PhD fellowship in the Relativistic Astrophysics Group at the University of Valencia, Spain

The Relativistic Astrophysics group of the University of Valencia (Spain) offers a three-year PhD fellowship funded by the “Programa Santiago Grisolia – Generalitat Valenciana” to carry out research on gravitational-wave astronomy. The candidate is expected to work in the study of gravitational waves from fundamental bosonic fields and exotic compact objects. PhD supervisors will be Drs. Jose Antonio Font and Pablo Cerda-Duran.

Candidates must hold a University Degree in Physics issued by a non-Spanish institution. The degree must have been obtained after January 1st 2015. Foreign degrees/diplomas must be recognised by the Spanish Higher Education system. Good knowledge of either Spanish or English is mandatory. Previous experience on numerical relativity is highly recommended, particularly in the context of the research topic.

Deadline for application: May 20, 2019.

Call details (in Spanish):

For additional information please contact:

Prof. Jose Antonio Font, j.antonio.font[AT]

PhD position in Theoretical Astrophysics at GSI Darmstadt, Germany

GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt operates one of the leading particle accelerators for science. In the next few years, the new FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) one of the world’s largest research projects, will be built in international cooperation. GSI and FAIR offer the opportunity to work together in this international environment with a team of employees committed to ensuring each day to conduct world-class science.

In the division of “Theory” we are looking for a Physicist (m/f) in the field of Theoretical Astrophysics part time (66%) Posting ID:1840-19.53 to strengthen our team.

The project is funded by the Collaborative Research Center 881 “The Milky Way System” (CRC881). The CRC881 aims at a better understanding of the evolution of the Milky Way components including their nucleosynthetic enrichment by heavy elements. The successful candidate will perform numerical simulations of neutron star mergers using a general relativistic hydrodynamics tool to understand the contribution of these events to the Galactic enrichment. The project offers collaborative work with other groups at GSI and other institutes in Europe and the possibility of preparing a PhD thesis. The group is closely connected to the Heidelberg University (, where the candidate will be offered to defend his/her doctoral work.

Requirements: The candidate has successfully completed a scientific study of physics, diploma or Master of Science or equivalent. Verg good skills in programming and scientific computing are expected. Experience in neutrino physics, hydrodynamics, radiation transport, general relativity and/or nuclear physics is very desirable.

The position is limited to a term of 3 years. Salary is equivalent to that for public employees as specified in the collective agreement for public employees (TVoeD Bund). In an international research environment, we offer competent supervision and contribution to a very interesting research field.

GSI supports the vocational development of women. Therefore women are especially encouraged to apply for the position.

Handicapped persons will be preferentially considered when equally qualified.

For any questions please contact PD Dr. Andreas Bauswein (a.bauswein[at]; Tel. 0 61 59 / 71 2693).

Further information about FAIR and GSI is available at and

If you find this position interesting and challenging and would like to work in an exceptional, international, scientific environment, please submit your CV with two referee contacts, with information of your earliest possible starting date and the reference number above to the following address by 24.05.2019 to

GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH

or by email to: bewerbung[at]

PhD position in Physics of Compact Stars at Coimbra/Lisbon, Portugal

We are seeking for an outstanding, highly motivated PhD candidate for a joint CFisUC, Universidade de Coimbra (Coimbra)/ CENTRA, Instituto Superior Tecnico (Lisbon) position under the supervision of Dr. Violetta Sagun and Prof. Ilidio Lopes on equation of state of compact stars, properties of strongly interacting matter and its phase transitions.

Interested candidates should upload through the IDPASC Network ( a curriculum vitae, a motivation letter, other documents that the candidate may consider relevant (diplomas, certificates etc..) and and up to three contacts for reference letters. The reference letters will be directly uploaded by the referees. Applicants will not have access to the letters content but they will be able to check if the reference letters have been uploaded and when. The Referees can upload the letters during the whole period of the Call.

Candidates should hold either a pre-Bologna degree, or a pre-/post-Bologna Master’s degree at the time of application. Students must complete the Master degree until 07th June, 2019.

Foreign degrees/diplomas are required to be recognised by the General Directorate of Higher Education or by a Portuguese higher education institution, in accordance with the Decree Law no. 341/2007, of 12 October and the Decree Law no. 283/83, of 21st June.

Deadline for application: 18th April, 17h00 (Lisbon time).

Call details:

For additional information:
Dr. Violetta Sagun, violetta.sagun[AT]

Two PhD positions in Theoretical Physics at Wroclaw University, Poland

Two fellowships are available for Ph.D. studies at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Wroclaw University, Poland. These fellowships require that the candidate fulfills the requirements for being accepted as a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Physics of the Wroclaw University and that of International Max Planck Research School in Dresden, Germany.

