Postdocs: ERC CoG ‘Precision Gravity from LHC to LISA’, Hamburg, Germany

Postdocs (f/m/diverse) for ERC CoG “Precision Gravity from the LHC to LISA”

The Astro-particle Physics division at DESY invites applications for several Postdoctoral Positions at DESY, Hamburg, funded by the ERC-consolidator grant “Precision Gravity: From the LHC to LISA”. The appointments are two-year fixed-term positions starting in the fall of 2020, and they may be extended by one year depending on performance.

Job Description:
Implementation of the Effective Field Theory (EFT) approach to gravitational dynamics to compute the emission of Gravitational Waves (GW) from binary systems to fifth Post-Newtonian order. Develop new tools from the theory of scattering amplitudes to streamline the derivation of gravitational observables for the two-body problem in gravity. Use of ‘GW Precision Data’ to constrain the nature of the sources.

PhD in theoretical physics at the time of appointment, in an area related to: gravitational physics, Post-Newtonian theory. EFT approaches and/or the study of scattering amplitudes in gravity, broadly defined. Sufficient independence to manage their own academic research and associated activities.

Applications can be submitted at the link below, by selecting the option ‘Gravitational Waves’ (Rafael Porto). The application should include a statement of research interests, CV, list of publications, as well as the names of three referees who will be asked to upload letters of recommendation. In case of technical problems, you may contact pd-app-desyt[AT]

The deadline for applications is 1 December, 2019.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with those of public service organisations in Germany. Classification is based upon qualifications and assigned duties. Handicapped persons will be given preference to other equally qualified applicants. DESY operates flexible work schemes. DESY is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women. Vacant positions at DESY are in general open to part-time- work. During each application procedure DESY will assess whether the post can be filled with part-time employees.

Multiple Postdoctoral Fellowships and Research Associate Scientists positions Available in Multi-messenger Astrophysics at RIT, New York, USA

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 several NASA and NSF collaborative projects, the RIT’s Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (CCRG) is currently seeking to fill one or two postdoctoral research positions with highly qualified individuals interested in pursuing research in the fields of numerical relativity, theoretical and computational astrophysics, with an emphasis on general relativistic magneto-hydrodynamics simulations.

We are particularly interested in relativistic magneto-hydrodynamics simulations of accretion disks around supermassive black hole mergers, and binary neutron star coalescences from prior to merger through to the formation of disks and/or collapse of the merged remnant, the production of jets, and launching of outflows. We are also interested perform “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.

The successful postdoctoral candidates will be Fellows of a new prestigious “Frontier in Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics” (FGWA) Program. Initially appointed for two or three years, the Fellows are renewable up to five years depending on satisfactory performance and the availability of funds.

Senior scientists in the group includes 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 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 ( and a NASA Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Network (TCAN). 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 160 million core hours), as well as a dedicated over 3000-core cluster hosted at the Center.

More information about the CCRG is available at And about Rochester at,_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: manuela[AT]astro[dot]rit[dot]edu with a copy to ccrg-postdoc[AT]

Application material should also be posted at:​

Enquiries can be addressed to the center’s Director:

Manuela Campanelli, manuela[AT]astro[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 January and no later than September, 2019. RIT is committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.

Postdoctoral positions in Computational Relativistic Astrophysics division at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam, Germany

The “Computational Relativistic Astrophysics” division at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (the Albert Einstein Institute) at Potsdam led by Masaru Shibata announces the opening of several postdoc appointments. The postdoctoral position will be available at different levels, depending on experience and seniority, and can last for different number of years.
The “Computational Relativistic Astrophysics” division will be composed of director (Masaru Shibata), one group leader (Kenta Kiuchi), one senior scientist (Shinya Wanajo), and 4 postdocs in January 2019. Now, this division focuses primarily on several research topics including numerical relativity with matter, modeling of gravitational waveforms for neutron-star mergers and supernovae, modeling of electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational-wave sources, r-process nucleosynthesis, and studies for the formation processes of a variety of black holes. However, research for a variety of other topics in computational astrophysics (even for non-relativistic astrophysics) is also encouraged.
For more information, a list of required documentation, and submission links, please visit our web site.
The deadline for full consideration is December 16th, 2018. The positions are available from any time after April 2019.
The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

For further information please contact Masaru Shibata: mshibata[at] .

Postdocs in Quantum Gravity at SUSTech, Shenzhen, China

Postdoctoral positions in Quantum Gravity at SUSTech (Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen)

The newly established “Classical and Quantum Gravity Group” (spacetime structure from small to large scales) at SUSTech (Shenzhen, China) is looking for very motivated candidates to fill up to three postdoctoral positions as soon as possible. Our research mainly focuses on:

1) Nonlocal Quantum Gravity (NLQG).
2) Local Lee-Wick Quantum Gravity (LWQG).
3) Super-renormalizable or Finite completion of the Standard Model of Particle Physics (SRSM or FSM).
4) Black hole physics.
5) Cosmology.

Therefore, the interested candidates should submit a short research project highlighting the potential impact of their past research on NLQG, LWQG, SRSM or FSM. The group at the moment consists on 1 Research Associate Professor, 1 PhD student, and several undergraduate students.

Priority will be given to experts in: quantum field theory, perturbative quantum gravity, asymptotically safe quantum gravity, string theory, black hole physics, and cosmology.

Preference may be given to candidates with no more then 2 years of postdoctoral experience. ABD (All But Dissertation) candidates are also encouraged to apply. The positions will start as soon as possible and the appointment is for 2 years. The salary is about 200,000 RMB/year.

Interested candidates should send their CV, including contact details of 2-3 referees, and expected starting date, short statement of research interests and/or experience, publication list. For full considerations all the material should be sent to lmodesto[AT] by October 31, 2018.

If electronic submission is not possible, application materials may be sent via regular mail to:

Prof. Leonardo Modesto
Physics Department, Southern University of Science and Technology
No 1088, Xueyuan Rd., Xili, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong,
China 518055
Tel: +86 150 2672 5795 (Mobile)