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Postdoctoral positions in Astrophysical Relativity at the AEI

The Astrophysical Relativity division at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam, Germany, anticipates the filling of three postdoctoral positions within the “numerical-relativity” group.

The positions are tied to funds for research in the following areas:

a)  inspiral and merger of binary black holes

b) electromagnetic counterparts to the merger of supermassive black-hole binaries

c)  inspiral and merger of binary neutron stars

Candidates with interests and expertise in the above areas are particularly encouraged to apply, but candidates with more generic backgrounds will also be considered.

The numerical-relativity group is led by Luciano Rezzolla and is primarily but not exclusively concerned with the numerical solution of the Einstein equations and with the modelling of compact objects, such as neutron stars and black holes. Its work is a multi-disciplinary effort, spanning the fields of relativistic astrophysics, hydrodynamics and magnetohydrodynamics, differential geometry, mathematics of nonlinear partial differential equations and high performance computing. To learn more about the group, please visit: http://numrel.aei.mpg.de

The Albert Einstein Institute also hosts a Divisions in Mathematical Relativity and Quantum Gravity and has an extremely active visitors program. It enjoys close proximity to the Universities of Potsdam and Berlin, the Astrophysics Institute of Potsdam, and has excellent in-house supercomputing facilities. To learn more about the Institute, please visit: http://www.aei.mpg.de

The positions are for one year and renewable up to three depending on satisfactory progress. The appointments are expected to begin around Sept. 1, 2011, but an earlier date is also possible. The deadline for applications is Dec. 15, 2010. Applications can be made online via the web interface at

https://lotus1.aei.mpg.de/job-form.nsf/registrationNR.xsp

Applicants should upload a CV, a publication list, a research summary specifying which position they are interested in, and should arrange for 3 letters of reference.

The Albert Einstein Institute is an equal-opportunity employer and hires on the basis of merit. Applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, and women are encouraged.