Postdoctoral positions in gravitation, quantum theory and related areas at Hunan Normal University, Changsha, China

Hunan Normal University (Changsha, Hunan China) invites applications for postdoctoral positions in gravitation, quantum theory and other related fields (such as quantum field theory in curved space-time, relativistic quantum information, quantum gravity, cosmology, black hole physics, gravitational wave physics).

A competitive salary and a start-up fund are provided depending on the past research accomplishments. Annual bonuses for publications are provided and postdoc grants at both national and provincial levels are possible.

The candidates should already have a Ph.D degree and are expected to collaborate with Prof. Hongwei Yu and other members of his research group.

The initial appointment is for two years with a possibility of extension.

Applicants should submit their CV, list of publications, summary of research accomplishments and interests and arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be submitted to jwhu[AT]hunnu.edu.cn.

The review of the applications will begin upon the receipt of the application.

For any further inquiries, please contact Dr. Jiawei Hu at the above email.

Changsha, as the capital of Hunan province, where Hunan Normal University is located between the scenic Xiang River and Yuelu Mountain, is famous for history of over 3,000 years. It is a beautiful, creative, historical and cultural city with comfortable climate, unique scenery and convenient transportation. It gives you a special experience on the colligation and integration of the Huxiang Culture with the modern civilization.

Postdoctoral research position at LIGO, USA

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) has as its goal the development of gravitational wave physics and astronomy. The LIGO Laboratory is managed by Caltech and MIT, and is funded by the National Science Foundation. It operates observatory sites equipped with laser interferometric detectors at Hanford, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana, which recently made the first confirmed detection of gravitational waves. A vigorous LIGO Laboratory R&D program supports the development of enhancements to the LIGO detector as well as astrophysical data analysis, and development of future detectors and detector technologies.

The LIGO Laboratory anticipates having one or possibly more postdoctoral research positions at one or more of the LIGO sites – Caltech, MIT and at the two LIGO Observatories in Hanford, WA and Livingston, LA – beginning in Fall 2019. Hires will be made based on the availability of funding. Successful applicants will be involved in the operation of LIGO itself, analysis of LIGO data, both for diagnostic purposes and astrophysics searches, and/or the R&D program for future detector improvements. We seek candidates across a broad range of disciplines. Expertise related to astrophysics, modeling, data analysis, electronics, laser and quantum optics, vibration isolation and control systems is desirable. Most importantly, candidates should be broadly trained scientists, willing to learn new experimental and analytical techniques, and ready to share in the excitement of building, operating and observing with a gravitational-wave observatory. Appointments at the post-doctoral level will initially be for one-year with the possibility of renewal for up to two subsequent years.

Applications for postdoctoral research positions with LIGO Laboratory should indicate which of the LIGO sites (Caltech, MIT, Hanford, or Livingston), if any, are preferred by the applicant, and which (if any) are likely to be unworkable. Applications should be sent to HR[AT]ligo.caltech.edu (Electronic Portable Document Format (PDF) submittals are preferred) and information provided is subject to LIGO privacy policy. Caltech and MIT are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employers. Women, minorities, veterans, and disabled persons are encouraged to apply.

Applications should include curriculum vitae, list of publications (with refereed articles noted), and the names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of three or more references. Please attach a cover letter describing past experience and current and future research interests. Applicants should request that three or more letters of recommendations be sent directly to HR[AT]ligo.caltech.edu (Electronic Portable Document Format (PDF) submittals are preferred). Consideration of applications will begin December 15, 2018 and will continue until all positions have been filled.

ERC-funded postdoctoral positions in gravitational wave astrophysics at Milan, Italy

Universita` di Milano Bicocca is currently seeking to filling at least two postdoctoral research positions with highly qualified individuals interested in pursuing research in the fields gravitational wave astrophysics, with a particular focus on massive black hole binaries.

The successful candidates will join Prof. Alberto Sesana (moving to Milan in March) to form the core team of ‘B Massive’, an ERC CoG funded project aimed at tackling all the facets of the astrophysics of massive black hole binaries, including theory, N-body and hydro simulations, prediction of observational signatures and their search in observational data, pulsar timing array data analysis and astrophysical inference. Appointments are expected to start in the fall 2019. The ERC funding guarantees a generous salary, competitive with the highest European standards for this type of positions.

The Bicocca astro group is leader in massive black hole astrophysics and dynamics, and is composed by faculty members Prof. Monica Colpi, Prof. Massimo Dotti, Prof. Giuseppe Gavazzi, Prof. Francesco Haardt, plus several postdocs and PhD students. It also has tight connections with the observatories of Brera and Merate. It is located close to the centre of Milan, the most lively and international city in Italy.

Candidates must have a PhD degree in physics, astronomy or a related discipline. Applications should consist of a cover letter, a brief statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae including publication list, and at least three letters of recommendation. All materials should be sent electronically as soon as possible to asesana[AT]star.sr.bham.ac.uk, by January 18, 2019.

For enquires and more information about the ‘B Massive’ project, please contact the PI at asesana[AT]star.sr.bham.ac.uk.