The research themes are:

* Spectral Functions for Strongly Coupled Superfluids: from Ultra-Cold Gases to Dense Quark Matter
* Relativistic Hydrodynamics from Projection Operator Formalism

The applicants should submit for pre-selection a CV and other credentials to: asedrakian[AT]

PhD positions in Theoretical Cosmology, University of New South Wales, Australia

The School of Physics at UNSW Sydney has two openings for PhD positions in Theoretical Cosmology.
The successful PhD candidates will work under the supervision of Dr. Ema Dimastrogiovanni on topics in theoretical cosmology, including primordial gravitational waves, inflation, reheating and cosmic microwave background physics.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and a curriculum vitae, and arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to the same email address. Applicants must also provide evidence of English ability that meets the UNSW English language requirements (see

The internal selection deadline for application and recommendation letters is April 22.

PhD position in Mathematical General Relativity at Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands

The Department of Mathematics at Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands) is seeking an outstanding, highly motivated PhD candidate to work on a project in geometric analysis and mathematical general relativity. In particular, you will consider (weak) solutions of the Einstein equations and their global geometry. The position is part of a larger research programme and associated with Dr. Annegret Burtscher. You should hold an MSc in Mathematics (or a related discipline with a strong mathematical component) by the starting date. Applications from candidates with a suitable background in analysis, differential geometry and/or general relativity are particularly welcome. Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential.

The duration of the contract is 4 years and includes a light teaching load. Upon successful completion you will be awarded a PhD from Radboud University. You will be encouraged to attend and contribute to international scientific meetings.

The Department of Mathematics is part of the Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics (IMAPP). IMAPP has a friendly and open atmosphere, and a strong expertise in mathematical physics and analysis.

Please submit your application by April 14, 2019 through the online form on the webpage and include a letter of motivation, a CV, a transcript of records, an abstract of your Master’s thesis (if applicable) and contact details of two academic reference writers:

We encourage applications from underrepresented groups in STEM. The starting date of the position is expected in August 2019, but negotiable.

Interviews are likely to be held in April 2019, but applications will be considered until the position is filled.

For additional information:
Dr. Annegret Burtscher, burtscher[AT]

PhD position in relativistic astrophysics in Paris, France

The LESIA department of Paris Observatory is strongly involved in the GRAVITY project, aiming at observing the surroundings of the Galactic center black hole Sgr A* with exquisite astrometric precision by means of combining the infrared light collected by the 4 unit telescopes at the Very Large Telescope. The main scientific goal of this instrument is to explain the flares of Sgr A*, these bursts of radiation frequently observed in the vicinity of Sgr A*. Flares are certainly a perfect probe of the extreme astrophysics that takes place close to supermassive black holes, and might also be used as a probe of the strong curvature of spacetime close to Sgr A*.

The GRAVITY team at LESIA is offering a PhD position for working on the development of models of Sgr A* flares that will be used for interpreting the current and near-future GRAVITY data. All details on the topic and how to apply can be found at this URL:

Note that funding of this PhD topic is not yet secured, and depends on the quality of the candidates. The final choice depends on the Paris Doctoral School for Astronomy and Astrophysics. Deadline for application is April 26th 2019.

Assistant Teaching Professor in Physics/Physics Education, Lawrence, KS, USA

Nominations and applications are invited for a position at the University of Kansas (KU) as an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Center for STEM Learning. The Assistant Teaching Professor is a three-year, non-tenure track appointment through May 2022. The Assistant Teaching Professor will be a part of the KU Comprehensive PhysTEC Program, teach introductory undergraduate physics courses, and work with the Center for STEM Learning, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Department of Mathematics , and other STEM units on the implementation and administration of undergraduate Secondary Physics teacher preparation within the UKanTeach program, with a particular emphasis on recruitment and advising. The successful candidate must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before employment begins.

The Center for STEM Learning (CSTEM), a Unit within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is an interdisciplinary collaborative venture to improve science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) education at KU and throughout Kansas, and contribute to scholarship in these areas. Center activities involve scientists, educators and education specialists from many units on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. The Center is the home of the nationally acclaimed UKanTeach program, which prepares highly qualified STEM teachers; graduates can be found in classrooms across Kansas and nationally. The KU Comprehensive PhysTEC program is a collaboration between CSTEM and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, which has an internationally recognized faculty, strong undergraduate and graduate programs, and a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research.

The CSTEM , Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have a strong interest in candidates with demonstrated experience in constructing or contributing to a diverse and inclusive learning environment.

