ICTS-SIMONS POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN BANGALORE, INDIA

The International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), Tata
Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) invites applications for the
ICTS-Simons postdoctoral Fellowship Program, 2017-2018. This program,
funded by a targeted grant to ICTS by the Simons Foundation, is aimed
at attracting world-leading young researchers to ICTS as postdoctoral
fellows. ICTS provides a stimulating intellectual atmosphere and
state-of-the-art facilities for academic research. In addition to the
vibrant in-house research program, fellows will also have opportunity
to interact with leading scientists from all over the world through
collaborative visits, workshops and conferences, funded by the
program.

ELIGIBILITY

Applications are invited from highly qualified young scientists with
proven track record. Candidates must have a PhD degree in physics,
mathematics, astronomy, theoretical physical chemistry, theoretical
physical biology and related fields. Individuals who have submitted
their doctoral thesis are also encouraged to apply.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The salary will Rs. 60,000 per month and the fellows can also opt for
free Institute accommodation or a house rent allowance of Rs. 15,000
per month. In addition, Fellows receive health insurance, travel
support up to Rs. 200,000 per year and a research grant of Rs. 200,000
per year for computing services, publications, relocation, and other
direct costs. Fellows will also have the opportunity to apply for
additional travel and research grants offered by the national funding
agencies..The initial appointment will be for two years, with
possibility of extension up to a third year. Renewal for the third
year will depend on a comprehensive review of the scientific activity
of the Fellow.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates should apply online with their curriculum vitae,
list of publications, a research proposal (not more than two pages)
and a covering letter. Three recommendation letters also have to be
uploaded online by the referees. The deadline is 15 December 2017, but
applications will be considered until the positions are filled. The
nominal starting date of 1 September 2018 is negotiable.

ABOUT ICTS

ICTS is a new initiative in Indian science with a mandate to
contribute to frontier research by providing a platform devoted to
theoretical natural sciences and interdisciplinary and applied
mathematics through its various programs. The current in-house
research program focusses on astrophysical relativity, numerical
linear algebra, computational science, data assimilation, dynamical
systems, non-linear dynamics, fluid mechanics, mathematical physics
and geometry, physical biology, statistical mechanics and turbulence,
condensed matter physics, and string theory
(www.icts.res.in/research). ICTS hosts strong visitors and associates
driven programs, a highly competitive graduate school as well as a
devoted postdoctoral program that forms an integral part of the
in-house research. A state-of-the-art residential campus is ready to
provide vibrant academic environment. Located in Bangalore, the garden
city of India, with pleasant and moderate climate, ICTS maintains
close ties with the world-class scholastic ambience of the city.

ASTROPHYSICAL RELATIVITY AT ICTS

The ICTS Astrophysical Relativity group
(https://www.icts.res.in/research/astrorel) includes Parameswaran
Ajith (faculty), Bala Iyer (Simons visiting professor), Sumit Kumar,
Haris M K, Rahul Kashyap, Gayathri Raman (postdocs), Yamuna Swami
(research associate) Abhirup Ghosh, Ajit Kumar Mehta (graduate
students) and several visiting undergraduate students. K. G. Arun,
Sascha Husa, Mark Hannam and Badri Krishnan are visiting associates.
The group’s research interest include gravitational-wave source
modeling, data analysis including parameter estimation, tests of
general relativity using gravitational-wave observations and
astrophysics. The group is an active member group in the LIGO
Scientific Collaboration and the IndIGO consortium. The group hosts a
1000 core LIGO Tier-3 grid computing cluster and has access to other
high-performance facilities at ICTS. We organize several ICTS programs
every year, including the annual ICTS summer schools on gravitational
wave astronomy.

Niall Fest 2018

The meeting is a Festschrift in honour of Niall O Murchadha’s career in general relativity. It will be an occasion for Niall’s students, collaborators and friends to enjoy discussions with Niall and with each other and to discuss current progress and prospects in the research areas to which he has contributed so strongly in his career, especially the initial value problem in GR.

Black Holes All Over

The aim of the “Black Holes All Over” Symposium is to honor the scientific life of Professor José Sande Lemos and celebrate his 60 years, completed in November 18.

The symposium is organized by the Center for Astrophysics and Gravitation – CENTRA and by the Portuguese Society on Relativity and Gravitation (Sociedade Portuguesa de Relatividade e Gravitação).

The symposium is integrated in the actions of the National Day for Scientific Culture (Dia Nacional da Cultura Científica).

Registration is required, there is no fee.

There will be a symposium dinner at Restaurante Entrecopos. Please when registering confirm your presence in the dinner. The cost per person is 10 euros to be paid at the restaurant.

Sixth Tux workshop on Quantum Gravity

The aim of this conference to bring together experts on loop quantum gravity and related topics, in the scenic village of Tux, in the Austrian alps.

This year, we specifically invite contributions concerning the holographic aspects of loop quantum gravity.

All further information can be found under the link.

International Conference on Quantum Gravity, Shenzhen, China

This conference is mostly about quantum gravity and its intrinsic nonlocal feature, but also about general gravitational theories beyond Eisntein’s gravity, black holes, cosmology, and observational tests.

It is well known that any fundamental theory is nonlocal at the quantum level, namely the quantum effective action is a “very nonlocal” functional. Moreover, quantum mechanics itself is intrinsically nonlocal. Furthermore, when we try to construct a consistent theory for quantum gravity non locality turns out to be unavoidable. Indeed, in our days we have several consistent proposals for quantum gravity: String Theory, Loop Quantum Gravity, Nonlocal Quantum Gravity, Asymptotically Safe Quantum Gravity, etc., and all of them are nonlocal. In this conference we will try to make the point of the current understanding of several approaches to quantum gravity with particular attention to the locality paradigm at short distance. In particular we will try to point out issues and ways to overcome them.