Postdoc position in gravitational waves modeling and numerical relativity at Jena, Germany

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the field of gravitational waves and numerical relativity at the University of Jena. The position is associated with the research group of Prof. Sebastiano Bernuzzi at the Theoretical Physics Institute Jena and funded by ERC-StG grant “BinGraSp”. The project is about modeling binary neutron star coalescence in general relativity, including gravitational waveform modeling, computational aspects in numerical relativity, and gravitational-wave data-analysis applications. The successful candidate has the opportunity to join the Virgo Collaboration and participate to the LIGO-Virgo gravitational-wave astronomy programme.

The appointment will be initially for one year with possible extension to the end of the project. Candidates with experience in analytical and numerical relativity, gravitational-wave modeling and data analysis, computational physics are particularly 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 by February 1st, 2019, but will be considered until the positions are filled. Starting date is expected in August/September 2019.

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 PD position – SURNAME NAME” in the email subject and use the PDF format for all your files.

LINKS:
* http://www.tpi.uni-jena.de/~bernuzzi/group.html
* https://www.tpi.uni-jena.de/Jobs

Postdoctoral position at AEI Hannover, Germany

The Division of Observational Relativity and Cosmology at the Albert Einstein Institute in Hannover invites applications from outstanding post-doctoral scientists interested in using open gravitational-wave data to further our understanding of astrophysics, gravity and the Universe. The division is led by Prof. Bruce Allen and senior scientist Dr. Badri Krishnan and works closely with the independent research groups “Searching for Continuous Gravitational Waves” led by Dr. Maria Alessandra Papa, and “Binary Merger Observations and Numerical Relativity” led by Dr. Frank Ohme.

The Albert Einstein Institute in Hannover plays an active role in the analysis and interpretation of gravitational wave data, and provides a lively and friendly environment and world-class computing
facilities. More information can be found at
http://www.aei.mpg.de/obs-rel-cos and
http://www.aei.mpg.de/continuouswaves.

The ideal candidate should have an excellent academic track record. Prior experience in gravitational wave data analysis and/or computing would be helpful but is not a requirement. The initial appointment will be for two years with the expectation of an extension to a third year subject to satisfactory performance. Applications including a CV, publication list and a brief research statement should be submitted by email to jobs-gw-han[AT]aei.mpg.de by January 1st 2019. Candidates should also arrange that three letters of reference be sent to jobs-gw-han[AT]aei.mpg.de by the referees. Applications will be considered as they are received and the start date is flexible.

Postdoctoral position in numerical relativity, Rhodes University, South Africa

The appointment is for up to two years with a starting date of 1 February 2019 and a salary of R220 000 per year, to work on a project “Cauchy Characteristic Matching, and Other Uses of the Characteristic Method in Numerical Relativity”. In particular, we are seeking to further develop our matching code, which uses the Cactus framework with a BSSN code in the interior and a characteristic code in the exterior. The faculty members involved in this project are
Nigel Bishop – see https://scholar.google.co.za/citations?user=m8CpFJkAAAAJ&hl=en
Denis Pollney – see https://scholar.google.co.za/citations?user=lOK_rucAAAAJ&hl=en
Chris Stevens – see https://www.ru.ac.za/mathematics/people/staff/chrisstevens/
Background information about the Department and the University can be found at https://www.ru.ac.za/mathematics/

Please apply via e-mail attaching a single PDF file that contains a letter of application, and a CV with a list of publications and a statement of accomplished research. The application should include the date of award of the PhD degree; and if not yet formally awarded, please explain your current status and the expected date of formal award of the degree. Please also arrange for 2 letters of recommendation to be sent in support of the application. All these items should be emailed to n.bishop[at]ru.ac.za with subject “Postdoc Application – Candidate name”.

To receive full consideration, applications should be received by 16 January 2019. Late applications will be considered at our discretion.

Postdoc positions in continuous gravitational-wave searches at MPI for gravitational physics, 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 http://www.aei.mpg.de/obs-rel-cos and http://www.aei.mpg.de/continuouswaves. The institute prides itself of a very lively environment and world-class computing facilities.

We are inviting applications for outstanding Post-Docs 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 permanent independent research group at AEI led by M. Alessandra Papa 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@Home volunteer computing project.

The ideal candidate should have an excellent academic 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 CW-jobs[AT]aei.mpg.de. Candidates should also arrange that three letters of reference be sent directly to CW-jobs[AT]aei.mpg.de. Applications will be considered as they are received and until the positions are filled. Full consideration will be given to applications received by January 15th 2019. The start date is flexible.

Five-Year Postdoc in History and Philosophy of Gravitational Physics, Bonn, Germany

The University of Bonn, Germany, invites applications for a five-year postdoctoral 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 these 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.

The position comes with a competitive salary that adjusts to the experience of the applicant, a comprehensive health and pension plan, funding for conference travel and other research expenses, as well as a (possibly shared) office in the Electoral palace of Bonn, which houses the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Bonn. The Palace is right in the city centre of Bonn, and only a five minute walk from the shores of the River Rhine with its vineyards and castles. Further particulars and details of how to apply can be found on the website

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).

