PhD position in Astrostatistics at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Applications are invited for a PhD position in Astrostatistics at Radboud University in the Netherlands. The position is joint between the stochastics group of Eric Cator and the astrophysics group of Gijs Nelemans. The aim of the project is to develop, study and use statistical tools to optimally compare models for the evolution of massive binaries into double neutron stars and black holes, to a wide range of (inhomogeneous) observational data. With these tools we want to determine or constrain the outcome of various uncertain evolutionary processes and validate the model. We also want to develop statistical theory for these new tools in this challenging setting.

We are looking for a MSc student with a strong background in mathematics/statistics and an interest in astrophysics. The research takes place within the Institute of Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics and the PhD student is expected to be involved both in the department of Astrophysics and in the Applied Stochastics group within the department of Mathematics. The PhD student is expected to dedicate 10% if her/his time to teaching assistance, most likely in mathematics.

For more information on this project, contact Eric Cator (E.Cator[AT]science.ru.nl) or Gijs Nelemans (nelemans[AT]astro.ru.nl)

To apply, email a cover/motivation letter and CV to secr[AT]astro.ru.nl. Also please arrange for 3 letters of references
(PDFs) to be emailed to secr[AT]astro.ru.nl. Complete applications received by September 1st, 2016 will receive full consideration. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

2 Postdoc and 2 PhD positions in astrophysics at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Applications are invited for two 2+1 year postdoctoral positions and two PhD positions at Radboud University in the Netherlands to work in the group of Gijs Nelemans on the formation of double neutron stars/black holes. The project aims to use population modelling and data from Gaia, pulsars, supernovae, radio pulsars and gravitational wave detections to constrain the various evolutionary phases.

The successful applicants will work in the following areas (subject to changes based on interest/expertise). PD1: Supernovae/radio pulsars, PD2: Joint EM-GW analysis, PhD1: High-Mass X-ray binaries, PhD2: double NS/BH. The PDs are encouraged to also pursue their own research programs.

The Department of Astrophysics, is part of the Institute of Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics. The vibrant department consists of 13 faculty, ~15 postdocs, ~25 PhD students. Research activities focus on high-energy astrophysics, cosmic-rays, gravitational waves, stellar and binary evolution, clusters and the Milky Way.

The positions are part of the collective labour agreement (CAO) of the Dutch universities, with gross/month salaries of 3000-4300 Euro depending on experience for the post-docs), 2100-2750 Euro for the PhDs.

Previous experience with stellar and binary evolution, supernovae, pulsars or gravitational waves is preferred. The PD applicants should have a PhD in astronomy or physics, the PhD applicants a MSc. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Gijs Nelemans (nelemans[AT]astro.ru.nl).

To apply, email a cover letter, CV and brief research statement to secr[AT]astro.ru.nl. Also please arrange for 3 letters of references (PDFs) to be emailed secr[AT]astro.ru.nl. Complete applications received by September 1st, 2016 will receive full consideration. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

PhD opportunities in Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravitation, Vitoria-ES, Brazil

PPGCosmo is a new 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 Euclid, J-PAS and DES. PPGCosmo is a Brazilian program consisting of four institutions from Brazil and four institutions outside Brazil.

Four 4-year PhD positions are now available starting in mid August 2016. The student will be supervised by a Professor at a Brazilian institution and co-supervised by one of the four Professors (Amendola, Dodelson, Pacheco or Wands) from the four institutions outside Brazil. For the compulsory postgraduate courses the student will be mainly based in Vitoria-ES. The student will have opportunities to visit the other Brazilian participating institutions and will have to spend one year at the co-supervisor’s foreign institution.

Please visit the PPGCosmo homepage for more informations.

Post-Doctoral Researcher in Nuclear and High Energy Physics at the University of Kansas

Position Overview:
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas seeks to fill a post-doctoral researcher position in nuclear and high energy physics.

Starting Date: October 1st, 2016, or as soon thereafter as the position can be filled (also negotiable).

Length of Appointment: Initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal annually for three subsequent years subject to review.

General Responsibilities: Research in nuclear and High Energy Physics. The successful candidate will contribute in several aspects of the high energy physics group’s research program including phenomenology, data analysis and event simulation, and publication of research results.

Job Duties:
Conduct research in experimental high energy and nuclear physics and in phenomenology in collaboration with members of the University of Kansas high energy and nuclear physics group and collaboration members world-wide. This entails participation in relevant facets of the overall research endeavor encompassing the life-cycle of high energy and nuclear physics, ranging from phenomenology related to BSM physics (and especially to the possible diphoton excess observed by the CMS and ATLAS experiments) and to QCD studies (diffraction and small x physics including saturation pheomena), physics event simulation, data analysis, publication preparation, proposal preparation, editorial work, presentation of results, outreach and career development.
More specifically, the research will deal with the phenomenology studies at the LHC in the BSM and QCD domains and their possible observations in the CMS/TOTEM experiments.

Specific job duties:
60% Phenomenogy studies
30% Participation in the analysis of recent CMS-TOTEM data at 13 TeV
10% Assist the faculty in guiding the group’s graduate and undergraduate students.

Qualifications:
Evaluation of the required qualification and preferred qualification will be made through (1) records of accomplishments entered in CV, (2) description of research and education experience provided in the application materials, (3) references, and (4) publications as appropriate.

Required Qualifications for Postdoctoral Researcher:
1. A Ph.D. in physics by date of appointment.
2. Experience in theoretical physics, phenomenogy or experimental high energy physics or related experimental field. At least one publication in phenomenology/theory/experiment will be required and a 3-year experience will be very much appreciated.
NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an interim basis not to exceed 6 months.

Preferred Qualifications for Postdoctoral Researcher:
1. Experience in theory and phenomenology: a publication in this domain will be greatly approeciated
2. Experience in software: experience on MC or C++ code will be highly considered
3. Experience and ability in particle physics data analysis or phenomenological prediction
4. Good communication skills.

A complete online application include a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae (including publications list), Statement of Research Interests and Skills and at least three letters of recommendation – letters should be emailed to Prof. Christophe Royon (c742r922[AT]ku.edu) or mailed to Department of Physics & Astronomy, 1251 Wescoe Hall Drive, Room 1082, Malott Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045 USA. Initial review of applications will begin July 31, 2016. For first consideration, please apply before July 31, 2016.

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, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA[AT]ku.edu , 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY

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

Applications are invited for a 4 year PhD scholarship at The Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center (NCAC) in Warsaw, Poland. NCAC is the leading astronomical institute in Poland and current research at the institute encompasses a broad range of both observational and theoretical subjects in modern astrophysics. NCAC scientists participate in many international projects, e.g. H.E.S.S., CTA, Fermi, Herschel, Virgo, LIGO, SALT, Gaia-ESO, ATHENA.

