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

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Job Offer from September 16, 2020

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 postdoc appointments. Several postdoctoral positions 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 (Kenta Kiuchi), one senior scientist (Shinya Wanajo), and 10 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 neutrino-radiation hydrodynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, and viscous-hydrodynamics 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 waveforms 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). (vii) Stellar evolution calculation. Working in other topics (even for non-relativistic/non-computational astrophysics) is also encouraged. We in particular search for researchers who are interested in the code development for radiation transfer.

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.

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 deadline for the full consideration is December 5th, 2020. The positions will be available from any time after January 2021.

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 Matthias Blittersdorf: .

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