Ph.D. student positions in cosmology, University of Szczecin

Szczecin Cosmology Group at the Institute of Physics of the University of Szczecin invites applications for 2 Ph.D. student positions cosmology, particle physics, and fundamental interactions. The positions are supposed to be filled after 1st of March 2014 and last for 3 years. The positions are funded by the National Science Centre Maestro-3 grant “New consequences of the variability of the fundamental constants in physics and cosmology” led by prof. Mariusz P. Dabrowski (DEC-2012/06/A/ST2/00395). The gross monthly salary per a position is 2500 PLN, there is a possibility for a cheaper university supported accommodation, travel fund is available. The city of Szczecin is located near to polish border with Germany – 130 km away from Berlin with good access to international airports.

The research will deal with broad area of the particle physics and cosmology with the emphasis onto the theories with variable physical constants and their consequences onto the evolution of the universe. The project will refer to both theoretical as well as experimental and observational aspects of such theories.

The deadline for applications is 14th February, 2014. Applications should include CV, list of publications, a brief statement of research interests, a copy of graduate studies diploma (M.Sc.) and a copy of the thesis. Candidates should arrange for at least 1 letter of recommendation. Applications and recommendations should be sent by email to prof. M.P. Dabrowski: mpdabfz[AT]wmf.univ.szczecin.pl.

FAPERJ – ICRANet Program

A teaching, research and outreach program in Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology 2013-2018

The FAPERJ – ICRANet Program on Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology promotes the Collaboration between scientists from Asia, Europe and USA with scientists from the State of Rio de Janeiro with five major actions:
1. Fellowships for graduate students from the State of Rio de Janeiro in the IRAP-PhD program.
2. Senior scientists from Asia, Europe and USA visiting scientific institutions in the State of Rio de Janeiro.
3. Senior scientists from the State of Rio de Janeiro visiting ICRANet seats in Asia, Europe and USA.
4. Postdoctoral Fellowships for International candidates in ICRANet seats, Scientific Institutions associated to ICRANet, and Institutions with scientists associated to ICRANet in Asia, Europe, State fo Rio de Janeiro and USA.
5. Organization of workshops and outreach programs.

www.icranet.org | www.faperj.br e-mail: faperj-icranet[AT]icranet.org

Please, download the poster from here: http://www.icranet.org/documents/posterFaperj.pdf

CAPES – ICRANet Program

A teaching, research and outreach program in Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology 2013-2018

The Capes – ICRANet Program on Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology promotes the Collaboration between scientists from Asia, Europe and USA with Brazilian scientists with five major actions:
1. Fellowships for Brazilian graduate students in the IRAP-PhD program.
2. Senior scientists from Asia, Europe and USA visiting Brazil for up to 3 months per year for three years within the “Ciencia sem fronteiras” program.
3. Senior Brazilian scientists visiting ICRANet seats in Asia, Europe and USA for up to 5 months in a year.
4. Postdoctoral Fellowships for International candidates in ICRANet seats, Scientific Institutions associated to ICRANet, and Institutions with Scientists associated to ICRANet, in Asia, Brazil Europe and USA.
5. Organization of workshops and outreach programs.

www.icranet.org | www.capes.gov.br/cooperacao-internacional/italia/capes-icranet e-mail: capes-icranet[AT]icranet.org

Please, download the poster from here: http://www.icranet.org/documents/posterCapes.pdf

International Relativistic Astrophysics Ph.D. Program

The coordinated effort of many international organizations such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), the European Southern Observatory (ESO), has led to an unprecedented amount of scientific information from the microphysical world all the way to the entire Universe. To harvest the results of these scientific missions, a specific Ph. D. program has been envisaged in order to involve the students in the analysis and modeling of the above observational data within the theory of general relativity and relativistic quantum and classical field theories. The students will also be involved in innovative experimental programs in relativistic astrophysics. The program provides expertise in the most advanced topics of experimental, mathematical and theoretical physics relevant to the context of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. These activities, being necessarily international, the scientific and academic institutions, indicated below, participate with their own specific scientific specialties and a joint degree is delivered, at the end of the program.

A deadline of 23th February 2014 has been established for the nine positions sponsored by the Erasmus Mundus Program. Five additional positions sponsored by CAPES, for students from Brazil, and two by FAPERJ for students from the state of Rio de Janeiro, have deadline 30th June 2014. Five additional positions open internationally and directly sponsored by the participating institutions will have deadline 30th September 2014. For the application and more information see http://www.icranet.org/irap-phd .

COURSES: DURING THE THREE YEARS 180 HOURS OF CLASSES WILL BE FOLLOWED, FROM THE COURSES INDICATED HERE, AS WELL AS FROM ADDITIONAL COURSES IN THE PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS.

ICRANet
Headquarters, Piazza della Repubblica, 10 | 65100 Pescara | Italy
Phone: +39.085.23054.200 | Fax: +39.085.4219252
www.icranet.org

Download the poster from here: http://www.icranet.org/documents/posterIrap.pdf
secretariat-irapphd[AT]icra.it

PhD positions in gravity, cosmology, astrophysics at Fudan University

The gravity/cosmology/astrophysics group at Fudan University (Shanghai, China) has a few PhD positions for the next academic year (starting in September 2014) for non-Chinese students. The successful candidates must have a Master degree in Physics or in a related area before September 2014. Courses and research are conducted in English. The PhD program normally lasts for 3 years, but it can be extended to 4-5 years.

Applications from candidates with interest/experience in any research area of gravity, cosmology, high energy astrophysics, and quantum field theory will be considered. The group currently consists of 3 faculty (Cosimo Bambi, Antonino Marciano, Leonardo Modesto), 4 postdocs (Stefano Giaccari, Daniele Malafarina, Leslaw Rachwal, Naoki Tsukamoto), and several graduate and undergraduate students. Interested candidates should send their CV (including, among other things, date of birth and nationality) and a short statement of research interests and/or experience to:

Prof. Cosimo Bambi
E-mail: bambi[AT]fudan.edu.cn

Please arrange also at least 2 recommendation letters to be sent separately to the same email address.

Applications received by January 31 will receive full consideration.

Enquires can be sent to Cosimo Bambi (bambi[AT]fudan.edu.cn), Antonino Marciano (marciano[AT]fudan.edu.cn), or Leonardo Modesto (lmodesto[AT]fudan.edu.cn). Some of the possible research projects can be found here:

http://www.physics.fudan.edu.cn/tps/people/bambi/Site/Job_Opportunities.html

Further details:
Shanghai is the most international city in China. It has been recently developing as a forefront for scientific research in Asia, and will continue in the next years. Fudan University is one of the most selective and prestigious universities in China. The group joins the effort of founding a new theoretical physics center at Fudan, led by Prof. Yong-Shi Wu, who holds a joint position as Distinguished Professor at the University of Utah in the United States and as a Special Appointed Professor of Physics at Fudan.
Housing: the successful candidates can live in the international student dormitory inside the campus at very convenient rental rates.

