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]uni-tuebingen.de

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: www.nwo-i.nl.

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]nikhef.nl).

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]qmul.ac.uk

Details about the school can be found at www.qmul.ac.uk/maths.
To apply, visit www.jobs.qmul.ac.uk 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 monash.edu .

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]fudan.edu.cn

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]science.ru.nl): 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]th.if.uj.edu.pl. 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 (http://sigrav2018.ca.infn.it). 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: https://www.tpi.uni-jena.de/HomePage
For information on the research group visit: http://www.tpi.uni-jena.de/~bernuzzi

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:

sebastiano.bernuzzi[AT]uni-jena.de
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.

PhD positions in gravitational wave data analysis at Nikhef, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Virgo group at Nikhef has openings for several PhD students in gravitational wave data analysis.

Nikhef is the national institute for subatomic physics in The Netherlands, where approximately 175 physicists and 75 technical staff members work together in an open and international scientific environment. Together they perform excellent theoretical and experimental research in the fields of particle and astroparticle physics. Among the research collaborations Nikhef participates in are the ATLAS, LHCb and ALICE experiments at CERN, the KM3NeT neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean, the Virgo interferometer in Pisa, the XENON Dark Matter detector in Gran Sasso and the Pierre Auger cosmic rays observatory in Argentina. Nikhef is a collaboration between 5 major Dutch universities and the Nikhef research institute.

The successful candidates will work on the development of novel methods for analysing gravitational wave data from the LIGO and Virgo detectors, with a view on directly probing the structure of compact objects such as black holes and neutron stars. They will be members of the Virgo Collaboration, and will have full access to all Virgo and LIGO data.

A master degree in physics is required, and strong programming skills are highly desirable. The students will be employed by the NWO-I-foundation as junior scientists. They will receive a 4 year contract with a competitive salary. The conditions of employment of the NWO-I-foundation are excellent and can be found on the website of the employer: http://www.nwo-i.nl.

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.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply through the online portal: https://www.nikhef.nl/en/vacancies/. Please be prepared to upload a curriculum vitae and have the email address ready of at least one referee who is willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The deadline for applications is May 15th, 2018.

Further information on these positions can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Chris Van Den Broeck (vdbroeck[AT]nikhef.nl).

International PhD Program on Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravitation, Brazil

PPGCosmo is an international PhD program on Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravitation that aims to give PhD 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 LIGO, Euclid, J-PAS and DES. PPGCosmo is a Brazilian program consisting of five institutions from Brazil and four institutions from outside Brazil.

The call for applications for four 4-year PhD positions starting in August 2018 is now open. 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 Vitória (Espirito Santo, Brazil). It is expected that the student will have opportunities to visit the other Brazilian participating institutions and the co-supervisor’s non-Brazilian institution.

Please go to http://ppgcosmo.cosmo-ufes.org/home.html for further information.

PhD position in General Relativity, Otago, New Zealand

The Relativity group at the University of Otago, New Zealand invites applications for a PhD position in General Relativity, in particular on the gravitational wave emissions of rotating neutron stars. The position comes with a 3-year scholarship which covers tuition fees as well as an annual stipend of 25000 NZD.

The position is related to a Catalyst:Seeding grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand to J. Frauendiener to work on neutron star mountains and their gravitational wave signals. The project is joint with Prof. Andrew Melatos (University of Melbourne, Australia) and Prof. Susan Scott (Australian National University, Canberra) both members of OzGrav, the Australian Centre of Research Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery.

We are looking for a motivated person with a degree equivalent to MSc or BSc(Hons) in Theoretical or Mathematical Physics. Good mathematical skills are essential. Prior research experience in General Relativity or relativistic astrophysics is desirable.

The starting date of the position is on 1.6.2018. The position will be open until filled.

Please send applications (including CV and certificates) or any enquiries to joergf[AT]maths.otago.ac.nz.

PhD position in bouncing cosmology, Nottingham, UK

This PhD project is mainly devoted to the study of cosmological inhomogeneities in two different “bounce” scenarios, in which the classical Big Bang singularity is resolved by quantum effects. The first of these scenarios describes the Universe as a “condensate” of a large number of quantum atoms of geometry within the group field theory approach to quantum gravity. The second scenario uses symmetry-reduced models with in which the Universe can make a quantum transition from a contracting to an expanding phase. The project will study cosmological perturbations within these two bounce models, explore potential observational signatures, and focus on the connection to other bounce scenarios and formalisms for quantum cosmology, such as loop quantum cosmology or the no-boundary proposal for quantum cosmology.

The PhD studentship is associated to the Royal Society University Research Fellowship project “Addressing the Big Bang singularity in quantum gravity and quantum cosmology” by Dr Steffen Gielen.

We are looking for an enthusiastic applicant with a first class degree in Theoretical/Mathematical Physics or equivalent (strong mathematical background is essential), preferably at MSc/MMath level, or equivalent non-UK degree. Candidates with a 2:1 degree can be considered in exceptional cases. Prior research experience in quantum cosmology or cosmological perturbation theory would be an advantage, but is not essential.

