Ph.D. and Postdoctoral positions - Computational Relativistic Astrophysics

Young Researchers Potsdam-Golm
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Job Offer from December 05, 2017

The "Computational Relativistic Astrophysics" division at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (the Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam announces the opening of several postdoc appointments and PhD positions. The postdoctoral positions will be available at different levels, depending on experience and seniority, and can last for different number of years.

This new division, led by Dr. Masaru Shibata, will be established on January 1st 2018.

The "Computational Relativistic Astrophysics" division will focus on several research topics in general relativity and relativistic astrophysics, including

  1. numerical relativity with matter, in particular, neutrino-radiation-hydrodynamics, magneto-(radiation-)hydrodynamics, and viscous-radiation-hydrodynamics, for mergers of neutron-star binaries (binary neutron stars and black hole-neutron star binaries), long-term evolution of the merger remnants, and stellar collapse to a black hole and a neutron star,
  2. modeling of gravitational waves from neutron-star binaries based on numerical-relativity gravitational waveforms,
  3. modeling of electromagnetic counterparts (macronovae/kilonovae, short gamma-ray bursts, etc.) associated with neutron-star mergers, including the studies of r-process nucleosynthesis,
  4. studies of the formation processes for a variety of black holes (stellar-mass, intermediate-mass, and supermassive black holes), and gravitational-wave and electromagnetic signals associated with the formation processes,
  5. studies of phenomena associated with supermassive black holes, e.g., tidal disruption of stars by supermassive black holes and emission of gravitational waves by extreme mass-ratio inspirals (EMRIs),
  6. numerical relativity beyond general relativity.

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


To apply for a Ph.D. position at the AEI, please fill out this online form.

To apply for a postdoctoral position at the AEI in Potsdam, please fill out this online 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 these fellowships and how to apply are summarized on the institute's website.

The deadline for full consideration is January 15th, 2018. The positions are available from August 2018, but they may also start earlier. Applications will be considered until all positions are filled.

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

For further information please contact Dr. Masaru Shibata: .

Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute)
Am Mühlenberg 1
14476 Potsdam-Golm

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