Post-doctoral and Ph.D. positions in Gravitational-Wave Astronomy at the AEI

As a result of the recent appointment (starting in September 2014) of Prof. Alessandra Buonanno as director of the “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam, several postdoc appointments will be available beginning September 2014. The positions are available at different levels, depending on experience and seniority. Students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. in gravitational-wave astronomy are also invited to apply.

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division will focus on several aspects of gravitational-wave astronomy, including (i) theoretical gravitational dynamics (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, and (iv) astrophysics of compact objects. Members of the division will have the opportunity to join the LIGO Scientific Collaboration through the group’s membership. They could also be involved in Pulsar-Timing-Array projects and the eLISA mission, which was recently approved by ESA.

A strong visitor program will be established to create a lively and vibrant research environment.

In brief, the relevant research areas for these positions are:

- Gravitation Theory
- Analytical Relativity
- Numerical Relativity
- Gravitational-Wave Data Analysis and Phenomenology
- Relativistic Astrophysics

The gravitational-wave data-analysis research includes work on the detection of continuous gravitational-wave signals, led by Dr. Maria Alessandra Papa’s group. Postdoctoral candidates interested in this research topic are also encouraged to apply.

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

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division will have interactions with the “Observational Relativity and Cosmology” division led by Prof. Bruce Allen and the “Laser Interferometry and Gravitational Wave Astronomy” division led by Prof. Karsten Danzmann, which are located at the Albert Einstein Institute in Hannover.

The “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division will have also ties with the Physics Department at the University of Maryland, notably the gravitation theory and experimental groups, and the Joint Space-Science Institute.

To apply for a postdoctoral position please fill out this form:

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

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 gwjobs[AT]aei.mpg.de).

If you are interested in doing a Ph.D. at the AEI please fill out this form:

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

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 gwjobs[AT]aei.mpg.de).

Contact:
Mrs. Ute Schlichtung
Max-Planck-Institut fur Gravitationsphysik Albert-Einstein-Institut
Am Muehlenberg 1
D-14476 Golm
Germany
email gwjobs[AT]aei.mpg.de

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for full consideration is January 10, 2014. The search will continue until positions are filled. The Max Planck Institute encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.

For further information please send an email to Alessandra Buonanno (buonanno[AT]aei.mpg.de)

This advertisement can also be found here:

http://www.aei.mpg.de/1121114/gwjobs2014

PhD Fellowship in Relativity at Southampton

Applications are invited for a PhD position within the Gravity group in the School of Mathematics at the university of Southampton, UK. The PhD position is funded by the European Research Council for a standard duration of 3 years, starting in October 2014. The successful candidate will work with Prof. Leor Barack on analytical and numerical approaches to the problem of radiative dynamics of orbits around black holes in General Relativity, with applications to gravitational-wave astronomy.

The University of Southampton (UK) is home to a large Gravity research group. The group comprises 9 staff members (Nils Andersson, Leor Barack, Carsten Gundlach, Ian Hawke, Wynn Ho, Ian Jones, Kostas Skenderis, Marika Taylor and James Vickers), 9 postdocs and 15 research students. Research in the group covers topics in black-hole and neutron-star astrophysics, sources of gravitational waves and numerical relativity, as well as string-inspired gravity and holography.

Students of any nationality are invited to apply, but full funding is guaranteed only for EU nationals. We prefer applications to arrive before February 28, 2014, although later applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Applications should be made online, by following the link on

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/maths/postgraduate/research_degrees/apply.page

In the online application form please select Programme Type “Research”, “FullTime” and type in “Mathematics” in the Search window. Then follow the link under “Apply online” and proceed as instructed. Make sure to indicate “Leor Barack” as the requested supervisor.

Contact for enquiries:

Prof. Leor Barack
School of Mathematics
University of Southampton
United Kingdom
email: leor[at]soton.ac.uk

Master and Ph.D. in Physics at Osaka University, Japan: course in English

The Department of Physics of Osaka University is calling for applications to its International Physics Course (IPC). It offers Master and Ph.D. courses on a wide range of research topics in Physics (see the webpage below for more details). Some successful applicants will receive a scholarship.
Education and research is conducted in English (but students are welcome to learn a little of Japanese language and culture).

Applications for admission to academic year 2014/15 (starting from October 1, 2014) are accepted until December 20, 2013.

For further information see the website.

Luca Baiotti
Osaka University

CAPES-ICRANet Program 2014

Following the completion of the CAPES-ICRANet Program 2013, we are particularly happy to announce the CAPES-ICRANet Program 2014. Following the entrance of Brazil into the International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics Network (ICRANet) in 2007, the many agreements between ICRANet and the universities and research centers in Brazil and Latin America, and the opening of the seat ICRANet-Rio, CAPES and ICRANet promoted a joint program. The aim is to foster the development of the research in Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology between Brazil and the academic centers and Member States of ICRANet. Within this agreement the CAPES-ICRANet Program has been established with the following actions:

1. IRAP PhD CAPES-ICRANet Program
Five fellowships for Brazilian students will be granted each year in the IRAP PhD Program. Each fellowship will last for three years with the final PhD degree jointly delivered by the academic institutions participating in the program. The starting date of the application is December 2013 and the deadline is August 2014, the activities will start on September 2014.
For the application: http://ntsrvg9-2.icra.it/irapphd/entry2014.htm

2. CAPES-ICRANet Visitors Program to Brazil
A visitor program for senior scientists from ICRANet centers in Asia, Europe, and USA to Brazilian universities and research centers has been opened. This program is specially directed to senior scientists who have given fundamental worldwide recognized contributions to the field of relativistic astrophysics and cosmology. During their stay in Brazil, scientists will visit universities and research centers associated with ICRANET. Each visitor can spend up to three years in Brazil and each year up to three months. Five positions will be available each year and the applications are opened during the entire year and for this year the starting date of the application is December 2013 and the deadline is August 2014.
For the application: http://ntsrvg9-2.icra.it/irapphd/entry2014_visitors_brazil.htm

3. CAPES-ICRANet Visitors Program to Europe
A program to promote scientific visits of university professors and research scientists from Brazil in ICRANet centers in Europe has been established. During their stay in the ICRANet centers, the scientists will be able to visit the universities and research centers associated to the IRAP PhD Program. Visits addressing both theoretical research and observational activities in ICRANet related centers are welcome. Particularly encouraged are research activities synergic with the IRAP PhD Program through the interaction with IRAP graduate students and Faculty Professors. Each year five positions are established, each one of the duration of five months per year. Applications are opened during the entire year and for this year they are going to open on December 2013 and the deadline is August 2014.
For the application: http://ntsrvg9-2.icra.it/irapphd/entry2014_visitors_europe.htm

4. CAPES-ICRANet Postdoctoral Program
Four two-year postdoctoral positions in ICRANet Centers in Europe and Asia, and five two-year postdoctoral positions in Brazilian universities and research centers with signed collaboration agreements with ICRANet and/or with associated scientists to ICRANet, will be opened every year. For this year the starting date of the applicaltion is December 2013 and the deadline is August 2014.  All topics related to theoretical and observational activities or data analysis in relativistic astrophysics and cosmology are welcome.
For the application to postdoc in Europe and Asia: http://ntsrvg9-2.icra.it/irapphd/entry2014_post_europe.htm
For the application to postdoc in Brazil: http://ntsrvg9-2.icra.it/irapphd/entry2014_post_brazil.htm

For further information: http://www.icranet.org
(in Portuguese): http://cooperacaointernacional.capes.gov.br http://www.capes.gov.br/cooperacao-internacional/italia/capes-icranet

PhD and postdoctoral positions for space interferometry at the AEI Hannover

The space interferometry working group of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI) in Hannover invites applications for doctoral students and postdoctoral positions to support existing projects, as well as to set up new projects.