ERC-Funded Postdoctoral Research Positions in Computational Astrophysics, Prague, Czech Republic

We invite application for 1-2 postdoctoral positions in the area of computational astrophysics in the research group of Dr. Ondrej Pejcha at the Institute of Theoretical Physics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. The successful candidates will lead development of new computational abilities to understand multi-dimensional evolution of catastrophic interactions of binary stars (mergers, common envelope, compact objects), and the associated radiation signatures (transients). The work will be performed within the project “Cat-In-hAT” funded by the ERC Starting Grant to our group.

The research group will have access to a dedicated computer cluster and is connected to observational efforts in time-domain astronomy as part of the All-Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae. Candidates interested in interacting with observers are welcome to apply.

The position is initially for one year, renewable for up to three years, based on performance.

Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy, computational physics, or a related field by the start date of the appointment. The position includes internationally competitive salary and research budget, full medical and dental benefits, and contributions to social security.

Application instructions: Please submit CV, list of publications, statement on past research and future interests, and names and addresses of 3 references to pejcha[AT]utf.mff.cuni.cz. Applications will be reviewed starting January 26 2019, but the position will remain open until filled.

ERC-funded postdoctoral positions in gravitational wave physics at SISSA, Trieste, Italy

SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy) invites applications for several ERC-funded postdoctoral positions in gravitational-wave physics, funded by the ERC Consolidator project GRAMS (GRavity from Astrophysical to Microscopic Scales), whose PI (Enrico Barausse) will join SISSA in the spring of 2019.

Successful applicants are expected to work on themes relevant for GRAMS, including: gravitational-wave emission in theories extending/modifying general relativity; cosmological screening; numerical relativity simulations; gravitational-wave data analysis.

Positions may be up to 4-year long according to performance and are expected to start in the fall of 2019 or earlier.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Gravitational Wave Astronomy at the eXtreme Gravity Institute, Bozeman, USA

The eXtreme Gravity Institute (www.montana.edu/xgi/) at the Department of Physics of Montana State University invites applications for a 3-year postdoctoral position in gravitational wave astronomy (starting in 2019).

The eXtreme Gravity Institute (XGI) is composed of faculty members Neil Cornish, Nicolas Yunes, Anne Lohfink, Amy Reines, David Nidever, Bennett Link, and Sachiko Tsuruta. The gravity group at XGI is lead by Cornish and Yunes, and is currently made up of two postdocs and a large number of graduate and undergraduate students (approx. 20). The XGI hosts international workshops and summer schools on topics related to extreme gravity. The institute is also deeply involved in public outreach, formal and informal education.

Research at the XGI covers the full specturm of gravitational wave astronomy, with topics ranging from astrophysical and waveform modeling to science data analysis. The XGI is part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), the LISA Consortium, and the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav).

The XGI is located in Bozeman, Montana, a dynamic mountain town that is a mecca for outdoor sports enthusiast with world class skiing, climbing, hiking and mountain biking just minutes from main street.

The successful candidate will work closely with faculty member Neil Cornish to develop a comprehensive science analysis approach for the future Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA). No previous experience in LISA science is required. Opportunities will also exists to work on LIGO and NANOGrav related projects.

The ideal candidate will be well versed in both gravitational wave science and Bayesian inference, but expertise in just one of these fields is sufficient – training will be provided to fill any gaps. Experience in developing computational algorithms will be considered paticulaly valuable. The successful candidate will demonstrate research experience and creativity, high productivity and proficiency in written and oral communication. A Ph.D in physics, astronomy, or a related discipline is required by the start of employment.

Interested candidates will submit an application at https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/14565, which must include a resume/CV, a research statement, and contact information for three references. After submission of an application, our system will contact all references to request confidential letters of recommendation. The deadline for submission of an application is January 15th 2019. For more information, please refer to the job link or email Prof. Neil Cornish (ncornish[AT]montana.edu).

2-year postdoc position in quantum gravity and foundation of physics in Marseille, France

The quantum gravity group at the Centre de Physique Theorique in Marseille opens a two-year postdoctoral position. The position can start on September 1st 2019 or anytime before that.

The candidate is expected to collaborate with members of the group on the group projects, interact with the students and contribute to the organisation of the group’s activities. The group focuses on quantum gravity and on foundational questions.

Please contact us for details, if interested. Send application (CV, list of publications and motivational letter) and support letters to the address applications.qg.cpt[AT]gmail.com, preferably before December 31. Please indicate the name of the applicant in the subject line of all relevant mails.

We encourage applications contributing to gender and origin diversity in our group.

Postdoc 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 postdoctoral research 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; numerical relativity; models and dynamics of neutron stars and black holes in modified theories of gravity. Experience in nonlinear numerical simulations will be considered as an advantage. The position is initially for two years with the possibility of further extension for one more year that will be decided after the first year.

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, statement of research interests and experience, and the names (address, e-mail) of three 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.

