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.