Our general aim is the development of laser interferometers in space for the detection of gravitational waves (LISA) and surveying Earth’s gravity field (GRACE Follow-On and successional missions). In this context we have close collaboration with the space industry, as well as ESA and NASA. Our working group currently has about 25 members from various countries, the working language is english.

The main tasks are the planning and construction of prototypes, subsequent testing of the resulting industrial hardware, as well as numerical simulations. The methods comprise laser optics, electronics, numerical mathematics, digital signal processing (DSP) – e.g. with FPGAs and micro controllers – programming in C, C++, and MATLAB, development of algorithms for data filtering. It may also extend to include system engineering and project management.

We offer outstanding working conditions in a highly motivated international environment, the possibility to gain knowledge and experience in the mentioned fields, a pleasant working atmosphere as well as high quality of life in a beautiful district of Hannover. We expect highly motivated candidates, with an enthusiastic approach to work, a good level of spoken and written english, knowledge in some of the topics mentioned above, and the willingness to gain missing knowledge.

The salary is in accordance with general Max Planck regulations.

The Max Planck Society aims to increase the number of women in fields in which they are under-represented. Women are therefore specifically encouraged to apply.
The Max Planck Society aims to increase the number of disabled employees. People with disabilities are specifically encouraged to apply.

PhD and MSc positions in gravitational physics at the University of New Brunswick

The gravity group at the University of New Brunswick (http://www.math.unb.ca/~gravity/) is seeking students to begin masters (MSc) or doctoral studies (PhD) in September 2014 (or sooner). Applicants should have a degree in physics or mathematics from a recognized university.

The group consists of three faculty members: Jack Gegenberg, Viqar Husain and Sanjeev Seahra. Typically, the group also includes 1-2 postdoctoral researchers, 2-4 graduates students and 1-3 undergraduate student members. Our main areas of research are general relativity and its modifications, quantum gravity and cosmology. Group members have access to the ACEnet (http://www.ace-net.ca) high performance computing facility.

Please send a complete CV and arrange for up to three letters of reference to be sent to gravity.unb[AT]unb.ca. Informal enquires may be directed to any gravity group faculty member. Complete application packages must be received by February 1, 2014.

Postdoctoral position in Black Hole Physics at CBPF, Rio de Janeiro

Applications are now open for the “Young Talents” scholarships within the “Science without Borders” program, a recent joint effort of the Brazilian agencies CAPES and CNPq. These are generous postdoctoral scholarships for carrying out research in a Brazilian institution for a duration of 2 to 3 years with a starting date between February and April 2014. The application must be submitted by the host researcher in Brazil and the deadline is November 1, 2013.

Another type of funding for postdoctoral research in Brazil is awarded by the agency CNPq alone. This funding has a duration of typically 1 year (some times extendable to 2 years), a starting date between June and September 2014 and a deadline of January 31, 2014. (Note that the call with this deadline is not open yet but it will very soon).

If you wish to apply for funding for a postdoctoral position in Black Hole Physics in the Department of Cosmology, Relativity and Astrophysics (ICRA) at the research centre Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas (CBPF) in Rio de Janeiro, please email a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and a statement of research interests to Marc Casals at mcasals[AT]cbpf.br. If you wish to apply for a “Young Talents” scholarship please do so as soon as possible before the deadline of November 1.

For further information on the above and other funding possibilities for either postdoctoral research or postgraduate studies and on research activities at ICRA-CBPF, you may see http://www.cbpf.br/~mcasals/Postdoc.html

PhD Position on the Spin Evolution of Neutron Stars at Leiden Observatory

Applications are invited for a PhD research position (4-years) to work with Dr. Alessandro Patruno and his new “Compact Objects” research group at the Leiden Observatory.

The position is fully funded by an NWO Vidi grant awarded to the project
 ”Hints of New Physics in Pulsating Neutron Stars”. The PhD researcher will carry out a comprehensive study of accreting neutron stars and radio pulsars to constrain the behaviour of the nuclear force at ultra-high densities and possible mechanisms for the emission of gravitational waves. This is achieved by understanding how the neutron star spin evolves with time and what is the maximum rotational frequency that neutron stars can reach in their lifetime. The PhD researcher will work on X-ray, optical and radio data collected with different space and ground based observatories. An intense interpretative work will also be conducted and some theoretical work is also expected. The PhD researcher will also have the opportunity to work and interact for a few months at the University of Southampton with prof. N. Andersson and his group.

The position comes with a competitive salary and full benefits. The application review process will begin on November 15, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. The starting dates are negotiable with a preference for an early start (March/April 2014). Applicants are requested to upload a CV, a brief statement of research interests and experience, and contact information for two referees. Application forms are available at http://jobs.strw.leidenuniv.nl/2013/patrunoPhD

For more information, don’t hesitate to contact Alessandro Patruno at patruno[AT]strw.leidenuniv.nl and visit the website http://strw.leidenuniv.nl/~patruno
More information about research at Leiden Observatory can be found at http://www.strw.leidenuniv.nl/research/.

Leiden Observatory, founded in 1633, is the oldest university astronomy department in the world. With about 25 faculty, over 40 postdoctoral associates and about 75 PhD students it is the largest astronomy department in the Netherlands. Leiden is charming university town with an international flair. Most Leiden researchers have an international background. English is the common language.

Included Benefits: Leiden University offers comprehensive benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, disability insurance, maternity and parental leave, and retirement benefits

PhD scholarships in Mathematical or Computational Relativity at Otago

Applications are invited for 3-year PhD scholarships in Mathematical or Computational Relativity, at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

The Relativity Group at the University of Otago consists of three permanent staff (F. Beyer, J. Frauendiener and J. Hennig) and, currently, two research fellows and three PhD students. The research interests include mathematical and numerical properties of the conformal field equations, gravitational waves, Fuchsian methods, cosmological space-times, exact solutions, transformation optics etc.

A University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship provides an annual emolument of 25,000 NZD plus tuition fee waiver for 3 years. Applicants should have a First Class honours degree, Masters degree, or equivalent, specialising in an area of Applied Mathematics, preferably with some prior knowledge in General Relativity and numerical methods. The scholarships are available to both International and Domestic students.

Interested? Then, you should apply for a University of Otago Postgraduate Scholarship by downloading the appropriate application form the Scholarships Office website at:

Enquiries to: Prof. J. Frauendiener
(Phone: +64 3 479 7770, Email: joergf[AT]maths.otago.ac.nz )

Academic Program Director at PI

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is a leading international research centre whose goal is to catalyze breakthroughs in our understanding of the physical universe.