The successful applicant will work with Dr Brynmor Haskell and Dr Michal Bejger on the physics of superfluid neutron stars and gravitational wave source modelling. Interested applicants may contact Dr Brynmor Haskell (bhaskell[AT]camk.edu.pl) and should apply by registering for PhD studies at NCAC. Further details on available projects and detailed instructions for applications can be found at www.camk.edu.pl/en/phd/

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 inviting applications for a PhD student position in the field of extensions to general relativity and modified gravity starting in fall 2016. The positions will be held in conjunction with the Estonian centre of excellence in research “The Dark Side of the Universe” (TK133) and the grant “Geometrical foundations of gravity and their comparison with observations” (PUT790). The topics of interest include:
— 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,
— solar system phenomenology of modified gravity,
— cosmological aspects of modified gravity.
Successful applicants are expected to have previous work experience related to these areas.

The supervisor of the PhD thesis will be Dr. Manuel Hohmann. A supporting scholarship of €600 per month is provided. Applications for the PhD thesis position must include:
— curriculum vitae,
— one letter of recommendation,
— diploma of master’s degree or equivalent,
— summary of research experience and a statement of interests up to two pages.
Deadline for the PhD student application is Sunday, March 20th, 21:59 GMT.

All applications for the aforementioned position must be submitted electronically to manuel.hohmann[AT]ut.ee. Documents in the PDF format are recommended.

PhD positions in theoretical physics/mathematics,University of Stavanger, Norway

The University of Stavanger invites applications for doctorate scholarships at the Faculty of Technology and Natural Science in the Department of Mathematics and Natural Science with deadline March 6, 2016.

There are two positions available:

1. PhD position in mathematics within the area of differential geometry/pseudo-Riemannian geometry, and is part of the project “Pseudo-Riemannian Geometry and polynomial curvature invariants: Classification, Characterisation and Applications”.
Candidates with knowledge within one or several of the following areas are preferred: pseudo-Riemannian geometry, Lie group theory, mathematical relativity, invariant theory or holonomy.

2. PhD position in physics/mathematics within the area of Theoretical Particle Physics/Theoretical Cosmology/Algebraic Geometry.
The topic of the fellowship research project will be within a broad subject area, spanning (not prioritized):
1 Theoretical particle physics, in particular CERN-related theory, heavy-ion collisions
2 Astro-particle physics and physics of the early Universe
3 Theoretical Cosmology and non-Standard Cosmological models
4 Mathematical physics in the context of relativity and string theory
5 Algebraic Geometry

Visitor, postdoc and graduate student positions at SAMSI, Raleigh, North Carolina

We would like to announce a year-long program at the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI, www.samsi.info), Raleigh, North Carolina, an NSF institute funded by the Division of Mathematical Sciences, running from August 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017, focusing on gravitational waves, cosmology, exoplanets, and synoptic surveys.

The goal of this program is to bring together scientists and statisticians with the hopes of finding novel statistical solutions to tough science problems.

The overall themes for the ASTRO program are:
Astronomy: Gravitational Waves, Population Modeling, Exoplanets, Cosmology, and Synoptic Surveys
Mathematical & Statistical: Time Series Analysis, Uncertainty Quantification, Reduced Order Modeling, Inference with Inexact Models

With the following proposed working groups:

Working Group I: Uncertainty Quantification and Reduced Order Modeling in Gravitation, Astrophysics, and Cosmology
Working Group II: Synoptic Time Domain Surveys
Working Group III: Time Series Analysis for Exoplanets & Gravitational Waves: Beyond Stationary Gaussian Processes
Working Group IV: Population Modeling & Signal Separation for Exoplanets & Gravitational Waves
Working Group V: Statistics, computation, and modeling in cosmology

The ASTRO program leaders are G. Jogesh Babu, Jessi Cisewski, Rebekah Dawson, Eric Ford, Ben Farr, Eric Feigelson, Matthew Graham, Jeff Jewell, Tom Loredo, Ashish Mahabad, Ilya Mandel, Chad Schafer, Manuel Tiglio, and Michele Vallisneri.

Participation in a working group requires remote participation in biweekly meetings. You are also highly encouraged to visit SAMSI at some point during the year, as well as the multiple workshops that will take place as part of the program. The first workshop will take place on August 24-26 2016, with the possibility of introductory tutorials on August 22-24 2016.

Extended visits can be anywhere from 2 weeks to the whole program (9 months), or several shorter visits that add up to that. SAMSI will cover travel (from within US) and local lodging and transportation, up to $2500/month. Postdoctoral and graduate fellowships are also available.

A second program on Optimization (OPT) will be running in parallel to ASTRO, and applications can be submitted to participate in both programs.

There are a number of opportunities associated with the ASTRO program, from postdoc and graduate student fellowships to short and long term visits and participating in one or more of its working groups. For more details see http://www.samsi.info/opportunities/opportunity-types

Those interested in participating as a long term visitor at SAMSI should email the Program Liaison, Sujit Gosh (ghosh[AT]samsi.info), including a CV and brief cover letter containing the name of year long program (ASTRO), your anticipated activities and interest, and the (rough) dates you anticipate visiting. The visitor list is filling quickly, so any requests for visits should be submitted as soon as possible.

Postdoc SAMSI positions as part of the ASTRO program are for two years. Pending on availability of funds at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), there is the possibility of joint funding between SAMSI and UCSD, or an extended position at UCSD after the SAMSI program, on the topic of Reduced Order Modeling and Uncertainty Quantification. However, candidates should apply to SAMSI directly and contact Manuel Tiglio (tiglio[AT]ucsd.edu) to inquire about options at UCSD aligned with the SAMSI program.

Lagrange Thesis Fellowships – Institut Lagrange de Paris

The Lagrange Institute (ILP) invites applications for the 5th class of Lagrange thesis fellowships. The new Lagrange thesis fellows are expected to start in the Fall semester of 2016.

Successful candidates will have demonstrated academic excellence, outstanding potential for creative research, and leadership qualities.

Lagrange thesis fellows will be immersed in an internationally visible, world-class research environment in terms of intellectual, and computational resources, an extensive visitors’ program, and significant involvement in the world’s leading astronomical and (astro-)particle physics projects, such as Planck, Herschel, Euclid, CFHTLS, TeraPix, BOSS, SDSS III, VIPER, Square Kilometer Array, LHC, HESS, Auger, etc.

