Ph.D. and Postdoctoral positions in Computational Relativistic Astrophysics division at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam

The “Computational Relativistic Astrophysics” division at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (the Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam announces the opening of several postdoc 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.
This new division, led by Dr. Masaru Shibata, will be established on January 1st 2018.
The “Computational Relativistic Astrophysics” division will focus on several research topics in general relativity and relativistic astrophysics, including
(i) numerical relativity with matter, in particular, neutrino-radiation-hydrodynamics, magneto-(radiation-)hydrodynamics, and viscous-radiation-hydrodynamics, for mergers of neutron-star binaries (binary neutron stars and black hole-neutron star binaries), long-term evolution of the merger remnants, and stellar collapse to a black hole and a neutron star,
(ii) modeling of gravitational waves from neutron-star binaries based on numerical-relativity gravitational waveforms,
(iii) modeling of electromagnetic counterparts (macronovae/kilonovae, short gamma-ray bursts, etc.) associated with neutron-star mergers, including the studies of r-process nucleosynthesis,
(iv) studies of the formation processes for a variety of black holes (stellar-mass, intermediate-mass, and supermassive black holes), and gravitational-wave and electromagnetic signals associated with the formation processes,
(v) studies of phenomena associated with supermassive black holes, e.g., tidal disruption of stars by supermassive black holes and emission of gravitational waves by EMRI,
(vi) numerical relativity beyond general relativity.

For more information, a list of required documentation, and submission links to both postdoctoral and Ph.D. positions, please go to:
The deadline for full consideration is January 15th, 2018. The positions are available from August 2018, but may be earlier. 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. Masaru Shibata: mshibata[at] .

International Ph.D. Program on Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravitation, Brazil+

PPGCosmo is an international Ph.D. program on Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravitation that aims to give Ph.D. students the opportunity to develop a successful international scientific career. The research topics range from theoretical to observational aspects of Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravitation, including participation in collaborations such as Euclid, J-PAS and DES. PPGCosmo is a Brazilian program consisting of four institutions from Brazil and four institutions from outside Brazil.

Four 4-year Ph.D. positions are now available starting in mid-August 2017. The student will be supervised by a Professor at a Brazilian institution and co-supervised by a Professor at an institution outside Brazil. For the compulsory postgraduate courses the student will be mainly based in Vitoria (Espirito Santo, Brazil). The student will have opportunities to visit the other Brazilian participating institutions and will have to spend one year at the co-supervisor’s non-Brazilian institution.

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Postgraduate studentships in Gravitation, Astrophysics, Cosmology and Fundamental Interactions at CBPF, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A call is now open for entry into the postgraduate programme (Ph.D. or M.Sc.) at the Brazilian Center for Physics Research / Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas (CBPF) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro has a dynamic scientific atmosphere, with several research-intensive Universities and independent centres, among which CBPF, which is one of the top research institutions in Physics in South America. In particular, CBPF has recently created a new department of Astrophysics, Cosmology and Fundamental Interactions – COSMO, with 9 faculty members carrying out research comprising (but not limited to) the following fields: black hole physics; gravitational waves; gravitational lensing; theoretical and observational cosmology; quantum gravity and cosmology; quantum field theory; supersymmetry; nuclear astrophysics.

We particularly encourage students with research interests in the above fields to apply to our postgraduate programme. Entry is made via a selection process which involves a written exam in general Physics and an interview, both of which can be done entirely in the student’s home country and in English, Portuguese or Spanish. Studentships are awarded to those students who pass the selection process. The studentships include a monthly stipend plus some travel funding for, e.g., international conferences. There is also the opportunity for a few selected students to spend periods working abroad in non-Brazilian academic institutions.

The deadline for registration (which requires a record of undergraduate grades and two letters of reference) for the selection process is 14/5/2017, the written exam is on 19/5/2017, the interview is on 12/6/2017 for the M.Sc. and on 13/6/2017 for the Ph.D. (exceptionally, a different interview date might be accommodated), and the start of the degree is August 2017.

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PhD position in Gravitation and Cosmology, Bilbao Spain

We announce a 4-year PhD position in the area of Gravitation and Cosmology attached to the Research Group IT956-16 of the Basque Governement with José M.M. Senovilla as principal investigator. The thesis will be developed under the supervision of one of its members in the Department of Theoretical Physics and History of Science at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Bilbao, Spain. The successful candidate is required to hold a master (or equivalent) degree at the starting date of the position.

Our group includes David Brizuela, Tom Broadhurst, Alex Feinstein, Inaki Garay, Jesus Ibanez, Ruth Lazkoz, Jose M M Senovilla, and Raül Vera as well as postdocs Mariam Bouhmadi-Lopez, Alfonso Garcia-Parrado, Ivan de Martino, Borja Reina and several graduate students. Some members of the group belong to the European Network (COST Action) CANTATA, led by Dr. Lazkoz. The group also benefits from close ties and permanent collaboration with the Early Universe group, also attached to the same Department, including Igor Bandos, Jose Juan Blanco-Pillado, Sugumi Kanno and Jon Urrestilla.

Our lines of research cover all mathematical and theoretical aspects of Gravitation and Lorentzian geometry, astrophysical compact objects, loop quantum gravity, quantum cosmology, dark energy and dark matter, cosmological observational tests, alternative theories of gravity, gravitational lensing and formation of galaxy (clusters), gravitational waves and panoramic surveys with space telescopes.

The appointment will be for, at most, 4 years. Expected starting date is some time in the spring 2017, depending on the administrative arrangements needed.

Interested candidates with a solid background in General Relativity are invited to send a CV, a transcript of academic records, statement of research interests, and arrange for at least two letters of recommendation to be submitted to:


All applications received before February 15th, 2017, will be considered. The deadline may be extended, if needed, until a suitable candidate is found and the position is filled.