Postdoctoral Fellowship in Multi-messenger Astrophysics at RIT, New York

The recent observations of a binary neutron star merger using both gravitational wave interferometers as well as electromagnetic telescopes across the full spectrum have initiated the age of multi-messenger astronomy and astrophysics.

As part of NSF collaborative projects, the RIT’s Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (CCRG) is currently seeking to fill a postdoctoral research position with highly qualified individuals interested pursuing research in the multimessenger analysis and interpretation of neutron star mergers.

We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in hydrodynamical simulations of binary merger, relativistic outflows, and nucleosynthesis. Expertise in detailed, self-consistent simulations of electromagnetic emission is also highly desired. We are interested in performing “event-based” simulations, using parameters informed by specific LIGO/Virgo detections, and thereby permitting much closer comparison with observables, in order to interpret current and future multi-messenger observations by a wide array of current and future detectors. Successful applicants will work closely with and regularly visit collaborators at the Center for Theoretical Astrophysics (CTA) at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL). Here, they will consult with the experts on nuclear equations of state, r-process nucleosynthesis, atomic opacities and detailed radiative transfer to produce realistic predictions which can be compared with observations. To ensure efficient and productive collaboration, successful applicants
should be prepared to spend significant percentage of time at LANL during the year.

Senior scientists in the CCRG include Manuela Campanelli (Director), Joshua Faber, Carlos Lousto, Richard O’Shaughnessy, Jason Nordhaus, Yosef Zlochower, Sukanya Chakrabarti, John Whelan, and Hans-Peter Bischof, several postdoctoral fellows and Ph.D. students (see http://ccrg.rit.edu/people for an overview on who is or has been at CCRG).

The group is involved in several large collaborations, including the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), The Einstein Toolkit Consortium (http://einsteintoolkit.org) and a NASA Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Network (TCAN) devoted to the simulation of neutron star mergers. CCRG researchers have access to several computing cluster facilities at national computing centers such as XSEDE and the NCSA’s Blue Waters Supercomputer (with an allocation of over 160MSUs), as well as a dedicated over 3000-core cluster hosted at the Center. The Center for Theoretical Astrophysics at LANL is directed by Chris Fryer. Subject experts include Chris Fontes, Aimee Hungerford, Joshua Dolence, Wesley Even, Ryan Wollaeger, Matthew Mumpower, Jonas Lippuner, Jonah M. Miller, W. Thomas Vestrand, Przemek Wozniak, and others (see https://ccsweb.lanl.gov/astro/index.html#team). Experts at LANL CTA are involved in various large collaborations, including LIGO and LISA, several gamma-ray astronomy programs, and gravitational-wave counterparts search and follow-up campaigns.

More information about the CCRG is available at http://ccrg.rit.edu/. And about Rochester at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rochester,_New_York

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: oshaughn[AT]main[dot]rit[dot]edu with a copy to ccrg-postdoc[AT]ccrgweb.rit.edu. For an overview of all job openings at CCRG please go to: http://ccrg.rit.edu/spotlight/jobs.

Enquiries can be addressed to

Richard O’Shaughnessy, oshaughn[AT]mail[dot]rit[dot]edu Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, School of Mathematical Sciences, and School of Physics and Astronomy, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) 85 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, New York 14623 USA

Review of completed applications will begin as soon as available and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Starting date can be as early as September, 2019. RIT is committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.

Postdoc positions in Multi-Messenger Modelling of GW+EM sources, Stockholm, Sweden

Within the Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics at Stockholm University a strong research environment has recently been established that focuses on the study of the electromagnetic signals from mergers of compact objects, G.R.E.A.T., see www.great.cosmoparticle.com.

Within the G.R.E.A.T. research environment we study the electromagnetic signals from mergers of compact objects, both from a theoretical and an observational perspective. This research environment benefits from very close connections between Physics and Astronomy, between scientist working on theoretical, computational and observational aspects and access to data (e.g. ZTF, ENGRAVE). Within the G.R.E.A.T. initiative, we are currently searching for Postdoctoral Fellows working on multi-messenger astrophysics. Particular attention will be payed to the area of theory/modelling (up to three positions) of gravitational + electromagnetic wave sources.