In keeping with its three pronged mandate of research, training and outreach, Perimeter Institute provides outstanding research training opportunities to students at various stages in their education, from Undergraduate to Master’s and Doctoral levels. The Institute offers a dynamic environment and exceptional opportunities to talented students accepted into its programs.

Perimeter Institute is currently seeking a dynamic, ambitious and visionary leader to assume the position of Academic Program Director in spring 2014.

Working closely with Perimeter’s Director, Neil Turok, and Perimeter Faculty, and in collaboration with partnering universities, the Academic Program Director is charged with building upon the institute’s existing highly innovative training programs in theoretical physics, including:

- Perimeter’s Master’s program, Perimeter Scholars International
- The Perimeter Institute PhD program
- Advanced undergraduate and graduate fellowships and internships at Perimeter

Perimeter’s competitive advantage in providing such training is that it is relatively unconstrained compared to other institutions, giving high flexibility and responsiveness to new developments. Perimeter has generated enormous goodwill and interest internationally, allowing it to recruit many of the best researchers and lecturers worldwide. This in turn helps to attract the best students globally and take them to the cutting edge of research as quickly as possible.

Perimeter Scholars International
Perimeter’s Master’s program, Perimeter Scholars International has recently completed its 4th year of operation. The program recruits outstanding students internationally and focuses on developing strong independent research skills. The program has an annual intake of 30 -40 students. Lectures are provided by leading international experts in a 10-month, highly intensive program bringing the students to the cutting edge of research in a wide range of areas of theoretical physics. Graduates receive a Master of Physics degree from the University of Waterloo and a Perimeter Scholars International Certificate. The program is currently being re-worked into a Master-PhD program

PhD Studies
Perimeter Institute accepts exceptional students wishing to pursue full-time PhD studies under the supervision of a Perimeter faculty member. Students are enrolled in a PhD program at a partnering university, depending on where the Perimeter Supervisor is affiliated.

Undergraduate Research
Perimeter accepts applications from outstanding undergraduate students to carry out research projects which run each summer from May to mid-August. Successful applicants work with Postdoctoral Fellows at Perimeter on preselected projects.

Visiting Graduate Fellows
Through the Visiting Graduate Fellowship program, Perimeter Institute offers a unique opportunity for international physics PhD students to expand their perspectives and participate in various research activities at Perimeter for 4 to 12 months. Outstanding students work within their research field, while gaining valuable exposure to other fields of study.

Relationships with Academic Partners
Perimeter Institute is a non-degree granting institute, working in a highly collaborative fashion with university partners on the delivery of its training programs. Perimeter aims to serve as a focal point for the Canadian and international theoretical physics community. The Institute continuously searches for ways to build mutually beneficial relationships with other institutions, both within Canada and worldwide.

Further information on Perimeter’s training programs can be found at the following link: www.perimeterinstitute.ca/training

Applicants for the position of Academic Program Director should have a commitment and passion for interactive, student-centred, discovery-based learning. They should hold a PhD in Theoretical Physics, have senior administrative experience at the university level, strong existing relationships in the academic community and a thorough knowledge of physics curriculum at the undergraduate, masters and PhD levels. A good knowledge of the Canadian academic community is a definite asset.

Highly qualified applicants are invited to apply online at www.perimeterinstitute.ca/academic-program-director to submit a cover letter detailing their suitability for the position along with a CV and the names and contact information of three work related references.

Applications should be received by October 30, 2013; however applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority. Perimeter Institute encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, native peoples and persons with disabilities.

PhD Positions in Gravitational Physics in Germany

The DFG Research Training Group “Models of Gravity” invites applications for two positions as Research Assistant, salary group (Entgeltgruppe) 13 TV-L – 66%, to be appointed on January 1st, 2014. The positions are limited to three years.

The Research Training Group consists of gravity groups working at the Universities of Bremen, Oldenburg, Bielefeld, Hannover, Copenhagen, as well as at the Jacobs University Bremen. We intend to obtain a better understanding of Einstein’s General Relativity and of generalised theories of gravity as given by, e.g., string theory. These investigations are also related to observations. More information can be found on the website http://www.models-of-gravity.org

Responsibilities and Duties:
The successful applicants will have the opportunity to work towards a doctoral degree in Gravitational Physics. They are expected to contribute to the teaching programme of the Research Training Group.

Employment conditions:
To qualify for the position, applicants must hold a Master’s degree or a Diploma in Physics, Mathematics or any other relevant discipline, with an above-average success in the present courses of studies. For qualified candidates with a Bachelor’s degree also a fast-track program is applicable. We expect high dedication and teamwork. All participating universities aim, in particular, to promote women within the scope of the statutory provisions and, hence, emphatically invite qualified women to apply for these positions. Severely disabled applicants are given preferential consideration in the event of equal qualification. Applicants with a migration background are highly welcome.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Claus Laemmerzahl or Prof. Dr. Jutta Kunz.

Prof. Dr. Claus Laemmerzahl
ZARM
University Bremen
claus.laemmerzahl[AT]zarm.uni-bremen.de

http://www.zarm.uni-bremen.de

or

Prof. Dr. Jutta Kunz
Institute for Physics
Carl von Ossietzky-University Oldenburg
jutta.kunz[AT]uni-oldenburg.de

http://www.physik.uni-oldenburg.de/

Application:
The application with a curriculum vitae, certifications, a description of the scientific interest, a conception of the own career, two letters of reference and, if applicable, a list of publications should be sent as one single pdf document via e-mail to secretariat[AT]models-of-gravity.org.

Closing date is September 01, 2013.

PhD Fellowships in Physics at the University of Trento (Italy)

The Physics department at the University of Trento invites applications for PhD fellowships starting in November 2013.

The PhD fellowships have a duration of 3 years and a gross salary of 13638.47 EUR per year (about 1000 EUR per month after taxes).

The PhD program covers several scientific areas, including also Gravitational Wave Astronomy, Theoretical Physics, and Astroparticle Physics. More details about the doctoral school in Physics can be found at http://www.unitn.it/en/drphys

The Department of Physics includes faculty members working on computational astrophysics (Giacomazzo), gravitational wave detectors (Dolesi, Prodi, Vitale, Weber), theory of general relativity and cosmology (Cognola, Vanzo, Zerbini), and astroparticle physics (Battiston, Lazzizzera). Students with interests in one of these areas are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications for the doctoral positions are accepted from candidates, regardless of gender, age, and nationality, who have a Master’s degree (equivalent to the Italian “laurea magistrale”). Any degree in Physics or related disciplines will be given preferential status. Applications are also accepted from students who expect to get their degree by October 31 2013.

The University of Trento is ranked among the top 5 universities in Italy and it is characterized by an international and diverse student population. The city of Trento is located on the Italian Dolomites and it is very well connected with several destinations in Italy and Europe.

The deadline for applications is September 10 2013. The selection will be based on the curriculum of the candidate and on an oral exam (candidates permanently residing abroad by the date of the oral exam may take the exam by phone or videoconference in their country of residence).