However, besides the fundamental theoretical problems, other topics of the conference are about the spacetime singularitys’ issue, black holes at the classical and quantum level, the information loss problem, and the cosmological implications at short and large distance of a large class of local and nonlocal gravitational theories.

The key-topics of the conference are:
– Nonlocal Quantum Gravity
– Super-renormalizable Quantum Gravity Theories
– String Theory
– Loop Quantum Gravity
– Theories Beyond Einstein Gravity
– Spacetime Singularities
– Classical and Quantum Black Holes
– Cosmology
– Gravitational Waves
– Observational Tests

Invited Speakers:
Rong-Gen Cai (Institute of Theoretical Physics/CAS, China)*
Xavier Calmet (Sussex University, UK)*
John Donoghue (Massachusetts Amherst, US)*
Yungui Gong (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China)
Alexy Koshelev (Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal)
Yongge Ma (Beijing Normal University, China)
Anupam Mazumdar (University of Groningen)
Yun-Soo Myung (Inje University, South Korea)
Ilya Shapiro (Juiz de Fora University, Brazil)
Terry Tomboulis (University of California Los Angeles, US)
Richard Woodard (University of Florida Gainesville, US)
Nico Yunes (Montana State University, US)
… and others
* To be confirmed

Scientific Organizing Committee:
Cosimo Bambi (Fudan University, China; Chair)
Rong-Gen Cai (Institute of Theoretical Physics/CAS, China)
Gianluca Calcagni (IEM-CSIC Madrid, Spain)
Valeri Frolov (University of Alberta, Canada)
Miao Li (Sun Yat-sen University, China)
Yongge Ma (Beijing Normal University, China)
Anzhong Wang (Zhejiang University of Technology, China)
Haitang Yang (Sichuan University, China)
Shuang-Nan Zhang (Institute of High Energy Physics/CAS, China)

Local Organizing Committee:
Cosimo Bambi (Fudan University, China)
Gianluca Calcagni (IEM-CSIC Madrid, Spain)
Leonardo Modesto (SUSTech, China; Chair)
Guanhao Xie (SUSTech, China)

Postdoctoral positions in GRMHD at the Rochester Institute of Technology

Postdoctoral positions at the Rochester Institute of Technology

The Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (CCRG) at the
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) anticipates filling several
postdoctoral positions in the coming year. We are looking for
postdoctoral candidates interested in working in the areas of modeling
and simulation of gravitational waves sources and their electromagnetic
counterparts, including binary black holes and neutron stars, and their
astrophysical interpretation in the context of the LIGO-Virgo observations.
We are also interested in candidates working in relativistic
magneto-hydrodynamics simulations of accretion disks around
supermassive black hole mergers, and their jet dynamics.

The successful postdoctoral candidates will have the opportunity to
collaborate on a broad range of research topics in gravitational
physics. Our group is involved in several large collaborations,
including the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), The Einstein
Toolkit Consortium (http://einsteintoolkit.org), and a Petascale
computing project with NCSA.

There are many senior researchers working in a broad range of areas of
gravitational physics and astrophysics at the CCRG. This includes
Manuela Campanelli (Director), Sukanya Chakrabarti, Joshua Faber,
Carlos Lousto, Richard O’Shaughnessy, Jason Nordhaus, Yosef Zlochower,
John Whelan, and Hans-Peter Bischof,
several postdoctoral
fellows and Ph.D. students (see http://ccrg.rit.edu/people for an
overview on who is or has been at CCRG). The group also collaborates
with many faculty, postdocs and graduate students in the larger
astrophysics group (http://www.rit.edu/cos/astrophysics/), the school
of Mathematical Sciences (http://www.rit.edu/cos/sms/) and the School
of Physics and Astronomy (http://www.rit.edu/cos/physics/).

The positions are for two or three years and renewable depending on
satisfactory performance and the availability of funds. CCRG
researchers have access to several computing cluster facilities at
national computing centers such as XSEDE and BlueWaters as well as two
dedicated 1300 and 1600-core clusters hosted at the Center.

More information about the CCRG is available at http://ccrg.rit.edu/
And about Rochester at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rochester,_New_York

Applications should consist of a cover letter, a brief statement of
research interests, a curriculum vitae including publication list, and
at least three letters of recommendation. All materials should be sent
electronically as soon as possible to: ccrg-postdoc[AT]ccrgweb.rit.edu
For an overview of all job openings at CCRG please go to:
http://ccrg.rit.edu/spotlight/jobs.

Enquiries can be addressed to the center’s Director:

Manuela Campanelli, manuela[AT]astro[dot]rit[dot]edu Center for
Computational Relativity and Gravitation, School of Mathematical
Sciences, and School of Physics and Astronomy, Rochester Institute of
Technology (RIT) 85 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, New York 14623 USA

Review of completed applications will begin as soon as available and
will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Deadline for applications
is January 31st, 2018. Starting date can be as early as September, 2018.
RIT is committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.

Postdoctoral position in Computational Astrophysics at the University of New Hampshire

The Department of Physics at the University of New Hampshire invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position. The successful candidate will be involved in our numerical relativity program, which currently focuses on studies of merging compact objects and of accreting supermassive black holes. Applicants working at the interface between numerical relativity and the theoretical modeling of gravitational waves and electromagnetic signals are also encouraged to apply. For full consideration, applications should be submitted before January 15th 2018. The position will however remain open until filled. Any question regarding this posting should be directed to Dr Francois Foucart (francois.foucart[AT]unh.edu).