The Lagrange thesis fellows will be enrolled in a doctoral school of the Universite’ Pierre et Marie Curie, part of Sorbonne Universite’s, with access to intensive short courses in cutting edge areas of the field, such as dark matter and dark energy research, theoretical and experimental (astro-)particle physics, recent advances in quantum field theory and string theory. Special short courses will be offered in emerging research methods such as astrostatistics, discovery in petascale data sets, etc. The Lagrange Institute will support yearly summer or winter schools where thesis fellows can meet their future colleagues. All courses will be offered in English and taught by the leading experts in each field – either members of ILP or guest professors, including the Lagrange award holders.

The list of thesis project proposals written by members of the ILP can be found in our website and below.
Candidates are invited to contact their potential advisors directly before submitting their application.

Applications should be submitted online by the 18h of January, 2016 and include academic history, course work, scientific interests, scholarships and honors, outside interests, purpose and goals. Candidates should arrange for 3 letters of reference to be uploaded to the web application.

List of thesis project proposals:
– Fundamental aspects of supergravity and string theory and applications in High-energy physics
– Phenomenology of extensions of the Standard Model
– High-energy astroparticles and pulsars
– The origin of the Hubble sequence
– Numerical and theoretical studies of particle acceleration in relativistic astrophysical outflows
– Secular evolution of galaxies induced by cosmic environment
– Fundamental cosmology from ultra deep sky surveys
– High order correlation functions in the large-scale structure of the universe – exploitation of the Euclid mission
– Constraining the nature of dark matter by probing galaxies all the way down to dwarf spheroidals
– Jet calibration, cross section measurements and New Physics searches with the ATLAS experiment
– Measurement of the top quark mass in dilepton channels with 13 TeV data with the ATLAS experiment at the LHC
– Search for Dark Matter with the DarkSide Liquid Argon detector at LNGS
– Baryon acoustic oscillations in the Lyman-alpha and Lyman-beta forests with the quasar spectra of the SDSS-IV/eBOSS survey
– Search for New Physics with Muons: precision experiments for physics beyond the Standard Model
– Search for light dark matter with CCDs

Post-doctoral and Ph.D. positions in Gravitational-Wave Astronomy at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam

Post-doctoral and Ph.D. positions in Gravitational-Wave Astronomy at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division, led by Dr. Alessandra Buonanno, at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam announces the opening of several postdoc appointments and Ph.D positions beginning September 2016. The postdoc positions will be available at different
levels, depending on experience and seniority.

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division focuses on several aspects of gravitational-wave astronomy, including (i) theoretical gravitational dynamics and radiation (post-Newtonian theory, gravitational self-force approach, perturbation theory and effective-one-body formalism), (ii) numerical simulations of gravitational-wave sources, (iii) source modeling and analysis of data from gravitational-wave detectors, and (iv) astrophysics of compact
objects. Members of the division have the opportunity to join the LIGO Scientific Collaboration through the group’s membership. They could also be involved in Pulsar-Timing-Array projects and the eLISA mission.

The gravitational-wave data-analysis research at the division also includes work on the detection of continuous gravitational-wave signals, led by Dr. Maria Alessandra Papa’s group and located at the AEI campus in Hannover. Postdoctoral candidates and students interested in this research topic are also encouraged to apply.

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division has high-performance computer clusters to run numerical-relativity simulations, and carry out source modeling and data-analysis studies.

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division has ties with the Physics Department at the University of Maryland, notably the gravitation theory and experimental groups, and the Joint Space-Science Institute.

To apply for a postdoctoral position please fill out this form

http://www.aei.mpg.de/1795408/gwpostdocjobs

and upload a curriculum vitae, list of publications and statement of past, current and future research interests. Applicants would need to indicate the names of three referees for recommendation letters. Referees will be notified by email on how to upload the letters (in case of problems referees could send the letters directly to
gwjobs[AT]aei.mpg.de).

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division also offers Max Planck Fellowships to non-German scientists. Information on those fellowships and explanations on how to apply are summarized here

http://www.aei.mpg.de/maxplanckfellowships

If you are interested in doing a Ph.D. at the AEI please fill out this form

http://www.aei.mpg.de/1795440/gwstudentjobs

and upload a curriculum vitae, list of publications and statement of past, current and future research interests. Applicants would need to indicate the names of three referees for recommendation letters. Referees will be notified by email on how to upload the letters (in case of problems referees could send the letters directly to gwjobs[AT]aei.mpg.de).

Contact:
Mrs. Ute Schlichting
Max-Planck-Institut fuer Gravitationsphysik
Albert-Einstein-Institut
Am Muehlenberg 1

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for full consideration is
January 3, 2016. The search will continue until positions are filled.

The Max Planck Institute encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.

For further information please send an email to Ute Schlichting (ute.schlichting[AT]aei.mpg.de).

PhD scholarships in Mathematical or Computational Relativity at Otago, NZ

Applications are invited for 3-year PhD scholarships in Mathematical or Computational Relativity at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

The relativity group at the University of Otago consists of three permanent staff (F. Beyer, J. Frauendiener and J. Hennig) and, currently, two research fellows and four PhD students. The research interests include mathematical and numerical properties of the conformal field equations, gravitational waves, Fuchsian methods, cosmological space-times, exact solutions, transformation optics etc. More information can be found on the website http://gravity.otago.ac.nz

A University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship provides an annual emolument of 25,000 NZD plus tuition fee waiver for 3 years. Applicants should have a First Class honours degree, Masters degree, or equivalent, specialising in an area of Applied Mathematics, preferably with some prior knowledge in General Relativity and numerical methods. The scholarships are available to both international and domestic students.

Interested? Then, you should apply for a University of Otago Postgraduate Scholarship by downloading the appropriate application form the Scholarships Office website at http://www.otago.ac.nz/scholarships

Enquiries to: Prof. J. Frauendiener
(Phone: +64 3 479 7770, Email: joergf[AT]maths.otago.ac.nz )

PhD positions in astrophysics/gravity at Fudan University

The high energy astrophysics group at Fudan University (Shanghai, China) has 2-3 PhD positions for the next academic year (starting in September 2016). The successful candidates must have a Master degree in Physics or in a related area before September 2016. 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 with interest/experience in gravity and/or theoretical/observational high energy astrophysics. The group is led by Prof. Cosimo Bambi and currently consists of 3 postdoctoral researchers and several graduate and undergraduate students. More details on the projects of the group can be found here:
http://www.physics.fudan.edu.cn/tps/people/bambi/

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 December 1 will receive full consideration.