For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to: A complete online application includes 1) a statement of the candidate’s goals and vision for the unit; 2) a curriculum vitae containing information on accomplishments in research, teaching, service, and administration; 3) a list of three references, and their contact information, who could speak to the qualifications and preparedness of the candidate to lead the unit. Only complete applications will be considered. For additional information about the position, please contact Dr. Steven Case, (785) 864-4471, stcase[AT] Initial review of applications will begin March 8, 2019 and will continue as long as needed to identify a qualified candidate.

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, retaliation, 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], Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

PhD Position in Cosmology at Lancaster, UK

Cosmology models the behaviour of our universe in terms of a small set of descriptive variables; the scale factor, Hubble parameter, relative shear expansions etc. From Einstein’s equations, we can calculate the equations of motion of these systems and find their evolution. The complete behaviour can be described in terms of dynamical systems arising from a Hamiltonian and expressed as a flow on phase space. All these descriptions rely upon factors which cannot be explicitly measured by an observer within the universe at all times. In recent work, I have shown that under certain conditions these can be extended beyond the initial singularity. One key aspect of your project will be to examine the nature of singularities in relational systems.

The goal of this project will be to develop a complete description of cosmological systems which relies only upon relational measurements and find their cosmological completions. You will develop skills in differential geometry (particularly symplectic geometry) and numerical methods alongside a strong understanding of physical systems. You will gain significant insight into the nature of singularities in general relativity and the geometry of mathematical physics.

The Physics Department is the holder of an Athena SWAN Silver award and JUNO Championship status and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our department.

The PhD starting date is 1 October 2019. Funding is for 3.5 years and is available to citizens of the UK and the European Union.

PhD positions in gravitational wave physics and astrophysics, Trieste, Italy

SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy) invites applications for several PhD positions in astrophysics, cosmology and astroparticle physics. Application may be submitted here

See also announcement here:

Candidates interested in the astrophysics of LISA and pulsar timing arrays, in LISA data analysis, and more generally in gravitational wave physics are especially encouraged to apply for the ***Astroparticle physics*** positions. The deadline for applications is March 12, with oral and written exams on March 25-26, 2019.

PhD Position in Gravitational Waves and Data Science at University of Jena, Germany

The numerical relativity group at the University of Jena invites applications for a PhD position starting in April 2019.

The position is associated with the research group of Prof. Bernd Bruegmann at the Theoretical Physics Institute. It is part of the recent research initiative of the Michael Stifel Center Jena (MSCJ) for Digitization in the Sciences. The candidate is expected to work on the topic of “Deep Learning for Gravitational Wave Data Analysis”. There is the opportunity to participate in a wide range of research activities. Candidates with a background in gravitational wave science or associated computational and mathematical methods including machine learning are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a strong background in at least one of the above topics, and be strongly motivated to learn the others.

Applications should consist of a single PDF file including: (i) a letter of interest and (ii) a brief CV. Please submit your application per email with Reg.-Nr. 029/2019-P6 as the subject until February 15th, 2019, to
Lisann Schmidt,[AT]

Interviews are likely to be held in February 2019, but applications will be considered until the position is filled.

For additional information:

Theoretical Physics Institute

Michael Stifel Center Jena for Data-Driven and Simulation Science

PhD position in Indirect Dark Matter searches at Tuebingen University, Germany

The High-Energy Astrophysics group of the Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Tuebingen (IAAT) invites applications for a

PhD position (3 years, starting date 01.05.2019)

in the context of indirect dark matter search program performed at the University of Tuebingen.

Within the program, we analyze all-sky searches for a signal from astrophysical decaying / annihilating dark matter in the X-ray and gamma-ray bands. The project is focused on searches of two main dark-matter candidate particles, namely sterile neutrino and massive WIMPs, and includes both, theoretical and data analysis aspects.

The successful candidate is expected to participate in the development of the model of expected emission from decaying/annihilating dark matter. The project also includes the analysis of the data of modern X-ray and gamma-ray satellites (including XMM-Newton and Fermi/LAT) and the interpretation of obtained results.

Applicants are required to have a diploma, master or equivalent university degree in astrophysics or physics.

The position is available starting May, 1st, 2019, a later starting date can be negotiated. The salary is based upon the German federal public service scale (50% of E13 TV-L). The process of hiring the selected candidate is handled by the Central Administration of the University.

The University seeks to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified women to apply. Severely handicapped persons will be preferentially considered in case of equivalent qualifications.

