger of black holes and/or neutron stars binary systems and their emission of gravitational waves, and 2) the disruption of stars by tidal forces from massive black holes.

General Relativity and Gravitation is led by a high-profile international editorial board and publishes carefully peer-reviewed research papers on all theoretical and experimental aspects of modern general relativity and gravitation research and its extensions. Its Golden Oldies series makes historically relevant seminal papers available to a wide readership. Published under the auspices of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation (ISGRG).

Postdoctoral positions in gravitational-wave and multi-messenger astrophysics at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

The Missouri University of Science and Technology anticipates having one or more postdoctoral positions in the areas of gravitational physics and astrophysics. The position(s) are for one year, renewable for up to three years contingent on funding availability and satisfactory performance. The applicant must have (or be close to completing) a Ph.D. in physics or related fields and show a strong track record in gravitational-wave data analysis and instrumentation, experimental gravitational-wave science, and/or multi-messenger astrophysics.

The new astrophysics group at Missouri University S&T is part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and is active in various areas of experimental and theoretical gravity, astrophysics and cosmology. Current faculty members in the group include Professor Marco Cavaglia and Assistant Professor Shun Saito, as well as several graduate students. The postdoctoral scholar(s) funded by this position will work in close collaboration with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration, as well as partner astrophysics collaborations. The successful applicant is expected to engage in a collaborative research program in the above areas, mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and contribute to the educational and outreach activities of the group. Depending on the research program and interests of the applicant, these activities may be carried out by residing full-time at one of the LIGO sites in Livingston, LA or Hanford, WA.

Missouri S&T is one of the nation’s leading research universities with 99 degree programs in 40 areas of study such as computer science, business, engineering, humanities, and liberal arts. It is located about 100 miles west of St. Louis, Missouri, in the multicultural community of Rolla, surrounded by Ozarks scenery. The physics department has recently opened a new research area with emphasis in gravitational physics, astrophysics and cosmology, which is expected to grow substantially in the next few years.

A curriculum vitae (including a list of publications) and a statement of research interests should be sent in pdf format to Marco Cavaglia “marco.cavaglia[AT]ligo.org”. Please use the subject “Gravitational physics and astrophysics post-doc application.” Applicants must also arrange to have at least three recommendation letters to be sent to the same email address. Please direct questions about the position to “marco.cavaglia[AT]ligo.org”.

Consideration of applications will begin on February 1, 2019, but applications will be accepted until an adequate applicant pool is established, or until the position(s) are filled. The astrophysics group at Missouri University S&T is committed to increasing diversity in the sciences. Applications from under-represented groups in physics are particularly encouraged. The astrophysics group will strive to meet the needs of dual-career couples.

Postdoctoral Positions in Gravitational-Wave Astronomy at Cardiff University, UK

Dear colleagues,

The Cardiff University Gravity Exploration Institute (http://www.astro.cardiff.ac.uk/research/gravity/) is seeking applications to fill the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate.

Cardiff has a long history of involvement in ground-based gravitational-wave astronomy, particularly in source modelling, data analysis, and astrophysical and cosmological interpretations (Stephen Fairhurst, Mark Hannam, Vivien Raymond, B. Sathyaprakash, Bernard Schutz, Patrick Sutton), and education and public outreach (Chris North). Cardiff University has recently made significant investment in a new research programme in experimental gravitational-wave physics, led by Hartmut Grote and Katherine Dooley, and in parallel a programme of electromagnetic follow-up observations of gravitational-wave sources, led by Cosimo Inserra. Applications are invited for any of these areas.

These posts are full-time with an initial term of 2 years, renewable subject to funding and performance.

Salary: GBP 33,199 – 39,609 per annum (Grade 6)

To apply: Please visit https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/jobs/vacancies/academic-vacancies, click on “View our academic vacancies” and search for job number 7975.

Informal enquiries about the role can be made by email to Prof. Patrick Sutton (suttonpj1[AT]cardiff.ac.uk).