PhD fellowship, Hydrodynamic simulations of rotating black holes, Nottingham, UK

We are currently carrying out an experiment to study the effects occurring around effective horizons in an analogue gravity system. In particular, the scientific goals are to explore superradiant scattering and the black hole evaporation process. To address this issue experimentally, we utilize the analogy between waves on the surface of a stationary draining fluid/superfluid flows and the behavior of classical and quantum field excitations in the vicinity of rotating black.
This project will be based at the University of Nottingham at the School of Mathematical Sciences. The two external collaborators are Prof. Josef Niemela (ICTP, Trieste in Italy) and Prof. Stefano Liberati (SISSA, Trieste in Italy). The external consultant for the experiment is Prof. Bill Unruh, who will be a regular visitor.
The PhD student will be involved in all aspects of the experiments theoretical as well experimental. We require an enthusiastic graduate with a 1st class degree in Mathematics/Physics/Engineering (in exceptional circumstances a 2(i) class degree can be considered), preferably of the MMath/MSc level. Candidates would need to be keen to work in an interdisciplinary environment and interested in learning about quantum field theory in curved spacetimes, fluid dynamics, analogue gravity, and experimental techniques such as flow visualisation (i.g. Particle Imaging or Laser Doppler Velocimetry) and surface measurements (i.g. profilometry methods).

The studentship period will depend on the training needs of the successful applicant.

Early application is strongly encouraged.

Funding Notes: The studentship is available for immediate start and provides an annual stipend at the
standard rate (currently GBP 13,863 per annum) and full payment of Home/EU Tuition Fees.

Junior Fellowship in Philosophy of Quantum Gravity, Geneva

The philosophy of physics group at the Department of Philosophy in Geneva solicits applications for a one-year junior visiting fellowship for advanced PhD students, starting Fall 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is funded by the John Templeton Foundation grant ‘Space and Time after Quantum Gravity’.

Candidates must be ABD in a PhD program at an accredited university, working on a dissertation in the philosophy of quantum gravity, broadly construed. The fellowship will provide support for the successful candidate to spend a year away from their home institution to work with the project’s Geneva group led by Professor Christian Wuthrich, and to benefit from interactions with project members and from participation in the project’s activities. The successful candidate will participate in a tutoring program directed by Professor Wuthrich. They will be expected to participate in weekly group meetings during term, help with the administration and organization of the group’s activities, and contribute to the group’s research and outreach efforts. Fluency in English is required. More information on the project and the research group is available at http://beyondspacetime.net/.

The fellowship is fixed-term for one year, although we will consider applications for a six-month period. The salary will depend on the candidate’s prior experience, but is expected to be around CHF 51,000. Research funds will be available for travel to relevant conferences and to visit the project’s other group at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The successful candidate will remain a student at their home institution, and will not be admitted into any degree program at Geneva. The fellowship will not cover any costs (such as tuition and fees) at the home institution.

Applications must contain a cover letter detailing the pertinent experience and motivation for the position, a CV, a 1-2 page description of the dissertation project, one writing sample, and two letters of reference (sent under separate cover). They should be sent to Professor Christian Wuthrich at christian.wuthrich[AT]unige.ch.

Review of the files will begin on September 14, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates files will be reviewed by qualified members of the Scientific Advisory Committee, and the best qualified candidate will be selected by Professors Huggett and Wuthrich.

Applications from women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged.

For more information, please contact Professor Christian Wuthrich at christian.wuthrich[AT]unige.ch.

PhD Fellowships in Physics at the University of Parma, Italy

The Department of Physics and Earth Sciences [1] at the University of Parma [2] invites applications for its Ph.D. program. The PhD fellowships start November 1st 2015 and have a duration of 3 years.

The PhD program covers several scientific areas, including Gravitational physics, Numerical Relativity, Gravitational Waves, Fundamental interactions at high energy, Quantum Field theory, Lattice Field Theory and Strings, Statistical Physics, Quantum Mechanics and Complex Systems [3].

The submission deadline is September 4th 2015. The selection will be based on the curriculum of the candidate and an interview. Details of the call and selection procedures can be found at: http://dottfisica.unipr.it/cgi-bin/campusnet/home.pl

Detailed instructions for the on-line application can be found at: http://www.difest.unipr.it/it/notizie/pubblicati-i-bandi-il-xxxi-ciclo-di-dottorato-di-ricerca-e-la-mobilita-internazionale-dei-0

Other links:

[1] http://www.difest.unipr.it/en
[2] http://en.unipr.it/
[3] http://www2.difest.unipr.it/?q=node/511

Calls for Postdoctoral fellowships in Black Hole Physics at CBPF, Rio de Janeiro

The Brazilian agency CNPq has regular calls for 1-year (possibly extendable to 2 years) postdoctoral fellowships for carrying out research in a Brazilian institution. The application to CNPq must be submitted by the host researcher in Brazil and the current call has a deadline of August 21, 2015, for a position to start some time between March and June 2016. There are also similar fellowships (CNPq-TWAS) which are specifically for applicants from a developing country and have an application deadline of August 24, 2015.

If you wish to apply for a CNPq postdoctoral fellowship to carry out research in Black Hole Physics in the Institute of Cosmology, Relativity and Astrophysics at the Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas (CBPF) in Rio de Janeiro, please email a C.V. with a list of publications, a statement of research interests and two reference letters (directly sent by the referees) to Dr. Marc Casals at mcasals[AT]cbpf.br.

For further information on the above and other funding possibilities for either postdoctoral research or postgraduate studies and on research activities at CBPF, you may see http://www.cbpf.br/~mcasals/Postdoc.html and, specifically for the CNPq-TWAS fellowship, http://twas.org/opportunities/fellowships/postdoc.

Ph.D. positions in Theoretical Physics, Catania, Italy

The University of Catania invites applications for its Ph.D. program. This year’s call offers ten positions for students in the Physical Sciences, two of which reserved to graduates of non-Italian universities.

Founded in 1434, the University of Catania [1] is the oldest and largest university in Sicily. The Physics and Astronomy Department [2] has over 80 faculty members active in theoretical, experimental, and observational research. The department participates in a vast number of international collaborations and has close ties to the local sections of national research institutes such as INFN [3] and INAF [4], as well as to the nearby experimental nuclear-physics facility LNS [5]. Research topics in the Theoretical Physics sector include relativity, high-energy physics and astrophysics, nuclear matter in stellar environments, particle and field theory, complex systems, networks, and econophysics.

Details of the call can be found at:

http://www.unict.it/sites/default/files/Call%20for%20applications%202015-2016.pdf

The submission deadline is September 8th. Prospective students are encouraged to contact Eloisa Bentivegna (eloisa.bentivegna[AT]ct.infn.it) while preparing their application material.

