Postdoctoral position in Relativistic Theoretical Astrophysics, Frankfurt, Germany

The group of Relativistic Theoretical Astrophysics in Frankfurt invites applications for a postdoctoral position in Relativistic Theoretical Astrophysics.

Candidates should have a PhD in astrophysics, physics or applied mathematics. Research experience with simulations in numerical relativity, relativistic hydrodynamics and MHD are favourably evaluated. Candidates with knowledge and experience in modelling the electromagnetic emission from merging binaries will be particularly favoured.

The successful applicant will be part of an international research group at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Frankfurt, Germany. Interests of the group span from the modelling of the physics of neutron stars and black holes, to fundamental issues in gravitational physics ( Frankfurt am Main is a lively and international city, and Europe’s financial center.

The application should comprise a CV, a publication list, and a research summary and proposal. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the address below. Applications will have to be sent by 30.09.2019 for full consideration, but the search will remain open till the optimal candidate is found.

The position is initially for two years and can be extended – depending on successful performance and availability of funds – for up to five years. The expected starting date is 01.04.2020, but earlier/later appointments can be negotiated.

Applications should be made electronically and sent to: Fr. Astrid Steidl: steidl[AT] and to rezzolla[AT]

1st Maurice Bazin Caribbean Conference on Relativistic Astrophysics, Havana, Cuba

The Maurice Bazin Caribbean Conference on Relativistic Astrophysics will be held in Havana, Cuba on May 13, 2015, in Hotel NH CAPRI LA HABANA (calle 21 entre calle N y O)

This one day conference is devoted to the memory of Maurice Bazin (1934-2009), author of one of the most important books of general relativity, together with Ronald Adler and Menahem Schiffer (Introduction to General Relativityy, McGraw-Hill, 1965), Maurice Bazin was an example of an educator contributing to the advance of science in Cuba, Brazil, Chile and Africa.

The Program of the one day conference starts with an official opening at 9:00 am, attended by authorities and representatives of the embassies of Armenia, Brazil, Cuba, Italy and the Vatican, and words of welcome of the President of ACC, Dr. Ismael J. Clark Arxer, Dr. Hugo Perez-Rojas, chairman of the conference, and Ricardo Conzalez Felipe on behalf of the local organizing committee. The scientific meeting will feature lectures presented by REMO RUFFINI and JORGE RUEDA, from the International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics Network – ICRANet, Italy, AURORA PÉREZ-MARTÍNEZ from the Institute of Cybernetics, Mathematics and Physics – ICIMAF, Cuba, GABRIELE GIONTI , S.J., from the Specola Vaticana, Vatican and CÉSAR A. ZEN VASCONCELLOS, from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS, Brazil.

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The Fourth Galileo – Xu Guangqi Meeting, Beijing

This scientific meeting will celebrate the International Year of Light under the aegis of UNESCO, the 100th anniversary of the Einstein Equations as well as the “Golden Jubilee” of Relativistic Astrophysics. It will take place in Beijing (China) from 4 to 8 May, 2015. It represent a joint action of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Division of Gravitation and Relativistic Astrophysics of the Chinese Physical Society, Yunnan Observatory, Shangai Astronomical Observatory, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and ICRANet.

The Galileo Xu Guan Qi meetings  have been created to have a forum for strategic exchanges between eastern and western science at the highest level dealing with relativistic astrophysics and related fundamental theoretical, experimental and observational fields. The aim is to enlarge the audience from the one strictly Chinese and Italian to one embracing European and western scientific interests and the eastern ones. Therefore a broader participation from Korea and Taiwan is encouraged, as well as a participation of scientists from Europe and the Americas.

The name of Xu Guangqi, the collaborator of Matteo Ricci (Ri Ma Dou) celebrates his most extraordinary activities in bringing to China the works of Euclid and Galileo and his strong commitment to the process of modernization and scientific development of China.

The meetings are particularly dedicated to recall the roots of the modern scientific research in the East and the West and review the recent progress in one of the most advanced fields of scientific research: the one of relativistic astrophysics. We review current progress in Relativistic Astrophysics made possible by astronomical observations of the Sun, of the Stars and of the Universe. These results have been achieved thanks to the theories of Albert Einstein and to the unprecedented numbers of observational techniques: in X-ray, Gamma-ray, optical wave-lengths from space based observatories, in radio telescopes wavelengths from telescopes on the ground as well as in particle physics from underground observatories. The first GX meeting was held in Shanghai, in 2009, the second in Ventimiglia, in 2010 and the third in Beijing, in 2011.

This fourth meeting is convened in Beijing as a preliminary meeting preceding the XIV Marcel Grossmann meeting in July, 2015 in Rome. The preliminary poster of GX 4 can be downloaded at:

Details on the program and registration are going to appear in China and in ICRANet at the beginning of January, 2015