Please send your application before February, 20th, 2019 together with a CV, copies of diploma, M.A., or related certificates, and the names and email addresses of two references electronically to Prof. Andrea Santangelo (andrea.santangelo[at] ) and Dr. Denys Malyshev (denys.malyshev[at]

PhD position in GW research at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

GRAPPA, the center of excellence in Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics of the University of Amsterdam has an opening for a PhD position in Gravitational Wave physics in Dr Samaya Nissanke’s group. The group is active in diverse sub-field including multi-messenger astronomy, data analysis, theory, and modeling, and is involved in the Virgo collaboration, the LISA consortium, and 3G science case, and several international electromagnetic follow-up groups. The successful candidate will work primarily on topics in source modeling with Drs. Tanja Hinderer and Samaya Nissanke, with the focus of the projects being open and depending on the candidate’s interests.

Projects can range from theoretical perturbative approaches to relativistic two-body dynamics, waveform modeling through combining information from analytical and numerical relativity, tests of General Relativity, black holes, neutron-star matter, dark matter, exotic objects and physics beyond the standard model, multi-messenger astrophysics and cosmology. The successful applicant will also work in close collaboration with the groups of Dr Philipp Moesta (multimessenger astrophysics), Prof. Daniel Baumann (cosmology), Prof. Gianfranco Bertone (dark matter), and Prof. Anna Watts (neutron stars). We encourage applications from underrepresented groups in STEM.

PhD Fellowship in History and Philosophy of Gravitational Physics, Bonn, Germany

The University of Bonn, Germany, invites applications for a PhD fellowship in history and philosophy of physics. The position will provide an outstanding early-career scholar with a unique opportunity to pursue research in collaboration with the other members of the new Lichtenberg group in integrated history and philosophy of physics.

The focus of the group during the first five years will be an analysis of the history and conceptual foundations of gravitational physics since Einstein found the field equations of general relativity in 1915; a particular focus will be on black hole physics and gravitational wave physics.

Applications from candidates with a suitable background in philosophy of physics, history of physics or indeed gravitational physics itself, would be particularly welcome.

Heinrich Hertz Fellowship in History and Philosophy of Physics, Bonn, Germany

The Heinrich Hertz Fellowship in History and Philosophy of physics is designed to allow PhD students and early-career scholars to spend 3 months, 6 months or an entire academic year (9 months) at the University of Bonn to work on any topic in history and philosophy of physics; though a focus of the group in Bonn for the next decade will be the history and philosophy of gravitational physics, especially since the 1950s. Thus, gravitational physicists who would like to try out history and philosophy of physics, whether to work on the foundations of Einstein’s approach to GR, the singularity theorems, or the discovery and interpretation of recent LIGO data, to name just a few possibilities, are very much encouraged to apply. Fellows have no formal duties apart apart from following their own research agenda and interacting with the other historians and philosophers of physics in Bonn. Hertz fellows are provided with:

– A (possibly shared) office at the Electoral Palace, which houses the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Bonn.

– A monthly stipend of 2500 Euros to cover accommodation and maintenance during the stay in Bonn. Stipends are not generally taxable in Germany. Fellows have to show that they have sufficient (travel) health insurance for their stay in Bonn.

– Reimbursements of some conference travel and similar expenses during the stay in Bonn.

Starting times of the fellowships are flexible. However, the default would be to start on the 1st of October (beginning of the Winter Semester) or the 1st of April (beginning of the summer semester).

PhD position in gravitational wave physics and modified gravity, Tuebingen, Germany

The newly formed Emmy Noether research group at the University of Tuebingen, is seeking applications for a PhD position starting in Fall 2019. The group is part of the Theoretical Astrophysics section (TAT) at Tuebingen. The research focus of the successful applicant will be on testing strong-field regime of gravity with gravitational waves; models and dynamics of neutron stars and black holes in modified theories of gravity. The position is for three years.

The topic of the Emmy Noether research group is on “Gravitational waves from compact objects – a tool for testing strong gravity and nuclear matter at extreme densities ” with a group leader Dr. Daniela Doneva. In a broader perspective, the activities of TAT group, led by Prof. Kostas Kokkotas, are related to the study of sources of gravitational waves with emphasis on the dynamics of neutron stars and black holes. The TAT group currently consists of four (4) post-doctoral researchers, three (3) PhD students and seven (7) MSc students.

Further information on the Theoretical Astrophysics Group can be found here.

The salary will be paid according to the German public service scale. Applications, including curriculum vitae, list of publications (if any), statement of research interests and experience, and the names (address, e-mail) of two potential referees should be sent via email to

Dr. Daniela Doneva
E-mail: daniela.doneva[AT]

The deadline for full consideration is February 15th, 2019, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

University of Tuebingen seeks to increase the fraction of female scientists in research and teaching and particularly encourages applications from women. Disabled candidates are given preference if equally qualified.

PhD position in gravity theory at the University of Tartu, Estonia

The Laboratory of Theoretical Physics at the Institute of Physics of the University of Tartu, Estonia is looking for candidates to apply for a 4-year PhD / doctorate position. The topics of interest focus upon extensions to general relativity and modified gravity, including:
— mathematical foundations of gravity,
— modifications to the geometry of spacetime,
— gravity theories based on Finsler, Cartan, Weizenboeck or Riemann-Cartan geometry,
— gravity theories including multiple metrics,
— gravity theories including torsion,
— (multi-)scalar-tensor and related gravity theories,
— phenomenology of modified gravity, including gravitational waves, black holes, galaxies,
— cosmological aspects of modified gravity.
The position depends on external funding and the applications will be processed in two stages. In the first stage, all applications will be reviewed by the gravity research group at the University of Tartu. Then the selected candidates and the University of Tartu will apply for funding. The final decision on the funding will be made by the respective agencies.

The position will be held in conjunction with the Estonian centre of excellence in research “The Dark Side of the Universe” (TK133) and the grants “Gauge gravity: unification, extensions and phenomenology” (PRG356) and Energy conditions and singularities in the teleparallel equivalent of general relativity (MOBJD423), and aligned with the “Cosmology and Astrophysics Network for Theoretical Advances and Training Actions” (CANTATA).

The PhD position is supported with a scholarship of 1100 EUR per month. The supervisor of the PhD position will be Tomi Koivisto. Applicants must have a masters degree or equivalent. Applications for the postdoctoral position must include:
— curriculum vitae,
— diploma of masters degree or equivalent,
— summary of research experience and a statement of interests up to two pages,
— one letter of recommendation (to be sent separately).

The deadline for the PhD application is Monday, 15. January 2019, 05:59 GMT.

All applications for the aforementioned position must be submitted electronically via the form on the linked homepage. All documents from the applicant, except for the recommendation letters, must be combined into a single PDF file of at most 8 MB size. The recommendation letters must be uploaded separately, and also in the PDF format.

PhD Position in Gravitational Wave Physics at the University of Tuebingen, Germany

The Theoretical Astrophysics section (TAT) at the University of Tuebingen has an opening for one PhD position starting from 1st of October 2019.

The successful applicant will carry out original research focusing on the dynamics of rotating and/or magnetized neutron stars in relation to the emission of gravitational waves.

The position is for three years. The salary will be paid according to the German public service scale. The research activities of TAT are related to the study of sources of gravitational waves with emphasis on the dynamics of neutron stars and black holes. The group currently consists of four (4) post-doctoral researchers, three (3) PhD students and seven (7) MSc students.

GGI PhD School: “Theoretical Aspects of Astroparticle Physics, Cosmology and Gravitation”, Florence, Italy

We announce the first edition of the GGI PhD School on:

Theoretical Aspects of Astroparticle Physics, Cosmology and Gravitation

The Galileo Galilei Institute of Theoretical Physics
Arcetri, Florence (Italy)
From March 11 to March 22, 2019

The maximum number of attendance is 40 students.

This School aims at providing robust and detailed introductions on the basic theoretical concepts and main tools to work in the field of Astroparticle Physics, Cosmology and Gravitation. The courses are organized as lectures at the
blackboard in the morning and are integrated with hands-on and discussion sessions with an instructor in the afternoon.

The program of the 2019 edition is:

“Neutrino physics”, Ferruccio Feruglio (University of Padova)
“Galactic cosmic rays and multimessenger astronomy”, Fiorenza Donato (University of Torino)
“Gravitational waves and compact binaries”, Enrico Barausse (IAP, Paris)
“Cosmological perturbation theory and structure formation”, Vincent Desjacques (Technion, Haifa, Israel)

The School will profit of the Galileo Galilei Institute facilities. Each student will have office space to study and discuss, with a lot of opportunities to interact with lecturers.

Accommodation in shared apartments will be provided at the cost of about 300 Euros for the whole period. Scholarships to cover this expense are available upon request. Lunch will be provided during the weekdays on the GGI premises for students and lecturers, at no cost. All the dinners and the lunches during the weekends, instead, are to be paid by the participants.

Please circulate this information to colleagues, collaborators and students that may be interested in attending the School (apologies if you receive this message more than once).

Best regards,
The Organizers

Nicola Bartolo (University of Padova and INFN Padova)
Nicolao Fornengo (University of Torino and INFN Torino)
Dario Grasso (INFN Pisa and University of Pisa)
Leonardo Gualtieri (University of Roma 1 and INFN Roma 1)
Eligio Lisi (INFN Bari and University of Bari)
Gennaro Miele (University of Napoli and INFN Napoli)

PhD positions in “Extreme Gravity and Matter” at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam, Germany

PhD positions in “Extreme Gravity and Matter” at AEI-Potsdam

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI) in Potsdam, Germany, announces the opening of several PhD positions in “Extreme Gravity and Matter”.

Successful candidates will pursue research in the “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division, led by Alessandra Buonanno, and the newly established “Computational Relativistic Astrophysics” division, led by Masaru Shibata. Currently the two divisions are composed of about 30-35 scientists, including group leaders, Jonathan Gair (as of Spring 2019), Kenta Kiuchi (as of January 2019) and Harald Pfeiffer, about 22 postdoctoral scholars and 6 graduate students. The divisions also host several long and short-term visitors

Given the breadth of research in those divisions, PhD theses will cover a variety of topics in gravitational-wave astrophysics and fundamental physics, such as: i) theoretical gravitational dynamics and radiation (within post-Newtonian theory, post-Minkowskian theory, gravitational self-force, black-hole perturbation theory, and effective-one-body theory), ii) compact-object binary simulations, iii) waveform modelling at the interface between analytical and numerical relativity, iv) gravitational-wave observations and astrostatistics, v) cosmological and astrophysical interpretation of gravitational waves, vi) tests of General Relativity, vii) neutron star mergers and high-energy astrophysics, viii) neutron-star equation of state, ix) formation of compact objects, and x) multi-messenger astronomy.

The two divisions have close partnerships with the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland and the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics at Kyoto University. Members of the groups have the opportunity to join the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the LISA Consortium through Buonanno’s membership, and also participate to build the science case for third generation (3G) ground-based detectors (Einstein Telescope and Cosmic Explorer).

The two research divisions at the AEI operate three high-performance computer clusters to carry out source modeling and data-analysis studies, and to run numerical-relativity simulations of binary black holes, compact objects with matter, and the core collapse of massive stars.

Successful applicants will conduct their research projects at the AEI in Potsdam, and they will have to enrol and receive their PhD degree from either the University of Potsdam or the Humboldt University in Berlin. The expected duration of the PhD program is three years, and can be extended to four years in cases of exception. Applicants are required to have a Masters degree by the start of the PhD program.

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for full consideration is January 14th , 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 providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

PhD position in gravitational waves at Nikhef, Amsterdam

The Gravitational Waves research group at Nikhef, the National Institute for Subatomic Physics, invites applications for a PhD position in gravitational wave data analysis and phenomenology, covering all aspects of strong-field gravity, with an emphasis on studying gravitational wave signals from coalescing binary neutron stars and black holes. The data analysis effort is led by Prof. Dr. C. Van Den Broeck; it currently involves 3 postdocs and 3 PhD students. In addition to data analysts, Nikhef’s gravitational physics division (led by Prof. Dr. F. Linde) and its collaborators in the Netherlands consists of astronomers and astrophysicists, theorists, and instrumentalists, including a significant number of junior scientists. There is also vibrant collaboration with individuals and groups around the world.

The successful candidate will have a strong physics and/or astrophysics background, evidenced by course grades. An MSc degree (or equivalent) in the above field(s) is required. A basic knowledge of general relativity and experience in programming (e.g. Python and/or C) are desirable.

The successful candidate will be employed by the NWO-I foundation and will obtain the status of junior scientist. He/she will receive a 4 year contract, with a competitive salary. The conditions of employment of the NWO-I foundation are excellent; they can be found on the website of the employer:

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.

For more information, feel free to contact Prof. Dr. Chris Van Den Broeck (vdbroeck[AT]

Postdoctoral Research Assistant position at Queen Mary, London, United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

About us

Queen Mary is one of London and the UK’s leading research-focused universities. With over 20,000 students, it is amongst the largest of the colleges of the University of London. Queen Mary’s 4,000 staff teach and research across a wide range of subjects in Science and Engineering, the Humanities, Social Sciences and Laws, and Medicine and Dentistry. The School of Mathematical Science has an exceptionally strong research presence across the spectrum of areas within Pure and Applied Mathematics, and is currently organised into six research groups, namely: Algebra, Combinatorics, Complex Systems and Networks, Dynamical Systems and Statistical Physics, Geometry and Analysis, Probability and Applications, Statistics and Data Analysis. The School also has large and popular undergraduate and graduate programmes.

About the role

We are looking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work in the area of numerical holography within the General Relativity group, which is part of the Geometry and Analysis Research Group. A strong background in numerical general relativity and high performance computing is desirable but not essential. The research activity of the successful candidate will focus on the study of collisions of holes and black hole instabilities in general in anti-de Sitter spaces, with an emphasis on applications to holography in a broad sense. The group has strong links with the String Theory group at Queen Mary University of London and other research institutions in the area such as Imperial College London, King’s College London and the University of Cambridge.

