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This page lists job opportunities at the postdoc, staff and faculty levels in the research areas of gravitational waves, experimental gravity, astrophysics, and related fields.The most recent additions appear at the top of the list.(Thus, the list is only very roughly in order of due date.)

Other announcements of workshops, thesis prizes, etc may appear on this page as well.

If you know of a job opening that should be added to the list, please email it to the LIGO Academic Advisory Councilat .

COSPAR Abstract Deadline February 9

(Posted here Jan 19, 2017)

From: Michele Vallisneri <>

Subject: For your next compilation of announcements

Date: 2018-01-18 at 23:21:34 PST

To: David Shoemaker <>



Subject: COSPAR abstract deadline February 9

The 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly will be hosted by the California Institute of Technology on July 14-22, 2018, in Pasadena, California.

The 42nd Assembly celebrates the 60th anniversary of the creation of COSPAR, and of the launch of the US Explorer 1 Earth orbiting satellite. Join your colleagues and peers to discuss the new discoveries in: Earth science using space observations; lunar science; solar-system science; exoplanets; space plasmas; astrophysics using space observations; life sciences in space environments; materials sciences in space; and fundamental physics in space.

The program (see the assembly website,, and click on “Scientific Programs/Assembly Browser”) includes two sessions on gravitational-wave astronomy. You are invited to submit abstracts for posters and talks.

COSPAR-18-E1.15: Astrophysics/The Gravitational Wave Universe - solicits talks and posters on physics and astrophysics using information from gravitational waves, on multimessenger physics/astrophysics, and on current and future missions and experiments.

COSPAR-18-H0.4: Fundamental Physics/Gravitational Wave Astrophysics - focuses on the scientific payoff, technological implementation, and international context of space-based gravitational-wave observatories, and on the unity and complementarity of detection efforts across all frequencies.

The abstract submission deadline is February 9, 2018. Please contact the organizers (Michel Boer,, for E1.15; Michele Vallisneri, , for H0.4) for further information. Submit abstracts at .

Ph.D. and Postdoc Positions at the Space Interferometry Group of the AEI

(Posted here Jan 19, 2017)

From: Martin Hewitson <>

Subject: Positions at the Space Interferometry Group of the AEI

Date: 2018-01-18 at 07:01:58 PST

To: Gerhard Heinzel <>

Cc: Martin Hewitson <>, , lpf-stoc-ops <>

Dear Colleagues,

The Space Interferometry Group at the AEI are now seeking applications for PhD Students and Postdocs to work on various topics related to LISA and GRACE Follow-On. We would appreciate it if you could circulate the following link to any appropriate mailing lists or colleagues:

Best wishes,

Martin & Gerhard

Post-Docs and graduate students

Stellenangebot vom 18. Dezember 2017

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) is a leading research institute in the world specializing in gravitational physics. Around 200 international scientists work at the research labs and offices located in Potsdam-Golm and Hannover, Germany.

The Albert Einstein Institute in Hannover plays a central role in the development of ground- and space-based instruments for gravitational wave detection and Earth gravity field observation. The "laser interferometry in space" group focuses on LISA, GRACE Follow-On and instrumentation for future mission concepts. More information can be found at

We are expanding our team and are looking for

several Post-Docs and graduate students (Ph.D. students)

in experimental physics and related fields (computer science, mathematics, electrical engineering, digital signal processing) for projects at the forefront of experimental gravitational physics and instrumentation.

Specific topics include:
  • Development of prototypes for LISA optical metrology (experimental, optics)
  • Development and testing of the LISA phase measurement system (electronics, DSP)
  • Numerical end-to-end simulation of the LISA measurement chain and development of LISA first-stage data processing algorithms
  • Characterisation of the GRACE Follow-On Laser Ranging Interferometer in orbit
  • Development and experimental verification of optical simulations for complex interferometers (stray light propagation etc.)
  • Development and experimental verification of optomechanical accelerometers and associated optical readout techniques
Your profile

You are highly motivated to work in an international research team and have experience with an excellent track record in two or more of the following research areas:
  1. Laser interferometry
  2. Optical experiments
  3. Optical simulations
  4. Analogue & digital electronics
  5. digital signal processing (FPGA)
  6. Numerical Mathematics
  7. Control engineering
Fluency in English and a collaborative team attitude are essential.

Knowledge of German is not required, although we encourage and support learning German.

We offer
  • Work in an international research environment benefitting from regular interactions with a dedicated project team, as well as the opportunity to benefit from the wide range of expertise at the Albert Einstein Institute.
  • Close collaboration with leading international partners in science, industry and space agencies.
  • Full time position with competitive salary according to the pay scale of public services in Germany for Post-Docs, 75% position for graduate students, fully integrated in comprehensive German social security scheme (health insurance, unemployment insurance etc.).
  • Initial appointment will be for 2 years for Post-Docs, 3 years for graduate students.
  • Graduate students are embedded in top-rated International Max-Planck Research School. Lectures and transferable skills seminars are also available for Post-Docs.
  • Access to world-class laboratories, workshops, libraries and computing facilities.
The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics promotes women and particularly encourages women to apply. Handicapped candidates will be given priority in case of comparable professional qualification.

Your application

If you are interested in joining our research team as a Post-Doc, please submit the following documents to by January 31, 2018; use the subject line "Post-Doc Space Interferometry Hannover".
  • Cover letter stating your research interests and future aspirations (max. 2 pages).
  • Curriculum vitae including publication list.
Send these documents as one single PDF (max. file size 2MB). Additionally, please arrange for two recommendation letters to be sent to the same email address and provide contact details of a third senior scientist who could provide a recommendation letter for you upon request.

If you are interested in joining our research team as a graduate student (Ph.D. student), please apply at

and mention your specific fields of interest. Our research group is affiliated with Leibniz Universität Hannover, which awards academic degrees.

For questions, please contact Gerhard Heinzel (, Jens Reiche ( or Oliver Gerberding (

Summer School: Gravitational Waves, Les Houches, France

(Posted here Jan 19, 2017)

From: Nelson Christensen <>

Subject: Summer school: Gravitational waves, Les Houches, France

Date: 2018-01-17 at 21:49:58 PST

To: David Shoemaker <>, "Prof.dr J.F.J. van den Brand" <>

Dear David, Jo,

Could you circulate this information on the Les Houches summer school to the LSC and Virgo email lists?

Many thanks for your help.

Best Wishes,

Please note the Les Houches summer school:

Summer school: Gravitational waves

July 2, 2018 - July 27, 2018

The school will cover the emerging field of gravitational and multi-messenger astronomy, following the discovery of GW150914 and GW170817. We can soon expect many other detections, which will open up a new window on astrophysical objects such as compact binary systems (black holes, neutron stars), supernovae, pulsars, a stochastic gravitational wave background, or even unexpected objects. The objective of the school is to provide a large number of students with a solid corpus in most aspects of the field.

More information on the school can be found here:

Please pass the word on this opportunity.

Bruce Allen, Marie Anne Bizouart, Nelson Christensen, Pierre-François Cohadon

LISA Symposium Registration Open

(Posted here Jan 19, 2017)

From: Shane Larson <>

Subject: LISA Symposium Registration Open

Date: 2018-01-17 at 14:01:36 PST

To: David Shoemaker <>, Kelly Holley-Bockelmann <>, "Conklin,John" <>, Jeffrey Livas <>, Ann Hornschemeier <>, Karsten Danzmann <>, Martin Hewitson <>

Hi All,

Please find below an announcement to let people know registration for the Symposium is open. Can you please circulate to any/all LISA lists you have and know of?

Clear skies,
-- Shane

===== text for announcement ===========

Registration is now open for the 12th International LISA Symposium, taking place 8-13 July 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.


The LISA Symposium will feature a program dedicated to gravitational wave astrophysics, with particular emphasis on sources that can be observed in the millihertz band by LISA, the current status and unique challenges in gravitational theory and analysis for LISA sources, and the latest updates on the development of the LISA mission.

LISA, the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna, will be the European Space Agency's third large-class mission and the first space-based gravitational-wave observatory. It will consist of three spacecraft separated by 2.5 million km in a triangular formation, following Earth in its orbit around the Sun. Launch is expected in 2034.

Reserve your room at The Westin Chicago River North to ensure you receive the group rate. Abstract submission will be available this spring.


The Symposium is hosted by the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) at Northwestern University and co-sponsored by the American Astronomical Society.