The University of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran’s status, physical or mental disability, or marital status. Candidates of all genders and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

PhD position in gravitational physics at the RTG Models of Gravity

The DFG Research Training Group ‘Models of Gravity’ invites applications for positions of Research Assistants, Salary Group (Entgeltgruppe) 13 TV-L 66%, to be appointed April 1, 2018. The positions are limited up to three years.
The Research Training Group consists of gravity groups working at the Universities of Bremen, Oldenburg, Bielefeld, Hannover, Copenhagen, as well as at the Jacobs University Bremen. We intend to obtain a better understanding of Einstein’s General Relativity and of generalised theories of gravity as given by, e.g., string theory. These investigations are also related to observations. More information can be found on the website http://www.models-of-gravity.org

Responsibilities and Duties:
The successful applicants will have the opportunity to work towards a doctoral degree in Gravitational Physics. They are expected to contribute to the teaching programme of the Research Training Group.

Employment conditions:
To qualify for the position, applicants must hold a Master’s degree or a Diploma in Physics, Mathematics or any other relevant discipline, with an above-average success in the present courses of studies. We expect high dedication and teamwork.
All participating universities aim, in particular, to promote women within the scope of the statutory provisions and, hence, emphatically invite qualified women to apply for these positions. Severely disabled applicants are given preferential consideration in the event of equal qualification. Applicants with a migration background are highly welcome.

Application:
The application with a curriculum vitae, certifications, a description of the scientific interest, a conception of the own career, and, if applicable, a list of publications should be sent as one single pdf document via field e-mail to secretariat@models-of-gravity.org
Also two letters of reference should be sent. Closing date is December 15, 2017, although applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Two lectureships in Theoretical Physics, Cambridge, UK

Applications are invited for two University Lectureships in Theoretical Physics to commence on 1 October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. Appointments will be made at an appropriate point on the scale for University Lecturers and will be for a probationary period of five years with appointment to the retiring age thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance.

The successful candidates will have a PhD in Mathematics, Physics or equivalent and have an outstanding record of research in any area of theoretical physics which lies within the scope of our research portfolio, to be interpreted in the broadest sense. For more information about theoretical physics research in DAMTP please see: http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/research/hep/ and http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/research/gr/ .

Applicants will be expected to give undergraduate and Masters-level lectures (including in particular being able to contribute to the very popular theoretical physics courses within Part III Mathematics, see http://www.maths.cam.ac.uk/part-iii-prospective ), taking feedback from students and providing them with career or pastoral advice, and perform other usual departmental duties such as those associated with examinations. They will be expected to investigate new areas of research and funding opportunities, and submit grant applications. They will also be required to write papers for, publication attend conferences, network with national/international colleagues and give presentations.

In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to offer a supplement to the salary range stated for these roles of up to GBP 10,000. Any such supplement would be awarded on the basis of a demonstrable history of exceptional achievement and is entirely at the discretion of the University.

To submit an application for these vacancies and for further information about these posts, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/15171/. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

You will need to upload a letter of application, a full curriculum vitae, a list of publications and one page of A4 detailing research interests and future plans. You should also include the contact details of three academic referees. Please ensure that your referees are contactable at any time during the selection process, and are made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

Informal enquiries about these posts may be made to LE13482[AT]maths.cam.ac.uk .

Further general information regarding the Department can be found at: http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference LE13482 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
The deadline for applications is 8 January 2018.

The University of Cambridge values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The Department would particularly welcome applications from women, since women are, and have historically been, underrepresented on our academic staff.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Two postdoc positions in primordial cosmology at IAP, Paris, France

In connection with the new ERC Starting Grant GEODESI (Principal Investigator: Sebastien Renaux-Petel), the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris invites applications for two postdoctoral positions in primordial cosmology, to start indicatively in Fall 2018. Earlier starting dates are welcome and negotiable.

The positions are for two years initially, with the possibility of a third year extension based on performance. Applicants must have a PhD by the time the contact starts.

The main scientific objective of the project is to determine the theoretical and observational consequences of the geometrical destabilization of inflation, a recently discovered instability of inflationary models that can have far-reaching implications for cosmology and theoretical high-energy physics. Applicants with interests in the field of primordial cosmology broadly defined are encouraged to apply. Lattice field-theory simulations will be a pivotal aspect of one of the position, for which relevant experience is highly desirable.

The successful candidates will benefit from the lively and internationally visible research environment of IAP, with rich intellectual and computational resources. The members of the theory group of IAP are interested in a wide range of topics, including cosmology, gravitational waves, modifications of gravity and astroparticles. More generally, IAP plays a central role in several observational programs (notably Planck and Euclid). Further information can be found on the IAP website: http://www.iap.fr/?langue=en
The postdocs will also benefit from the very large cosmology/astrophysics and theoretical physics communities in the Paris region.

The salary is competitive, depending on experience, and a generous travel allowance will be provided. The positions also include transportation and lunches subsidies.

Applications consisting of a CV, publication list, and a brief statement of research interests should be sent into one pdf file via email to iap.erc.2017[AT]gmail.com before the 1st of December, 2017. Applicants should also arrange for 3 recommendation letters to be sent to the same e-mail address by this date.

Late applications may be considered until the positions have been filled.

For informal inquiries about the positions please contact Dr. Sebastien Renaux-Petel (iap.erc.2017[AT]gmail.com).

Research associate in theoretical and computational astrophysics at Michigan State University, USA

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in theoretical and computational astrophysics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Department of Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering at Michigan State University. The successful candidate will collaborate with Profs. Sean Couch, Luke Roberts, and Andrew Christlieb.