[1] http://www.unict.it
[2] http://www.dfa.unict.it
[3] http://www.ct.infn.it
[4] http://www.oact.inaf.it
[5] http://www.lns.infn.it

PhD Fellowships in Physics at the University of Trento (Italy)

The Physics department at the University of Trento invites applications for PhD fellowships starting in November 2015.

The PhD fellowships have a duration of 3 years and a gross salary of 13638.47 EUR per year (about 1000 EUR per month after taxes).

The PhD program covers several scientific areas, including also Gravitational Wave Astronomy, Theoretical Physics, and Astroparticle Physics. More details about the doctoral school in Physics can be found at http://web.unitn.it/en/drphys

The Department of Physics includes faculty members working on computational astrophysics (Giacomazzo), nuclear astrophysics (Leidemann, Pederiva), gravitational wave detectors (Dolesi, Prodi, Vitale, Weber), theory of general relativity and cosmology (Vanzo, Zerbini), and astroparticle physics (Battiston, Lazzizzera). Students with interests in one of these areas are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications for the doctoral positions are accepted from candidates, regardless of gender, age, and nationality, who have a Master’s degree (equivalent to the Italian “laurea magistrale”). Any degree in Physics or related disciplines will be given preferential status. Applications are also accepted from students who expect to get their degree by October 31 2015.

The University of Trento is ranked among the top 5 universities in Italy and it is characterized by an international and diverse student population. The city of Trento is located on the Italian Dolomites and it is very well connected with several destinations in Italy and Europe.

The deadline for applications is August 26 2015 at 4 pm Italian time. The selection will be based on the curriculum of the candidate and on an oral exam (candidates permanently residing abroad by the date of the oral exam may take the exam by phone or videoconference in their country of residence).

More information about the application process can be found here:
http://www.unitn.it/en/ateneo/1940/announcement-of-selection

PhD positions in Quantum Gravity/Quantum Geometry, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

There are four PhD positions available as part of the FOM Research Program on “Quantum Gravity and the Search for Quantum Spacetime”, based at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. Applicants must have a university degree in (theoretical or mathematical) physics at masters level or equivalent and proven abilities in theoretical physics and mathematics, and should preferably have worked in an area related to the themes of the network (nonperturbative quantum gravity, renormalization group methods, non-commutative geometry, lattice gravity). We offer good working conditions and in particular would like to encourage also female candidates to apply.

The research program is located at the Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics (IMAPP) of the Radboud University, which provides an attractive and interdisciplinary working environment for foundational, front-line research. Successful applicants will work under the (co-)supervision of the senior members of the research program. Please see URL given below for further details and how to apply. A first screening and selection of applications will take place on July 31st, later applications will be considered as long as positions remain vacant.

PhD position in space mission ACES, Paris, France

Space mission ACES and follow-ups: beyond Standard Model and General Relativity

The ACES space mission will bring beginning of 2017 the first cold atom clock in space, PHARAO, onboard International Space Station. It aims at realizing a highly accurate and stable time scale in space. The ACES time scale will be compared to best atomic clocks on ground in more than 7 metrological labs worldwide. The altitude difference between space and ground clocks will allow to measure the gravitational redshift predicted by General Relativity with an unprecedented accuracy, as well as to search for a violation of Local Lorentz Invariance and for a possible temporal variation of the fine structure constant. Following missions are already being considered, with different types of atomic clocks and/or atom interferometers for inertial measurements.

In all these experiments, the search for a violation of fundamental principles of modern physics requires the use of a theoretical frame beyond General Relativity and Standard Model. We propose in this PhD thesis to explore one of the most exhaustive theoretical frames, recently used for treating Lorentz invariance: the Standard Model Extension (SME). A complete research program contains the following steps:

– getting familiarized with the SME model;
– modelizing ACES experiment in the SME;
– simulating observable signatures due to violations of Lorentz invariance, and estimate constraints on SME parameters;
– including a search for these terms in the (existing) ACES data analysis for obtaining constraints on the SME parameters;
– applying this work to the first ACES data expected from 2017;
– participating to the elaboration of future missions to optimize their scientific gain for fundamental physics, in particular for SME tests;
– estimating (by numerical simulation) the performances of future missions in this frame.

IRAP PhD 2015 call

The International Relativistic Astrophysics Ph.D. (IRAP PhD) – Joint Doctorate Program sponsored by ICRANet

A deadline of 30th September 2015 has been established for nine positions open internationally and directly sponsored by the participating institutions.

The coordinated effort of many international organizations such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Southern Observatory (ESO), has led to an unprecedented amount of scientific information from the microphysical world all the way to the entire Universe. To harvest the results of these scientific missions, a specific Ph. D. program has been envisaged in order to involve the students in the analysis and modeling of the above observational data within the theory of general relativity and relativistic quantum and classical field theories.

The students will also be involved in innovative experimental programs in relativistic astrophysics. The program provides expertise in the most advanced topics of experimental, mathematical and theoretical physics relevant to the context of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. These activities, being necessarily international, the scientific and academic institutions, indicated below, participate with their own specific scientific specialties and a joint degree is delivered, at the end of the program.

The Institutions participating in the IRAP PhD are: the international organization ICRANet (Pescara, Rio de Janeiro and Rome) as coordinating institution and the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis as the host Institution; the Albert Einstein Institute, Potsdam (Germany); Indian Centre for Space Physics, Kolkata (India); Observatoire de la Cote D’Azur, Nice (France); University of Ferrara (Italy); University of Rome, la Sapienza (Italy); University of Savoie, Annecy (France).
The Final Ph.D. degree will be jointly delivered by the Academic Institutions participating in the program.

We encourage applications from the best candidates worldwide, independent of nationality, gender or background.

The Courses: Each student will have to follow 180 hours of courses during the three years of the Ph.D. program. There is also a possibility to follow courses from other Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy and Astrophysics Ph.D. programs in each participating institution, after approval by the Faculty.