We look forward to seeing you in Chicago next summer!

— Shane Larson & Frederic Rasio

Dublin School on Gravitational Wave Source Modeling

(Posted here Jan 19, 2017)

From: Barry Wardell <>

Subject: [eLISA Consortium] Dublin School on Gravitational Wave Source Modeling

Date: 2018-01-17 at 08:59:52 GMT-5


Dear Colleagues,

Please share the below announcement with any students, postdocs, or other researchers you think may be interested in attending.

The Dublin School on Gravitational Wave Source Modelling aims to teach the next generation of gravitational wave researchers the skills they will need for interpreting gravitational wave signals detected by the LISA mission. Further aims are to cover a broad range of topics in gravitational physics, to give newly arrived and early career researchers a chance to interact with each other, and to meet the leaders in their field.

The summer school will be hosted by the School of Mathematics and Statistics at University College Dublin. It will run from 11th to 22nd June 2018, and will consist of ten days of lectures and hands-on workshops, with a weekend off in the middle to explore Dublin and engage in social activities.

There is no registration fee and anyone can participate. However, please do register so that we can ensure that ample space is available for all participants. Participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs. A limited number of affordable rooms in campus accommodation have been reserved on a first-come first-served basis. There may also be limited student bursaries; if available, these will be announced at a later date.

Further details about the summer school including an online registration form are available on the conference website at

Kind regards,

Barry Wardell

Consortium mailing list

CERN TH Institute on Primordial Black Holes

(Posted here Jan 19, 2017)

Forwarded Message --------

Subject: [eLISA Consortium] First Announcement CERN TH Institute on Primordial Black Holes

Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2018 15:58:17 +0100

From: Juan Garcia-Bellido

Dear colleague,

It is our pleasure to announce the CERN TH-Institute “Primordial versus Astrophysical Origin of Black Holes" that will take place at CERN, from 14th to 18th of May 2018.

The TH institute is a one-week activity at CERN aimed to discuss the possibility that primordial black holes can be abundant in the Universe, constituting a significant fraction of the dark matter. It will offer an opportunity to exchange ideas on the origin of primordial black holes, their evolution and phenomenological signatures, including astrophysical and cosmological. We plan to bring together researchers from high energy- and astro-physics communities interested in the physics of massive black holes. We expect the workshop will provide a stimulating environment and a starting point for new research projects. The program will include review talks on the state-of-the art of black hole science, as well as contributions on more specific topics.

The deadline for applications is April 14. There is no registration fee. The format of the meeting will be rather informal, with no more than 2-3 talks per day, and plenty of free time to promote discussions and interaction between participants. There will be only a limited number of talks, which are by invitation only.

Looking very much forward to your application!

Best wishes,
Juan Garcia-Bellido

for the organising committee
Kfir Blum, Chiara Caprini, Sebastian Clesse, Valerie Domcke, Juan Garcia-Bellido, Gian Giudice, Sergey Sibiryakov

Nasa-lisa-team mailing list

Postdoc Position at NASA Goddard: GRB Research with BurstCube?

(Posted here Jan 15, 2017)

From: Peter Shawhan <>
Subject: Job opening
Date: 2018-01-11 at 18:02:53 GMT-5

Postdoc position at NASA Goddard: GRB Research with BurstCube? cubesat

Applications are now being accepted for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to work on hardware, software, and/or science analysis in the development and ultimate flight of BurstCube? (, funded through the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology II (CRESST II). One of the primary science goals of this funded mission is the detection and study of gamma-ray bursts as counterparts to gravitational-wave events. Application deadline: March 2, 2018.

Postoc Positions at SYSU, China

(Posted here Jan 15, 2017)

From: Yiming Hu <>
Subject: Postdocs position ads on Gravitational Wave in SYSU, China
Date: 2018-01-08 at 11:32:02 GMT+1

The TianQin? Research Center for Gravitational Physics, Sun Yat-sen University invites applications for two postdoctoral research positions in gravitational-wave physics and gravitational-wave astronomy. The appointment will be for two years. The successful candidate is expected to start no later than Sep 1, 2018.

The TianQin? Research Center is dedicated to creating the space-based gravitational wave detector TianQin? (arXiv: 1512.02076). The growing theoretical group in the center consists of faculty members Jianwei Mei, Yiming Hu and Xuefeng Zhang, 1 postdoc and 10+ graduate students. The group is particularly interested in gravitational wave physics, gravitational wave astronomy, data analysis, TianQin? simulation, and tests of general relativity with other space-based/related experiments (such as lunar laser ranging).

The basic annual salary is 200,000 RMB. There is additional benefit up to 30,000 RMB per year, but this may vary with the University policy.

To apply, please send the following to, with the subject title "Application for postdoc from [Applicant's Name]":
1) A CV, including a full publication list and a concise introduction to the candidate's most representative work (no more than one page);
2) A statement of research interest, including a remark on how it fits with the general goal of the group;
3) Three letters of recommendation (one must from the PhD supervisor of the Candidate).
The deadline for this applications is Feb 28th, 2017.

About SYSU

Sun Yat-sen University was established in 1924 by the founding father of modern China, Sun Yat-sen, and has been consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in mainland China. The TianQin? Research Center for Gravitational Physics is located in the scenery Zhuhai campus of SYSU, which is only half an hour driving distance to Macau and Hong Kong. With the support from the central and local governments, various laboratory facilities for TianQin? are being built in a good speed.

Dr. Yi-Ming Hu

TianQin Research Center for Gravitational Physics, Sun Yat-sen University
Office building, SYSU Zhuhai Campus, Tangjiawan, Zhuhai 519082, Guangdong, P. R. China


Research Astrophysicist at NASA Goddard

(Posted here Jan 15, 2017)

• From: David Shoemaker <>
• Subject: Goddard LISA position
• Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2018 08:30:46 +0100

The Gravitational Astrophysics Laboratory of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight
Center plans to hire a civil service research astrophysicist. As a Research
Astrophysicist, the successful candidate is expected to conduct an
independent program of astronomical research on gravitational wave data
analysis and parameter extraction for the LISA Mission, a joint project with
the European Space Agency. The appointment is for an early/mid-career or
senior level position with salary commensurate with the applicant’s past

Candidates with experience in gravitational wave data analysis, source
modeling, and algorithm development are encouraged to apply. Some knowledge
of the physics of gravitational wave detection, and the acquisition and
analysis of data is helpful, including some knowledge of and experience with
advanced statistical methods. Experience with cloud and distributed computing
is likely to be important because the data center centered in France will be
distributed with a U.S. Component. Finally, computational techniques such as
neural networks and machine learning may play an important role, so some
knowledge of and experience with these techniques is an advantage. U.S.
citizenship is required. A Ph.D. degree is highly desirable.

Interested applicants should send a CV and a statement of research interests
to Dr. Jeffrey Livas at by January 30, 2018.
Additional application material will be required through the USAJobs website.

We also note that a position for an experimentalist will be announced

NASA GSFC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Application Deadline: Friday, February 2, 2018
Selection Deadline: Friday, March 2, 2018

To apply, contact

Jeffrey Livas
Chief, Gravitational Astrophysics Laboratory
Gravitational Astrophysics Laboratory, Code 663
8800 Greenbelt RD
Greenbelt MD 20771

Phone: 301-286-7289?

Inquiries About Job to Jeffrey Livas
Subject: Research Astrophysicist position

Currently one position is open, at one of the two levels according to

Postdoc Position at Fukuoka University

(Posted here Dec 31, 2017)

> From: Kei Kotake <>
> Subject: Job Advertisement for a postdoc position at Fukuoka University (Japan) : Data analysis for GWs from Core-Collapse Supernovae
> Date: 2017-12-27 at 07:03:11 GMT+1

Postdoc position at Fukuoka University (Japan) : Data analysis and Detector
Characterization of Gravitational waves from Core-Collapse Supernovae

1. Position:
Postdoctoral fellow, 1 person.

2. Job description:
Gravitational wave astronomy of core-collapse supernovae.
This position is engaged to the research of the project C01 "Investigation of
Supernova Mechanism via gravitational waves" in the grand-in-aid new innovative
area on "Gravitational wave physics and astronomy: Genesis" supported by
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
(see for detail from

Applicants are expected to perform data analysis of gravitational-wave interferometers,
develop data analysis software, and detector characterization (of KAGRA).
It is preferable to be proficient in multiple programming languages.