The successful candidate will lead an effort to characterize the impact of rotation and magnetic fields on the core-collapse supernova mechanism, and related topics. Responsibilities will include implementation of new methods for magnetohydrodynamics, transport, and microphysics, as well execution of cutting-edge simulations. Experience in large-scale numerical simulation and code development is required. The successful candidate will be expected to effectively use local and NSF/DOE supercomputing platforms. This position is part of the US Department of Energy Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) TEAMS nuclear astrophysics project.

MSU boasts excellent resources for research in computational nuclear astrophysics, including the 400-teraflop Laconia supercomputer, the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory/Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics—Center for the Evolution of the Elements.

The appointment is initially for one year, renewed annually for up to four years, based on performance and the availability of funding. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Appointment is contingent upon successfully completing a full background check.

Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in a related discipline by the start of the appointment. Applicants should submit a CV and a statement of research interests to the associated URL. In addition, applicants should arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be submitted to the same posting.

HKUST – SUSTech Joint PhD Program in Classical and Quantum Gravity, String Theory, and Cosmology, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, China

We are selecting a motivated candidate for the Joint Phd Program between Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech, Shenzhen, China) and Hong Kong Science and Technology University and Institute of Advanced Studies (HKUST and IAS, Hong Kong, China). The PhD candidate is suppose to start the program next academic year (September 2018) and the completion of the program will take 4 years. We are particularly interested in candidates with advanced knowledge of General Relativity and Quantum Field Theory.

Title of the project: Classical and Quantum Gravity, String Theory, and Cosmology.
Research Plan — The candidate is suppose to address the cosmological implications of effective string field theory and/or a class of nonlocal gravitational theories finite and unitary at quantum level. Two are the main issues to address: the cosmological constant’s problem and the physics of the early Universe. The consistent theories mentioned above should provide a mechanism for fixing the cosmological constant to the observed value and solve the problem of the initial Big Bang singularity, while also provide a natural mechanism for inflation. Since the nearby location of the two Universities the student will be co-supervised by both the supervisors during the all duration of the PhD program. However, the Phd candidate will have also to attend courses and other duties if required by the agreement of the two Universities: HKUST and SUSTech.
In the first two years we will mostly concentrate on the Dark energy problem and possibly Dark matter problem, while in the second part of the Phd program we will focused on inflations and the computation of two and eventually three point correlation’s functions.

The candidate will work under the supervision Prof. Henry Tye (HKUST and IAS) and Prof. Leonardo Modesto (SUSTech). The Gravitational and High Energy Physics at SUSTech consist on 1 Research Associate Professor, 3 PostDocs, and several undergraduate students.
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. Leonardo Modesto
E-mail: lmodesto[AT]sustc.edu.cn
Please arrange also at least 2 recommendation letters to be sent separately to the same email address.
Applications received by November 30 will receive full consideration.

Postdoctoral positions Cosmology, Cape Town, South Africa

POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS IN COSMOLOGY

CENTRE FOR RADIO COSMOLOGY

UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE

DEADLINE: Applications will be reviewed from 5 January 2018.
Later applications may be considered until decisions are made.

The Centre for Radio Cosmology (CRC) at the University of the Western Cape is internationally recognized for its research on cosmology. CRC faculty are closely involved in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the South African SKA precursor MeerKAT and other telescopes such as HERA. There are currently 16 postdoctoral researchers, 9 PhD students and 9 MSc students in the group. (See uwcastro.org for further details.) UWC is located in the beautiful city of Cape Town, with excellent cultural and outdoor activities.

We invite applications for up to two postdoctoral positions in cosmology from candidates keen to work in one or more of the following areas:

* HI intensity mapping with MeerKAT (data analysis – see http://arxiv.org/abs/1709.06099 for details)

* Cosmology with the SKA and its precursors (theory/simulations), including continuum, HI and synergies with other surveys.

The selected candidates will work more closely with Prof Mario Santos or Prof Roy Maartens, depending on the subject but will also be encouraged to collaborate with other faculty members (Prof Russ Taylor, Dr Ed Elson, visiting Profs Romeel Davé and Matt Jarvis). The group also has strong links with the South African SKA Project headquarters, the optical observatory SAAO, the University of Cape Town and The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) (all within less than 30 minutes from the University).

Applicants must hold a PhD by the anticipated start date and should preferably have obtained the degree less than five years ago. The appointment will be for 2+1 years. The nominal start date is September 2018, but other dates can be negotiated (earlier is preferred).

Applications consisting of a CV, publication list and a short statement of research interests, should be emailed to mariogrs@gmail.com. Applicants should arrange for a minimum of two letters of recommendation to be sent the same way. Applications received by 5 January 2018 will receive full consideration, although later applications may be considered. Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to the same email.

PhD studentship in gravitational wave data analysis at Nikhef, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Virgo group at Nikhef has an opening for a PhD student in gravitational wave data analysis.

Nikhef is the national institute for subatomic physics in The Netherlands, where approximately 175 physicists and 75 technical staff members work together in an open and international scientific environment. Together they perform excellent theoretical and experimental research in the fields of particle and astroparticle physics. Among the research collaborations Nikhef participates in are the ATLAS, LHCb and ALICE experiments at CERN, the KM3NeT neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean, the Virgo interferometer in Pisa, the XENON Dark Matter detector in Gran Sasso and the Pierre Auger cosmic rays observatory in Argentina. Nikhef is a collaboration between 5 major Dutch universities and the Nikhef research institute.

