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Postdoctoral position on massive black hole astrophysics and numerical simulations

Oct 20, 2021

Postdoctoral position at the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris (IAP) to work with Dr. Marta Volonteri and Dr. Yohan Dubois on numerical modeling of massive black hole dynamics, and the gravitational wave and electromagnetic properties of massive black hole binaries and mergers in cosmological simulations.  Applicants with interests and experience in the above fields, and with familiarity with hydrodynamical/N-body codes are particularly encouraged to apply.
Deadline for application: January 5th, 2022.

This position is part of the project “Massive black hole mergers: light and gravitational waves” funded by the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche. Besides IAP, the other participating nodes are the laboratoire AstroParticule et Cosmologie (APC: Stas Babak, Antoine Petiteau, Chiara Caprini), the Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (IRAP: Natalie Webb), the Observatoire de Paris (GEPI: Susanna Vergani), providing the opportunity to work in a collaborative environment spanning simulations, astrophysics, gravitational wave data analysis and multimessenger observations.

The stating date can be as early as March 2022, but dates until and including Fall 2022 are possible. Applicants are required to have obtained a PhD in physics, astronomy or related subject by the time of the appointment. The position is initially for two years, renewable for a third year depending on performance and availability of funding.  Salary will depend on skills and experience and the position includes a comprehensive benefits package. The successful candidate will have access to excellent computing infrastructure, as well as travel and research funds.

The application material consists of a CV, publication list and a 4-page statement of research accomplishments and interests motivating the interest for the position. Applicants should also arrange for three reference letters to be provided separately. The application material and contact information about three references should be submitted at The letter writers nominated in the online application will be contacted after submission. The nominal closing date is January 5 2022; late applications may be considered until the position is filled. For inquiries, please contact martav AT and/or dubois AT