3. Place of work:
Fukuoka University (Fukuoka, Japan)

4. Start of the term:
As soon as possible after an offer is made.

5. Application Prerequisites:
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a related field by the time of employment.
She/he needs to have sufficient English language proficiency to take part in
scientific/technical discussions in face-to-face meetings, video conferences and

6. Term:Two years (extendable one more year depending on the achievement
of the successful candidate for the two years).

7. Compensation: Salary will be in the range from 250,000 to 350,000 Japanese yen
depending on the scientific experience/carieer of the successful candidate so far.

8. Application: Please submit the following documents in English (or Japanese) as PDF files
(A4size paper, 29.5cm x 21cm or similar) attached to an e-mail. Applicants should
arrange for two letters of reference to be sent to the e-mail address below.

1. Curriculum vitae,

2. Summary of past research activities (up to 3 pages),

3. Publication list including a list of oral presentations at conferences and workshops.

Please include copies of the applicant's most important publications (up to three
papers) and clearly mark these in the publication list,

4. Possible start date,

5. Research plan (up to 3 pages), and

6. Letters of reference or recommendation (2 letters).

9. Application Deadline: 31th Janualy, 2018

10. Selection process:
Applicants will be screened on the basis of their application materials and candidates
may be invited for interviews. Candidates will be contacted with information
concerning the interview process (the interview is scheduled to be done via a teleconference
such as using Skype).

All application materials should be sent on time to the following address,
(please replace at with @).

Subject of e-mail: Application for postdoctoral fellow of Fukuoka University

Inquiries should be addressed to:
Dr. Kei Kotake,
Associate Professor of Applied Physics,
Department of Applied Physics, Fukuoka University,
8-19-1, Jonan, Nanakuma, Fukuoka, 814-0180, Japan
email: (please replace at with @).
Subject of e-mail: Question on postdoctoral fellow at Fukuoka University

Postdoc Position in Seismic Isolation at ULB

(Posted here Dec 26, 2017)

From: Christophe Collette <>
Subject: Re: Einstein telescope workshop
Date: 2017-12-22 at 15:40:16 GMT-5

Post-doc position in seismic isolation at ULB
The mechatronics group at ULB, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in active seismic isolation. The mechatronics group at ULB, led by prof. Christophe Collette, is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), where it is developing seismic sensors and control strategies in order to decouple sensitive optics of gravitational wave detectors from low frequency ground motion

The successful candidate will be part of a newly formed team who is developing an optical seismic isolation system. His researches will focus on optical inertial sensor, mechatronic architectures, control strategies, and experimental validations.

Besides gravitational wave detectors, the mechatronics group is also conducting researches on active control of vibrations for several challenging applications (future particle colliders, deployable space telescopes, aerospace structures and light sources) that forms an exciting and multidisciplinary environment, ideal for cross-fertilization of novel ideas. The group is hosted in the BEAMS department of ULB, which has many facilities for preparing and conducting experiments.

The position is for 15 months, with a possible extension of one year. The contract will start as soon as possible.

Applications should be sent directly to Prof. Collette ( ) and should contain:
- Cover letter
- List of publications
- Detailed curriculum vitae
- Name, affiliation and email address of three referees

The deadline for submission is January 20th, 2018.
For more information, please contact prof. Collette

Operations Specialist at LLO

(Posted here Dec 26, 2017)

From: "Richard Oram" <>
Subject: LLO has an opening for an Operations Specialist
Date: December 22, 2017 at 10:05:18 AM PST

Please note that LLO has an opening for an Operations Specialist.
Please pass this posting on to those who may be interested.

The position of LIGO Operations Specialist is now posted on the Caltech website and accessible using the link below.

Caltech - LIGO Operations Specialist —

LIGO Laboratory (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) seeks a highly motivated and skilled Operations Specialist to join its team
The successful candidate will join the existing LIGO operations specialist team and share responsibility for the optimization, operation and maintenance of the interferometers and associated infrastructure at the LIGO Livingston Observatory, a component of the worldwide network to detect and study gravitational waves from astrophysical sources.

The work location is at the LIGO Livingston Observatory, near Livingston, Louisiana.

Professor in GW Astronomy at NAOJ

(Posted here Dec 17, 2017)

De: Raffaele Flaminio <>
Objet: Professor position in GW available at NAOJ
Date: 9 décembre 2017 12:46:52 UTC+1

Professor in Gravitational Wave Astronomy
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

The Gravitational-Wave Project Office at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) invites applications for a Professor in gravitational-wave astronomy to lead the gravitational-wave project office and contribute to the realization of the KAGRA project.
NAOJ has been a host institute of the TAMA300 detector, and is one of the main co-host institutes of KAGRA a large-scale cryogenic gravitational-wave detector currently being built in Japan. The Gravitational-Wave Project Office, which is located at the Mitaka campus in the western region of Tokyo, is in charge of several subsystems for KAGRA and is also working on advanced technologies for future ground-based and space gravitational-wave observatories.
The position is available immediately and will be filled as soon as possible.
If you have any query, please contact Prof. Raffaele Flaminio E-mail: (replace AT with @) Phone: +81-422-34-3622, Fax:+81-422-34-3793
Description of position terms and procedure to apply
1. Position: Professor.
2. Department: Gravitational-Wave Project Office, NAOJ.
3. Field: Gravitational wave astronomy.
4. Work description: To lead the gravitational wave project office of NAOJ. To play a leading role in any experimental working groups during the construction, commissioning, exploitation and upgrade phases of the KAGRA project. Also expected to contribute to the opening of a new field of astronomy by detecting gravitational waves from the extraterrestrial origin.
5. Starting date: as soon as possible.
6. Qualifications: The applicant must have a PhD degree in physics, astronomy or related fields. Past experience in the management of research groups and/or large projects in the field of gravitational wave detection is required. Fluency in English is necessary.
7. The application documents (PDF file(s) in English) must include
(1) Cover letter
(2) Curriculum Vitae
(3) Summary of past research activities
(4) List of publications (separate refereed and non-refereed papers and the role of the applicant for each)
(5) PDF copy of three major publications
(6) Outline of research plans for this position
(7) Names and e-mail addresses of two or more reference persons
(8) Two or more reference letters (please ask the reference persons to send the letter attached to an e-mail to the submission address shown in 9. (1) to arrive before the application deadline.
8. The application documents must be received by January 9th, 2018 at 17:00 JST.
9. Application submission and inquiries:
(1) Send your application documents by e-mail to; E-mail: (replace AT with @). Subject of e-mail: "Application for Professor of Gravitational-Wave Project Office ".
(2) Any inquiries shall be addressed to Prof. Raffaele Flaminio by email only. e-mail address (replace AT with @). Indicate as subject “Application for Professor”.
10. (1) Make PDF files with appropriate resolution so that they won’t be too large (file size: up to 10MB).
(2) When the application documents are received, a confirmation mail will be sent to the applicant. If you do not receive the confirmation within three working days, please notify the e-mail address (replace AT with @). Note that NAOJ will be in winter break from Dec. 29, 2017 to Jan. 3, 2018.
11. (1) The professor will receive a salary commensurate with qualifications.
(2) The travel costs of the selected candidate from his/her home to NAOJ when first taking up the position will be covered, subject to the travel regulations of NINS (the details have to be arranged with the administration office).
(3) Policy for Equal Employment Opportunity: Abiding by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act for Men and Women, NAOJ is committed to the realization of a society with gender equality. If two candidates are deemed equal in their performance evaluation, NAOJ will take positive action to employ women. For details, see

Post-Doctoral Positions in GWs at Cardiff University

(Posted here Dec 17, 2017)

From: Patrick Sutton <>
Subject: [announcement_submit] announcement: post-doctoral positions in GWs at Cardiff University
Date: 2017-12-06 at 17:35:44 GMT+1

Research Associate in Experimental Gravitational-Wave Physics

Cardiff Gravitational Physics ( is seeking applications to fill the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate in experimental gravitational-wave physics. This is a two-year position at the Grade 6 level.

Cardiff University has recently made significant investment in a new research programme in experimental gravitational-wave physics, led by Prof. Hartmut Grote and Dr. Katherine Dooley. The research associate will support this new effort, and contribute to establishing the research programme. The group pursues research in the fields of interferometric readout schemes, seismic sensing, squeezed-light application, control topologies for 3rd generation interferometers, and fundamental physics using interferometry.