Duties include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. The role holder will be expected to conduct high quality research and code development with the supervision of senior members of the group as well as being able to work autonomously. The successful candidate must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts.

The School and Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science

The School holds a departmental Bronze Athena SWAN Award and is a registered supporter of the LMS Good Practice scheme. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN and the LMS Good Practice principles we strongly encourage applications from women. Please visit our website for further information on the School and our family friendly policies and parental leave.

Pay & Benefits

The post is a full time, fixed term appointment for 1 year, with an expected start date of 1 January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The salary will be GBP33,615 per annum inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, pension and excellent travel and computing resources.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Pau Figueras at p.figueras[AT]

Details about the school can be found at
To apply, visit and search for reference QMUL16944.

The closing date for applications is 21 December 2018. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality

Master/PhD Programs in Physics, Famagusta, Cyprus

The objectives of the two-year MS program and four-year PhD program in physics are, within a physics curriculum, to provide the students with knowledge of the advanced methods of modern theoretical physics.

The student will be integrated from the very beginning into the physics group of Eastern Mediterranean University, and are expected to MS/PhD thesis during the second/fourth year.

All the lectures will be given in English.

A limited number of fellowships is available.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Theoretical Astrophysics at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Applications from candidates with broad interests connected to any of the following areas of theoretical astrophysics are invited for a 3-year postdoctoral research fellow to start in September, 2019 (the start date is flexible):

* Gravitational-wave astrophysics and the astrophysical interpretation of exciting new data on binary neutron star and black hole mergers
* Modelling massive stellar and binary evolution
* The interpretation of high-energy astrophysical transients, including tidal disruption events and gamma ray bursts
* Stellar dynamics
* Astrostatistics

Please follow the URL for the full advertisement and application instructions.

Applications should be submitted online via the above URL and should include a CV with a publication list and a statement of research interests. Applicants should also arrange for three reference letters to be sent directly to Prof. Ilya Mandel at ilya.mandel AT .

The School of Physics and Astronomy at Monash University is strongly committed to improving the diversity of our staff and students, and promoting a culture of equity, fairness, respect and openness. Applications from female candidates are highly encouraged.

The application deadline is 30 November, 2018.

P.S. Candidates interested in a PhD position in related areas should contact me directly.

PhD positions in astrophysics/gravity at Fudan University, Shanghai, China

The high energy astrophysics group at Fudan University (Shanghai, China) has a few PhD positions for the next academic year (starting in September 2019). The successful candidates must have a Master degree in Physics or in a related area before September 2019. Courses and research are conducted in English. The PhD program normally lasts for 3 years, but it can be extended to 4-5 years.

We are looking for candidates interested in working on:
1) X-ray data analysis of black holes
2) Astrophysical codes (fortran, C/C++, python)

The group is led by Prof. Cosimo Bambi and currently consists of 2 postdoctoral researchers and several graduate and undergraduate students. More details can be found on the group webpage.

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. Cosimo Bambi
E-mail: bambi[AT]

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.

PhD position in Quantum Gravity at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Applications are invited for a PhD position in the Quantum Gravity group at the Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics (IMAPP) of the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr. Timothy Budd and will be funded as part of the NWO START-UP project “New routes towards quantum gravity in the ultraviolet”, which aims at the study of spacetime geometry at the smallest of scales with the help of the latest mathematical techniques and numerical methods. The Quantum Gravity group, consisting of three full-time and two part-time faculty and several postdocs and PhD students, provides an active and stimulating environment for fundamental research in the quantum aspects of spacetime and gravity.

Applicants must have a university degree in physics or mathematics at the masters level or equivalent, with proven abilities in theoretical physics and interests in quantum gravity. Affinity in any of the following topics is considered an advantage but not essential: computer simulations and Monte Carlo methods, statistical physics and critical phenomena, probability and stochastic processes, enumerative combinatorics.

The PhD position is for four years, which is the expected time for obtaining a doctoral degree in the Netherlands, and is subject to review after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the collective labour agreement (CAO) of the Dutch universities. Starting date of the position is to be agreed upon.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but those received by October 16th, 2018 are guaranteed full consideration. To apply the following documents should be sent electronically in pdf-format to T. Budd (T.Budd[AT] cover letter; CV; transcript of university courses and grades; (brief) statement of research interests.

We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

PhD fellowship in mathematical physics, Cracow, Poland

Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, invites applications for a PhD fellowship within the research project “Dynamics in spatially confined Hamiltonian systems” funded by the Polish National Science Centre.