Informal enquiries about working at Cardiff University can be made to Glesni Lloyd (LloydGW[AT]cardiff.ac.uk).

Closing date: Thursday, 6 December 2018

Cardiff University and the School of Physics and Astronomy are committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity. Our inclusive environment welcomes applications from talented people from diverse backgrounds. We strongly welcome female applicants and those from any ethnic minority group, as they are underrepresented in our School. The School of Physics & Astronomy has a Juno Practitioner accreditation that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. The University is committed to ensuring that we sustain a positive working environment for all staff to flourish and achieve. As part of this commitment, the University has developed a flexible and responsive framework of procedures to support staff in managing their work and personal commitments wherever possible. Applications are welcome from individuals who wish to work part-time or full time.

The 2nd Physics Days Meeting, Famagusta, Northern Cyprus

The 2nd Physics Days Meeting will bring together researchers from across Cyprus and beyond to discuss broad range of topics in physics, including classical and quantum gravity, quantum mechanics, astrophysics, cosmology, experimental physics, optics, mathematical physics, quantum computing, high energy physics, education, and so on. Physics Days Meeting will be held in EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN UNIVERSITY (Famagusta, Northern Cyprus).

The Meeting will start at the morning of Thursday, March 21st with talks and continue through the day of Friday, March 22. Each morning starts with a plenary talk.

Take advantage of this happening to learn more and rediscover physics!

All participants are welcome to register to give a talk and/or a lecture and present a poster (see the Registration). We encourage submissions of observational and theoretical talks. We strongly encourage the graduate students and postdocs to present talks on their research. The EMU Physics Days Prize will be awarded for the best talk by a student. (*Only those who want to participate as audience are also required to register). Free coffee, tea, and snacks. Lunches will be free of charge to the speakers.

PhD Position in Gravitational Wave Physics at the University of Tuebingen, Germany

The Theoretical Astrophysics section (TAT) at the University of Tuebingen has an opening for one PhD position starting from 1st of October 2019.

The successful applicant will carry out original research focusing on the dynamics of rotating and/or magnetized neutron stars in relation to the emission of gravitational waves.

The position is for three years. The salary will be paid according to the German public service scale. The research activities of TAT are related to the study of sources of gravitational waves with emphasis on the dynamics of neutron stars and black holes. The group currently consists of four (4) post-doctoral researchers, three (3) PhD students and seven (7) MSc students.

Postdoctoral Position in Gravitational Wave Physics at the University of Tuebingen, Germany (II)

The Theoretical Astrophysics section (TAT) at the University of Tuebingen has an opening for one postdoctoral research position funded by DFG starting from 1st of October 2019. Earlier starting dates can be considered as well.
The successful applicant will carry out original research in projects focusing on the dynamics of rotating neutron stars in relation to the emission of gravitational waves.

The research activities of TAT are related to the study of sources of gravitational waves with emphasis on the dynamics of neutron stars and black holes. The group currently consists of four (4) post-doctoral researchers, three (3) PhD students and seven (7) MSc students.

The position is initially for two years with the possibility of further extension for one more year that will be decided after the first year. The salary will be paid according to the German public service scale.

Postdoctoral Position in Gravitational Wave Physics at the University of Tuebingen, Germany (I)

The Theoretical Astrophysics section (TAT) at the University of Tuebingen has an opening for one postdoctoral research position (Wissenschaftlicher Assistant / Research Assistant) starting from 1st of October 2019.
The successful applicant will carry out original research focusing on the dynamics of rotating and/or magnetized neutron stars in relation to the emission of gravitational waves.

The position is initially for two years with the possibility of further extension that will be decided after the first year. The successful applicant is expected to assist teaching with a maximum of four (4) hours per week. The salary will be paid according to the German public service scale.

The research activities of TAT are related to the study of sources of gravitational waves with emphasis on the dynamics of neutron stars and black holes. Currently consists of four (4) post-doctoral researchers, three (3) PhD students and seven (7) MSc students.