Other Cardiff group members play leading roles in the search for signals from gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, and the coalescence of neutron star and black hole binaries; and in modelling astrophysical sources of gravitational waves using analytical and numerical relativity and developing search algorithms for their detection and interpretation with current and future detectors.

The group is a founding member of GEO600, a member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration and has played a leading role in these collaborations from their inception through to the recent first direct detections of gravitational waves. The Cardiff group is also active in the planning and development of future detectors, such as LIGO-India, the Einstein Telescope and Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA).

The position is full time and available from 1st April 2018, but the precise starting date is negotiable.

Salary: £32,548 - £38,833 per annum (Grade 6)

Informal enquiries about the role can be made by email to Prof. Hartmut Grote ( Informal enquiries about working at Cardiff University can be made to Glesni Lloyd (

Closing date: Wednesday, 17 January 2018

For more details and to apply for this position please visit . Select “School of Physics and Astronomy” on the left, and select vacancy 6793BR "Research Associate in Experimental Gravitational-Wave Physics”.

Research Associate in Gravitational Wave Astronomy

Cardiff Gravitational Physics ( is seeking applications to fill the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate in gravitational-wave astronomy. This is a two-year position at the Grade 6 level.

The post will involve research on one or several of the key research areas of the Cardiff Gravitational Physics group, with emphasis on analysis of data from the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and Virgo detectors, and/or gravitational-wave source modelling. Group members play leading roles in the search for signals from gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, and the coalescence of neutron star and black hole binaries; and in modelling astrophysical sources of gravitational waves using analytical and numerical relativity and develop search algorithms for their detection and interpretation with current and future detectors. The group is also undergoing a significant expansion, starting a new research programme in gravitational-wave instrumentation. The group is a founding member of GEO600, a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and has played a leading role in these collaborations from their inception through to the recent first direct detections of gravitational waves, and is also active in planning and development of future detectors, such as LIGO-India, Einstein Telescope and Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA).

The position is full time and available from 1st June 2018, but the precise starting date is negotiable.

Salary: £32,548 - £38,883 per annum (Grade 6)

Informal enquiries about the role can be made by email to Prof. Patrick Sutton ( or Prof. Mark Hannam ( Informal enquiries about working at Cardiff University can be made to Glesni Lloyd (

Closing date: Wednesday, 31 January 2018

For more details and to apply for this position please visit . Select “School of Physics and Astronomy” on the left, and select vacancy 6791BR "Research Associate in Gravitational Wave Astronomy”.

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program 2018

(Posted here Dec 17, 2017)

From: "CIFAR" <>
Subject: Call for Applications: CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program 2018
Date: December 4, 2017 at 1:10:01 PM CST
Reply-To: CIFAR <>

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Call for Applications to the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program: a new opportunity for early career researchers. We invite you to share this opportunity with exceptional early career researchers in your network.
The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), a Canadian-based global organization, brings together 370 researchers from 18 countries to work in collaborative research programs that address some of the most complex challenges facing the world today.
CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars receive:

• $100,000 CDN in unrestricted research support

• A two-year membership in a CIFAR research program, a global network of top-tier research leaders

• Opportunities to network, collaborate and form a community with colleagues from a range of disciplines

• Mentorship from a senior researcher within a CIFAR research program

• Specialized leadership and communications skills training, and support to put skills into actionApplicants can be from anywhere in the world, must hold a PhD (or equivalent) and be within the first five years of a full-time academic appointment. Scholars' research interests must be aligned with the themes of an eligible CIFAR research program. In 2018, the eligible programs are:

• Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness

• Bio-inspired Solar Energy

Gravity & the Extreme Universe

• Humans & the Microbiome

• Molecular Architecture of LifeWe? invite you to share this opportunity with exceptional early career researchers in your network.
Applications must be submitted before February 22, 2018. All applications are submitted online and must include letters of reference. A detailed overview of the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program, along with eligibility requirements and how to apply, are available on our website.
If you have any questions, please contact

This program is generously supported by the Azrieli Foundation and the Love Family Leadership Development Fund.

Postdoctoral Position in GW Physics and Particle Cosmology at IIP in Natal, Brazil

(Posted here Dec 17, 2017)

The Gravity and Particle Cosmology group at the International
Institute of Physics (IIP, Natal, Brazil)
invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in gravitational-wave physics and particle cosmology.

The initial appointment will be for two years with extension up to 4 years overall.
Selected candidates will be able to start anytime before October 2018.

Beside its LIGO activities, IIP has a broad range of interests,including string theory,
condensed matter, quantum information, statistical physics, gravity
and cosmology. Faculty members at IIP in gravity and particle cosmology are
profs. Farinaldo Queiroz and Riccardo Sturani, and the group
also include 2 post-docs and 3 graduate students.

Applications consisting of CV with publication list, research proposal
and at least 2 recommendation letters, should be sent to

Application review will start on January 22nd 2018 and will continue
until positions filled. Further enquiries can be addressed to: Riccardo Sturani,

Postdoctoral Position in Gravitational Wave Intrumentation at the University of Western Australia

(Posted here Dec 17, 2017)

From: Li Ju <>
Subject: RE: PostDoc? position at University of Western Australia
Date: 2017-12-08 at 09:02:20 GMT+1

Postdoctoral position in Gravitational Wave Instrumentation at The University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia node of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Gravitational wave Discovery (OzGrav?) is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position (Academic Level A) on instrumentation for gravitational wave detection.
Our current research is focused on developing advanced techniques gravitational wave detectors. We operate the Australian High Optical Power Gravitational Wave Research Facility at Gingin, with 80m suspended high finesse cavities. Our research program includes the control of parametric instability and optimal mode matching for advanced detectors and silicon optics in high power cavities for 3rd generation detectors. At the UWA campus we undertake small scale experiments on optomechanics for beating the standard quantum limit of gravitational wave detectors.
We are looking for a dynamic experimentalist with motivation and drive, and relevant experience, who will enjoy working in a beautiful remote location adjacent to our Gravity Discovery Centre. The work will involve working closely with PhD students and technicians on experiments with high power suspended optical cavities.

Application link:

For more detail of the UWA node of OzGrav?, please visit
Please contact for more details and enquiries.

Program Scientist Job Openings at NASA Headquarters

(Posted here Dec 11, 2017)

Program Scientist job openings at NASA Headquarters

NASA is looking for experienced scientists to join the staffs as Program Scientists in the Astrophysics, Planetary Science, and Earth Science divisions of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC.

A program scientist:
  • Performs a range of scientific program planning duties. Takes responsibility for the science content of flight mission programs or projects to carry out Science Mission Directorate (SMD) investigations. Develops, reviews, and provides recommendations for proposed program requirements, expected results, and budgetary estimates. Establishes methods and procedures to reduce program costs. Provides expert advice to management on strategic planning and program development. Presents issues and proposes solutions to NASA senior management.
  • Manages research elements within a broad Research and Analysis (R&A) Program. Develops solicitations and evaluate research proposals. Initiates and monitors research contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements. Provides technical decisions, advice, and consultations affecting the planning, management, coordination, and critical problems related to safety, costs, and economics of Division Programs. Provides advice on measurement and instrumentation related to space science investigations. Establishes validity criteria for studies.
  • Represents scientific disciplines to NASA senior management and serves as an advocate for the communities' scientific interest.

These positions are being filled at the GS/14-15 level (salary range $112,021 - $161,900).

Applications will be accepted only through
  • Schedule: Open January 2, 2018, to January 31, 2018.
  • NASA Announcement Number: HQ18C0015?.
  • Interested scientists should familiarize themselves with and begin to develop their resume and application within the system

To apply, see when the job opens on January 2, 2018.

Multiple Positions in IUCAA for Work Related to LIGO-India

(Posted here Dec 7, 2017)

From: Sukanta Bose <>

Subject: [Time sensitive for lsc-all posting] Multiple positions available at various levels in IUCAA for work related to LIGO-India

Date: 2017-12-06 at 21:05:51 GMT+1

There are multiple positions

available at various levels in IUCAA for work related to LIGO-India.
These are posted at: .

Unfortunately, for administrative reasons, the Scientific and
Technical positions have a deadline of December 15.

Faculty positions do not have a deadline, but interested applicants
are encouraged to submit applications soon.

Assistant Professor in Experimental Quantum Optics at LSU

(Posted here Dec 4, 2017)

From: Thomas Corbitt <<a href="" target="_blank"></a>>
Subject: [announcement_submit] Assistant Professor of Experimental Quantum Optics at LSU
Date: 2017-12-01 at 18:34:01 GMT-5

Search for an Assistant Professor in Experimental Quantum Optics at LSU:

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in experimental quantum optics or atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) physics starting Fall 2018. The faculty in LSU’s Quantum Science and Technology (QST) group include Thomas Corbitt, Jonathan Dowling, Hwang Lee, Ravi Rau, Georgios Veronis and Mark M. Wilde. The group carries out an active research program in quantum optics theory, as well as the quantum optics experimental activity of Corbitt. The QST group forms half of the Hearne Institute for Theoretical Physics, with the other half comprising the experimental and theoretical general relativity group, whose faculty members consist of Ivan Agullo, Thomas Corbitt, Peter Diener, Joseph Giaime, Gabriela Gonzalez, Warren Johnson, Robert O'Connell, Jorge Pullin, and Parampreet Singh. The experimental component is largely part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, with an extensive presence at the LIGO Livingston Observatory situated 24 miles from campus. LSU also hosts a theoretical attosecond theory group including Mette Gaarde and Ken Schafer.

Postdoc and Ph.D. Positions at the AEI in Potsdam

(Posted here Dec 4, 2017)

From: "Masaru Shibata" <>
Subject: ad for LSC
Date: November 29, 2017 at 11:33:14 PM GMT+1

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 Ph.D. 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
(i) 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,
(ii) modeling of gravitational waves from neutron-star binaries
based on numerical-relativity gravitational waveforms,
(iii) modeling of electromagnetic counterparts (macronovae/kilonovae,
short gamma-ray bursts, etc.) associated with neutron-star mergers,
including the studies of r-process nucleosynthesis,
(iv) 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,
(v) studies of phenomena associated with supermassive black
holes, e.g., tidal disruption of stars by supermassive black holes
and emission of gravitational waves by EMRI,
(vi) numerical relativity beyond general relativity.

For more information, a list of required documentation,
and submission links to both postdoctoral and Ph.D. positions,
please go to:
The deadline for full consideration is January 15th, 2018.
The positions are available from August 2018, but may be 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: .

Postdoc in Instrumentation for Gravitational Wave Detectors at Nikhef, Amsterdam

(Posted here Dec 4, 2017)

From: Niels van Bakel <>
Subject: [eLISA Consortium] Job announcement
Date: 2017-11-30 at 04:48:55 GMT-5

Nikhef, the national institute for subatomic physics and SRON, the Netherlands Institute for Space Research invite applications for a

Postdoc in instrumentation for gravitational wave detectors

location: Nikhef Amsterdam

The Dutch National Research Agenda
Questions - Connections - Wide views. These are the themes of the Dutch National Science Agenda, in which challenging research questions have been formulated that root deeply into Dutch Society. Under the overarching theme 'Building blocks of matter and fundaments of space and time' Nikhef and SRON join forces in their efforts to find answers to fundamental secrets of nature. By looking both from the smallest and the largest possible perspectives at the same time, a new and inspiring connection between scientific disciplines comes into existence.

Nikhef is the national institute for subatomic physics in The Netherlands. At Nikhef, approximately 175 physicists and 75 technical staff members work together in an open and international scientific environment. Together, they perform theoretical and experimental research in the fields of particle and astroparticle physics. Among the research collaborations Nikhef participates in are the ATLAS, LHCb and ALICE experiments at CERN, the KM3NeT? neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean, the VIRGO interferometer in Pisa, the Xenon1T? dark matter experiment in Gran Sasso and the Pierre Auger cosmic ray observatory in Argentina. Nikhef also hosts well-staffed theoretical physics and detector R&D groups. In addition, Nikhef is a collaboration between five major Dutch universities and the Dutch Foundation for Scientific Research (NWO). For this position Nikhef collaborates with SRON, the Netherlands Institute for Space Research. SRON’s mission is to bring about breakthroughs in international space research. Therefore, the institute develops pioneering technology and advanced space instruments and uses them to pursue fundamental astrophysics research, SRON has provided, amongst others, instruments to ESA satellites (XMM-Newton, Herschel), to NASA satellites (Chandra) and contributed to earth observing satellites (e.g. Tropomi on the ESA satellite sentinel5P). Recently it also joined the ESA missions Plato and Ariel studying exo-planets from different perspectives. At SRON approximately 110 staff members contribute to the science, technology development and the realization of instruments.
The research groups
The postdoc will be based at Nikhef, working within the detector R&D and gravitational wave physics groups. The detector R&D group is active in the development of novel detector technologies for (astro-) particle physics. The Nikhef gravitational wave physics group is a member of the Virgo Collaboration and plays an important role in design studies for Einstein Telescope. One focus area is on instrumentation for gravitational wave detectors such as accelerometers, interferometric techniques, and wave-front sensing & controls.
In the context of the National Science Agenda, route ‘Building blocks of matter and fundamentals of space and time”, Nikhef and SRON invite applications for a postdoc position in instrumentation for future gravitational wave detectors. Particularly on the development of new segmented wave-front sensing systems that can be applied in upgrades of the current Advanced Virgo detector, the next generation ground-based detector Einstein Telescope, and the LISA interferometer in space. This project is in collaboration with the Dutch institute for space research SRON, responsible for a design based on space-qualified components, and for a design study of the ground support equipment and hardware simulators needed to simulate the LISA conditions in space.
The candidate requires a PhD in (astro-particle) physics, applied physics or other relevant field, preferably with experience in gravitational wave instrumentation. Applicants are expected to possess good communication skills and be able to work in a team of physicists and engineers. The candidate has the ability to work on a project basis with (industrial) partners and to manage a team of engineers and scientists.
The Postdoc position is offered for 2 years with the possibility of a one-year extension. The successful candidate will be employed by the NWO-I foundation. The position is based in Amsterdam. You will receive a competitive salary. The conditions of employment are excellent and include extra months' salary payment in May and December and good travel facilities.

Information & Application
Further information can be obtained from the leader of the detector R&D group, Dr. N.A. van Bakel (email:
To apply, please click the ‘apply now’ button below. Be prepared to upload a curriculum vitae including a brief description of your research interests, and provide email addresses of three referents, who will be requested to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The deadline for applications and related materials is December 15th, 2017. Please inform your referents that referent letters should be submitted before the end of 2017. Later applications may be considered until the position is filled.

Postdoctoral Prize Fellowships at the University of Birmingham

(Posted here Dec 4, 2017)

From: alberto vecchio <>
Subject: [announcement_submit] Prize Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Birmingham
Date: 2017-11-29 at 17:48:06 GMT-5

The Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy and the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham invite applications for Postdoctoral Prize Fellowships.

The Institute's Postdoctoral Prize Fellowships provide top-calibre researchers with an opportunity to carry out an independent research program in any area connected to gravitational wave astronomy. Applications from top researchers in all areas related to gravitational-wave astronomy, including instrumentation, quantum measurement, data analysis, astrostatistics, astronomical observations, astrophysics theory and general relativity are encouraged. Applications from Ph.D. holders with strong interdisciplinary connections (e.g., to optics, computer science, theoretical physics) or those with backgrounds in adjoining fields are welcome.

The appointment will be for a three-year term starting in 2018. The Prize Fellowships comes with a generous research and travel budget.

Full details about the application process are at available at: <>

The deadline for the application, including reference letters, is 5 January, 2018.

Assistant Professor in Mathematics, University of Massachusetts

(Posted here Dec 4, 2017)

From: Scott Field <>
Subject: LSC announcement
Date: 2017-11-28 at 23:29:49 GMT-5

Mathematics Department, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Position Title: Assistant Professor in Mathematics
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: North Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02747, United States [map]
Subject Area: Mathematics
Application Deadline: 2017/12/15 (posted 2017/11/22, listed until 2018/05/22)
Position Description:

Assistant Professor in Mathematics University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
The Department of Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level beginning in September 2018. We are seeking individuals with research interests complementary to data science, including (but not limited to) numerical linear algebra, statistics, applied and computational mathematics, and optimization. The ideal applicant will have significant research experience, help develop and support our Data Science programs, and collaborate with other members of the department. Faculty members are expected to develop an internationally recognized and externally-funded research program, develop and teach graduate and undergraduate courses, advise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and participate in service activities.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is a Doctoral Research University conveniently located in the beautiful south coast of Massachusetts, with many beaches nearby and two capital cities (and two major airports) within easy driving distance. The mathematics department offers several undergraduate degrees, including a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, a Bachelor of Science in Computational and Applied Mathematics, and (jointly with the Computer Science department) a Bachelor of Science in Data Science. The department also offers a M.S. degree in Data Science jointly with the Computer Science department, and a Ph.D. degree in Computational Science and Engineering under the umbrella of the Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) program. The department is the centerpiece of the Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Research (CSCVR) that promotes scientific computing, data science, and high performance computing. A new hire is expected to fit well into our interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research and educational environment.