The studentship is for four years, and covers tuition fees at the Home/EU rate as well as a stipend of currently £14,553 per year.

Starting date can be October 2018 or earlier; the position will be open until filled.
Review of applications will begin shortly, so early application is strongly recommended. Please write to the email address above if you are interested in applying.

PhD student position in inhomogeneous cosmology at Copernicus University, Torun, Poland

The Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics of the Nicolaus Copernicus University invites applications for a stipend for a three-year PhD student position in theoretical/observational inhomogeneous cosmology. A substantial fraction of the successful candidate’s research work will be expected to focus on the possible links between inhomogeneous cosmology and dark matter. The candidate’s main thesis research topic will be negotiated with his/her thesis supervisor.

The PhD stipend will be a part of the Theme 3: Theoretical investigation of general-relativistic effective contributions to dark matter fields of the A next-generation worldwide quantum sensor network with optical atomic clocks project, carried out within the TEAM programme of the Foundation for Polish Science.

More info and how to apply: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/278460

PhD position in Theoretical Cosmology, Madrid, Spain

The Institute of Theoretical Physics IFT UAM-CSIC in Madrid (Spain) is offering a PhD position in theoretical cosmology

The position will have a duration of 3 years and is funded by an “Atraccion de Talento Investigador” grant awarded by the regional government of Madrid to Dr. Guillermo Ballesteros. An eventual extension of the position to a fourth year will be subject to the availability of funding.

The position should begin in autumn 2018, although the starting date is flexible. Candidates interested in topics such as inflation, dark energy, dark matter and wanting to work at the interface between cosmology and particle physics are encouraged to apply. They must hold an M. Sc. (or an equivalent degree) by their intended starting date.

Applications (in PDF format) can be sent by e-mail to guillermo.ballesteros[AT]uam.es with the subject “PhD-IFT-MAD Application”. They must contain: a curriculum vitae, a transcript of academic records and a brief statement of motivation, research interests and previous research experience. Two reference letters should be sent separately to the same e-mail address, with the subject “PhD-IFT-MAD Reference + name of the applicant”.

Review of applications will start around the 5th of April, but applications that arrive after this date will also be considered.

Candidates who have recently applied for a SO(IFT) PhD position do not need to send their materials again, but should write an e-mail indicating their interest in this new position.

Knowledge of Spanish language is not needed, but a good command of English is required.

Enquires about the position can be sent to guillermo.ballesteros[AT]uam.es

Searching for continuous gravitational waves: PhD and postdoc positions available, Hannover, Germany

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI) is a leading research institute in the world specializing in gravitational physics. Around 200 international scientists work at the research labs and offices located in Potsdam-Golm and Hannover, Germany. The working language is English.

The Albert Einstein Institute in Hannover plays a central role in the analysis and interpretation of the ground-breaking observations of gravitational waves. More information can be found at https://www.aei.mpg.de/18636/05_Observational_Relativity_and_Cosmology and https://www.aei.mpg.de/24934/04_Continuous_Waves. The institute prides itself of a very lively environment and world-class computing facilities.

We are inviting applications for outstanding Post-Docs and graduate students (Ph.D. students) interested in joining our efforts to detect continuous gravitational waves. These are waves that have not yet been detected, expected from fast rotating compact objects. The detection problem is possibly one of the most challenging across the various types of GW signals, with the data analysis procedures effectively increasing the detector sensitivity by a significant amount. The group at AEI is the largest group world-wide devoted to this endeavour, designing and carrying out the deepest searches and deploying them on in-house computing resources and on the Einstein[AT]Home volunteer commuting project.

The ideal candidate should have an excellent track record, programming experience, have worked with data, be creative, interested in astronomy and astrophysics, enthusiastic and should like to work in a team. Prior experience with gravitational wave data is not required.

The initial appointment will be for two years with the possibility, upon satisfactory performance, of an extension.

Applications should comprise a CV, publication list and a brief research statement. They should be submitted by email to jobs-gw-han[AT]aei.mpg.de indicating “CW post doc application” or “CW PhD student application” in the subject line. Candidates should also arrange that three letters of reference be sent to jobs-gw-han[AT]aei.mpg.de. Applications will be considered as they are received. The start date is flexible but preferably before the end of September 2018.

PhD position in neutron star physics at the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center (NCAC), Warsaw, Poland

PhD scholarships are available at the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center in Warsaw, Poland. In particular there are projects available in the neutron star group, on neutron star superfluidity and pulsar glitches and on gravitational wave emission in neutron stars, both under the supervision of Dr Brynmor Haskell.

The Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center is one of the leading astronomical institutes in Poland, and the neutron star group is involved in cutting edge research on the equation of state of dense matter, neutron star superfluidity, gravitational wave detection and pulsar glitches.The neutron star group is currently composed of 4 staff members (Pawel Haensel, Leszek Zdunik, Michal Bejger and Brynmor Haskell), 4 postdocs and 3 students.

Warsaw is a vibrant European capital, rich in history and culture, and well connected to other European and international destinations by rail, road and air.

