Postdoc at Nottingham, UK

Applications are invited for the above STFC funded post to begin in October 2019, in which the candidate will have the opportunity to work with members of both the particle cosmology and quantum gravity groups.

Candidates with research interests in any of the areas of Dark Energy, Dark Matter, Modified Gravity and Strong Gravity are encouraged to apply. They should have a PhD in physics or a related subject area.

Because of the nature of the consolidated grant funding, the position is jointly held between the schools of physics and astronomy and mathematical sciences, the candidate will therefore have a unique opportunity to interact and collaborate with members of both schools.

This full-time post will be offered on a fixed-term contract until 30 September 2020. Job share arrangements may be considered.

Candidates are asked to attach a research proposal to their application along their CV.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Ed Copeland, tel: 0115 9515164 or email ed.copeland[AT]nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, visit
https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/applyingfromoverseas/index2.aspx

Postdoctoral position in relativistic astrophysics at Paris Observatory, France

Applications are solicited for a post-doctoral position at Paris Observatory/LESIA in collaboration with LUTh, IAP to work on the detection of the pericenter shift of the star S2 at the Galactic Center and on the detection of a potential extended mass around the super-massive black hole. The offer is for one year, renewable for a second year on the basis of satisfactory performance. The contract should start in fall 2019, an earlier start can be considered.

GRAVITY has produced unprecedented results on the Galactic Center comprising the first ever direct detection of gravitational redshift around a super-massive black hole and the direct constrain of the size of a black hole down to a scale of 3.5 Schwarzschild radii. One of the next goals of the GRAVITY collaboration is the detection of the pericenter shift of S2 for a new test of general relativity and to explore invisible matter at the scale of the orbit and, later, the measurement of the spin of Sgr A*.

The goals of the offer are (1) to build a Kerr metric perturbed by an extended mass component, (2) to test the orbit of S2 against this metrics and detect its relativistic pericenter advance, (3) to constrain the extended mass in the black hole vicinity, (4) to prepare for the measurement of the spin of Sgr A* with the orbit of S2. The PDRA will participate to observation campaigns and data reduction/analysis. Check the link at the LESIA website (given below) for a more detailed description.

Applications are open to candidates of any nationality.

Candidates should provide:
a CV;
a letter of motivation;
a complete list of publications and a separate list of first-author publications;
the PhD certificate or, if not yet earned, the date of defense;
two reference letters.

Applications must be submitted electronically to guy.perrin[AT]obspm.fr.

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.

ICG postdoctoral research fellow, Portsmouth, UK

Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Employment type: Fixed-term (12 months)
Salary: GBP: 35,211 – 38,460 per annum
Post number: ZZ005407
Closing date: 16 July 2019

We announce a one-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) at the University of Portsmouth aimed at promising early-career researchers in cosmology. The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in research, complementing and extending the existing ICG research interests and expertise. During the fellowship, they will have the opportunity to develop their own programme of research and innovation, and help attract external funding to the ICG.

The ICG consists of 14 academic staff, 18 postdoctoral researchers and 29 PhD students, with an active international visitors programme. Portsmouth is a member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-IV) and Dark Energy Survey and the Large Synpotic Survey Telescope (LSST) with involvement in the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) and other major international collaborations, including ESA’s Euclid satellite mission and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The University of Portsmouth is a member of the South-East Physics Network (SEPnet) and hosts the 3704-core SCIAMA supercomputer. More information is available at http://www.icg.port.ac.uk/

We welcome applications from all qualified applicants, but applications are particularly encouraged from traditionally under-represented groups in science. The University of Portsmouth and the ICG hold Athena SWAN bronze awards which show a commitment to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote diversity and equality and create a better working environment for women and men.

Applications (application form, CV, publication list and research proposal for the fellowship) should be submitted via the online application system by the closing date. Applicants should also arrange for up to three reference letters to be sent by email to icg-admin[AT]port.ac.uk, to arrive by the same date. We expect the fellowship to start 1st October 2019 or as close to that date as feasible.

To find out more about the University of Portsmouth and this role, visit https://port.engageats.co.uk and apply on-line.

All applications for this position will be processed and conducted in compliance with UK legislation relevant at that time.

The University of Portsmouth is an equal opportunities employer, fully committed to creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and communities.

ESA Reserach Fellowships in Space Science, The Netherlands, Spain

The European Space Agency awards several postdoctoral fellowships each year.

The aim of these fellowships is to provide scientists in their early career, holding a PhD or the equivalent degree, with the means of performing research in fields related to the ESA Science Programme.

Areas of research include planetary science, astronomy and astrophysics, solar and solar-terrestrial science, plasma physics and fundamental physics. The fellowships have a duration of two years, with the possible extension to three years, and are tenable at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Netherlands, or at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain.

Applications are now solicited for fellowships in space science to begin in the fall of 2020. Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates in an early stage of their career. Candidates not holding a PhD yet are encouraged to apply, but they must provide evidence of receiving their degree before starting the fellowship.