Postdoc Positions
Postdoctoral openings will be available for outstanding individuals to work on the multi-messenger aspects of sources that produce both gravitational and electromagnetic waves. Expertise in any relevant multi-messenger aspect are of interest, expertise in relativistic (magneto-)hydrodynamics, nucleosynthesis and/or radiative transfer is particularly welcome. Postdoctoral associates are welcome to participate in Scientific Programs at Nordita, the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, which bring together groups of leading experts to work on specific topics for extended periods. The postdoctoral associates will also have access to research and travel funds, excellent benefits as well as computing facilities.

Closing date for the application is May 31, 2019, but application reviewing will start as soon as applications come in, therefore early applications are encouraged.

Further details on how to apply can be found under this link.

For questions concerning the positions please contact Stephan Rosswog.

Post-Doctoral Researcher on cosmic rays, University of Kansas, USA

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher position in high energy nuclear physics with the University of Kansas beginning as early as July 1, 2019 or until the position is filled. This position will be in residence at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Post-doctoral researcher candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in physics by date of appointment and research experience in detector development or a related experimental field. Successful candidates will contribute in several aspects of the nuclear group’s research program in developing new Si detectors to measure cosmic rays in space in collaboration with NASA. The goal of the project is to define the best possible compact detector to be sent into space using a detailed simulation, to build the detector, and to test it. Candidates with relevant interests and experience are sought. For more information and to apply go to https://employment.ku.edu/staff/14158BR.

A complete online application will include a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae (including publications list), Statement of Research Interests and Skills. Also please have at least three letters of recommendation emailed to Prof. Christophe Royon (christophe.royon[AT]ku.edu) or mailed to Department of Physics & Astronomy, 1251 Wescoe Hall Drive, Room 1082, Malott Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045 USA.

Review of applications will begin April 25, 2019. For first consideration, please apply before this date. Inquiries can be made by email to christophe.royon[AT]ku.edu.

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Postdoctoral Positions in Gravitational or Statistical Physics at the Institute for Physics and Mathematics, Morelia, Mexico

The Gravitation and Statistical Physics Group at the Institute of Physics and Mathematics of the University of Michoacan, Morelia, Mexico has a number of postdoctoral positions available, starting September 2019. The positions are funded by PRODEP or CONACyT and they are available for one year with a possible extension for another year.

The Gravitation and Statistical Physics Group currently consists of five faculty members (F. Astorga, U. Nucamendi, O. Sarbach, L. Tessieri and T. Zannias), one associate professor (E. Tejeda), one postdoc (P. Sheroan) and several graduate students. The current research areas of the group include the following topics:

Mathematical and Numerical Relativity

Physics and Astrophysics of Black Holes and Compact Objects

Gravitational Radiation

Cosmology

Relativistic Hydrodynamics and Thermodynamics

Relativistic Kinetic Theory

Disordered Systems and Anderson localization

Interested candidates should send their current cv and a short research proposal of a maximum of two pages to Dr. Ulises Nucamendi (ulises[AT]ifm.umich.mx) before May 15th, 2019. Due to restrictions imposed by the funding agencies, this announcement is directed to candidates that have obtained their Ph.D degree within the past two years. We particularly encourage applications from women, minorities and indigenous candidates.

Postdoctoral positions in Gravitation, Astrophysics, Cosmology and Fundamental Interactions at CBPF, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A call is now open for various postdoctoral positions at the Brazilian Center for Physics Research / Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (CBPF) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro has a dynamic scientific atmosphere, with several research-intensive Universities and independent centres, like CBPF, which is one of the top research institutions in Physics in South America. In particular, CBPF recently created a new department of Astrophysics, Cosmology and Fundamental Interactions – COSMO, with 9 faculty members carrying out research comprising (but not limited to) the following areas: gravitational waves; gravitational lensing; theoretical and observational cosmology; black hole physics; quantum field theory; supersymmetry; nuclear astrophysics.