Minimum qualifications include a doctoral degree in mathematics or a related field at the time of appointment and evidence of strong potential for teaching excellence and scholarly research. Preferred qualifications include significant postdoctoral experience, evidence of strong potential for external funding, and a good fit with the research interests of the department.

Application Instructions: Qualified applicants are invited to apply online at:

Please submit electronically a letter of interest, a complete curriculum vitae with detailed research accomplishments and teaching activities, statements of research plans and teaching philosophy, a completed AMS Standards Cover Sheet ( and four letters of recommendation with one addressing the candidate's teaching.

Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2017. Applications received before this date will receive full consideration, but the review will continue until the position is filled.

Employment is contingent upon verification of background/credentials and work authorization.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth values excellence, diversity, transparency, student-centeredness, accountability, innovation, engagement, collaboration, collegiality and safety.

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth employees and applicants for employment are protected by federal laws, Presidential Executive Orders, and state and local laws designed to protect employees and job applicants from discrimination on the bases of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, military service, veteran status or other non-merit based factors.

The University of Massachusetts reserves the right to conduct background checks on potential employees.

This employer is not accepting applications for this position through Mathjobs.Org. Please see the job description above on how to apply.

Contact: Saeja Kim
Postal Mail:
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Rd
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
Web Page:

A Postdoctoral Position at Monash University

(Posted here Dec 4, 2017)

From: Paul Lasky <>
Subject: [announcement_submit] Postdoctoral position in Gravitational Waves at Monash University
Date: 2017-11-28 at 15:48:04 GMT-5

A postdoctoral position at Monash University

The successful candidate will work directly with Dr Paul Lasky in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Monash University on astrophysics and modelling of gravitational-wave sources and/or analysis of LIGO data.

There will be opportunities to collaborate with members of the gravitational-wave and high-energy astrophysics group in the Monash Centre for Astrophysics, including Eric Thrane, Rory Smith, Duncan Galloway, and the four gravitational-wave postdocs in the School. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to collaborate with members of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational-wave Discovery (OzGrav?), which brings together gravitational-wave researchers across six Australian universities.

For further information and informal enquiries, please contact Paul Lasky (

The deadline for application is Jan. 14.

Postdoctoral Positions at the University of Zurich

(Posted here Dec 4, 2017)

From: Philippe Jetzer <>
> Subject: post-doc positions at UZH
> Date: 2017-11-28 at 07:39:39 GMT-5

Postdoctoral positions at University of Zurich
The Physics Institute of the University of Zurich (UZH) is inviting applications for postdoctoral positions in the Gravitation and Astrophysics group. Candidates should have a background in gravitational physics or relativistic astrophysics. Our group is working on a broad range of research topics in the eld of gravitational-wave (GW) science and general relativity (GR), including GW source modeling, GW data analysis, tests of GR and alternative theories of gravity. The successful candidates are expected to pursue an independent research program in the eld of gravitational physics, and will have the opportunity to collaborate on a broad range of topics with our group. The Gravitation and Astrophysics group at UZH is involved in the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) and Atomic Clock Ensemble in Space (ACES) missions, and we are a member group of the LIGO Scientic Collaboration (LSC). For more details on the group and our research interests, see:

We are oering up to two postdoctoral positions, pending approval of funding by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). The nominal earliest starting date is 1 September 2018, but can be postponed if needed. The positions are appointed for a minimum of two years and can be extended depending on performance and the availability of funds. The successful candidates can expect an annual gross salary of ca. 90'000,- Swiss Francs.

Applications should be sent electronically to and should include: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae (including a list of publications), a brief statement of research interests and three letters of recommendation. Applicants should note that following the regulations of the SNSF, postdoctoral researchers are only eligible for funding for a maximum duration of 5 years after the defense of their PhD. Therefore, applicants that are currently in the early stages of their postdoctoral career are preferred. We also encourage applications from individuals who are about to finish their doctoral work. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2018.

Further enquiries can be addressed to: Philippe Jetzer (
or Maria Haney (

Postdoctoral Fellow in Gravitational Wave Astrophysics at the University of Tokyo

(Posted here Dec 4, 2017)

From: Kipp Cannon <>
Subject: [announcement_submit] postdoctoral position at University of Tokyo
Date: 2017-11-28 at 04:18:40 GMT-5

Postdoctoral Fellow in Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics

The Research Center for the Early Universe (RESCEU) at the University of Tokyo is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join the gravitational-wave astrophysics group. We are seeking candidates with experience in the field of observational gravitational-wave astrophysics or a related field. Postdoctoral fellows will devote 50% of their time to participation in the on-going research activities of the group, and may devote the remainder of their time to independent research. Candidates must have completed the requirements of a Ph.D. at the time of the start of their appointment. The appointment is subject to annual renewal to a maximum of three years, and will include a research support budget. The start date is flexible, but an earlier start date will be preferred.

RESCEU operates a cluster of approximately 350 cores for prototyping and small-scale analysis activities. Gravitational-wave astrophysics group members participate in both the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and KAGRA Collaboration. RESCEU is located on the Hongo campus of the University of Tokyo in vibrant, beautiful, downtown Tokyo. For inquiries related to this advertisement please contact Kipp Cannon <>.

To apply for this position, applicants must submit a statement of research interests, CV, and publication list in PDF format and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent separately to For full consideration, applications should be submitted before December 16, 2017, but the position will be open until filled.

Faculty Position in Gravitational Wave Astrophysics at UCSD

(Posted here Nov 29, 2017)

The Department of Physics within the Division of Physical Sciences at UC San Diego ( is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body and invites applications for a tenured (Associate level) or tenure-track (Assistant level) faculty position in Gravitational Wave Astrophysics. This is a broad search for outstanding researchers in gravitational wave science, including theoreticians (fundamental gravitation theory, gravitational wave source modeling, numerical relativity), gravitational wave data analysts, or experimentalists working on the design, development or construction of instrumentation for gravitational wave science. All positions are subject to the availability of funding.

Successful candidates must have a Ph.D. in Physics or a closely related field and demonstrated potential for a recognized program of excellence in both teaching and research. In addition, successful candidates must also demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion in higher education. A successful candidate must have a well-articulated plan of contributing to programs that increase access and success of underrepresented students and faculty in the sciences. We especially welcome candidates who have already benefitted from, contributed to, or created such programs, or served as a role model in mentoring others. A successful candidate will also have a commitment to helping shape and expand the University’s diversity initiatives ( Applications should include a statement describing past and/or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion (see Information on contributions to diversity statements can be found at the links below:
Guidelines for writing a diversity statement:…
Examples and resources:…
Sample Diversity statements:…/Ex-1to3-C2D-Statements.p…

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scale. Review of applications will commence on Dec. 4, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Applications are to be submitted online at:

Apply here for Assistant Positions:

Apply here for Associate Positions:

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with a list of publications, statement of past and proposed research, statement of past and proposed teaching, and a statement on past and/or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Candidates must also arrange to have three to five letters of reference addressing research, teaching, and professional service posted to the above website by the deadline.

For applicants interested in spousal/partner employment, please visit the UCSD Partner Opportunities Program at

UC San Diego is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence and diversity ( All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Postdoctoral Position at Syracuse

(Posted here Nov 28, 2017)

The Syracuse University Gravitational-Wave Group invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in gravitational-wave astronomy and astrophysics. The initial appointment will be for one year with extension to three years, contingent on funding and performance. The successful candidate may start as soon as March 1, 2018, although the actual start date is negotiable and a later start date aligned with the 2018/19 academic year is possible.

The Syracuse University Gravitational-Wave Group consists of faculty members Stefan Ballmer, Duncan Brown and Peter Saulson, research assistant professor Ryan Fisher, 1 postdoc and 12 graduate students. The group is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and has a broad range of research interests in gravitational-wave astronomy including: detection of gravitational waves with Advanced LIGO, astrophysics of compact object binaries, detector characterization, and next-generation detector development. The Syracuse group has excellent computing and laboratory facilities. We are particularly interested in candidates who will work on the astronomy and astrophysics of compact-object binary mergers.