A Message to Members of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation (ISGRG) on nominating ISGRG Fellows

The International Society for General Relativity and Gravitation instituted Fellowships in 2010 to recognize its outstanding members. Fellows were subsequently recognized in 2013 and 2016. See http://www.isgrg.org/fellows.php for the list of those so honored. Nominations for fellows to be inducted at GR22 in July 2019 are now open. THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS 31 DECEMBER 2018.

Details of the criteria and how to submit a nomination may be found at http://www.isgrg.org/fellowrules.php. Nomination packages should be submitted electronically to Beverly K. Berger (beverlyberger[AT]me.com). If electronic submission is not possible, please mail to INTL SOC GEN REL GRAV, P.O. Box 3388, Livermore, CA 94551, USA.

Postodoctoral position in Quantum Gravity and Quantum Cosmology at Beijing Normal University, China

The Center for Relativity and Gravitation at Beijing Normal University has one post-doctoral position opening from September 2019 in the areas of quantum gravity and quantum cosmology. Successful candidate will work with Yongge Ma. The appointment will be for two years.

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

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

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

The deadline for receipt of all application material is March 1st, 2019.

GGI PhD School: “Theoretical Aspects of Astroparticle Physics, Cosmology and Gravitation”, Florence, Italy

We announce the first edition of the GGI PhD School on:

Theoretical Aspects of Astroparticle Physics, Cosmology and Gravitation

The Galileo Galilei Institute of Theoretical Physics
Arcetri, Florence (Italy)
From March 11 to March 22, 2019

The maximum number of attendance is 40 students.

This School aims at providing robust and detailed introductions on the basic theoretical concepts and main tools to work in the field of Astroparticle Physics, Cosmology and Gravitation. The courses are organized as lectures at the
blackboard in the morning and are integrated with hands-on and discussion sessions with an instructor in the afternoon.

The program of the 2019 edition is:

“Neutrino physics”, Ferruccio Feruglio (University of Padova)
“Galactic cosmic rays and multimessenger astronomy”, Fiorenza Donato (University of Torino)
“Gravitational waves and compact binaries”, Enrico Barausse (IAP, Paris)
“Cosmological perturbation theory and structure formation”, Vincent Desjacques (Technion, Haifa, Israel)

The School will profit of the Galileo Galilei Institute facilities. Each student will have office space to study and discuss, with a lot of opportunities to interact with lecturers.

Accommodation in shared apartments will be provided at the cost of about 300 Euros for the whole period. Scholarships to cover this expense are available upon request. Lunch will be provided during the weekdays on the GGI premises for students and lecturers, at no cost. All the dinners and the lunches during the weekends, instead, are to be paid by the participants.

Please circulate this information to colleagues, collaborators and students that may be interested in attending the School (apologies if you receive this message more than once).

Best regards,
The Organizers

Nicola Bartolo (University of Padova and INFN Padova)
Nicolao Fornengo (University of Torino and INFN Torino)
Dario Grasso (INFN Pisa and University of Pisa)
Leonardo Gualtieri (University of Roma 1 and INFN Roma 1)
Eligio Lisi (INFN Bari and University of Bari)
Gennaro Miele (University of Napoli and INFN Napoli)

PhD positions in “Extreme Gravity and Matter” at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam, Germany

PhD positions in “Extreme Gravity and Matter” at AEI-Potsdam

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI) in Potsdam, Germany, announces the opening of several PhD positions in “Extreme Gravity and Matter”.