Courses can be chosen from the following list:

COSMOLOGY WITH GAMMA RAY BURSTS
Lorenzo AMATI (INAF-IASF Bologna)
Carlo Luciano BIANCO (SAPIENZA-Rome and ICRANet)
Michel BOER (UNICE-France)
Luca IZZO (SAPIENZA-Rome and ICRANet)

HIGH ENERGY PHENOMENA IN ASTROPHYSICS
Felix AHARONIAN (DIAS-Dublin and MPIK-Heidelberg)
Ulisses Barres de Almeida (CBPF/MCT Rio)
Alessandro DE ANGELIS (Univ. Udine-Italy)
Paolo GIOMMI (ASI-ASDC Rome)
Marco TAVANI (INAF-IASF Rome)

COSMOLOGICAL SINGULARITY, BKL COSMOLOGY AND HIDDEN SYMMETRIES IN GRAVITY
Vladimir BELINSKI (SAPIENZA-Rome and ICRANet)
Thibault DAMOUR (IHES and ICRANet)
Hermann NICOLAI (MPIG-Einstein Institut)

FEYNMAN DIAGRAMS IN RELATIVISTIC QUANTUM FIELD THEORIES
Giovanni AMELINO-CAMELIA (SAPIENZA-Rome)
Johannes BLUEMLEIN (DESY and FU Berlin)
Gabriele GIONTI (Vatican)
Hagen KLEINERT (FU Berlin and ICRANet)

ACCRETION ON BLACK HOLES
Sandip CHAKRABARTI (Bose Centre-Kolkata)
Grant MATHEWS (CANDU -USA)

GENERAL RELATIVITY
Donato BINI (CNR and ICRANet)
Bruno Carneiro DA CUNHA (UFPE-Recife)
Jutta KUNZ (Univ. Oldenburg-Germany)
Volker PERLICK (Univ. of Bremen-Germany)

SUPERNOVAE AND GAMMA RAY BURSTS
Alexey AKSENOV (ICAD, RAS-Moscow)
Massimo DELLA VALLE (INAF-Naples and ICRANet)
Xiaohui FAN (UA at Tucson)
Georges MEYNET (Obs. UNIGE-Geneva)
Remo RUFFINI (SAPIENZA-Rome and ICRANet)

SPACE AND GROUND-BASED TESTS OF GENERAL RELATIVITY
Francis EVERITT and Paul WORDEN (Stanford University)
Claus LAEMMERZAHL (University of Bremen)
Roberto PERON (INAF-Rome)
Costantino SIGISMONDI (ON Rio and ICRANet)

LARGE SCALE STRUCTURE AND DARK MATTER
Carlos ARGUELLES (ICRANet)
Nikolaos MAVROMATOS (King’s College London)
Marco MERAFINA (Sapienza-Rome)
Piero ROSATI (University of Ferrara)

X/GAMMA-RAY INSTRUMENTATION
Filippo FRONTERA (University of Ferrara)
Shuangnan ZHANG (IHEP – Chinese Academy of Science)

MULTIWAVELENGTH AND TIME-DOMAIN DATA ANALYSIS IN ASTROPHYSICS
Bernardo FRAGA (ICRANet)
Paolo GIOMMI (ASI-ASDC Rome)
Mauro ORLANDINI (University of Ferrara)

ON BLACK HOLES
Roy KERR (ICRANet)

GAMMA RAY BURST THEORIES AND OBSERVATIONS
Pascal CHARDONNET (University of Savoie and ICRANet)
Christopher FRYER (LANL-USA)
Marco MUCCINO (SAPIENZA-Rome and ICRANet)
Ana PENACCHIONI (INPE-Brazil)
Tsvi PIRAN (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

WHITE DWARFS, NEUTRONS STARS, BOSON STARS: OBSERVATIONS AND THEORY
Riccardo BELVEDERE and Sheyse M. de CARVALHO (ICRANet)
Fernanda GOMES DE OLIVEIRA (ICRANet)
Sergio FRASCA (SAPIENZA-Rome) and Jutta KUNZ (University of Oldenburg)
Manuel MALHEIRO (ITA Brazil)
Jorge RUEDA (SAPIENZA-Rome and ICRANet)
Cezar ZEN (UFRGS Brazil)

RELATIVISTIC KINETIC THEORY, STRONG COUPLING QED AND ELECTRON-POSITRON PLASMA
Antonino DI PIAZZA and Christoph H. KEITEL (MPIK)
Gregory VERESHCHAGIN and She-Sheng XUE (SAPIENZA-Rome and ICRANet)

IRAP PhD FACULTY
Giovanni Amelino-Camelia (Sapienza Universita’ di Roma), Stefano Ansoldi (Universita’ degli Studi di Udine), Ulisses Barres de Almeida (Brazilian Centre For Physics Research, Brazil), Elia Stefano Battistelli (Sapienza Universita’ di Roma), Vladimir Belinski (Sapienza Universita’ di Roma and ICRANet), Carlo Luciano Bianco (Sapienza Universita’ di Roma and ICRANet), Donato (CNR – Ist. per Applicaz. del Calcolo “M. Picone”), Sandip Kumar Chakrabarti (Indian Centre For Space Physics, India), Pascal Chardonnet (Universite’ de Savoie), Christian Cherubini (Universita’ “Campus Biomedico” di Roma), Thibault Damour (Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques), Jaan Einasto (Tartu Observatory), Sergio Frasca (Sapienza Universita’ di Roma), Filippo Frontera (Universita’ di Ferrara), Jean-Marc Gambaudo (Universite’ de Nice Sophia Antipolis), Paolo Giommi (ASI – Agenzia Spaziale Italiana), Yipeng Jing (Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, China), Hagen Kleinert (Freie Universitat Berlin), Jutta Kunz-Drolshagen (Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg), Claus Laemmerzahl (Universität Bremen), Olivier Legrand (Universite’ de Nice Sophia Antipolis), Francois Mignard (Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur), Hermann Nicolai (Max Plank Institute for Gravitational Physics, Postdam), Kjell Rosquist (Stockholm University), Jorge Rueda (Sapienza Universita’ di Roma and ICRANet), Remo Ruffini (Director) (Sapienza Università di Roma and ICRANet), Felix Ryde (Stockholm University), Farrokh Vakili (Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur), Gregory Vereshchagin (Sapienza Università di Roma and ICRANet), She Sheng Xue (Sapienza Università di Roma and ICRANet), Shuangnan Zhang (Institute of High Energy Physics – Chinese Academy of Science)

More information at http://www.icranet.org/irap-phd

PhD position in radiative transfer and high-energy astrophysics, Frankfurt, Germany

We invite applications for one PhD position to carry out research in Relativistic Astrophysics at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Candidates should have an MSc in astrophysics or physics, a strong background in high-energy astrophysics, as well as exposure to methods in computational physics. A background in numerically solving radiation transfer problems and a familiarity with radiation processes and spectral line formation is highly desirable.
The successful applicant will be part of a lively research group recently set-up at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and concentrate on the modeling and imaging of accretion flows onto supermassive black holes in support of the ERC Synergy project Black Hole Cam.
The application should comprise a CV, a list of the courses attended, and a summary of the research carried in the MSc. Applicants should also arrange for two letters of reference to be sent to the address below. Applications will be have to be sent by 01.05.2015 for full consideration. The position is expected to start on 01.09.2015, but earlier or later appointments can be negotiated.

