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

Job Offer from October 14, 2019

The "Computational Relativistic Astrophysics" division at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (the Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam led by Masaru Shibata (director) 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 is currently composed of one group leader (Dr. Kenta Kiuchi), one senior scientist (Shinya Wanajo), and 8 junior researchers, and focuses on several research topics in theoretical astrophysics, computational astrophysics, and general relativity. The members in this division are working in the following topics: (i) numerical relativity with matter fields for a variety of relativistic phenomena like mergers of neutron-star binaries (binary neutron stars and black hole-neutron star binaries), long-term evolution of the merger remnants, stellar collapse to a black hole/neutron star, and long-term evolution of accretion disks around a black hole/neutron star. (ii) deriving accurate gravitational waves from neutron-star binaries by numerical relativity simulation for a variety of neutron-star equations of state. (iii) modeling electromagnetic counterparts (kilonovae, short gamma-ray bursts, radio flare, precursors, etc) associated with neutron-star mergers. (iv) nucleosynthesis calculation associated with neutron-star mergers and stellar collapse. (v) modeling gravitational waves emitted in the supernova explosion/proto neutron star evolution. (vi) studies for the formation processes of a variety of black holes (stellar-mass, intermediate-mass, and supermassive black holes) and for gravitational-wave and electromagnetic signals associated with the formation processes. (vii) Stellar evolution calculation. Researching other topics (even for non-relativistic/non-computational astrophysics) is also encouraged.

The researchers in the "Computational Relativistic Astrophysics" division can use high-performance computers at Max Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF: and several clusters (sakura and yamazaki) in this division.

The "Computational Relativistic Astrophysics" division has ties with the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University.

To apply for a postdoctoral position at the AEI in Potsdam, please fill out this form.

Applicants will be asked to upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications and statement of research interests. Applicants will 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 ).

The "Computational Relativistic Astrophysics" division also offers Max Planck Fellowships to non-German scientists. Information on those fellowships and explanations on how to apply are summarized at

The deadline for full consideration is December 9th, 2019. The positions will be available from any time after April 2020.

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: .

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