Successful candidates will pursue research in the “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division, led by Alessandra Buonanno, and the newly established “Computational Relativistic Astrophysics” division, led by Masaru Shibata. Currently the two divisions are composed of about 30-35 scientists, including group leaders, Jonathan Gair (as of Spring 2019), Kenta Kiuchi (as of January 2019) and Harald Pfeiffer, about 22 postdoctoral scholars and 6 graduate students. The divisions also host several long and short-term visitors

Given the breadth of research in those divisions, PhD theses will cover a variety of topics in gravitational-wave astrophysics and fundamental physics, such as: i) theoretical gravitational dynamics and radiation (within post-Newtonian theory, post-Minkowskian theory, gravitational self-force, black-hole perturbation theory, and effective-one-body theory), ii) compact-object binary simulations, iii) waveform modelling at the interface between analytical and numerical relativity, iv) gravitational-wave observations and astrostatistics, v) cosmological and astrophysical interpretation of gravitational waves, vi) tests of General Relativity, vii) neutron star mergers and high-energy astrophysics, viii) neutron-star equation of state, ix) formation of compact objects, and x) multi-messenger astronomy.

The two divisions have close partnerships with the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland and the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics at Kyoto University. Members of the groups have the opportunity to join the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the LISA Consortium through Buonanno’s membership, and also participate to build the science case for third generation (3G) ground-based detectors (Einstein Telescope and Cosmic Explorer).

The two research divisions at the AEI operate three high-performance computer clusters to carry out source modeling and data-analysis studies, and to run numerical-relativity simulations of binary black holes, compact objects with matter, and the core collapse of massive stars.

Successful applicants will conduct their research projects at the AEI in Potsdam, and they will have to enrol and receive their PhD degree from either the University of Potsdam or the Humboldt University in Berlin. The expected duration of the PhD program is three years, and can be extended to four years in cases of exception. Applicants are required to have a Masters degree by the start of the PhD program.

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for full consideration is January 14th , 2018. Applications will be considered until all positions are filled.

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

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:

Chiang-Mei Chen, Jian-Liang Liu, James M. Nester,
“Quasi-local energy from a Minkowski reference”
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10714-018-2484-z

Abstract:
The specification of energy for gravitating systems has been an unsettled issue since Einstein proposed his pseudotensor. It is now understood that energy-momentum is quasi-local (associated with a closed 2-surface). Here we consider quasi-local proposals (including pseudotensors) in the Lagrangian–Noether–Hamiltonian formulations. There are two ambiguities: (1) there are many possible expressions, (2) they depend on some non-dynamical structure, e.g., a reference frame. The Hamiltonian approach gives a handle on both problems. The Hamiltonian perspective helped us to make a remarkable discovery: with an isometric Minkowski reference a large class of expressions—namely all those that agree with the Einstein pseudotensor’s Freud superpotential to linear order—give a common quasi-local energy value. Moreover, with a best-matched reference on the boundary this is the Wang–Yau mass value.

Please, browse all Editor’s Choice articles at:
https://www.springer.com/gp/livingreviews/relativity/grg-editors-choice

Frank Schulz
Publishing Editor GRG

Full Professor Position in Mathematical Physics, Tuebingen, Germany

The Department of Mathematics of the Faculty of Science at Tuebingen University invites applications for the position of

Professor (W3) of Mathematical Methods in the Natural Sciences
The position is due to commence on April 1, 2019.

The successful candidate pursues an internationally high-profile research agenda in the field of mathematical physics, which enables collaboration, for example, with the existing groups of mathematical quantum theory and statistical physics, as well as with colleagues from other areas of mathematics. He/She will be jointly responsible for the international master program “Mathematical Physics” and should be able to offer excellent teaching on a broad variety of topics in mathematical physics. The willingness to acquire research grants, also in collaborations, and to contribute to the teaching for the bachelor and master programs in “Mathematics” are expected.

Formal requirements for appointment are the Habilitation or equivalent postdoctoral qualification, as well as proven teaching aptitude.

Tuebingen University is particularly interested in applications from female candidates for this position and therefore, strongly encourages women to apply. In line with its internationalization agenda, the university welcomes applications from researchers outside Germany.

Disabled candidates will be given preference over other equally qualified applicants.