For full consideration, qualified candidates must complete the online management application and attach curriculum vitae, list of publications (attach to ‘Other document’), and contact information including email addresses of three references. The application must include a single document that contains the candidate’s statement of research interests and contributions to diversity (attach to ‘Writing Sample’). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For primary consideration, applicants should submit an application before January 15, 2018.

2 Postdoc Positions for Theoretical / Data Analysis GW Physics in Japan

(Posted here Nov 27, 2017)

• From: Riccardo Sturani <>

• Subject: [announcement_submit] 2 Post-doc positions for theoretical/data analysis GW Physics in Japan

• Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2017 14:16:26 -0300

Postdoctoral Position in Theoretical Physics (Test Gravity Theories using Gravitational Waves) starting April 2018 (Deadline: Jan. 10, 2018)
A post-doctoral position starting from April 2018 (or later) is available for a suitably qualified individual to work for the project research on testing gravity theories using gravitational waves. The position is funded by MEXT KAKENHI Grant Number 17H06358 "Testing gravity theories using gravitational waves" (PI: Takahiro Tanaka).

Even if there is a deviation from general relativity, it may be overlooked by merely comparing observed gravitational waves that include noises with the prediction of general relativity. Therefore, in order to realize a new analysis method to maximize the extraction of physical information from the gravitational wave data, it is necessary to deepen the understanding of gravity theory and environment around the in-spiraling binaries and to derive gravitational wave waveform which can be used for the comparison with observations. In addition to that, it is crucial to develop the optimum data analysis method and analysis program and apply it to actual gravitational wave data.

We are looking for researchers who can contribute to promoting these research directions, both from theoretical viewpoints and data-analysis techniques.The salary will be approximately the same as that of the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship (around 360000 JPY/month), and eligible for the social insurance. Asmall amount of research grant will be provided.
The appointment will beginon April 1, 2018 (negotiable) and terminate at the end of March 2019. There is a possibility of the continual appointment based on the annual assessment of the achievements, at most, till the end of March 2022.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent by the time of the appointment. The applicant should submit the following documents in PDF format
by email to <gwgensec{at}> with the subject line "Postdoc application", by Jan. 10, 2018 (JST):

(1) CV
(2) publication list (mark up to 3 main papers with *)
(3) expected starting date and the place to work
(Takahiro Tanaka and Naoki Seto (Kyoto Univ.),
Hisaaki Shinkai (Osaka Inst. Tech. ),
Kenichi Oohara (Niigata Univ.), or
Hirotaka Takahashi (Nagaoka Tech.))
(4) past research, and skill
(5) research plans associated with our research goal
(6) contact details of two reference persons

For further information, please contact Takahiro Tanaka,

Our project web page is available from

ICTS-Simons Postdoctoal Fellowships in Bangalore, India

(Posted here Nov 27, 2017)

• From: P Ajith <>



The International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) invites applications for the ICTS-Simons postdoctoral Fellowship Program, 2017-2018. This program, funded by a targeted grant to ICTS by the Simons Foundation, is aimed at attracting world-leading young researchers to ICTS as postdoctoral fellows. ICTS provides a stimulating intellectual atmosphere and state-of-the-art facilities for academic research. In addition to the vibrant in-house research program, fellows will also have opportunity to interact with leading scientists from all over the world through collaborative visits, workshops and conferences, funded by the program.


Applications are invited from highly qualified young scientists with proven track record. Candidates must have a PhD degree in physics, mathematics, astronomy, theoretical physical chemistry, theoretical physical biology and related fields. Individuals who have submitted their doctoral thesis are also encouraged to apply.


The salary will Rs. 60,000 per month and the fellows can also opt for free Institute accommodation or a house rent allowance of Rs. 15,000 per month. In addition, Fellows receive health insurance, travel support up to Rs. 200,000 per year and a research grant of Rs. 200,000 per year for computing services, publications, relocation, and other direct costs. Fellows will also have the opportunity to apply for additional travel and research grants offered by the national funding agencies..The initial appointment will be for two years, with possibility of extension up to a third year. Renewal for the third year will depend on a comprehensive review of the scientific activity of the Fellow.


Interested candidates should apply online with their curriculum vitae, list of publications, a research proposal (not more than two pages) and a covering letter. Three recommendation letters also have to be uploaded online by the referees. The deadline is 15 December 2017, but applications will be considered until the positions are filled. The nominal starting date of 1 September 2018 is negotiable.


ICTS is a new initiative in Indian science with a mandate to contribute to frontier research by providing a platform devoted to theoretical natural sciences and interdisciplinary and applied
mathematics through its various programs. The current in-house research program focusses on astrophysical relativity, numerical linear algebra, computational science, data assimilation, dynamical systems, non-linear dynamics, fluid mechanics, mathematical physics and geometry, physical biology, statistical mechanics and turbulence, condensed matter physics, and string theory ( ICTS hosts strong visitors and associates driven programs, a highly competitive graduate school as well as a devoted postdoctoral program that forms an integral part of the in-house research. A state-of-the-art residential campus is ready to provide vibrant academic environment. Located in Bangalore, the garden city of India, with pleasant and moderate climate, ICTS maintains close ties with the world-class scholastic ambience of the city.


The ICTS Astrophysical Relativity group ( includes Parameswaran Ajith (faculty), Bala Iyer (Simons visiting professor), Sumit Kumar, Haris M K, Rahul Kashyap, Gayathri Raman (postdocs), Yamuna Swami (research associate) Abhirup Ghosh, Ajit Kumar Mehta (graduate students) and several visiting undergraduate students. K. G. Arun, Sascha Husa, Mark Hannam and Badri Krishnan are visiting associates. The group’s research interest include gravitational-wave source modeling, data analysis including parameter estimation, tests of general relativity using gravitational-wave observations and astrophysics. The group is an active member group in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the IndIGO? consortium. The group hosts a 1000 core LIGO Tier-3 grid computing cluster and has access to other high-performance facilities at ICTS. We organize several ICTS programs
every year, including the annual ICTS summer schools on gravitational wave astronomy.

DEADLINE: 15 Dec 2017
CONTACT: Parameswaran Ajith <>

Postdoctoral Position in Astrophyisics/Cosmology at the ISSI in Bern, Switzerland

(Posted here Nov 27, 2017)

From: "ISSI Secretary" <>
Subject: Job announcement - Post-Doctoral Position in Astrophysics and/or Cosmology
Date: 23. November 2017 at 11:35:29 CET

The International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland, invites applications for a

Post-Doctoral Position in Astrophysics and/or Cosmology

for a two-year period, ideally starting in May 2018 (or by agreement). The successful candidate should have received a Ph.D. within the last five years in the field of Astrophysics and/or Cosmology, his/her work should be related to Space Sciences.

The successful candidate is expected to pursue his/her own independent research program, he/she will participate in ISSI’s research and meetings program, and will work in close contact with the scientific staff of the Institute. He/she may also participate as a member in projects conducted by international teams at ISSI, or even lead one. Thus he/she will be exposed to, and interact with, a numerous and varied community of scientists from throughout the world. ISSI furthermore encourages cooperation with Swiss universities.

Salary and conditions of employment will be similar to those provided by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Nationals from ESA Member States shall have priority.

Further information may be obtained from the ISSI home page ( and from Prof. Joachim Wambsganss, email: and from Prof. Rudolf von Steiger, email:

The application (to be submitted as a single pdf-file) should comprise a letter of motivation, a brief outline of foreseen research, a cv, a list of publications and the names and contact addresses of three potential references (letters of reference will be requested by ISSI for candidates on the short list). The application shall be addressed to ISSI, attn. Ms. Silvia Wenger, Hallerstrasse 6, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland; email:

All applications must be received by ISSI no later than January 15, 2018.

The International Space Science Institute is an Institute of Advanced Studies located in Switzerland. Its main task is to contribute to the achievement of a deeper understanding of the results of space research missions, adding value through multi-disciplinary research in an atmosphere of international cooperation.

