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PhD positions in “Gravity & Matter at the Extreme” at AEI-Potsdam

Oct 23, 2020

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI) in Potsdam, Germany, announces the opening of several PhD positions in “Gravity & Matter at the Extreme”.
Deadline for application: January 8th, 2021.

Successful candidates will join the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Gravitational-Wave Astronomy at the AEI, comprised at the AEI Potsdam of the “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” (ACR) and “Computational Relativistic Astrophysics” (CRA) divisions, the University of Potsdam, the Humboldt University of Berlin, and the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics. Our graduate students are exposed to a variety of research topics and have access to a world-wide research network, including international partner universities (University of Maryland and the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics at Kyoto University), the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, and the LISA consortium. Students may also participate in building the science case for third generation ground-based detectors, such as the Einstein Telescope and Cosmic Explorer. For a detailed overview of the IMPRS, its research groups, and the application procedure, please visit the IMPRS website.

The two research divisions (ACR and CRA) at the AEI Potsdam belonging to the IMPRS operate three high-performance compute clusters to model gravitational-wave sources (binary black holes, neutron star binaries, and stellar collapse of massive stars), electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational waves, high-energy astrophysical phenomena, and to carry out data-analysis of gravitational waves.

PhD theses will cover a variety of topics in gravitational-wave astronomy, high-energy astrophysics and fundamental physics, such as:

  •     theoretical gravitational dynamics and radiation (within post-Newtonian theory, post-Minkowskian theory, gravitational self-force, black-hole perturbation theory, and effective-one-body theory),
  •     numerical relativity simulations of binary systems composed of black holes and neutron stars,
  •     waveform modelling at the interface between analytical and numerical relativity,
  •     interpretation and analysis of data from gravitational-wave detectors on the ground (LIGO and Virgo) and in space (LISA),
  •     cosmography with gravitational waves from binary systems,
  •     cosmology beyond the standard paradigm (dark energy, dark matter, gravitational lensing),
  •     tests of strong gravity within General Relativity and alternative gravity theories,
  •     neutron star mergers and high-energy astrophysics,
  •     neutron-star equation of state,
  •     stellar collapse to a black hole and a neutron star, and
  •     multi-messenger astronomy.

Please find here full details and how to apply: