PhD position | Numerical Relativity and Cosmology

Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), Hannover

Type of Job

Young Researchers

Astronomy & Astrophysics Particle, Plasma and Quantum Physics

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Job offer from September 17, 2020

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI) in Hannover, Germany, announces the opening for one PhD position in Numerical Relativity and Cosmology, nominally starting as early as January 1, 2021. (Note: The start date is flexible and can be anytime between January and May 2021.)

The position

The successful candidate will pursue research in the Lise Meitner Excellence Group “Gravitational Theory and Cosmology,” led by Anna Ijjas. Thesis research will entail the application of numerical relativity techniques to simulating cosmological models and extracting their observational signatures. 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 conduct thesis research at the AEI in Hannover, receiving their PhD degree from Leibniz University Hannover. The expected duration of the PhD program is three years; it can be extended to four years in exceptional cases.


Using this link, 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 November 15th, 2020.

Please send all inquiries to 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.

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