Applications should be made electronically and sent to Luciano Rezzolla (rezzolla[AT]itp.uni-frankfurt.de) and CC-ed to Fr. Astrid Steidl: steidl[AT]th.physik.uni-frankfurt.de.

PhD fellowship, Hydrodynamic simulations of rotating black holes: theory and experiment

We are currently carrying out an experiment to study the effects occurring around effective horizons in an analogue gravity system. In particular, the scientific goals are to explore superradiant scattering and the black hole evaporation process. To address this issue experimentally, we utilize the analogy between waves on the surface of a stationary draining fluid/superfluid flows and the behavior of classical and quantum field excitations in the vicinity of rotating black.

This project will be based at the University of Nottingham at the School of Mathematical Sciences. The two external collaborators are Prof. Josef Niemela (ICTP, Trieste in Italy) and Prof. Stefano Liberati (SISSA, Trieste in Italy). The external consultant for the experiment is Prof. Bill Unruh, who will be a regular visitor.

The PhD student will be involved in all aspects of the experiments theoretical as well experimental. We require an enthusiastic graduate with a 1st class degree in Mathematics/Physics/Engineering (in exceptional circumstances a 2(i) class degree can be considered), preferably of the MMath/MSc level. Candidates would need to be keen to work in an interdisciplinary environment and interested in learning about quantum field theory in curved spacetimes, fluid dynamics, analogue gravity, and experimental techniques such as flow visualisation (i.g. Particle Imaging or Laser Doppler Velocimetry) and surface measurements (i.g. profilometry methods).

The studentship period will depend on the training needs of the successful applicant. This studentship is open until end of April 2015. Early application is strongly encouraged.

Funding Notes:

The studentship is available for immediate start and provides an annual stipend at the standard rate (currently 13,863 GBP per annum) and full payment of Home/EU Tuition Fees.

PhD position in accretion flows onto black holes, Frankfurt, Germany

The group of Relativistic Theoretical Astrophysics invites applications for one PhD position to carry out research in Relativistic and Computational Astrophysics, at Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

The candidates should have a MSc in physics or applied mathematics and a strong background in astrophysics, general relativity and have been exposed to the basics of computational physics. Proficiency in a programming language will be considered an important added value.

The successful applicant will be part of a lively research group recently set-up at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Frankfurt am Main and concentrate on the modelling of accretion flows onto supermassive black holes.

The application should comprise a CV, a list of the courses attended, and a summary of the research carried in the MSc. Applicants should also arrange for two letters of reference to be sent to the address below. Applications will be have to be sent by 28.02.2015 for full consideration. The position is expected to start on 15.04.2015, but earlier or later appointments can be negotiated.

Applications should be made electronically and sent to Luciano Rezzolla (rezzolla[AT]th.physik.uni-frankfurt.de) and CC-ed to Fr. Astrid Steidl: steidl[AT]th.physik.uni-frankfurt.de

PhD position in fundamental physics, Observatoire de Paris

Space mission ACES and follow-ups: beyond Standard Model and General Relativity
PhD thesis in fundamental physics at SYRTE-Observatoire de Paris, starting in September 2015

Key words: Atomic clocks, Standard Model, General Relativity, numerical simulations, space missions

The ACES space mission will bring beginning of 2017 the first cold atom clock in space, PHARAO, onboard International Space Station. It aims at realizing a highly accurate and stable time scale in space. The ACES time scale will be compared to best atomic clocks on ground in more than 7 metrological labs worldwide. The altitude difference between space and ground clocks will allow to measure the gravitational redshift predicted by General Relativity with an unprecedented accuracy, as well as to search for a violation of Local Lorentz Invariance and for a possible temporal variation of the fine structure constant. Following missions are already being considered, with different types of atomic clocks and/or atom interferometers for inertial measurements, such as for example STE-QUEST preselectionned by ESA in 2010 and resubmitted this year (http://sci.esa.int/ste-quest/).

In all these experiments, the search for a violation of fundamental principles of modern physics requires the use of a theoretical frame beyond General Relativity and Standard Model. We propose in this PhD thesis to explore one of the most exhaustive theoretical frames, recently used for treating Lorentz invariance: the Standard Model Extension (SME). A complete research program contains the following steps:

– getting familiarized with the SME model;
– modelizing ACES experiment in the SME;
– simulating observable signatures due to violations of Lorentz invariance, and estimate constraints on SME parameters;
– including a search for these terms in the (existing) ACES data analysis for obtaining constraints on the SME parameters;
– applying this work to the first ACES data expected from 2017;
– participating to the elaboration of future missions (such as STE QUEST) to optimize their scientific gain for fundamental physics, in particular for SME tests;
– estimating (by numerical simulation) the performances of future missions in this frame.

Contact:
Christine Guerlin, christine.guerlin[AT]lkb.ens.fr
Peter Wolf, peter.wolf[AT]obspm.fr

PhD Position at University of Birmingham

The gravitational wave group at the University of Birmingham has an opening for a fully funded PhD student in gravitational wave astrophysics starting Autumn 2015.

The Birmingham Astrophysics and Space Research group are active in the full range of gravitational wave science, from ground-based advanced detectors to pulsar timing arrays. Our research covers instrumental science, data analysis and astrophysics of gravitational wave sources. The group has expanded in recent years and now has 6 faculty, 2 research fellows, 5 postdocs and 13 PhD students.

We are seeking an excellent student for a PhD project in the data analysis and astrophysical interpretation of gravitational waves from coalescence of compact binaries (black holes and neutron stars).

This position has funding for full-time research for 3.5 years, including full coverage of tuition fees for students of any nationality plus an annual stipend.

To apply please visit our website at
http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/research/physics/astrophysics-space-research-phd.aspx
The screening of applications will begin on Feb 15th and continue until a suitable candidate is found.
For more information contact Dr John Veitch, jveitch[AT]star.sr.bham.ac.uk

PhD positions at Texas Tech

There is a new gravity group at Texas Tech University (TTU): Professors Alessandra Corsi (started August 2014) and Benjamin Owen (starting January 2015) work on gravitational wave data analysis, and Owen also does theoretical work on sources of gravitational waves. Both are looking for graduate students, and several postdocs and undergraduates are already joining the group.

TTU gravity is part of the astronomy group, which started within the Physics Department in January 2013 as part of TTU’s ongoing drive to enhance its research profile. The other astronomy faculty include Thomas Maccarone and David Sand, both having research overlap with gravity via compact objects, extreme astrophysics, and transient electromagnetic astronomy. TTU is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, and the astronomy group maintains strong collaborations with gravity and astronomy groups at many other institutions.