The successful candidate will work on the development of novel methods for analysing gravitational wave data from the LIGO and Virgo detectors, with a view on directly probing the structure of compact objects such as black holes and neutron stars. Understanding the neutron star equation of state is a major open problem in astrophysics, which can now be addressed by studying gravitational wave signals from binary neutron star mergers. The student will work on this as part a collaborative effort of the Virgo and ALICE groups at Nikhef. He or she will be a member of the Virgo Collaboration, and will have full access to all Virgo and LIGO data.

The successful candidate has a master in physics. Strong software skills are highly desirable. The student will be employed by the NWO-I-foundation as a junior scientist. He or she will receive a 4 year contract with a competitive salary. The conditions of employment of the NWO-I-foundation are excellent and can be found on the website of the employer: http://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.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply through the online portal: https://www.nikhef.nl/jobs/vacatures/. Please be prepared to upload a curriculum vitae and have the email address ready of at least one referee who is willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The deadline for applications is January 3rd, 2018.

Further information on this position can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Chris Van Den Broeck (vdbroeck@nikhef.nl).

Tenure-Track/Tenure Group Leader position at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI) in Potsdam announces the opening of a group leader position either at tenure-track (5 years) or tenure (permanent) level depending on candidate’s qualifications and seniority. We are seeking highly qualified scientists with excellent research track record, committed to a career in research. The successful candidate is expected to play a key role in the discoveries and interpretations enabled by gravitational-wave detections, and be a leader in crafting the future of gravitational-wave science, whether performed on the ground or in space. She/he will lead a group of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, and will take advantage of interactions and collaborations with other members of the division.

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division, led by Dr. Alessandra Buonanno, is currently composed of 21 scientists, and one Max Planck research group leader, Dr. Harald Pfeiffer. The division also hosts several long and short-term visitors.

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division focuses on several aspects of gravitational-wave physics and astrophysics, including (i) theoretical gravitational dynamics and radiation (effective field theory, post-Newtonian theory, gravitational self-force approach, perturbation theory and effective-one-body formalism), (ii) numerical relativity, most notably simulations of binary black holes and binary neutron stars, (iii) interpretation and analysis of data from gravitational-wave detectors on the ground (LIGO and Virgo) and in space (LISA), (iv) astrophysics of compact objects, (v) cosmography with gravitational waves from binary systems, and (vi) tests of strong gravity within General Relativity and alternative gravity theories. Members of the division have the opportunity to join the LIGO Scientific Collaboration through the group’s membership, the LISA Consortium, and also participate in building the science case for

third generation ground-based detectors (Einstein Telescope and Cosmic Explorer).

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division has two high-performance computer clusters (Minerva and Vulcan) to run numerical-relativity simulations, and to carry out source modelling and data-analysis studies.

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division has ties with the Physics Department at the University of Maryland, the Humboldt University in Berlin, and the University of Potsdam.

For more information, a list of required documentation, and submission please go to: http://www.aei.mpg.de/en/gwgroupleaderpotsdam

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for full consideration is December 15th, 2017. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

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

Ph.D. and Postdoc positions in Gravitational Wave Physics at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Phsyics, Potsdam, Germany

Ph.D. and postdoctoral positions in Gravitational Wave Astrophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, www.aei.mpg.de) in Potsdam announces the opening of several postdoctoral appointments and Ph.D. positions. The postdoctoral positions will be available at different levels, depending on experience and seniority, and can last for different number of years.

The division (www.aei.mpg.de/1282161/Astrophysical_and_Cosmological_Relativity) led by Dr. Alessandra Buonanno, is currently composed of 21 scientists, and one research group leader, Dr. Harald Pfeiffer. The division also hosts several long and short-term visitors.

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division focuses on several aspects of gravitational-wave physics and astrophysics, including (i) theoretical gravitational dynamics and radiation (effective field theory, post-Newtonian theory, gravitational self-force approach, perturbation theory and effective-one-body formalism), (ii) numerical relativity, most notably simulations of binary black holes and binary neutron stars, (iii) interpretation and analysis of data from gravitational-wave detectors on the ground (LIGO and Virgo) and in space (LISA), (iv) astrophysics of compact objects, (v) cosmography with gravitational waves from binary systems, and (vi) tests of strong gravity within General Relativity and alternative gravity theories. Members of the division have the opportunity to join the LIGO Scientific Collaboration through the group’s membership, the LISA Consortium, and also participate to building the science case for third generation ground-based detectors (Einstein Telescope and Cosmic Explorer).

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division has two high-performance computer clusters (Minerva and Vulcan) to run numerical-relativity simulations, and to carry out source modelling and data-analysis studies.

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division has ties with the Physics Department at the University of Maryland, the Humboldt University in Berlin, and the University of Potsdam.

For more information, a list of required documentation, and submission links to both postdoctoral and Ph.D. positions, please go to: www.aei.mpg.de/gwjobs2018

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division also offers Max Planck Fellowships to non-German scientists. Information on those fellowships and explanations on how to apply are summarized at: www.aei.mpg.de/maxplanckfellowships

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for full consideration for both Ph.D. and postdoctoral positions is, December 15th, 2017. The positions are available as early as Spring 2018, but they can also start later, in Fall 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 provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

For further information please contact Dr. Andre Schirotzek: andre.schirotzek[AT]aei.mpg.de

ICG Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at University of Portsmouth, UK

ICG Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation
University of Portsmouth

Employment type: Fixed-term (for 2 years)
Post number: ZZ003446
Closing date: 05 January 2018

We announce a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) at the University of Portsmouth aimed at promising early career researchers in gravitational wave science, cosmology and astrophysics. The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in research, complementing and extending the existing ICG research interests and expertise. Over the course of the fellowship, they will be expected to develop their own programme of research and innovation, and help attract external funding to the ICG.