More information about the application process can be found here: http://www.unitn.it/en/ateneo/2763/announcement-selection

PhD position in quantum gravity, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

A PhD position is available in the research group “Conceptual questions of quantum gravity and mathematical structures in three-dimensional gravity” in the Department of Mathematics, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. The position is a three-year position funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and does not carry any teaching duties.

The research group is part of the Algebra and Geometry Division, the Emmy-Noether Centre for Representation Theory and has close ties with the quantum gravity group in the physics department. In particular, it is part of the interdisciplinary Emerging Fields Project “Quantum Geometry”.

Applicants must have a European master degree in mathematics or physics or equivalent. They should be strongly motivated to work at the interface of mathematics and physics on topics related to quantum gravity, quantum geometry and representation theory. Applicants with a physics degree must demonstrate an excellent mathematics background.

Applicants should send the following documents by email to catherine.meusburger@math.uni-erlangen.de:

- Letter of motivation
- Curriculum Vitae
- List of courses taken, including marks
- Summary of their Master thesis
- Contact details of two referees .

The deadline for applications is July 15 2013, but applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Further information can be obtained from the group’s website http://www.algeo.math.uni-erlangen.de/meusburger or by contacting catherine.meusburger@math.uni-erlangen.de.

Postdoctoral Positions in Physics at Guanajuato University

Postdoctoral Positions starting in summer 2013
Department of Physics
Universidad de Guanajuato,
Mexico

The Department of Physics at the University of Guanajuato expects to offer one or more postdoctoral positions, to consolidate its research and graduate programs in physics. We expect the hired postdoc to teach one undergraduate course a year and conduct research in the following areas:
Cosmology.
String theory.
Gravity.
Particle Physics Phenomenology.
Experimental Particle Physics (half-year in Fermi-Lab).
Quantum Optics.

The appointment is for one year with a possible renewal for a second year. For more details see the above link:

http://www.dci.ugto.mx/images/images/pdf/secretaria_academica/posdocs_depfis.pdf

Although the deadline was March 10th, they are flexible about it.

PhD Fellowships in Astroparticle Physics at SISSA, Trieste, Italy

The Astroparticle group at SISSA invites applications for PhD fellowships to start in the academic year 2013/2014.

The PhD fellowships have a duration of 3 years, with a possible extension for a 4th year, and the net salary is about 1.135 euros/month.

The Ph.D. program, entirely devoted to astroparticle physics, covers a wide spectrum of subjects, including quantum field theory, the standard model of particle interactions, cosmology, gravitation, particle and high energy astrophysics. The curriculum consists of 3-4 years of study and research. During the first year, students are offered a number of courses covering all of the aforementioned topics and undergo examination on a selection of them. By the beginning of the second year they undertake a research project under the supervision of one or more Astroparticle Physics staff members. These include, beyond those part of the SISSA faculty, staff from ICTP and the OAT (Trieste Astronomical Observatory).

Students will benefit from interactions with the Astroparticle group, consisting of about 20 students, 3-4 postdocs and about 12 staff members, as well as with the rest of SISSA’s research groups, including those in Astrophysics and Particle Physics. SISSA and the Astroparticle group in particular maintain also strong ties with nearby research institutes, such as ICTP, OAT and INFN. The combination of a broad scientific training and a stimulating research environment makes a PhD in Astroparticle Physics at SISSA an excellent stepping stone for those that wish to engage in research in some of the most exciting and puzzling questions of modern physics.

The main research lines include:

Classical and Quantum Gravity
Particle Astrophysics
The Dark Universe
Theoretical Cosmology

Additional information about the courses and the research activity can be found at:http://www.sissa.it/app/

The deadline for application is the 24th of June. More information about the selection procedure can be found here (please select the appropriate announcement – “Astroparticle Physics Ph.D Entrance Exam”)

http://www.sissa.it/administration/bandi-di-concorso/studenti/phd-announcements-and-deadlines

The exams will take place at SISSA on the 4th-5th of July.

For non-EU nationals only: Non-EU nationals can be awarded PhD fellowships on the basis of a “preselection” and without participating in the oral and written exams. The “preselection” will be based on submitted material and the procedure may include a phone interview and/or a offer to visit SISSA for an extended period prior to the selection (which would include financial support for the visit). Please see the link entitled “Spring preselection 2013/2014″ on the website given above. Consideration for the preselection requires a separate application and the deadline is March 29th 2013.

PhD Fellowship in Relativity at Southampton

Applications are invited for a PhD position within the Gravity group in the School of Mathematics at the university of Southampton, UK. The PhD position is funded by the European Research Council for a standard duration of 3 years, starting in October 2013. The successful candidate will work with Prof. Leor Barack on analytical and numerical approaches to the problem of radiative dynamics of orbits around black holes in General Relativity, with applications to gravitational-wave astronomy.

The University of Southampton (UK) is home to a large Gravity research group, comprising 8 staff members (Nils Andersson, Leor Barack, Carsten Gundlach, Ian Hawke, Ian Jones, Kostas Skenderis, Marika Taylor and James Vickers), 7 postdocs and 14 research students. Research in the group covers topics in black-hole and neutron-star astrophysics, sources of gravitational waves and numerical relativity, as well as string-inspired gravity and holography.

Students of any nationality are invited to apply. We prefer applications to arrive before February 28, 2013, although later applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Applications should be made online, by following the link on

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/maths/postgraduate/research_degrees/apply.page

In the online application form please select Programme Type “Research”, “FullTime” and type in “Mathematics” in the Search window. Then follow the link under “Apply online” and proceed as instructed. Make sure to indicate “Leor Barack” as the requested supervisor.

Contact for enquiries:

Prof. Leor Barack
School of Mathematics
University of Southampton
United Kingdom
email: leor[AT]soton.ac.uk

The International Relativistic Astrophysics Ph.D. (IRAP PhD) – Joint Doctorate Program sponsored by ICRANet and Erasmus Mundus, CAPES, FAPERJ