Postdoc position in gravitational wave astronomy at Nikhef, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The gravitational physics division at Nikhef, the National Institute for Subatomic Physics in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in gravitational wave astronomy, with emphasis on searches for coalescing binary neutron stars and black holes with LIGO and Virgo. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Sarah Caudill. The data analysis effort at Nikhef currently involves 2 senior scientists (Dr. Caudill and Prof. Van Den Broeck), 3 postdocs, and 3 PhD students; the group will expand significantly in the next few years. In addition to data analysts, the gravitational physics division at Nikhef (which is a member of the Virgo Collaboration) and its collaborators in the Netherlands consists of astronomers and astrophysicists, theorists, and instrumentalists. There is also vibrant collaboration with individuals and groups around the world.

A PhD in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field is a prerequisite for the position; candidates who are close to finishing their PhD thesis are also encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be employed by the NWO-I foundation, whose employment conditions are excellent; these can be found on the website of the employer: www.nwo-i.nl. Candidates are expected to have good communications skills and be able to work in a large international team.

The position is for two years, extendable by a third year. For more information and an online application form, see https://www.nikhef.nl/jobs/vacatures/. Please be prepared to upload a cover letter, research statement, publication list, and curriculum vitae. Also, please have the email addresses ready of at least three references who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The deadline for full consideration is January 11th, 2019, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Further information can be obtained from Dr. S. Caudill (S.Caudill[AT]nikhef.nl).

Neil Gehrels Prize Postdoctoral Position in the Joint Space-Science Institute at the University of Maryland, USA

Applications are invited for the Neil Gehrels Prize Postdoctoral Position in the Joint Space-Science Institute (JSI) at the University of Maryland (UMd), College Park. The JSI is a research partnership between UMd-Astronomy, UMd-Physics, and NASA-Goddard created in 2010 to foster interdisciplinary collaborations. This position, which was formerly the JSI Prize Postdoctoral Position, has been renamed to honor Dr. Neil Gehrels, who was a strong supporter of JSI. Current areas of interest to JSI include strong gravity, gravitational waves, black holes, high-energy and plasma astrophysics, particle astrophysics, and cosmology.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy or a related field by the start date of the position. The appointment will be for two years and will start Fall 2019. Applications should be submitted through Academic Jobs Online Job #12373. For best consideration upload a CV, bibliography, and statement of research interests/accomplishments by December 15, 2018. Please also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded to the same web site.

The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity.

Postdoctoral researcher in theoretical high-energy multimessenger astrophysics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) invites applications for a 2-year postdoctoral researcher position in theoretical high-energy multimessenger astrophysics. The position will be embedded in the research group of Dr Philipp Moesta, which is part of the GRAPPA center for astroparticle physics. Dr Moesta will be joining GRAPPA in summer 2019. The successful applicant will also work in close collaboration with the groups of Dr Samaya Nissanke (multimessenger gravitational-wave astrophysics) and Dr Selma de Mink (stellar evolution).

The University of Amsterdam has a strong profile in the natural sciences, and has expanded upon that role with the founding of the GRAPPA center for astroparticle physics in 2012. There are also close ties with the Nikhef Institute, which is involved in LHC, KM3NeT and gravitational wave instrumentation and analysis.

Project description

The research will focus on numerical simulations of compact object mergers and core-collapse supernovae with a particular focus on making connections to multi-messenger observations and stellar evolution.

Requirements

You should have a PhD in astronomy and/or physics and a proven track record in theoretical high-energy astrophysics, numerical relativity, or multi-messenger astrophysics. Experience with large-scale simulations is welcome, but not required.

Appointment

The appointment is intended for an initial period of 2 years, with renewal for a 3rd year contingent upon funding and satisfactory progress. The start of the appointment will be on 1 October 2019, with some flexibility.

The salary will be in accordance with the university regulations for academic personnel, and will range from EUR 2,640 to EUR 4,166 (salary scale 10) gross per month based on 38 hours per week. This is excl. 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end of year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable and includes full social benefits.

Job application
We are an equal opportunity employer and greatly value the diverse nature of our institute. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.​

You may submit your application using the link below.

To apply, please submit:

a cover letter;
curriculum vitae;
publication list and statement of research interest (no more than 2 pages);
and provide names and email addresses of 3 referees.

Please combine these documents in one single attachment and also mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience. Please quote the vacancy number: 18-609 in your cover letter.

The deadline for applications is 15 December 2018.

Postdoctoral position in gravity and cosmology at ICTS-USTC, Hefei, China

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Interdisciplinary Center for Theoretical Study (ICTS) at University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). The position is expected to start in the fall of 2019, or earlier.

The postdoc will work with Shuang-Yong Zhou and other members of the ICTS on gravity and cosmology (broadly defined), including applications of effective field theories, gravitational wave physics, black holes, massive gravity, solitons and simulations in the early universe and strong gravity.