The goal of this project is to advance understanding of propagation of nonlinear waves in spatially confined systems. We are looking for a well motivated student of physics or mathematics with good analytic solving skills.

Applications and inquiries should be sent to prof. Piotr Bizon at bizon[AT] The deadline for applications is August 31, 2018.

2018 Giulio Rampa Thesis Prize for Outstanding Research in General Relativity

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Giulio Rampa Thesis Prize for outstanding research in General Relativity will be presented to Dr. Davide Gerosa and to Dr. Jan Ostrowski.

The committee consisting of Profs. Lars Andersson, Mauro Carfora, Gerhard Huisken, Luciano Rezzolla, prepared the following laudationes:

“Dr. Gerosa’s Ph.D. Thesis on “Source modelling at the dawn of gravitational-wave astronomy” shows an impressive ability to master a rather broad range of topics in relativistic astrophysics and gravitational wave physics. The research initiated by Dr. Gerosa in these areas has triggered follow-up work, providing new important insights and new physical scenarios. The large impact that the work of Dr. Gerosa has already had can only continue to grow.”

“Dr.Ostrowski’s Ph.D. Thesis on “Mass function of galaxy clusters in inhomogeneous relativistic Cosmology” established him as a leading researcher in the field of inhomogeneous relativistic cosmology, i.e. the approach in cosmology where the epoch of nonlinear structure formation needs to be studied employing general relativity together with the “background” rather than separately. Dr. Ostrowski has revealed an impressive stamina in addressing this crucial theme, and his results will have a significant importance for the interpretation of data in the forthcoming era of precision cosmology.”

In recognition of the high quality of the nominations received, the Committee has also decided to award an honourable mention to the outstanding Ph.D. research carried out by Benito A. Juarez Aubry in the Thesis “Asymptotics in the time-dependent Hawking and Unruh effects, and to Sumanta Chakraborty for the Thesis “Classical and Quantum Aspects of Gravity in Relation to the Emergent Paradigm”.

The prize is sponsored by The University of Pavia and by the Italian Society for Relativity and Gravitational Physics (SIGRAV) to honor the memory of Giulio Rampa and is given, every two years, to a graduate student for outstanding research in general relativity. The prize has been established in 2011, and is endowed under the terms of a donation from Nadia and Giorgio Rampa.

Each GRT prize carries a certificate and a net check for EUR 2,000. The prizes will be presented to Davide Gerosa and Jan Ostrowski at the 23rd edition of the “Italian Society for General Relativity and Gravitation (SIGRAV) Conference” to be held at the Hotel Flamingo in Santa Margherita di Pula, (Cagliari), Italy, 9-15 September 2018 ( This is the biennial Conference of the Italian Society for General Relativity and Gravitation (SIGRAV) devoted to all aspects of gravitational physics. The Rampa Prize winners will have the opportunity to present their work during a special session of the conference. The winners will also be announced during the annual Honours Ceremony during the Inauguration of the Graduate Studies Academic Year in Pavia, in December 2018.

Master/PhD Programs in Physics, Famagusta, Cyprus

The objectives of the two-year MS program and four-year PhD program in physics are, within a physics curriculum, to provide the students with knowledge of the advanced methods of modern theoretical physics.

The student will be integrated from the very beginning into the physics group of Eastern Mediterranean University, and are expected to MS/PhD thesis during the second/fourth year.

All the lectures will be given in English.

A limited number of fellowships is available.

PhD Position in Gravitational waves and Numerical Relativity, Jena, Germany

The Gravitational Theory division at the University of Jena anticipates the opening of PhD positions with starting date in fall 2018 / early 2019. The positions are associated with the research group of Prof. Sebastiano Bernuzzi at the Theoretical Physics Institute. There is the opportunity to participate to a wide range of research activities in numerical relativity, gravitational-wave modeling and data analysis or related analytical and computational methods. Applicants with a background in the above areas are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidates have the opportunity to join the Virgo Collaboration and participate to the LIGO-Virgo gravitational-wave astronomy effort.

For information on the Theoretical Physics Institute visit:
For information on the research group visit:

Applications sent by June 1, 2018 will receive full consideration; applications after this date are still welcome until the positions are filled. In a situation where two candidates have otherwise equal qualifications, preference will be given to women, minorities, and handicapped applicants.

Please submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, a brief description of research interests, and a list of potential referees, who may be contacted separately. Please send applications to:

Theoretisch-Physikalisches Institut
Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena
MAX Wien Platz 1
D-07743 Jena, Germany
Office 209

Please use the string “Application for PhD position – SURNAME NAME” in the email subject and use the PDF format for all your files.