More information on the TTU physics department is available at http://www.phys.ttu.edu. The graduate application process is described at http://www.phys.ttu.edu/grad_step_by_step.html. The deadline for applications for Fall 2015 is February 1, 2015, so apply soon!

Lagrange Thesis Fellowships – Institut Lagrange de Paris

The Lagrange Institute (ILP) invites applications for the fourth class of Lagrange thesis fellowships. The new Lagrange thesis fellows are expected to start in the Fall semester of 2015.

Successful candidates will have demonstrated academic excellence, outstanding potential for creative research, and leadership qualities.

Lagrange thesis fellows will be immersed in an internationally visible, world-class research environment in terms of intellectual, and computational resources, an extensive visitors’ program, and significant involvement in the world’s leading astronomical and (astro-)particle physics projects, such as Planck, Herschel, Euclid, CFHTLS, TeraPix, BOSS, SDSS III, VIPER, Square Kilometer Array, LHC, HESS, Auger, etc.

The Lagrange thesis fellows will be enrolled in a doctoral school of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, part of Sorbonne Universités, with access to intensive short courses in cutting edge areas of the field, such as dark matter and dark energy research, theoretical and experimental (astro-)particle physics, recent advances in quantum field theory and string theory. Special short courses will be offered in emerging research methods such as astrostatistics, discovery in petascale data sets, etc. The Lagrange Institute will support yearly summer or winter schools where thesis fellows can meet their future colleagues. All courses will be offered in English and taught by the leading experts in each field – either members of ILP or guest professors, including the Lagrange award holders.

The list of thesis project proposals written by members of the ILP can be found in our website.
Candidates are invited to contact their potential advisors directly before submitting their application.

Applications should be submitted online by the 15th of January, 2015 and include academic history, course work, scientific interests, scholarships and honors, outside interests, purpose and goals. Candidates should arrange for 3 letters of reference to be uploaded to the web application.

Postdoctoral and Doctoral Openings at the AEI in Potsdam

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division, led by Dr. Alessandra Buonanno (http://www.aei.mpg.de/1282161/Astrophysical_and_Cosmological_Relativity), at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam announces the opening of several postdoc appointments beginning September 2015. The positions will be available at different levels, depending on experience and seniority. Students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. in gravitational-wave astronomy are also invited to apply.

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division focuses on several aspects of gravitational-wave astronomy, including (i) theoretical gravitational dynamics (post-Newtonian theory, gravitational self-force approach, perturbation theory and effective-one-body formalism), (ii) numerical simulations of gravitational-wave sources, (iii) source modeling and analysis of data from gravitational-wave detectors, and (iv) astrophysics of compact objects. Members of the division have the opportunity to join the LIGO Scientific Collaboration through the group’s membership. They could also be involved in Pulsar-Timing-Array projects and the eLISA mission.

The gravitational-wave data-analysis research also includes work on the detection of continuous gravitational-wave signals, led by Dr. Maria Alessandra Papa’s group and located at the AEI campus in Hannover. Postdoctoral candidates interested in this research topic are also encouraged to apply.

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division has high-performance computer clusters to run numerical-relativity simulations, and carry out source modeling and data-analysis studies.

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division has ties with the Physics Department at the University of Maryland, notably the gravitation theory and experimental groups, and the Joint Space-Science Institute.

To apply for a postdoctoral position please fill out this form:

http://www.aei.mpg.de/1629128/gwpostdocjpobs

and upload a curriculum vitae, list of publications and statement of past, current and future research interests. Applicants would need to indicate the names of three referees for recommendation letters. Referees will be notified by email on how to upload the letters (in case of problems referees could send the letters directly to gwjobs[AT]aei.mpg.de).

If you are interested in doing a Ph.D. at the AEI please fill out this form:

http://www.aei.mpg.de/1629215/gwstudentjobs

and upload a curriculum vitae, list of publications and statement of past, current and future research interests. Applicants would need to indicate the names of three referees for recommendation letters. Referees will be notified by email on how to upload the letters (in case of problems referees could send the letters
directly to gwjobs[AT]aei.mpg.de).

Contact:
Mrs. Ute Schlichting
Max-Planck-Institut fuer Gravitationsphysik
Albert-Einstein-Institut
Am Muehlenberg 1
D-14476 Golm
Germany
email gwjobs[AT]aei.mpg.de

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for full consideration is January 4, 2015. The search
will continue until positions are filled.

The Max Planck Institute encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.

For further information please send an email to Alessandra Buonanno (alessandra.buonanno[AT]aei.mpg.de) (See also http://www.aei.mpg.de/jobs/gwjobs2015)

PhD positions in gravitational physics in Germany

The DFG Research Training Group “Models of Gravity” invites applications for 5 positions at the Universities of Bremen, Oldenburg and Bielefeld as research assistant, salary group (Entgeltgruppe) 13 TV-L – 66%, to be appointed in April and July 2014. The positions are limited up to three years.

The Research Training Group consists of gravity groups working at the Universities of Bremen, Oldenburg, Bielefeld, Hannover, Copenhagen, as well as at the Jacobs University Bremen. Speakers of the Research Training Group are Prof. Dr. Claus Laemmerzahl (ZARM University of Bremen) and Prof. Dr. Jutta Kunz (University of Oldenburg).

We intend to obtain a better understanding of Einstein’s General Relativity and of generalized theories of gravity as given by, e.g., string theory. These investigations are also related to observations. More information can be found on the website http://www.models-of-gravity.org

Responsibilities and Duties:
The successful applicants will have the opportunity to work towards a doctoral degree in Gravitational Physics. They are expected to participate in the PhD program of the Research Training Group.

Employment conditions:
To qualify for the position, applicants must hold a Master’s degree or a Diploma in Physics, Mathematics or any other relevant discipline, with an above-average success in the present courses of studies. For qualified candidates with a Bachelor’s degree also a fast-track program is applicable. We expect high dedication and teamwork.
All participating universities aim, in particular, to promote women within the scope of the statutory provisions and, hence, emphatically invite qualified women to apply for these positions. Severely disabled applicants are given preferential consideration in the event of equal qualification. Applicants with a migration background are highly welcome.

For further information, please contact the coordinator Christine Steinseifer-Jeske.

Application:
The application with curriculum vitae, certifications, a description of the scientific interest, a conception of the own career, and, if applicable, a list of publications should be sent as one single pdf document via e-mail to:

Christine Steinseifer-Jeske (coordinator)
ZARM University Bremen
secretariat[AT]models-of-gravity.org
Phone: 0421-218-57756

Also two letters of reference are required and should be sent by the referees directly to: secretariat[AT]models-of-gravity.org