The University of Science and Technology of China is a top university in China, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Staff members of the ICTS include Li-Ming Cao, Gui-Jun Ding, Dao-Neng Gao, Sen Hu, Min-Xin Huang, MingZhe Li, JianXin Lu, Yuji Sugimoto, Qun Wang, Zhi-Guang Xiao and Shuang-Yong Zhou, with interests ranging from string and formal theory, gravity, particle and nuclear physics to cosmology. See http://icts.ustc.edu.cn/english/index.html for more details. In addition, we have close ties with members of the Astronomy Department including Yi-Fu Cai, Wen-Juan Fang and Wen Zhao.

The position is for two years with possible one year extension. The annual salary is from 100,000 CNY to 180,000 CNY depending on qualifications. Generous travel funding will be provided, allowing the postdoc to travel for international conferences and collaborations. In additional, the postdoc is also entitled to housing and food benefits, including renting an on-campus apartment for about 1000 CNY per month and using the subsidized University Canteens (including the Faculty Canteen) for all three meals.

Candidates are invited to send their CV, publication list, a short statement of research interests and to arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Shuang-Yong Zhou (zhoushy[AT]ustc.edu.cn).

To receive full considerations, applications should be submitted before March 1, 2019. For further information, please contact Shuang-Yong Zhou (zhoushy[AT]ustc.edu.cn).

Postdoc 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 2-year postdoctoral 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 postdoctoral grant amounts to 40000 EUR per year (32000 EUR direct research costs and 8000 EUR overhead for the host institution). Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent, awarded not earlier than 01. February 2014, and not later than 31. August 2019. Applications for the postdoctoral position must include:
— curriculum vitae,
— diploma of PhD degree or equivalent,
— research proposal of up to five pages,
— list of publications,
— two letters of recommendation (to be sent separately).
The deadline for the postdoctoral 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.

Postdoctoral positions in gravitational-wave and multi-messenger astrophysics at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

The Missouri University of Science and Technology anticipates having one or more postdoctoral positions in the areas of gravitational physics and astrophysics. The position(s) are for one year, renewable for up to three years contingent on funding availability and satisfactory performance. The applicant must have (or be close to completing) a Ph.D. in physics or related fields and show a strong track record in gravitational-wave data analysis and instrumentation, experimental gravitational-wave science, and/or multi-messenger astrophysics.

The new astrophysics group at Missouri University S&T is part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and is active in various areas of experimental and theoretical gravity, astrophysics and cosmology. Current faculty members in the group include Professor Marco Cavaglia and Assistant Professor Shun Saito, as well as several graduate students. The postdoctoral scholar(s) funded by this position will work in close collaboration with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration, as well as partner astrophysics collaborations. The successful applicant is expected to engage in a collaborative research program in the above areas, mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and contribute to the educational and outreach activities of the group. Depending on the research program and interests of the applicant, these activities may be carried out by residing full-time at one of the LIGO sites in Livingston, LA or Hanford, WA.

Missouri S&T is one of the nation’s leading research universities with 99 degree programs in 40 areas of study such as computer science, business, engineering, humanities, and liberal arts. It is located about 100 miles west of St. Louis, Missouri, in the multicultural community of Rolla, surrounded by Ozarks scenery. The physics department has recently opened a new research area with emphasis in gravitational physics, astrophysics and cosmology, which is expected to grow substantially in the next few years.

A curriculum vitae (including a list of publications) and a statement of research interests should be sent in pdf format to Marco Cavaglia “marco.cavaglia[AT]ligo.org”. Please use the subject “Gravitational physics and astrophysics post-doc application.” Applicants must also arrange to have at least three recommendation letters to be sent to the same email address. Please direct questions about the position to “marco.cavaglia[AT]ligo.org”.

Consideration of applications will begin on February 1, 2019, but applications will be accepted until an adequate applicant pool is established, or until the position(s) are filled. The astrophysics group at Missouri University S&T is committed to increasing diversity in the sciences. Applications from under-represented groups in physics are particularly encouraged. The astrophysics group will strive to meet the needs of dual-career couples.

Postdoctoral Positions in Gravitational-Wave Astronomy at Cardiff University, UK

Dear colleagues,

The Cardiff University Gravity Exploration Institute (http://www.astro.cardiff.ac.uk/research/gravity/) is seeking applications to fill the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate.

Cardiff has a long history of involvement in ground-based gravitational-wave astronomy, particularly in source modelling, data analysis, and astrophysical and cosmological interpretations (Stephen Fairhurst, Mark Hannam, Vivien Raymond, B. Sathyaprakash, Bernard Schutz, Patrick Sutton), and education and public outreach (Chris North). Cardiff University has recently made significant investment in a new research programme in experimental gravitational-wave physics, led by Hartmut Grote and Katherine Dooley, and in parallel a programme of electromagnetic follow-up observations of gravitational-wave sources, led by Cosimo Inserra. Applications are invited for any of these areas.

These posts are full-time with an initial term of 2 years, renewable subject to funding and performance.

Salary: GBP 33,199 – 39,609 per annum (Grade 6)

To apply: Please visit https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/jobs/vacancies/academic-vacancies, click on “View our academic vacancies” and search for job number 7975.

Informal enquiries about the role can be made by email to Prof. Patrick Sutton (suttonpj1[AT]cardiff.ac.uk).