We call attention to the deadline of the 20th of August 2013

5 fellowships for Brazilian Students within the CAPES-ICRANet agreement

Following the successful scientific space missions by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile, as well as the high energy particle activities at CERN in Genève, we have initiated a Ph.D. programme dedicated to create a pool of scientists in the field of relativistic astrophysics. After taking full advantage of the observational and experimental facilities mentioned above, the students of our programme are expected to lead the theoretical developments of one of the most active fields of research: relativistic astrophysics.
This program provides expertise in the most advanced topics of mathematical and theoretical physics, and in relativistic field theories, in the context of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. It provides the ability to analyse and model the observational data received from the above laboratories. This activity is necessarily international as no single university can have a scientific expertise in such a broad range of fields.
At ICRANet-Rio the ICRANet Brazilian Science Data Centre (BSDC) has been started in 2012 and will be fully developed in 2013, bringing a novel multiwavelength data facility from the X-ray and gamma-ray telescopes all the way to the other bands and astroparticle domain. All this will be in line with the paradigms of the Virtual Observatory. The expertise of the BSDC will be available to all the students and the scientists of the program.
We announce different calls: one with a deadline on 16 February 2013, sponsored by Erasmus Mundus, an additional one with a deadline on 20 August 2013 sponsored by CAPES, reserved to Brazilian students, and a last one with a deadline on 30 September 2013. The Erasmus Mundus program has a very competitive salary as well as comprehensive benefits.
The Institutions participating in the IRAP PhD are: the international organization ICRANet (Pescara, Rio de Janeiro and Rome) as coordinating institution and the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis as the host Institution; the Albert Einstein Institute, Potsdam (Germany); the Brazilian Center for Physics Research (CBPF); the Free University of Berlin (Germany); Indian Centre for Space Physics, Kolkata (India); Observatoire de la Cote D’Azur, Nice (France); Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, China; University of Ferrara (Italy); University of Rome, la Sapienza (Italy); University of Savoie, Annecy (France); University of Stockolm (Sweden); Tartu Observatory (Estonia). The Final Ph.D. degree will be jointly delivered by the Academic Institutions participating in the program.
We encourage applications from the best candidates worldwide, independent of nationality, gender or background.
The Courses: Each student will have to follow 180 hours of courses during the three years of the Ph.D. program. There is also a possibility to follow courses from other Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy and Astrophysics Ph.D. programs in each participating institution, after approval by the Faculty.
Courses can be chosen from the following list:
COSMOLOGY WITH GAMMA RAY BURSTS-Lorenzo AMATI; VERY HIGH ENERGY PHENOMENA IN ASTROPHYSICS-Felix AHARONIAN; COSMOLOGICAL SINGULARITY-Vladimir BELINSKI; RELATIVISTIC EFFECTS IN ASTROPHYSICS-Carlo Luciano BIANCO; OBSERVERS AND OBSERVABLES IN BLACK HOLE SPACETIMES-Donato BINI; FEYNMAN DIAGRAMS IN RELATIVISTIC QUANTUM FIELD THEORIES-Johannes BLUEMLEIN; ACCRETIONS ON BLACK HOLES-Sandip Kumar CHAKRABARTI; PARTICLE PHYSICS APPLIED TO ASTROPHYSICS-Pascal CHARDONNET; GENERAL RELATIVITY-Thibault DAMOUR; SUPERNOVAE AND GRBS-Massimo DELLA VALLE; LARGE SCALE STRUCTURE-Jaan EINASTO; X/GAMMA-RAY INSTRUMENTATION-Filippo FRONTERA; MULTIWAVELENGTH DATA ANALYSIS IN ASTROPHYSICS-Paolo GIOMMI; ON THE KERR SOLUTION-Roy KERR; RELATIVISTIC QUANTUM FIELD THEORY-Hagen KLEINERT; BOUNCING COSMOLOGY-Mario NOVELLO; BKL COSMOLOGY AND HIDDEN SYMMETRIES IN GRAVITY-Hermann NICOLAI; TIMING ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES OF ASTROPHYSICAL DATA-Mauro ORLANDINI; GRB THEORIES-Tsvi PIRAN; SINGULARITIES AND GENERAL RELATIVITY-Kjell ROSQUIST; BLACKHOLES AND FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS-Remo RUFFINI; PHOTOSPHERIC EMISSION IN GRBs-Felix RYDE; SOLAR ASTROMETRY-Costantino SIGISMONDI; THE HIGH-ENERGY GAMMA-RAY UNIVERSE-Marco TAVANI; BLACK HOLE AND NEUTRONS STARS: OBSERVATIONS VS. THEORY-Lev TITARCHUK; RELATIVISTIC KINETIC THEORY-Gregory VERESHCHAGIN; STRONG COUPLING QED AND ELECTRON-POSITRON PLASMA-She-Sheng XUE; THEORIES ON GAMMA-RAY BURSTS-Bing ZHANG; X-RAY ASTROPHYSICS
Shuangnan ZHANG.
THE FACULTY: Giovanni Amelino-Camelia (SAPIENZA Università di Roma)- Vladimir Belinski (SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet)- Carlo Luciano Bianco (SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet) – Donato Bini (CNR – Istit. per Applicaz. del Calcolo “M. Picone”) – Sandip Kumar Chakrabarti (Indian Centre For Space Physics, India) – Pascal Chardonnet (Erasmus Mundus Coordinator)Université de Savoie – Christian Cherubini (Università “Campus Biomedico” di Roma) – Thibault Damour (IHES, Bures-sur-Yvette) – Jaan Einasto (Tartu Observatory) – Simonetta Filippi (Univ.“Campus Biomedico” di Roma and ICRANet) – Sergio Frasca (SAPIENZA Università di Roma) – Filippo Frontera (Università di Ferrara) – Jean-Marc Gambaudo (Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis) – Yipeng Jing (Shanghai Astronomical Observatory) – Hagen Kleinert (Freie Universitat Berlin) – Olivier Legrand (Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis) – Francois Mignard (Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur) – Hermann Nicolai (Max Planck Inst. for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam) – Mario Novello (Brazilian Centre For Physics Research, Brazil) – Elène Politano (Ecole Doctorale Nice) – Kjell Rosquist (Stockholm University) – Jorge Rueda (CAPES – ICRANet coordinator) (SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet) – Remo Ruffini (Director)(SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet) – Felix Ryde (Stockholm University) – Farrokh Vakili (Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur) – Gregory Vereshchagin (SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet) – She Sheng Xue (SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet) – Shuangnan Zhang (Institute of High Energy Physics – Chinese Academy of Science)

Applications and Fellowships: In the call of February 16th, 2013, nine fellowships will be available within the Erasmus Mundus Program, with a full and specially attractive economical support. See http://www.icranet.org/irap-phd or http://www.irap-phd.eu. In the additional call of August 20th, 2013, five additional fellowships will be available for Brazilian students within the CAPES-ICRANet agreement. In the call of September 30, 2013 four additional fellowships will be available: two with full financial support. See http://www.icranet.org/irap-phd.

Postdoc and PhD studentship in Gravitational Wave Astrophysics at Nijmegen, NL

Applications are invited for a (2+yr) postdoc and a (4yr) PhD position in GW Astrophysics at the Radboud University Nijmegen. The positions are funded through a large national program focusing on direct detection of GWs and GW Astrophysics. Our group recently joined the Virgo collaboration and will focus on enhancing the (astro)physics of GW detection using electro-magnetic data.

The postdoctoral researcher must have a PhD in Physics or Astronomy and preferably have experience with GW data analysis. The post-doc will work on joint EM-GW data analysis and play a role in the supervision of PhD students. Part of the time can be spent on own research projects. The PhD project will focus on expected electro-magnetic signals and rates of compact binary star mergers and/or the design and use of a dedicated optical follow-up telescope array. The project can be more technically or more astronomically focused.

Applications, consisting of a letter of interest and an extended CV should be submitted by e-mail, as well as details of three possible references.
The Department of Astrophysics is a young, vibrant group (~10 faculty, ~10 postdocs, ~30 PhD students, ~10 Master students) working in the fields of astroparticle physics, compact binaries, stellar evolution, transients, radio astronomy, black holes, magnetic fields and extragalactic astronomy. It is located in the student town Nijmegen, an old (Roman) city, within easy reach of other places in the Netherlands.