The ICG consists of 13 academic staff, 20 postdoctoral researchers and over 20 PhD students, and has an active international visitors programme. Portsmouth is a member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-IV) and Dark Energy Survey, and the Large Synpotic Survey Telescope (LSST), with involvement in the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) and other major international collaborations, including ESA’s Euclid satellite mission and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The University of Portsmouth is a member of the South-East Physics Network (SEPnet) and hosts the 3704-core SCIAMA supercomputer.

We welcome applications from all qualified applicants, but applications are particularly encouraged from traditionally under-represented groups in science. The University of Portsmouth and the ICG hold Athena SWAN bronze awards and the university is an Institute of Physics Project Juno Supporter; these projects show a commitment to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote diversity and equality in science and create a better working environment for men and women.

Applications (application form, CV, publication list and research statement for the fellowship) should be submitted via the online application system by the closing date. Applicants should also arrange for up to three reference letters to be sent by email to icg-admin[AT]port.ac.uk, to arrive by the same date.

We expect the fellowship to start 1st September 2018 or as close to that date as feasible.

Informal enquiries to Prof. Bob Nichol (bob.nichol[AT]port.ac.uk)

This fellowship is different from the advertised Dennis Sciama Fellowship and applicants interested in both fellowships will need to apply separately to both.

All applications for this position will be processed and conducted in compliance with UK legislation relevant at that time.

Dennis Sciama Research Fellow in Gravitational Wave Science at ICG, Portsmouth, UK

Dennis Sciama Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gravitational Wave Science
Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation

University of Portsmouth

Employment type: Fixed-term contract (3 years)
Position number: ZZ004032
Closing date: 05 January 2018

We announce our fourth Dennis Sciama Postdoctoral Fellowship competition at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) at the University of Portsmouth aimed at promising early career researchers in gravitational wave science. This is part of our continued expansion into gravitational wave research with further staff appointments to follow in 2018. We seek an independent, early career researcher with demonstrated excellence in gravitational wave research that would complement and extend this new ICG research group. Over the course of the fellowship, they will be expected to develop their own programme of research and innovation, and help attract external funding to the ICG.

The ICG consists of 13 academic staff, 20 postdoctoral researchers and over 20 PhD students, and has an active international visitors programme. ICG is a member of several major astronomical surveys (Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Dark Energy Survey, Large Synpotic Survey Telescope, Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument) with major involvement in ESA’s Euclid satellite mission and the Square Kilometre Array. The University of Portsmouth is a member of the South-East Physics Network (SEPnet) and hosts the 3704-core SCIAMA supercomputer.

We welcome applications from all qualified applicants, but applications are particularly encouraged from traditionally under-represented groups in science. The University of Portsmouth and the ICG hold Athena SWAN bronze awards and the University is an Institute of Physics Project Juno Supporter; these projects show a commitment to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote diversity and equality in science and create a better working environment for men and women.

Applications (application form, CV, publication list and research statement for the Fellowship) should be submitted via the University’s online application system by the closing date. Applicants should also arrange for up to three reference letters to be sent by email to icg-admin[AT]port.ac.uk, to arrive by the same date.

We expect the Fellowship to start 1 September 2018 or as close to that date as feasible.

Informal enquiries please to Professor David Wands (david.wands[AT]port.ac.uk)

All applications for this position will be processed and conducted in compliance with UK legislation relevant at that time.

2018 IUPAP General Relativity and Gravitation Young Scientist Prize Nominations Open

Nominations for the 2018 IUPAP General Relativity and Gravitation Young Scientist Prize open on 1 Nov 2017 and close on 1 Feb 2018.

As an affiliated commission (AC2) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation (ISGRG) offers an annual IUPAP Young Scientist Prize. The IUPAP Young Scientist Prizes recognize outstanding achievements of scientists at early stages of their career. Each prize consists of a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient, a medal and 1000 euros.

The conditions for the prize are:

The IUPAP General Relativity and Gravitation Young Scientist Prize can be for work in any area of relativity and gravitation, theoretical or experimental.

On 1 February 2018, nominees must have a maximum of eight years of research experience (excluding career interruptions) following the Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree. They are expected to have displayed significant achievement and exceptional promise for future achievements in relativity and gravitation.

The primary nominator must be a member of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation.

Nominations may be made by any member of ISGRG (other than the nominee) and should be accompanied by a CV, a proposed citation of 30-50 words summarizing the reason for the nomination, a list of publications and a description (about one page long) of the specific achievements of the nominee, who need not be an ISGRG member.

It is important that the selection committee has specific information that allows it to determine what the nominee has contributed and how this will impact the subject. Therefore it will be extremely helpful to the selection committee to receive at least two additional letters supporting the nomination that detail the expected significance of the contributions of the nominee.

It is also appropriate to submit additional materials such as published articles. In the case of co-authored or multi-authored publications, it is essential for nominators and supporters to discuss the nominee’s precise contributions, if known, in addition to the work’s overall significance.

The entire package should be bundled into a single PDF file and emailed to the Secretary of ISGRG, beverlyberger@me.com, by 1 February 2018. The winner will be announced on 14 March 2018 and the award made shortly thereafter. The official presentation of the award will be made at the GR22 conference in 2019.