Informal enquiries about working at Cardiff University can be made to Glesni Lloyd (LloydGW[AT]cardiff.ac.uk).

Closing date: Thursday, 6 December 2018

Cardiff University and the School of Physics and Astronomy are committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity. Our inclusive environment welcomes applications from talented people from diverse backgrounds. We strongly welcome female applicants and those from any ethnic minority group, as they are underrepresented in our School. The School of Physics & Astronomy has a Juno Practitioner accreditation that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. The University is committed to ensuring that we sustain a positive working environment for all staff to flourish and achieve. As part of this commitment, the University has developed a flexible and responsive framework of procedures to support staff in managing their work and personal commitments wherever possible. Applications are welcome from individuals who wish to work part-time or full time.

Postdoctoral Position in Gravitational Wave Physics at the University of Tuebingen, Germany (II)

The Theoretical Astrophysics section (TAT) at the University of Tuebingen has an opening for one postdoctoral research position funded by DFG starting from 1st of October 2019. Earlier starting dates can be considered as well.
The successful applicant will carry out original research in projects focusing on the dynamics of rotating neutron stars in relation to the emission of gravitational waves.

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.

The position is initially for two years with the possibility of further extension for one more year that will be decided after the first year. The salary will be paid according to the German public service scale.

Postdoctoral Position in Gravitational Wave Physics at the University of Tuebingen, Germany (I)

The Theoretical Astrophysics section (TAT) at the University of Tuebingen has an opening for one postdoctoral research position (Wissenschaftlicher Assistant / Research Assistant) 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 initially for two years with the possibility of further extension that will be decided after the first year. The successful applicant is expected to assist teaching with a maximum of four (4) hours per week. 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. Currently consists of four (4) post-doctoral researchers, three (3) PhD students and seven (7) MSc students.

Postodoctoral position in Quantum Gravity and Quantum Cosmology at Beijing Normal University, China

The Center for Relativity and Gravitation at Beijing Normal University has one post-doctoral position opening from September 2019 in the areas of quantum gravity and quantum cosmology. Successful candidate will work with Yongge Ma. The appointment will be for two years.

The gravity group consists of Sijie Gao, Wenbiao Liu, Yongge Ma, Hongbao Zhang, and Bin Zhou. In addition, the retired professors Canbin Liang, Zheng Zhao and Jianyang Zhu join the academic activities frequently, and Abhay Ashtekar, Jerzy Lewandowski, Carlo Rovelli and Thomas Thiemann hold visiting professorships at the Institute. The areas of research in the group concern loop quantum gravity, black hole physics, general relativity, de Sitter spacetime, higher dimensional gravity and cosmology, AdS/CFT etc.. For further information on the group, see the webpage:
http://physics.bnu.edu.cn/application/research/gravity/index.html

Interested candidates should send a CV, a publication list and a statement of research proposal and arrange to have two recommendation letters (one from the PhD advisor of the applicant) sent directly to Yongge Ma by:

mayg[AT]bnu.edu.cn, yonggema[AT]yahoo.com

The deadline for receipt of all application material is March 1st, 2019.

Postdoc Position in Gravitational Wave Physics at KU Leuven, Belgium

The Institute for Theoretical Physics at KU Leuven invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the area of gravitational wave physics.

The position is for two, and possibly three, years and is an integral part of the Centre for Gravitational Waves at KU Leuven, an initiative of the Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Institute of Astronomy at KU Leuven. Both Institutes are members of the LISA Science Consortium. The Centre stimulates nationwide collaboration on Gravitational Wave developments by its connections to several external partner universities in Belgium. Research at the Centre is aimed at the interface of theory, cosmology, and astrophysics. Besides staff instrumentalists, the gravity groups include astrophysicists and theorists (T. Hertog. T. Van Riet, B. Vercnocke, N. Bobev, A. Van Proeyen), together with a large number of students and postdocs, and they participate in a vibrant and extensive network of collaborations worldwide.

Target areas of research on gravitational waves in Leuven in the next few years include the theory and modelling of gravitational wave patterns associated with the classical and quantum gravity dynamics of compact systems and in cosmology. These predictions will also be linked to existing and upcoming gravitational wave data.

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for full consideration is December 15, 2018. The start date for the position is in principle Fall 2019 (Sep-Oct), details can be discussed.

In order to apply, interested candidates should email as a single pdf file a cover letter and their curriculum vitae, including a research statement and a publication list (preferably with a link to SPIRES), to Ms Anneleen Marcelis (anneleen.marcelis[AT]kuleuven.be), and ask three referees to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf, also to Ms Anneleen Marcelis.

Further information about these positions can be obtained from Prof. T. Hertog (thomas.hertog[AT]kuleuven.be) or Prof. B. Vercnocke (bert.vercnocke[AT]kuleuven.be).

Post-doc in gravitational-wave astronomy at AEI Hannover, Germany

The Albert Einstein Institute in Hannover is offering a position for a post-doctoral researcher in the Independent Research group led by Dr. Frank Ohme. The research focus is on the interpretation of gravitational-wave observations made by the Advanced LIGO+Virgo network with the help of Bayesian parameter estimation techniques, and the numerical and analytical modelling of colliding binaries. The start date is negotiable, but should preferentially lie between spring and autumn of 2019.