Included Benefits:
University positions (including PhD positions) in the Netherlands include good medical and social benefits (including maternity and paternity leave and child care) plus holiday and end-of-year allowances.

PhD Position in Analytical and Numerical Methods in General Relativity at the AEI

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) invites applications for a DFG-funded PhD position in the division of Geometric Analysis and Gravitation. The position will be part of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS).

The successful candidate will work with Dr. Oliver Rinne on a combination of analytical and numerical methods applied to partial differential equations arising in general relativity and related branches of applied mathematics and theoretical physics. Topics include but are not limited to: global methods for the Einstein equations, gravitational collapse, critical phenomena, black hole stability, and Ricci flow.

Applicants should hold or be about to complete a degree in mathematics, physics or a closely related discipline. Some previous exposure to or keen interest in relativity as well as numerical work is desirable. The starting date of the position is flexible and could be as early as the autumn of 2012. Funding is for three years and is according to the German federal employee scale TVoeD E13 (75%). Details of the application procedure and an online application form can be found at http://www.aei.mpg.de/english/imprs/imprsI1/application/index.html

Evaluation of applications will begin on 1 June 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. For questions about the position please contact oliver.rinne[AT]aei.mpg.de.

PhD Position in Quantum Gravity at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

One or more PhD positions in quantum gravity will become available in the autumn of 2012 in the new research group headed by Prof. Renate Loll at the Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics (IMAPP) of the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The successful applicants will work under the supervision of Loll in a group consisting of several postdocs and PhD students, an assistant professor (to be appointed) and international visitors. This activity forms part of a new research focus on “Quantum Gravity” at the IMAPP, aimed at uncovering the fundamental quantum dynamics of space and time, and their interaction with matter. The IMAPP provides an attractive working environment for foundational, front-line research. Besides Theoretical High-Energy Physics, of which the new group forms a part, Mathematical Physics, Astrophysics and Experimental High-Energy Physics are all strongly represented.

Applicants must have a university degree in (theoretical) physics at masters level or equivalent and proven abilities in theoretical physics and mathematics. Prior to applying, candidates should inform themselves about the research done in Loll’s group by consulting her webpage (see URL) and the publications of group members. The PhD positions are for four years, which is the expected time for obtaining a doctoral degree in the Netherlands, and are subject to a review after one year. Applications should be sent electronically as a single pdf-file to R. Loll at the contact email address given and consist of a cover letter, CV, transcripts of university grades and degrees, a statement of research interests and reasons for undertaking doctoral research in quantum gravity, as well as the names of at least two senior scientists who are in a position to judge the applicant’s suitability for a PhD in theoretical physics.

Review of applications will start on May 16 and will continue until the positions are filled.

Copernicus Center Scholarship for PhD Researchers, Krakow, Poland

The Copernicus Center Scholarship for PhD Researchers, funded by The John Templeton Foundation, is offered to individuals who hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in the fields of: physics, cosmology, astronomy, mathematics, philosophy of science, history of science. The dissertations should be written in English and pertain to one of the following topics:
(1) Noncommutative geometry and its application in physics;
(2) Physical viability of metric nonlinear (higher derivative) gravity theories;
(3) Scientific method at its limit. Philosophical consequences of aspects theories and models.

The Copernicus Center offers two scholarships. The candidates should either already be PhD students (for no longer than 2 years before the deadline of the contest) or should begin PhD studies (alternately obtain the status of a visiting graduate student) before the start of the scholarship. The place of the PhD studies can be negotiated with the Copernicus Center, preferably at one of the Institutes with which the members of the group are affiliated. The scholarship in the amount of $1000 (gross amount before deductions which include: taxation,social security and health insurance; the scholarship will be converted to PLN using current exchange rate) is awarded for 18 months (proposed starting date October 2012).

Eligibility: individuals who hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in the fields of: physics, cosmology, astronomy, mathematics, philosophy of science, history of science (adequate to the proposed research project) and are fluent in English.

Obligations:
(1) Preparation of 2 research papers and 4 talks during the scholarship.
(2) Preparation of the first draft of the PhD dissertation.

The applications should include:
(1) Motivation letter
(2) CV + the list of academic achievements (courses and marks, transcript of records)
(3) A scanned copy of the MA/MS diploma(s) or information on the expected date of their acquisition
(4) Research project (dissertation outline)

Apply to: info[AT]copernicuscenter.edu.pl (with the title: CCPHD)

Application deadline: May, 15, 2012

For further information concerning the research team see webpage:

http://www.copernicuscenter.edu.pl/research/104

All questions should be addressed to: info[AT]copernicuscenter.edu.pl

EDECS-PhD position in Cosmology at LUTH (Paris)

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD scholarship at the “Laboratoire Univers et Theorie” of the Astronomical Observatory of Paris funded by the ERC-Starting Grant “EDECS: Exploring Dark Energy through Cosmic Structures”, coordinated by P.S. Corasaniti. Candidates strongly motivated to pursue a rigorous research program in cosmology and with expertise in numerical scientific computing are preferred, but all outstanding candidates will be considered. The research will focus on cosmic structure formation in non-standard cosmological scenarios using numerical cosmological simulations. The successful candidate will develop and analyze large volume high-resolution simulations, and test model predictions against astrophysical data.

The appointment begins Fall 2012. Candidates should have a Master in Physics/Astronomy by the starting date. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2012. Candidates should send a CV, a list of publications (if any), a statement of research interests and arrange for two letters of recommendations to be sent to Pier Stefano Corasaniti via e-mail to EDECS.PHD2012[AT]obspm.fr. For further information contact EDECS.ERC[AT]obspm.fr.

Ph.D. Fellowships in Gravitational-Wave Science at the University of Birmingham

The Birmingham Gravitational Wave Group expects to fill several Ph.D. positions starting in Autumn 2012. We encourage applications to pursue projects in any of the research areas of the group (experiments, astrophysics and observations). Studentships are assigned on a competitive basis within the School of Physics and Astronomy and, where relevant, the University of Birmingham. In addition to studentships funded by research councils, this year additional funding opportunities are available for outstanding candidates through the following programs:

(a) Ten Elite Researcher Scholarships, for students of any nationality;
(b) Ten Birmingham Brazil Scholarships, for applicants that are Brazilian residents at the time of the application;
(c) Partial scholarships available for students from China, which are meant to supplement awards from the China Scholarship Council.

Students of any nationality are encouraged to apply. We are seeking Ph.D. students to work with Dr. Andreas Freise, Dr. Ilya Mandel, and Prof. Alberto Vecchio. The group currently consists of 17 people, with staff, post-docs and students from around the world.

Further information about the group is available at http://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/gwgroup

Applications should be submitted in electronic form to gwave-phd[AT]star.sr.bham.ac.uk and must include:

- A cover letter briefly stating the research area(s) of interest. A concise description of the research areas is provided at http://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/gwgroup/research.php
- A Curriculum vitae;
- University transcripts (scanned versions are acceptable);
- Applicants should also arrange for two reference letters to be sent to the above address.