Assistant Professor in Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

As part of a major faculty hiring initiative, the Department of Physics at the University of Florida (UF) seeks a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Theoretical Astrophysics (TA) to begin in August 2018. Highly qualified candidates from all areas of TA are encouraged to apply. Presently, the TA group engages in a broad range of research activities in galaxy evolution, gravitational waves (GW), planetary atmospheres, neutrino physics, quantum gravity, dark matter, and cosmology. The TA faculty maintain close ties with the Astronomy Department and are heavily involved in GW research in conjunction with ongoing UF experimental interests in both the LIGO and LISA projects. The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent), and postdoctoral research experience is expected. Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body, while establishing a well-recognized research program, is essential. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package. Applications must be submitted online at the url above, and must include: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae with publication list, a research statement, a statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for at least three references. Reference providers will only be notified of their upload link once an application is submitted in full, so early completion of an application is highly recommended. To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by November 15, 2017, though the position will remain open until filled. For more information, please contact Prof. Bernard Whiting (see above). The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

Universe: Special Issue “Inflationary Universe Models: Predictions and Observations”

Dear Colleagues,

The inflationary paradigm, for the description of the first moment in the history of the universe stands strongly, since it solves several problems that a description of the evolution of the universe without any inflationary era is not able to solve. However, more than a hundred different inflationary universe models have been developed. We need to eliminate as many as possible in order to obtain a greater knowledge of the initial era of the universe. In this volume of the journal Universe we invite researchers to collect observational results and confront them with the predictions of different inflationary models in an effort to falsify as many as possible. Additionally, we invite theoreticians to judge the strength of different inflationary models—which have a sound physical basis and which are ad hoc ‘toy models’.

Prof. Oyvind G. Gron
Guest Editor

Universe: Special Issue “F(R) Gravity”

Dear Colleagues,

F(R) gravity plays a prominent role in the description of gravitational phenomena at large and astrophysical scales. Among the various modified gravity proposals, the F(R) gravity framework is the conceptually simplest generalization of Einstein’s gravity, and has attracted the interest of many cosmologists. In this special issue, the focus will be on applications of F(R) gravity at large and astrophysical scales. We aim to highlight a plethora of theoretical proposals that find explanation in the context of F(R) gravity, both in cosmology and in astrophysics. In view of the current observational data and also due to the upcoming observations, this issue aims to gather all the up to date facts with regard to F(R) gravity applications. All the above problems maybe also be considered in frames of other modified gravities, like modified Gauss-Bonnet gravity, string-inspired theory, teleparallel gravity, Born-Infeld type gravity or non-minimal modified gravity.

Dr. Vasilis K. Oikonomou
Prof. Dr. Sergei D. Odintsov
Guest Editors

Gravity@Malta2018, Valletta, Malta (2nd announcement)

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 (Supermassive 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)

Fudan-FAU Joint Postdoctoral Position in Quantum Gravity, Shanghai, China – Boca Raton, USA

Fudan-FAU Joint Postdoctoral Position in Quantum Gravity

We would like to announce a joint postdoctoral researcher position at Fudan University in Shanghai, China and at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, USA.

The appointment is a full time position and is made for up to 2 years. The appointment will begin in the Fall 2018 or possible earlier. The deadline of the application is December 15, 2017.

The postdoc will be hosted by Prof. Yidun Wan at Fudan University and by Prof. Muxin Han at FAU. The selected candidate is expected to spend his research stay in both institutions (approximately 1 year at FAU and 1 year at Fudan), and work with Prof. Muxin Han and Prof. Yidun Wan and other members in their research groups.

This position is open to the candidates with background in a wide area of Quantum Gravity, including e.g. Loop Quantum Gravity, Spin Foam Models, Group Field Theory, String Theory, AdS/CFT, and other Quantum Gravity approaches. We are also interested in the candidates with background in Topological Quantum Field Theory.

Prof. Yidun Wan’s research group at Fudan University currently consists of 1 postdoctoral researcher (Dr. Yuting Hu) and several PhD students. The group is working on topics including Topological orders, Quantum Gravity, Emergent Gravity, and Quantum Simulation. The group is also collaborating with other Fudan faculties Prof. Yongshi Wu, Prof. Ling-Yan Hung, etc, and their research groups.

Prof. Muxin Han’s research group at FAU currently consists of 1 postdoctoral researcher (Dr. Antoina Zipfel) and several PhD students. The group’s research interests includes Loop Quantum Gravity, Spin Foam Models, Tensor Network approach in the AdS/CFT correspondence, and Topological Quantum Field Theory. The group is closely interacting with other FAU gravity faculties Prof. Warner Miller, Prof. Jonathan Engle, Prof. Chris Beetle, Prof. Wolfgang Tichy, and their research groups.

The salary of the position is in the range of 2500-3000 USD per month.

Interested candidates should send (1) a cover letter, (2) a CV with a list of publications, and (3) a statement of research interests to the email address: ydwan[AT]fudan.edu.cn. The applicants should arrange for 3 reference letters to be sent to the same address. All material should arrive before December 15, 2017.

Postdoctoral position in numerical relativity and gravitational wave sources modeling at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, USA

The Department of Physics (http://physics.fau.edu) at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the area of numerical relativity and gravitational wave sources modeling in Wolfgang Tichy’s group.

The position is associated with a DFG and NSF funded collaboration between the numerical relativity groups at FAU and the University of Jena in Germany. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to visit Jena to strengthen the collaboration. The appointment will be for 2 years, but may be renewable depending on future funding.

FAU researchers have access to several computing cluster facilities at national computing centers through XSEDE, as well as a dedicated cluster at FAU (https://hpc.fau.edu).

Applications should consist of a cover letter, a brief statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae including publication list, and at least three letters of recommendation. All materials should be sent
electronically as soon as possible to: wolf[AT]fau.edu

Review of completed applications will begin on December 1, 2017 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. The planned starting date is in the summer of 2018, but can be earlier if requested.

