Postdoctoral positions - Computational Relativistic Astrophysics
The "Computational Relativistic Astrophysics" division at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (the Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam led by Prof. Masaru Shibata announces the opening of several postdoc appointments. The postdoctoral position will be available at different levels, depending on experience and seniority, and can last for different number of years.
The "Computational Relativistic Astrophysics" division will be composed of one group leader (Dr. Kenta Kiuchi), one senior scientist (Shinya Wanajo), and 4 postdocs in January 2019. Now, this division focuses primarily on several research topics in numerical relativity, gravitational-wave physics, and relativistic astrophysics, including
- 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,
- modeling of gravitational waves from neutron-star binaries based on gravitational waves derived by numerical-relativity simulations,
- modeling of electromagnetic counterparts (macronovae/kilonovae, short gamma-ray bursts, etc.) associated with neutron-star mergers, including the studies of r-process nucleosynthesis,
- studies for the formation mechanism of binary neutron stars/black hole-neutron star binaries,
- studies for the formation processes of a variety of black holes (stellar-mass, intermediate-mass, and supermassive black holes) including stellar evolution until the onset of the collapse, and gravitational-wave and electromagnetic signals associated with the formation processes.
The Max Planck Fellowship Program
The Albert Einstein Institute
The Albert Einstein Institute (AEI) offers a stimulating and dynamic research environment with broad opportunities for junior scientists. The institute is one of the world's leading centers for gravitational physics, and it is unique in the breadth and depth of its approach to the subject. Scientists at the AEI focus on all aspects of Einstein's theory of general relativity. Their research ranges from geometrical and analytical aspects of the theory to the unification of general relativity and quantum mechanics all the way to the modeling, data analysis, and astrophysics of gravitational waves. It also covers experimental approaches and techniques required to open a new window to the Universe and to test predictions of general relativity.
Each year the AEI will grant a limited number of Max Planck fellowships to outstanding foreign post-doctoral scientists who wish to spend up to two years at the institute.
The Max Planck fellowship program offers three different stipends, depending on research track-record and achievements (net monthly stipend of €2,100, €2,300 or €3,000) plus some benefits and moving-cost reimbursements.
Candidates interested in Max Planck fellowships should fill out a form (which is different depending on the AEI division they plan to be associated to, please see below) and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, and statement of past, current and future research interests. Electronic Portable Document Format (PDF) submittals are strongly preferred. Applicants would need to indicate the names of three referees for recommendation letters. Referees will be notified by email on how to upload the letters.
The Max Planck Society is committed to increase the number of women and individuals with disabilities in its workforce in areas where they are under-represented. Thus, it encourages applications from such qualified individuals.
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