Applications with supporting documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications and teaching experience, diplomas/certificates) as well as a teaching statement and a research statement including collaboration plans, along with the completed application form (https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/faculties/faculty-of-science/faculty/service/appointment-procedures/) should be sent by e-mail as a single PDF-file to the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rosenstiel, University of Tuebingen, Germany (career[AT]mnf.uni-tuebingen.de) by January 4, 2019. Enquiries may be directed to this address.

PhD position in gravitational waves at Nikhef, Amsterdam

The Gravitational Waves research group at Nikhef, the National Institute for Subatomic Physics, invites applications for a PhD position in gravitational wave data analysis and phenomenology, covering all aspects of strong-field gravity, with an emphasis on studying gravitational wave signals from coalescing binary neutron stars and black holes. The data analysis effort is led by Prof. Dr. C. Van Den Broeck; it currently involves 3 postdocs and 3 PhD students. In addition to data analysts, Nikhef’s gravitational physics division (led by Prof. Dr. F. Linde) and its collaborators in the Netherlands consists of astronomers and astrophysicists, theorists, and instrumentalists, including a significant number of junior scientists. There is also vibrant collaboration with individuals and groups around the world.

The successful candidate will have a strong physics and/or astrophysics background, evidenced by course grades. An MSc degree (or equivalent) in the above field(s) is required. A basic knowledge of general relativity and experience in programming (e.g. Python and/or C) are desirable.

The successful candidate will be employed by the NWO-I foundation and will obtain the status of junior scientist. He/she will receive a 4 year contract, with a competitive salary. The conditions of employment of the NWO-I foundation are excellent; they can be found on the website of the employer: www.nwo-i.nl.

The educational programme of the Dutch research school for subatomic physics offers annual graduate schools for PhD students, as well as frequent series of lectures on advanced topics in (astro)particle physics.

For more information, feel free to contact Prof. Dr. Chris Van Den Broeck (vdbroeck[AT]nikhef.nl).

Postdoctoral Research Assistant position at Queen Mary, London, United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

About us

Queen Mary is one of London and the UK’s leading research-focused universities. With over 20,000 students, it is amongst the largest of the colleges of the University of London. Queen Mary’s 4,000 staff teach and research across a wide range of subjects in Science and Engineering, the Humanities, Social Sciences and Laws, and Medicine and Dentistry. The School of Mathematical Science has an exceptionally strong research presence across the spectrum of areas within Pure and Applied Mathematics, and is currently organised into six research groups, namely: Algebra, Combinatorics, Complex Systems and Networks, Dynamical Systems and Statistical Physics, Geometry and Analysis, Probability and Applications, Statistics and Data Analysis. The School also has large and popular undergraduate and graduate programmes.

About the role

We are looking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work in the area of numerical holography within the General Relativity group, which is part of the Geometry and Analysis Research Group. A strong background in numerical general relativity and high performance computing is desirable but not essential. The research activity of the successful candidate will focus on the study of collisions of holes and black hole instabilities in general in anti-de Sitter spaces, with an emphasis on applications to holography in a broad sense. The group has strong links with the String Theory group at Queen Mary University of London and other research institutions in the area such as Imperial College London, King’s College London and the University of Cambridge.

Duties include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. The role holder will be expected to conduct high quality research and code development with the supervision of senior members of the group as well as being able to work autonomously. The successful candidate must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts.

The School and Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science

The School holds a departmental Bronze Athena SWAN Award and is a registered supporter of the LMS Good Practice scheme. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN and the LMS Good Practice principles we strongly encourage applications from women. Please visit our website for further information on the School and our family friendly policies and parental leave.

Pay & Benefits

The post is a full time, fixed term appointment for 1 year, with an expected start date of 1 January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The salary will be GBP33,615 per annum inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, pension and excellent travel and computing resources.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Pau Figueras at p.figueras[AT]qmul.ac.uk

Details about the school can be found at www.qmul.ac.uk/maths.
To apply, visit www.jobs.qmul.ac.uk and search for reference QMUL16944.

The closing date for applications is 21 December 2018. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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