The deadline for application, including reference letters, is Friday 6th January 2012 at 2pm (GMT).
We encourage non-UK residents to notify us at gwave-phd[AT]star.sr.bham.ac.uk as early as possible of their intent to apply.

Further details are available at http://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/gwgroup/jobs.php

PhD Position in Relativity at Jena

Applications are invited for a PhD position within the SFB/Transregio 7 Gravitational Wave Astronomy at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. The successful candidate will work on analytical and numerical methods for solving Einstein’s field equations of general relativity.

The gravity group at Jena includes Marcus Ansorg, Bernd Brügmann, Reinhard Meinel, and Gerhard Schäfer, and also involves applied mathematician Gerhard Zumbusch. There is the opportunity to participate in a wide range of research activities offered by the SFB/Transregio grant on “Gravitational Wave Astronomy”, see http://wwwsfb.tpi.uni-jena.de.

As an equal opportunities employer, the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena wishes to support women in the context of statutory requirements. For this reason suitably qualified women are specifically invited to apply. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preferential treatment.

Please send your application with a curriculum vitae and a description of your research interests compiled in one single pdf document to Marcus.Ansorg[at]uni-jena.de. In addition, we request two letters of recommendation.

Applications are invited to arrive before February 1, 2012, although later applications will be considered until the position is filled.

For further questions please contact:
Professor Marcus Ansorg
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Theoretisch-Physikalisches Institut
Max-Wien-Platz 1
07743 Jena, Germany
Marcus.Ansorg[at]uni-jena.de

International Relativistic Astrophysics Ph.D. Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Program

Following the successful scientific space missions by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile, as well as the high energy particle activities at CERN in Genève, we have initiated a Ph.D. programme dedicated to create a pool of scientists in the field of relativistic astrophysics. After taking full advantage of the observational and experimental facilities mentioned above, the students of our programme are expected to lead the theoretical developments of one of the most active fields of research: relativistic astrophysics.

This program provides expertise in the most advanced topics of mathematical and theoretical physics, and in relativistic field theories, in the context of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. It provides the ability to model the observational data received from the above laboratories. This activity is necessarily international as no single university can have a scientific expertise in such a broad range of fields.

We announce two calls: one with a deadline on 19 February 2012, sponsored by Erasmus Mundus, and the other with a deadline on 30 September 2012. The Erasmus Mundus program has a very competitive salary as well as comprehensive benefits.

The Institutions participating in the IRAP PhD are: the international organization ICRANet as coordinating institution and the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis as the host Institution; the Albert Einstein Institute, Potsdam; the Brazilian Center for Physics Research (CBPF) and ICRA Brasil; the Free University of Berlin; Indian Centre for Space Physics, Kolkata; Observatoire de la Cote D’Azur, Nice; Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, China; University of Ferrara, Italy; University of Rome, la Sapienza, Italy; University of Savoie, Annecy, France; University of Stockolm, Sweden, Tartu Observatory, Estonia. The Final Ph.D. degree will be jointly delivered by the Academic Institutions participating in the program.

We encourage applications from the best candidates worldwide, independent of nationality, gender or background. The Courses: Each student will have to follow 180 hours of courses during the three years of the Ph.D. program. There is also a possibility to follow courses from other Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy and Astrophysics Ph.D. programs in each participating institution, after approval by the Faculty. Courses can be chosen from the following list:
VERY HIGH ENERGY PHENOMENA IN ASTROPHYSICS – Felix AHARONIAN; COSMOLOGICAL SINGULARITY – Vladimir BELINSKI; RELATIVISTIC EFFECTS IN ASTROPHYSICS – Carlo Luciano BIANCO; OBSERVERS AND OBSERVABLES IN BLACK HOLE SPACETIMES – Donato BINI; ACCRETIONS ON BLACK HOLES – Sandip Kumar CHAKRABARTI; PARTICLE PHYSICS APPLIED TO ASTROPHYSICS – Pascal CHARDONNET; GENERAL RELATIVITY – Thibault DAMOUR; SUPERNOVAE AND GRBS – Massimo DELLA VALLE; LARGE SCALE STRUCTURE – Jaan EINASTO; TOPICS IN COSMOLOGY AND PARTICLE ASTROPHYSICS – Li Zhi FANG; X/GAMMA-RAY INSTRUMENTATION – Filippo FRONTERA; HIGH ENERGY ASTROPHYSICS: X-RAYS CLUSTERS – Riccardo GIACCONI; ON THE KERR SOLUTION – Roy KERR; RELATIVISTIC FIELD THEORY – Hagen KLEINERT; BOUNCING COSMOLOGY – Mario NOVELLO; BKL COSMOLOGY AND HIDDEN SYMMETRIES IN GRAVITY – Hermann NICOLAI; THE HIGH-ENERGY GAMMA-RAY UNIVERSE – Marco TAVANI; SPECTRAL TIMING FROM BLACK HOLE SOURCES – Lev TITARCHUK; SINGULARITIES AND GENERAL RELATIVITY – Kjell ROSQUIST; BLACK HOLES AND FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS – Remo RUFFINI; RELATIVISTIC KINETIC THEORY – Gregory VERESHCHAGIN; STRONG COUPLING QED AND ELECTRON-POSITRON PLASMA – She-Sheng XUE; THEORIES ON GAMMA-RAY BURSTS – Bing ZHANG; X-RAY ASTROPHYSICS – Shuangnan ZHANG

The Faculty: Giovanni Amelino-Camelia (SAPIENZA Università di Roma) – Vladimir Belinski (SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet) – Carlo Luciano Bianco (SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet) – Donato Bini (CNR – Istit. per Applicaz. del Calcolo “M. Picone”) – Sandip Kumar Chakrabarti (Indian Centre For Space Physics, India) – Pascal Chardonnet (Erasmus Mundus Coordinator) – Université de Savoie; Christian Cherubini – Università “Campus Biomedico” di Roma; Pierre Coullet – Université de Nice – Sophie Antipolis; Thibault Damour – IHES, Bures-sur-Yvette; Jaan Einasto – Tartu Observatory; Simonetta Filippi – Univ.“Campus Biomedico” di Roma and ICRANet; Sergio Frasca – SAPIENZA Università di Roma; Filippo Frontera – Università di Ferrara; Yipeng Jing – Shanghai Astronomical Observatory; Hagen Kleinert – Freie Universitat Berlin; Gian Luca Lippi – Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis; Francois Mignard – Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur; Hermann Nicolai – Max Planck Inst. for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam; Mario Novello – Brazilian Centre For Physics Research, Brazil; José Pacheco – Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur; Kjell Rosquist – Stockolm University; Remo Ruffini (Director) – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet; FarrokhVakili – Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur; Gregory Vereshchagin – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet; She Sheng Xue – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet; Shuangnan Zhang – Institute of High Energy Physics – Chinese Academy of Science

The Host Institution for the call of 2012-2015 is the Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis; Grand Château 28 Avenue Valrose 21 – B.P. 2135 – 06103 NICE CEDEX 2