ESA fellows are enrolled in ESA’s Social Security Scheme, which covers medical expenses. A monthly deduction covers these short-term and long-term risks.

The deadline for applications is 1 October 2019.

More information on the ESA Research Fellowship programme in Space Science, on the conditions and eligibility, as well as the application form can retrieved from the fellowship website (see link).

Questions on the scientific aspects of the ESA Fellowship in Space Science not answered in the above pages can be sent by e-mail to the fellowship coordinators, Dr. Oliver Jennrich or Dr. Jan-Uwe Ness
at the address fellowship[AT]cosmos.esa.int

Postdoctoral position in HEPCAT group at the University of Cape Town, South Africa

Postdoctoral Fellowships in the High Energy Physics, Cosmology & Astrophysics Theory (HEPCAT) group at the University of Cape Town, South Africa

The High Energy Physics, Cosmology and Astrophysics Theory group in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town (UCT) seeks highly qualified postdoctoral candidates to start in 2019. The group has 2 core faculty members – Amanda Weltman and Shajid Haque and associate members include Jeff Murugan, Jon Shock, Julien Larena, Will Horowitz and Kurt van der Heyden.

We will consider all eligible candidates, however the priority research areas will be 21 cm cosmology, FRBs and probing modified gravity theories with gravitational waves.

The successful candidate(s) will have the opportunity to join and work on the Hydrogen Intensity and Real-time Analysis eXperiment (HIRAX), a new radio telescope array currently under construction in South Africa, that has science goals of 21cm cosmology, transients, pulsars, and hydrogen absorbers. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work on a combination of radio hardware design and integration, instrument characterisation, simulations and forecasting, and analysis techniques for large data sets.
The position is for two years with the possibility of extension subject to progress and funding. Starting dates are negotiable and may begin as soon as possible in 2019.

Applicants should please send 1 pdf file including your CV, publications and a brief statement of your research interests, and arrange to have three letters of reference e-mailed to Professor Amanda Weltman – Amanda.weltman[AT]uct.ac.za by 15 July, 2019, for full consideration. The position(s) will remain open until filled. Note that applicants should have obtained their PhD degree in a related field (Physics, Astronomy or Applied Mathematics) within the last five years and may not have held any prior permanent academic posts.
The University of Cape Town: reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications, and reserves the right to change the conditions of award, and/or to make no awards at all. UCT is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress. Our Employment Equity Policy is available http://www.uct.ac.za/downloads/uct.ac.za/about/policies/eepolicy.pdf

Post-Doctoral Researcher positions in “Gravity theory and gravitational wave phenomenology”, Rome, Italy

We expect to open multiple Post-Doctoral Researcher positions at various seniority levels to work in the area of strong gravity (theory and phenomenology). The successful candidates will join the “Gravity theory and gravitational wave phenomenology” group at Sapienza University of Rome.

The appointment is for two years, with a net salary (depending on seniority) competitive with international standards. All candidates must hold (or soon be completing) a Ph.D. in Physics. The positions are expected to start by September/October 2020, but earlier start dates (up to Fall 2019) will be considered. Screening of the applications will begin in September 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled.

The research activity of the successful candidate will focus on gravitational-wave modelling and phenomenology, black-hole and neutron-star physics, tests of gravity and of the nature of compact objects, and strong-gravity tests of dark matter. The members of the group are also expected to get involved in other activities such as training of students.

Staff members of the gravity theory group at Sapienza currently include Valeria Ferrari, Leonardo Gualtieri, Andrea Maselli, and Paolo Pani, as well as Marie Curie Fellow Richard Brito, postdoc Swetha Bhagwat, five PhD students, and several master students. The group is involved in the COST Actions “CA 16104 Gravitational waves, black holes and fundamental physics (GWverse)” and “CA 16214 The multi-messenger physics and astrophysics of neutron stars (PHAROS)”. It is part of the “Amaldi Research Center for gravitational physics and astrophysics” at Sapienza, of the RISE H2020-MC network “Strong gravity and high-energy physics (StronGrHEP)” and of the INFN Specific Initiative TEONGRAV – Gravitational Wave Sources. Members of the group are also part of the LISA Consortium, the GWIC-3G Science Case Team, and eXTP Science Team. The group has also strong connections with other local groups at Sapienza, with the gravity groups in Lisbon (IST), Johns Hopkins University, Tubingen, Nottingham, Baleares, Cambridge, Aveiro, SISSA, Milano Bicocca, and King’s College London.

The Department of Physics at Sapienza hosts renowned research groups in several areas of physics and is regularly included among the first 40 Physics & Astronomy institutes in the world according to various rankings.

Sapienza University of Rome values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The selection will be done in agreement with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers, and particular attention will be paid to the gender balance of the group.

These positions are funded by the Italian Ministry of Research (MIUR, PRIN 2017) and by the ERC Starting Grant DarkGRA.

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.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, retaliation, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and is the University’s Title IX Coordinator: the Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA[AT]ku.edu, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

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

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access, IOA[AT]ku.edu,, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

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