PhD position in theoretical gravitational physics and cosmology at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Hannover, Germany

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI) in Hannover, Germany, announces the opening of one PhD position in theoretical gravitational physics and cosmology, nominally starting as early as April 1, 2020. (A later start date is possible.)
The successful candidate will pursue research in the recently established Lise Meitner Research Group “Gravitational Theory and Cosmology,” led by Anna Ijjas. PhD theses may span topics ranging from mathematical relativity to theoretical and numerical cosmology. The PhD student will be associated with the joint AEI-Princeton Cosmology Initiative of the Simons Foundation and will participate in a wide range of activities (workshops, visits, seminars, journal clubs, special events) in Europe and the US.
The successful applicant will enroll in the International Max Planck Research School on Gravitational Wave Astronomy and conduct their research at the AEI in Hannover, receiving their PhD degree from the Leibniz University Hannover. The expected duration of the PhD program is three years; it can be extended to four years in exceptional cases.
Using the link below, applicants may upload a recent CV and a brief (1-page) research statement as a single pdf-file as well as the contact information for two referees who will be solicited to provide letters of support. (The research statement should describe past research experience and projects including publications, where applicable. No future research proposal is required.) Applicants are required to have a master’s degree by the start of the PhD program.
Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The final deadline is Jan 15th, 2020.
Please send all inquiries to Anna Ijjas at anna.ijjas[AT]aei.mpg.de
The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity 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, or disability.

Simons Postdoctoral Research Associate in Gravitation and Cosmology at Princeton University, USA

The Physics Department at Princeton University expects to have a postdoctoral position for a candidate working at the interface between theoretical cosmology and general relativity, nominally starting September 1, 2020. The initial appointment will be for one year, renewable up to three years contingent on continued funding and satisfactory performance. A PhD in Physics, Astrophysics, Mathematics, or a related area is required.

The postdoctoral fellow will be supported by a Simons Foundation targeted grant under the Initiative entitled New Directions in Gravitational Theory and Cosmology: Cosmological Bounces & Bouncing Cosmologies (see http://bouncingcosmology.com). The fellow will be part of an international collaboration pursuing a broad range of fundamental problems in cosmology and general relativity using a spectrum of techniques that include analytical and numerical relativity and field theory. Interested candidates with a wide range of backgrounds, which might include cosmology, general relativity or high energy physics, will be considered.

Applications will begin to be reviewed on December 1, 2019. Under the link below, you may upload a recent CV, research statement and contact information for three referees who will be solicited to provide letters of support.

For more information please contact Paul Steinhardt at steinh[AT]princeton.edu.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.