We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral scientist to work in our Independent Research Group. You should have a PhD in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science or related fields, with experience in one or more of the following research areas:
Gravitational-wave data analysis,
Gravitational-wave theory,
Numerical simulations of black hole or neutron star binaries,
Bayesian parameter estimation methods,
Astrophysics of binary formation and merger,
Signal processing and signal reduction,
Approximation theory.

For more information and the full description of the position, please follow the external link above.

Post-doc position in GW astrophysics at the Nicolaus Copernicus Center, Warsaw

Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences (CAMK PAN) announces the competition for the post-doc position.

We are looking for a candidate with strong background in astrophysics for the modeling of gravitational-wave sources related to neutron stars. The knowledge of numerical methods in general relativity and scientific programming will be considered an advantage.

The winner of the competition will conduct research within the Sonata-Bis project entitled ”Transient sources of gravitational waves associated with stars neutrons: models and data analysis” in cooperation with dr. Michal Bejger. Detailed research tasks include astrophysics of transient gravitational waves from NS phenomena: dynamical collapses induced by the change in the equation of state, calculations of quasi-normal modes from ultra-compact stars, modeling the GW emission related to elasticity, magnetic field and accretion. The results will be immediately applied to the observations of LIGO and Virgo detectors via the collaboration within the Polish Virgo group.

We seek candidates holding the PhD title in the field of physics or astronomy (or a related field), or PhD students at the last stages of their doctoral thesis. The contract should start not later than April 1, 2018 (the candidate should be in possession of the PhD title at this time). An employment contract on an adjunct’s position is maximally up to three years. To apply for admission to the position please attach a copy of the PhD diploma (or the supervisor’s statement about the advancement of the PhD thesis), CV, list of scientific publications, two recommendation letters from independent researchers, and a self-presentation statement (concise information on the candidate’s previous achievements and experience, and scientific interests: the text should not exceed 3500 characters, including spaces).

Documents should be submitted by January 15, 2019 at the CAMK secretary’s office (ul. Bartycka 18, 00-716 Warsaw, tel. 022 3296100), or by e-mail, in the pdf format, to the recruitment[AT]camk.edu.pl . The contest will be resolved before the end of January 2019. For additional information please contact Michal Bejger (bejger[AT]camk.edu.pl).

Postdoctoral Prize Fellowships in Gravitational Wave Astronomy at the University of Birmingham, UK

The Institute for Gravitational Wave Astronomy at the University of Birmingham, UK, invites applications for Postdoctoral Prize Fellowships.

The Institute’s Postdoctoral Prize Fellowships provide top-caliber researchers with an opportunity to carry out an independent research programme in any area related to gravitational-wave astronomy in a diverse, dynamic and collaborative group. The Institute’s research activities cover experimental and theoretical physics with applications to present and future-generation detectors; gravitational-wave observations and transient astronomy; theoretical astrophysics and general relativity. Faculty members include Andreas Freise, Davide Gerosa (from March 2019), Denis Martynov, Haixing Miao, Christopher Moore (from January 2019), Conor Mow-Lowry, Matt Nicholl (from October 2019), Alberto Sesana, Patricia Schmidt (from January 2019) , Silvia Toonen (from March 2019), and Alberto Vecchio.

Applications from top researchers in all areas related to gravitational-wave astronomy, including instrumentation, quantum measurement, data analysis, astrostatistics, transient astronomy, astrophysics theory and general relativity are encouraged. Applications from Ph.D. holders with strong interdisciplinary connections (e.g., to optics, computer science, theoretical physics) or those with backgrounds in adjoint fields are welcome.

The appointment will be for a three-year term starting in 2019. The Prize Fellowship comes with a generous research and travel budget.

Applications should be submitted online via the following URL (job reference number 80380):
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/jobs/index.aspx

Applications should include a CV, a two-page statement of research interests and plans, and a list of publications. Complete applications should be received by 17 December 2018 for full consideration

Applicants should also arrange for 3 reference letters to be sent by 17 December 2018 to Ms Joanne Cox at: J.S.Cox[AT]bham.ac.uk

For further information and informal enquiries please contact Prof Andreas Freise (adf [AT] star.sr.bham.ac.uk) or Prof Alberto Vecchio (av [AT] star.sr.bham.ac.uk).

Novo Nordisk Foundation Prize Postdoctoral Fellowships in Theoretical Physics, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Niels Bohr International Academy (NBIA) invites applications for a newly established Novo Nordisk Foundation Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme as part of a vigorous campaign to expand into new research areas and to strengthen on-going programs. Outstanding candidates in all areas of Theoretical Physics are encouraged to apply. Fellows will be appointed for a period of 3 years and will receive generous funds for travel and computing.

We are seeking internationally outstanding and highly motivated individuals who are driven to pursue their own research programs and eager to interact with current NBIA members. The ideal candidate will play a leading role by contributing to the intellectual atmosphere of the NBIA and will have the opportunity to guide more junior fellows, participate in outreach activities, and organize international meetings and PhD schools.