Postdoctoral Positions at the Rochester Institute of Technology

(Posted here Nov 27, 2017)

From: Carlos Lousto <>
Subject: [announcement_submit] Postdoctoral postions at RIT
Date: 2017-11-20 at 20:54:24 GMT+1

Postdoctoral positions at the Rochester Institute of Technology

The Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (CCRG) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) anticipates filling several postdoctoral positions in the coming year. We are looking for postdoctoral candidates interested in working in the areas of modeling and simulation of gravitational waves sources and their electromagnetic counterparts, including binary black holes and neutron stars, and their astrophysical interpretation in the context of the LIGO-Virgo observations. We are also interested in candidates working in relativistic magneto-hydrodynamics simulations of accretion disks around supermassive black hole mergers, and their jet dynamics.

The successful postdoctoral candidates will have the opportunity to collaborate on a broad range of research topics in gravitational physics. Our group is involved in several large collaborations, including the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), The Einstein Toolkit Consortium (, and a Petascale computing project with NCSA.

There are many senior researchers working in a broad range of areas of gravitational physics and astrophysics at the CCRG. This includes Manuela Campanelli (Director), Sukanya Chakrabarti, Joshua Faber, Carlos Lousto, Richard O'Shaughnessy, Jason Nordhaus, Yosef Zlochower, John Whelan, and Hans-Peter Bischof, several postdoctoral fellows and Ph.D. students (see for an overview on who is or has been at CCRG). The group also collaborates with many faculty, postdocs and graduate students in the larger astrophysics group (, the school of Mathematical Sciences ( and the School of Physics and Astronomy (

The positions are for two or three years and renewable depending on satisfactory performance and the availability of funds. CCRG researchers have access to several computing cluster facilities at national computing centers such as XSEDE and BlueWaters? as well as two dedicated 1300 and 1600-core clusters hosted at the Center.

More information about the CCRG is available at And about Rochester at,_New_York

Applications should consist of a cover letter, a brief statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae including publication list, and at least three letters of recommendation. All materials should be sent electronically as soon as possible to: ccrg-postdoc[AT] For an overview of all job openings at CCRG please go to:

Enquiries can be addressed to the center's Director:

Manuela Campanelli, manuela[AT]astro[dot]rit[dot]edu Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, School of Mathematical Sciences, and School of Physics and Astronomy, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) 85 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, New York 14623 USA

Review of completed applications will begin as soon as available and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Deadline for applications is January 31st, 2018. Starting date can be as early as September, 2018. RIT is committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.

Two Faculty Positions in Astronomy at Texas Tech

(Posted here Nov 20, 2017)

From: "Corsi, Alessandra" <>
Subject: TTU job openings
Date: November 16, 2017 at 9:39:24 AM EST

Two Faculty Positions in Astronomy at Texas Tech University (one in
observational astronomy and one in gravitational wave astronomy)

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas Tech University, as part of
a continuing strategic expansion, has two open positions in the area of
observational astronomy with an expected start date of September 2018. The
positions are expected to be at the rank of assistant professor, but
exceptional experienced candidates will be considered at higher ranks. We
anticipate that one of these positions will be for gravitational waves
(including data analysis, interpretation or experiment) and the other will be
for electromagnetic astronomy. We particularly encourage candidates whose
research areas expand upon and complement existing efforts, but outstanding
candidates from any area of astrophysics will be considered. The department
is concurrently conducting a search in experimental particle physics.

The astrophysics group presently consists of three tenured/tenure-track
faculty (Corsi, Maccarone and Owen), one research assistant professor, one
long-term instructor, six postdoctoral fellows and a visiting Fulbright
scholar. Research facilities at Texas Tech include a High Performance
Computing Center with a 250 Teraflop cluster, and Texas Tech is among the
closest universities to Ft. Sumner and NRAO. Texas Tech is a member of the
LIGO Scientific Collaboration and recently has been ranked in the Highest
Research Activity category by the Carnegie Foundation.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in physics, astronomy or a related
field, at least two years of postdoctoral experience, a strong research track
record, and strong potential for excellence in teaching at both undergraduate
and graduate levels. Candidate is expected to garner extramural funding to
support his/her research. Service to the department, college, and university
is also expected. Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, including a
publication record, a statement of research interests with a plan for future
research, and a statement of teaching philosophy. Candidates should also
arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to
by the application deadline. Candidates who are primarily interested in the
electromagnetic astronomy position should apply at
position 11823BR and candidates who are primarily interested in the
gravitational waves position should apply to position 11816BR. Inquiries
should be directed to Tom Maccarone (, the search
committee chair, or Ben Owen (, the co-chair for
gravitational waves. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2017
and continue until the positions are filled.

As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech
University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty
committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively
encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their
research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the
academic community at Texas Tech University. The university does not
discriminate on the basis of an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, religion,
sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability,
genetic information or status as a protected veteran. Texas Tech welcomes
consideration of dual career and professional couple accommodations.

Application Deadline:
Friday, December 1, 2017

Attention To: Tom Maccarone

Postoctoral Positions at the IGFAE at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

(Posted here Nov 20, 2017)

From: Imre Bartos <>
Subject: Position in Spain
Date: 2017-11-16 at 19:57:49 GMT+1

Dear Colleagues:

Please note the following announcement for postdoctoral positions
at the Instituto Galego de Fisica de Altas Enerxias
(IGFAE) at
the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

This is a quite open call to recruit talented and ambitious researchers that could have potential to develop a line of work of their own, to start a group or to add significantly
to existing ones. The call is anticipated to be quite competitive, extending across different
areas such as theory and/or experiment in nuclear, astroparticle, cosmology or particle physics, and includes gravitational wave astrophysics.

The positions are quite attractive since the top brute salary is of order 50k€ and they come with
additional research money from the IGFAE institute to develop your own research project.
Potential candidates are encouraged to apply. The call is also open in time and we anticipate several
decision making dates. The first one is December 1st (i.e. in 2 weeks) and there will be a second one
in March 15, 2018. More information and contact details at the link above.

Jaime Alvarez-Muniz on behalf of the Search Committee of IGFAE

Fellowships at Perimeter

(Posted here Nov 20, 2017)

From: "Perimeter Institute" <>
Subject: Applications now open at Perimeter
Date: November 16, 2017 at 7:35:12 AM CST

Perimeter Scholars International (PSI)
Each year, Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics recruits approximately 30 exceptional science graduates for an immersive, 10-month physics boot camp: Perimeter Scholars International (PSI) This unique Master’s program seeks not only students with stellar undergraduate physics track records, but also those with diverse backgrounds, collaborative spirit, creativity, and other attributes that will set them apart as future innovators.
Features of the program include:

• Fully-funded program - removing financial and/or geographical barriers to entry. Students will be provided with: full tuition, accommodation, meals, living stipend, health insurance, book and materials, necessary IT equipment, and travel supplement.

• The PSI program will expose students to the full breadth of theoretical physics in courses taught by world-leading theoretical physicists - Perimeter researchers and visiting scientists.

• Collaboration is valued over competition; deep understanding and creativity are valued over rote learning and examination

• PSI recruits worldwide: 85 percent of students come from outside of Canada

• PSI takes calculated risks, seeking extraordinary talent who may have non-traditional academic backgrounds but have demonstrated exceptional scientific aptitudeApplications are due by February 1, 2018. Apply online.

Emmy Noether Visiting Fellowships
Perimeter is currently accepting applications for Emmy Noether Visiting Fellowships. This program is specifically designed to support outstanding women physicists who wish to pursue research at Perimeter while on leave from their home institutions, for periods of up to one year.

The Fellowships are central to Perimeter’s efforts to support women physicists. Perimeter promotes an inclusive, welcoming culture, and a family-friendly workplace. The program is flexible, allowing Fellows to shape their visits in ways that suit their research and lives. Individually tailored to each recipient, the Fellowship may provide financial and organizational support such as:

• teaching buy-outs

• salary support or top-up

• local expenses

• accommodations

• return transportation and research-related travel

• reimbursement for childcare and assistance with finding childcareAll qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online by January 15, 2018; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Special Announcement

Centre for the Universe Launch
Join us for a live webcast on November 20, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm EST for the launch event of the Centre for the Universe at Perimeter. Tune in here
The event will include talks by renowned cosmologists and the announcement of new honorific research fellowships to support exceptional emerging scientists.
Speakers will include:

• James E. Peebles (Albert Einstein Professor Emeritus of Science at Princeton),

• Rashid A. Sunyaev (Director of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics),

• William E. East (Director’s Fellow at Perimeter Institute).We hope you will enjoy being a part of this exciting occasion through our live webcast of the launch.

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