PhD position in theoretical gravitational physics and cosmology at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Hannover, Germany

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI) in Hannover, Germany, announces the opening of one PhD position in theoretical gravitational physics and cosmology, nominally starting as early as April 1, 2020. (A later start date is possible.)
The successful candidate will pursue research in the recently established Lise Meitner Research Group “Gravitational Theory and Cosmology,” led by Anna Ijjas. PhD theses may span topics ranging from mathematical relativity to theoretical and numerical cosmology. The PhD student will be associated with the joint AEI-Princeton Cosmology Initiative of the Simons Foundation and will participate in a wide range of activities (workshops, visits, seminars, journal clubs, special events) in Europe and the US.
The successful applicant will enroll in the International Max Planck Research School on Gravitational Wave Astronomy and conduct their research at the AEI in Hannover, receiving their PhD degree from the Leibniz University Hannover. The expected duration of the PhD program is three years; it can be extended to four years in exceptional cases.
Using the link below, applicants may upload a recent CV and a brief (1-page) research statement as a single pdf-file as well as the contact information for two referees who will be solicited to provide letters of support. (The research statement should describe past research experience and projects including publications, where applicable. No future research proposal is required.) Applicants are required to have a master’s degree by the start of the PhD program.
Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The final deadline is Jan 15th, 2020.
Please send all inquiries to Anna Ijjas at anna.ijjas[AT]
The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

Nordita Advanced Winter School on Theoretical Cosmology, Stockholm, Sweden

Nordita, the Nordic institute of Theoretical Physics in Stockholm, is arranging a Winter School on January 13 – 24, 2020. The theme for this year’s school is Theoretical Cosmology.

The purpose of this winter school is to provide late PHD students and young postdocs with introductory and advanced courses in a range of the most important topics in the field of Theoretical Cosmology.

More information and application is on the school’s home page:

The deadline for application is 15 November 2019.

Lecturers and themes include:
– Lasha Berezhiani (MPP Munich) – Condensed Matter Methods for Cosmology
– Robert Brandenberger (McGill U.) – Cosmological Perturbations; Inflation and alternatives
– Valerie Domcke * (DESY) – Gravitational Waves in Cosmology
– Ruth Durrer (Geneva U.) – From theory to data
– Pedro Ferreira (U. of Oxford) – Dark Energy and Modified Gravity
– Steffen Gielen (U. of Sheffield) – Cosmology and Quantum Gravity
– Michele Maggiore (U. of Geneva) – Cosmology and Non-Local Gravity
– David Marsh (Stockholm U.) – Axion Cosmology
– Guilherme Pimentel (U. of Amsterdam) – Symmetries in Cosmology
– Marjorie Schillo (Uppsala U.) – Cosmology and String Theory
* To be confirmed.

Contact: winterschool[AT]

We would be grateful if you could share this information with potentially interested PhD students and postdocs.

Best regards,
The Organizing Committee of the 2020 Nordita Advanced Winter School on Theoretical Cosmology