Postdoctoral Fellow in Gravity, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA

The Illinois Relativity Group at the Department of Physics of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a 2 to 3-year postdoctoral research fellow position (starting in 2020) with a focus on extreme gravity.

The fellowship is intended for a person with a set of wide-ranging interests in extreme gravity and expertise in general relativity and gravitation, with an emphasis in analytical relativity (post-Newtonian, black hole perturbation theory, self-force), data analysis (Bayesian theory, parameter estimation, model selection) and theoretical physics (beyond-Einstein phenomenological models, high energy physics, cosmological modified gravity). In particular, the applicant must demonstrate research experience and 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.

The successful applicant will join Professor Nico Yunes in the study of eXtreme gravity topics related, 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 and black hole solutions in and outside General Relativity, gravitational-waves from inspiraling compact binaries, black hole shadows) to a combination of theory and data-analysis (e.g. Bayesian model selection and parameter estimation) associated with extreme gravity instruments, such as the ground-based (LIGO/Virgo/KAGRA) and space-based gravitational-wave detectors (LISA) and the Event Horizon Telescope.

In addition to Professor Yunes, the Illinois Relativity Group includes Professors Stu Shapiro and Helvi Witek, their postdocs, PhD and undergraduate research students. The group is part of the Center for Theoretical Astrophysics at UIUC, which also includes Professors Charles Gammie, Gil Holder and Peter Adshead. The Illinois Relativity Group maintains close interactions with other UIUC colleagues in Physics, Astronomy and the NCSA, as well as collaborators across the globe.
Interested candidates will submit an application at the link below, which must include the following separate documents:

– A curriculum vitae,
– A list of publications, with a summary of total papers published, number of citations to papers and h-index.
– A list of presentations given outside of the candidate’s local university.
– A brief research statement (3-page limit, 1-inch margins, 12 pt font),
– The names, mailing and email addresses of three references.

Please contact Betsy Greifenkamp at greifenk[AT]illinois.edu if you have any questions. Applications should be posted by DEC 1, 2019 for full consideration. The starting date of the position is summer, 2020.

Assistant Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas (KU) seeks outstanding applicants for an Assistant Professorship in the area of Astronomy and Astrophysics (tenure track position) expected to begin as early as August 18, 2019. We are interested in individuals with a computational, theoretical, or observational background who work in the broad realm of extragalactic or galactic astrophysics, although all qualified applicants will be considered. Some preference will be given to applicants who will have synergy with the research interests of KU faculty members. These interests include observational extragalactic astronomy and theoretical high energy astrophysics.

The qualifying candidates must have a Ph.D. in astronomy or physics or a closely related field by the time of appointment as well as at least six (6) months of postdoctoral experience in astronomy, astrophysics, or physics. A strong record of research and demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching are required. A successful applicant will be expected to conduct an active research program and teach astronomy and astrophysics classes at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Our department and university are dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working and learning environment. Individuals who are committed to furthering these causes are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented in Physics and Astronomy. This includes, but is not limited to, women, racial and ethnic underrepresented minorities, and LGBTQIA individuals as well as those residing at the intersection of these axes.

Lawrence, KS is an excellent place to live. It is an affordable and progressive city with a lively arts and music scene, excellent schools, high quality restaurants, economical living, and a diverse cultural mix. It has often been called the “Austin of Kansas.” It is also less than an hour drive from Kansas City.

For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to: https://employment.ku.edu/academic/12922BR. A complete online application includes the following materials: cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, and the names and contact information for three professional references. The candidate should also arrange for the three reference letters to be sent to kuastrosearch[AT]ku.edu. For additional information about the position, please contact: Professors Gregory Rudnick and Mikhail Medvedev, Search Committee co-Chairs, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Kansas, kuastrosearch[AT]ku.edu. The application deadline is November 10, 2018. All application materials should be received by this date for proper consideration.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, relation, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and is the University’s Title IX Coordinator: the Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA[AT]ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

Summer school on relativistic accretion, Bremen, Germany

The Research Training Group (RTG) „Models of Gravity“ organises a summer school on relativistic accretion in September, 26-30, at the University of Bremen, Germany. The full title of the summer school is “Relativistic accretion: theoretical models and their application to observations”, the main foci of the school are the analytical models, current state of observational data from accretion discs around astrophysical black holes and Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), and the application of the theoretical models for determination of the properties of astrophysical compact objects from observations.

Confirmed Speakers:

Marek A. Abramowicz, N. Copernicus Astronomical Center, Warsaw, Poland.
Wolfgang J. Duschl, Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet, Kiel, Germany.
Vladimir Karas, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
Odele Straub, LUTH, Observatoire de Paris, France

The registration deadline is on August 29. More info can be found by clicking on the “external link” above.