The Niels Bohr International Academy, hosted by the Niels Bohr Institute, strives to attract the best and the brightest by providing the environment to enable curiosity-driven breakthrough research in the physical sciences and mathematics. The Academy hosts numerous workshops, symposia, and PhD-schools every year as well as a number of outreach activities, including an annual series of public lectures.

Current research areas at NBIA include:

Theoretical Astrophysics – encompassing plasma astrophysics, astrophysical dynamics and astrophysical fluid/magnetohydro-dynamics, including accretion onto compact objects, star and planet formation, as well as the inter-stellar and intra-cluster media.

Astroparticle Physics and Neutrino Astrophysics – focusing on the nature of weakly interacting elementary particles in the framework of multi-messenger astrophysics to probe the engines behind the most energetic transients in our Universe, such as core-collapse supernovae, compact binary mergers, and extreme cosmic accelerators.

Particle Physics and Cosmology – covering most areas of quantum field theory, including scattering amplitudes, general relativity from amplitudes, particle physics phenomenology, cosmology, and extensions of the Standard Model in terms of effective field theory.

Condensed Matter Physics – spanning quantum condensed matter theory, including quantum dynamics, topological and hybrid systems, strongly correlated systems, non-equilibrium phases, and Floquet engineering. The group collaborates closely with experimentalists in the Center for Quantum Devices.

Applicants are requested to express their interest by submitting their applications via https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/fellowship/12547 (including a cover letter, CV, publication list, a research statement, and three letters of recommendation). In order to receive full consideration, complete applications should be received by December 1st, 2018. The preferred starting date is September 2019 and is flexible within reason.

Postdoctoral Fellows at the Niels Bohr International Academy receive a competitive salary (including pension). Generous parental leave, state-subsidized child care, 6 weeks of paid vacation, pension contribution, and full medical care are available to employees in Denmark. Copenhagen is a beautiful, family-friendly city with a large international community, a lively and diverse cultural scene, and a very high quality of life. Most international researchers are eligible for a favorable tax scheme.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Postdoc position in quantum gravity or theoretical cosmology at the institute for quantum gravity, Erlangen, Germany

In autumn 2019, at least one postdoctoral position in the fields of quantum gravity or theoretical cosmology will be available at the Institute for Quantum Gravity (IQG) (Theoretical Physics III) of the Friedrich Alexander University (FAU) Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany. The position is for two years with a possibility of extension for one additional year, depending on funding and performance. In exceptional cases, a five year contract may be negotiable. Salaries depend on seniority and follow the collective wage agreement for scientific employees in Germany (TVOeD).

Current staff of the IQG includes professors Kristina Giesel, Hanno Sahlmann and Thomas Thiemann (Chair), Emeriti Frieder Lenz (former chair) and Hartmut Hofmann, postdoc Beatriz Elizag Navacues as well as 9 Phd and 4 master students. Former institute members and Humboldt Fellows Jonathan Engle and Muxin Han accepted positions as assistant professors at Florida Atlantic University and hold affiliate positions at the institute. Further affiliates are professors Wojciech Kaminski, Jerzy Lewandowski and Parampreet Singh.

The Institute for Quantum Gravity (IQG) is part of the Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics (ECAP) which has a strong expertise in experimental astroparticle physics. The IQG benefits from continuous exchange with the excellency cluster ‘Universe’ in Munich, especially with the groups working on (quantum) cosmology. The IQG fosters strong links with the Department of Mathematics in Erlangen. Finally, the IQG is in close contact with a network of international research centers focussing on quantum gravity such as the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos in State College, Pennsylvania, USA; Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; Institute for Theoretical Physics in Marseille, France; Institute for Theoretical Physics in Warsaw, Poland and Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.

Applicants must have a PhD in either physics or mathematics and should have prior research experience in general relativity and quantum field theory or theoretical cosmology as well as a strong interest in working on aspects of non perturbative and background independent quantum gravity.

The following list of material should be uploaded in one pdf- or zip file, whose name should include your last name, using the application form at https://www.umfrageonline.com/s/8ea0774.

1. Curriculum vitae.
2. Research proposal including a summary of previous work and plans for future projects.
3. Teaching experience (if applicable).
4. List of seminars and conferences attended, detailing talks given (if applicable).
5. List of publications.
6. In addition we ask for three letters of recommendation, which should also be uploaded by the referees before the deadline via the application form at https://www.umfrageonline.com/s/0946d66.

Recommendation letters sent by email will not be accepted. Referees are kindly asked to use the following format for their message text: Recommendation letter for FIRSTNAME AND LASTNAME OF THE APPLICANT.

Applications will be reviewed starting November 30th, 2018 but later applications will be considered until the position is filled. The starting date of the position is normally Oct. 1st 2019 but there is some flexibility.

For further information about the Department of Physics and the Institute please visit:
https://www.physik.nat.fau.de/ and
http://www.gravity.physik.fau.de.

For further information about the position please send an inquiry to application[AT]gravity.fau.de.