We particularly encourage candidates with research interests in the above fields to apply for a postdoctoral position at COSMO. The available positions are: two “senior” ones (with a monthly stipend of Brazilian R$5,120 net), for candidates who finished a Ph.D. at least two years ago, and a “junior” one (with a monthly stipend of R$4,160 net). The starting date can be chosen among any of: July 1, August 1 and September 1, 2019, and the length of each position is 1 year, subject to renewal every year up to 5 years. The application procedure consists of filling in the form in https://portal.cbpf.br/educacao-cientifica/pci/capacitacao-institucional/inscricao and emailing it to pci@cbpf.br with a deadline of 30/04/2019. However, since the form requires the signature of a CBPF professor who is to be the postdoc advisor, anyone interested should first get in touch with one of the professors in https://portal.cbpf.br/educacao-cientifica/pci/capacitacao-institucional/projetos-supervisores within “Pesquisa em Cosmologia, Astrofisica e Interacoes Fundamentais” (COSMO) as soon as possible – for details about the profiles of the COSMO researchers, please see http://www.cbpf.br/~mcasals/index.html. If in doubt, you may email Prof. Marc Casals at mcasals@cbpf.br for assistance.

For further information, please see:
http://www.cbpf.br/~mcasals/Postdoc.html
https://portal.cbpf.br/educacao-cientifica/pci/capacitacao-institucional/pag-inicial

Postdoctoral position in numerical relativity at Rhodes University, South Africa

The appointment is for up to two years with a starting date as soon as possible 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”.

This is a re-announcement of the position, and applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Postdoc in Mathematical Physics, Dijon, France

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher position in mathematical physics with the University of Burgundy beginning as early as September 1, 2019 or until the position is filled.

This position will be at the Institute of Mathematics in Dijon.

Post-doctoral researcher candidates are required to have a Ph.D. by date of appointment and research experience in mathematical physics.

For more information contact Prof. C. Klein (Christian.Klein[AT]u-bourgogne.fr).

Postdoc in GR at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Institute of Theoretical Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague invites applications for a postdoctoral position within Prague relativity group to a motivated person, working in the field of general relativity and/or its astrophysical or cosmological applications. More specifically, his/her doctoral expertise and research plan should be close to at least one of the following topics: mathematical relativity, problems of energy and radiation in GR, exact solutions of Einstein’s field equations and their interpretation, asymptotic structure of space-times, particles, bodies and fields in GR space-times, black holes, black-hole perturbations, neutron stars, relativistic celestial mechanics and approximation methods, numerical relativity, gravitational lensing, contemporary cosmology (cosmological models and their perturbations, dark matter and dark energy), physics and analysis of gravitational waves, quantum gravity and quantum cosmology.

We offer a position within a pleasant academic environment, with standard equipment and reasonable support for traveling. 1 year contract starting from October 2019 – January 2020 (negotiable), with a possible renewal in case of mutual interest. Salary will be comparable to a starting salary of an assistant professor at our Faculty.

Interested candidates should submit:
CV, research statement, list of publications, two letters of recommendation. Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview or seminar. Deadline is 28th June.

The submission should be sent to oldrich.semerak[AT]mff.cuni.cz (Oldrich Semerak).

Astrophysics, Gravity and Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics Postdoctoral Positions in Department of Physics, IIT Bombay, India

Astronomy, Cosmology and Gravity, and High Energy Theory research groups, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay, intend to appoint several postdoctoral positions in all areas of Astrophysics, Dark Matter, Early Universe Cosmology, Elementary particle physics, Gravitational waves and Electromagnetic followup, Neutrino Physics, Physics beyond the Standard model, QCD, Quantum gravity and String theory. Currently, the groups have nine faculty members, and several Postdoctoral fellows and PhD students. Please visit the group pages to know more about the research activities:

* http://www.phy.iitb.ac.in/en/research/high-energy-theory
* http://www.phy.iitb.ac.in/en/research/astronomy-cosmology-gravity

Candidates awarded PhD recently, or research scholars who have submitted their thesis and waiting for the examination are strongly encouraged to apply. More details about the position can be found at: http://www.iitb.ac.in/en/careers/institute-post-doctoral-fellows

The positions are available for up to two years. Informal inquiries can be made to any faculty member in these groups.

Tenure: 2 years
Fellowship: INR 780000 – 852000 per year (House Rent Allowance 24% extra)
Deadline: 15 March 2019

To apply, please send an up-to-date CV, research statement and have at least three letters of reference sent by email to:

thep_acg_postdoc_app[AT]phy.iitb.ac.in

with the subject “Application for Institute Post-doctoral Positions – “.

Applications received after the deadline may still be considered subject to availability of positions.