Henry Skynner Research Fellowship in Astrophysics (Balliol College) Oxford, UK

Balliol College proposes to elect a two-year fixed term Henry Skynner Research Fellow in Astrophysics, starting on 1 October 2018, whose focus of research will be in the area of gravitational physics and its relation to string theory, including topics such as gravitational waves, inflation and string cosmology. Applicants should possess (or be close to obtaining) a doctorate in physics and have research experience in the above-mentioned area.

This research fellowship is a non-governing body position, that is, the postholder will not be a Trustee of the College, and in its current statutes will be elected to a Supernumerary Fellowship. The main duty of the fellow will be to undertake research, but participation in the educational activities of the college, including, if desired, a small amount of paid tutorial teaching, would be welcomed.

Further particulars, including benefits and details of how to apply, are here.

Applications should be delivered to college.office[AT]balliol.ox.ac.uk by 12.00 noon (GMT) on 30 November 2017.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Theoretical Cosmology and Gravitational Physics, Oxford, UK

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Cosmology and Gravitational Physics. The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 2 years, with the possibility of extension for 1 year.

The postholder will contribute to the recently funded ERC project to study “Large Scale Structure Constraints of General Relativity”; the role will involve theoretical and/or numerical research in cosmology and gravitational physics, led by Pedro Ferreira and the postholder will be expected to interact with other members of the Oxford faculty working in these fields. Our theoretical cosmology programme at Oxford includes large scale structure, weak lensing, galaxy formation, galaxy evolution, cosmic background radiation anisotropy, intensity mapping, early universe physics, dark matter, dark energy and modified gravity. There is also expertise in black hole physics, compact objects (observational and theoretical), the early universe and galactic dynamics.

The postholder will contribute to and develop a personal research programme in theoretical cosmology (which may include numerical modelling and/or data analysis), interacting with Erminia Calabrese, Julien Devriendt, Pedro Ferreira, Lance Miller and Adrianne Slyz. The candidate will take part in the academic life of BIPAC and the astrophysics group at the Physics Department, and have the opportunity to attend and take part in seminars, colloquia and journal clubs. The candidate will be expected to present their research results at international conferences and prepare articles for publication on those results.

The successful candidate will have or be close to obtaining a PhD in a relevant area of astronomy, physics or engineering. The successful candidate will have a proven record of research in this area and a demonstrated capacity for independent work. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the capability to initiate research in a lively group and to have expertise in theory and/or data analysis in cosmology. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Pedro Ferreira (pedro.ferreira[AT]physics.ox.ac.uk).

You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, a CV and details of three referees as part of your online application. You will also need to submit three letters of support to (bipac2018[AT]physics.ox.ac.uk) quoting your name in the subject line.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 30 November 2017 can be considered.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Theoretical Cosmology (Beecroft Fellowship, two posts), Oxford, UK

Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Theoretical Cosmology (Beecroft Fellowship). The posts are available for a fixed-term duration of two years.

Our theoretical cosmology programme at Oxford includes large-scale structure, weak lensing, galaxy formation, galaxy evolution, cosmic background radiation anisotropy, intensity mapping, early universe physics, dark matter, dark energy and modified gravity.

The postholders will contribute to and develop a personal research programme in theoretical cosmology (which may include numerical modelling and/or data analysis), interacting with Erminia Calabrese, Julien Devriendt, Pedro Ferreira, Lance Miller and Adrianne Slyz. The candidates will take part in the academic life of BIPAC and the astrophysics group at the Physics Department, and have the opportunity to attend and take part in seminars, colloquia and journal clubs.

The candidates will be expected to present their research results at international conferences and prepare articles for publication on those results. The successful candidates will have or be close to obtaining a PhD in a relevant area of astronomy, physics or engineering. The successful candidates will have a proven record of research in this area and a demonstrated capacity for independent work, and be capable of initiating research in a lively group. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the capability to initiate research in a lively group and to have expertise in theory and/or data analysis in cosmology. The postholders will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Pedro Ferreira (pedro.ferreira[AT]physics.ox.ac.uk).

You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, a CV and details of three referees as part of your online application. You will also need to submit three letters of support to (bipac2018[AT]physics.ox.ac.uk) quoting your name in the subject line.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 30 November 2017 can be considered.

Post-Doctoral Scholar Position in Gravitational Wave Physics, Penn State

The Department of Physics at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking one or more postdoctoral scholars in gravitational-wave physics.  The Penn State LIGO Scientific Collaboration group consists of faculty members Chad Hanna and B.S. Sathyaprakash, a computational scientist, two postdoctoral fellows, and several graduate students.  The successful applicants are expected to contribute to one or more of the following research topics: searches for compact binary mergers, tests of the strong field dynamics in general relativity, assessing astrophysical models of compact binaries, building waveform models for binary neutron star mergers and using them to measure the equation-of-state of neutron star cores, exploiting gravitational-wave observations for cosmography and building the science case for third generation ground-based detectors.  The successful candidates will be part of the LIGO scientific Collaboration and contribute to the analysis of LIGO and Virgo data and to the publication of search results.  These positions require a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy or a closely related field.  Applications must be submitted electronically at https://psu.jobs/job/75199 and include a cover letter and CV.  Applicants should arrange for three recommendation letters to be submitted to institute[AT]gravity.psu.edu indicating the appropriate job number in the subject line.  The position is available as early as March 2018, though flexible start dates will also be considered.  For more information, please visit http://gravity.psu.edu.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled.  This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire with the possibility of re-funding.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Job URL: https://psu.jobs/job/75199 

Postdoctoral Fellow at the eXtreme Gravity Institute, Bozeman, Montana (2nd announcement)

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 (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 https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/9702, 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]physics.montana.edu).