Ph.D. positions in Gravitational Wave Astrophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics

Stellenangebot vom 1. August 2017

The "Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity" division, led by Dr. Alessandra Buonanno, at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam announces the opening of several Ph.D positions.

The "Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity" division focuses on several aspects of gravitational-wave astrophysics, including (i) theoretical gravitational dynamics and radiation (post-Newtonian theory, gravitational self-force approach, perturbation theory and effective-one-body formalism), (ii) numerical simulations of gravitational-wave sources, (iii) source modeling and analysis of data from gravitational-wave detectors, (iv) astrophysics of compact objects and (v) tests of General Relativity. Members of the division have the opportunity to join the LIGO Scientific Collaboration through the group's membership. They can also be involved in Pulsar-Timing-Array projects and the LISA mission.

The gravitational-wave data-analysis research at the division also includes work on the detection of continuous gravitational-wave signals, led by Dr. Maria Alessandra Papa's group and located at the AEI campus in Hannover. Students interested in this research topic are also encouraged to apply.

The "Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity" division has high-performance computer clusters to run numerical-relativity simulations, and carry out source modeling and data-analysis studies.

The "Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity" division has ties with the Physics Department at the University of Maryland, notably the gravitation theory and experimental groups, the Humboldt University in Berlin, and the University of Potsdam.

To apply for a Ph.D. position at the AEI please fill out this form and upload a curriculum vitae, list of publications and statement of past, current and future research interests. Applicants would need to indicate the names of three referees for recommendation letters. Referees will be notified by email on how to upload the letters (in case of problems referees could send the letters directly to ).

Dr. Andre Schirotzek
Max-Planck-Institut fuer Gravitationsphysik
Am Muehlenberg 1
D-14476 Golm

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for full consideration is June 4th, 2017.

The Max Planck Institute encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.

For further information please send an email to Dr. Andre Schirotzek ( ).

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