Email: thep_acg_postdoc_app[AT]phy.iitb.ac.in
More Information: http://www.phy.iitb.ac.in/en/research
Letters of Reference should be sent to: thep_acg_postdoc_app[AT]phy.iitb.ac.in

Postdoc in Gravitational-wave Physics at University of Portsmouth, UK

The Institute of Cosmology & Gravitation (ICG) intends to appoint a postdoctoral researcher in gravitational-wave physics, specifically in data analysis with current and near-future detectors like Advanced LIGO and Virgo.

The researcher will work on a project “Preparing for the First Neutron Star-Black Hole Detection with LIGO” funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), supervised by Dr. Andrew Lundgren.

A PhD degree and relevant research experience are required. This project will involve developing both search and parameter estimation methods for precessing compact binaries.

The post is for three years, starting on 1st October 2019.

Two postdoctoral positions in gravitational wave and multi-messenger astronomy at the University of Glasgow, UK

The Institute for Gravitational Research (IGR) at the University of Glasgow is seeking to fill two postdoctoral positions for projects entitled ‘Exploring the frontiers of gravitational wave astronomy’ and ‘Probing the universe with multi-messenger observations’.

Successful applicants will be working with John Veitch, Chris Messenger, Ik Siong Heng and others at the IGR to tackle challenges in gravitational wave and multi-messenger astronomy with Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo observations in O3 and beyond.

Postdoc position in gravitational waves 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. The candidate is expected to work on the topic of binary neutron star coalescence in general relativity, including computational aspects in numerical relativity, gravitational waveform modeling and data-analysis applications. The successful candidates have the opportunity to join the Virgo Collaboration and participate to the LIGO-Virgo gravitational-wave astronomy programme. The group is also part of the computational relativity (CoRe) collaboration.

The appointment will be initially for one year with possible extension up to three years. Candidates with experience in analytical and numerical relativity, gravitational-wave modeling and data analysis 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 March 1st, 2019, but will be considered until the positions are filled. Starting date is expected in November 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.

More info

* Job advertisement:
https://www.tpi.uni-jena.de/Jobs

* Theoretical Physics Institute:
https://www.tpi.uni-jena.de/HomePage

* Research group:
http://www.tpi.uni-jena.de/~bernuzzi

Postdoctoral position in numerical relativity (re-announcement), Rhodes University, South Africa

The appointment is for up to two years with a starting date as soon as possible 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”.

This is a re-announcement of the position, and applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Theoretical High Energy Physics at the University of Kansas, USA

The High Energy Theory Group at the University of Kansas invites applications for a position at the postdoctoral researcher level beginning on September 1, 2019. The group works on physics of the Standard Model and beyond, including QCD, collider physics, dark matter physics, neutrino physics, ultra-high energy cosmic rays, model-building, and astroparticle-cosmology. Preferred qualifications include experience in particle phenomenology with expertise in collider and/or dark matter physics. Exceptional applicants from other areas will be given careful consideration. The appointment will be for two years as evidenced by application material.

Required qualifications for the postdoctoral researcher position include a Ph.D. in physics or related field by date of appointment and potential for and/or evidence of scientific productivity.

For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to https://employment.ku.edu/staff/13547BR. Applicants should submit a cover letter with the names and contact information of three references, their CV, publication list, and a statement of research interests. In addition, three reference letters should be sent by email to theorypostdoc[AT]ku.edu or mailed to Department of Physics & Astronomy, 1251 Wescoe Hall Drive, Room 1082, Malott Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045 USA.

The position is open until filled and the initial review of applications will begin January 30, 2019; please apply by this date for full consideration of your application. Inquiries can be made by email to ian.lewis[AT]ku.edu

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Postdoctoral positions in cosmology at Nicolaus Copernicus University

The Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics of the Nicolaus
Copernicus University invites applications for 12- to 24-month
postdoctoral positions (adiunkt naukowy) in theoretical/observational
inhomogeneous cosmology. A substantial fraction of the successful
candidates’ research work will be expected to focus on the possible
links between inhomogeneous cosmology and dark matter, but they will
also be expected to develop their own original cosmology research
programs. Candidates with solid experience in LCDM N-body cosmology
simulations and willing to work on numerical relativistic (standard
general relativity) cosmology simulations will be strongly considered.

Formal advertisement and how to apply: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/368908

Informal enquiries: boud astro.uni.torun.pl

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).