A detailed description of the projects, together with instructions to apply, can be found on the website: https://www.camk.edu.pl/en/phd/

Applications must be received by the Nicolaus Copernicus Institute before March 25th 2018. Applicants are, however, encouraged to contact Brynmor Haskell (bhaskell[AT]camk.edu.pl) well in advance, to discuss potential projects.

International PhD Program on Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravitation, Brazil

PPGCosmo is an international PhD program on Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravitation that aims to give PhD 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 LIGO, Euclid, J-PAS and DES. PPGCosmo is a Brazilian program consisting of five institutions from Brazil and four institutions from outside Brazil.

Four 4-year PhD positions are now available starting in mid-March 2018. 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.

Please go to http://ppgcosmo.cosmo-ufes.org/home.html for further information.

Giulio Rampa PhD Thesis Prize, 2018 Edition

Giulio Rampa PhD Thesis Prize for Outstanding Research in General Relativity and Gravitational Physics
2018 Edition
Call for nominations

A graduate of the University of Pavia, Giulio Rampa, in his short life, had a profound impact on his fellow students and the faculty of the Department of Physics of the University of Pavia. Following his Master in Physics, he soon entered The Graduate School at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, (Albert Einstein Institute), Potsdam where he became deeply interested in general relativity. Known for his remarkable personality, as well as for his outstanding intellectual potential, Giulio Rampa’s life is celebrated through this prize honouring an outstanding PhD Thesis in general relativity or gravitational physics.

A monetary prize of 2,000 EUR will be awarded every two years to a graduate student for outstanding research on all aspects of general relativity or gravitational physics. The prize has been established in 2011, and is endowed under the terms of a donation from Nadia and Giorgio Rampa.

Exceptionally, for the 2018 edition, the Rampa Prize Committee has decided to award two net monetary prizes of 2,000 EUR.

Any Ph.D. student who graduated in a University or research centre worldwide defending a PhD Thesis on all aspects of general relativity or gravitational physics between January 1st 2016 and December 31st 2017 is eligible to be nominated for this prize.

The nominator should submit – preferably via email – all relevant material described below to the following address:

Secretariat of The Rampa Prize Committee,
c/o Department of Physics,
Via Bassi 6, 27100 Pavia, Italy
e-mail: rampa.prize[AT]pv.infn.it

The candidature material should comprise: 1) a one-page abstract of the PhD Thesis; 2) a full copy of the PhD Thesis; 3) a letter of recommendation from the Thesis Advisor; 4) one or more letters of endorsement – possibly from the Thesis reader – substantiating the candidate’s contributions; 5) a complete C.V. All of the material should be submitted no later than March 31st, 2018. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

The following criteria are reviewed when selecting the Giulio Rampa prize recipient: (i) Originality of Contribution, (ii) Breadth of Work, (iii) Publications, (iv) Quality of Nomination, (v) Quality of Endorsement.
The recipients of the prize are to be selected by a committee of international experts whose resolution will be communicated to the winners by June the 30th, 2018.
The prizes will be presented 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 (http://sigrav2018.ca.infn.it). 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.

Further information is available at:
http://www-2.unipv.it/dottorati/scienzeetecnologie/fisica/n/web_PhD/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&id=14&Itemid=106&lang=it

PhD Position in Numerical Relativity at University of Jena, Germany

The numerical relativity group at the University of Jena anticipates the availability of a PhD position in April 2018.

The position is associated with the research group of Prof. Bernd Bruegmann at the TPI Jena. There is the opportunity to participate in a wide range of research activities. Applicants with a background in numerical relativity, especially in the area of gravitational wave science or associated computational and mathematical methods are especially encouraged to apply.

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

Applications should be received no later than January 22, 2018, but applications will be considered until the position is filled. In a situation where two candidates have otherwise equal qualifications, preference will be given to women, minorities, and handicapped applicants.

Please send applications referring to Reg.-Nr. 364/2017 to:
lisann.schmidt[AT]uni-jena.de

Lisann Schmidt
Theoretical Physics Institute, University of Jena
Max Wien Platz 1
D-07743 Jena
Germany

Graduate studentships in gravitational physics at the University of New Brunswick

The gravity group at the University of New Brunswick (www.math.unb.ca/~gravity/) is seeking students to begin masters (MSc) or doctoral studies (PhD) in September 2018 (or sooner). Applicants should have a degree in physics or mathematics from a recognized university.

The group consists of three faculty members: Viqar Husain, Sanjeev Seahra and Edward Wilson-Ewing. Typically, the group also includes 1-2 postdoctoral researchers, 2-4 graduates students and 1-3 undergraduate student members. Our main areas of research are general relativity and its modifications, quantum gravity and cosmology.

Please submit a complete CV, a cover letter describing your research interests, and a copy of your academic transcripts to MathJobs.org (link above at “External Link”). Additionally, you may also submit a publication list and arrange for up to three referees to submit reference letters to MathJobs.org directly. Informal enquires may be directed to any gravity group faculty member. Applications received by January 31, 2018 will receive full consideration, although later applications may also be considered.