Advertised Postdoctoral Positions, Fall 2001/Spring 2002


  1. University of Alberta
  2. UBC
  3. UC Santa Barbara
  4. Caltech
  5. Cardiff
  6. CITA
  7. Cornell University
  8. Dartmouth College
  9. Univ. of Illinois (UIUC)
  10. Louisiana State
  11. Montana State University
  12. MPI AEI
  13. NASA Goddard
  14. Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur
  15. Penn State [A]
  16. Penn State [B]
  17. Portsmouth
  18. Princeton Astrophysics
  19. South Africa
  20. UNAM (Mexico City)
  21. UT Austin
  22. UT Brownsville
  23. University of Waterloo

University of Alberta

There may be a few opportunities for new postdoctoral
fellowships in cosmology and gravitation at the University of Alberta. 
We presently have five professors (Bruce Campbell, Valeri Frolov,
Sharon Morsink, Don Page, and Dmitri Pogosyan) and many postdoctoral
fellows and graduate students, making it one of the largest in this
research area in the world.

(1) Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics National
Fellowships, deadline Dec. 1 for us to have nominated a top candidate,
so we should have a completed application from you by Nov. 15 for this.

(2) A local fellowship of the University of Alberta for which we may
nominate exceptional candidates who have applied to us by Nov. 15. 
However, please do not apply directly to the University for this. 

(3) Possibly one or more new postdoctoral positions supported by the
Physics Department or our NSERC or other grants, deadline Jan. 15,
2002.  These funds are tight, so we would strongly urge you to apply in
time to be considered for one of the first two awards, though we should
warn that they are highly competitive.

	Please submit the material listed below, all to either Bruce
Campbell, Valeri Frolov, Sharon Morsink, Don Page, or Dmitri Pogosyan,
whichever you feel would be best suited to do the first reading of your
application, at 412 Physics Lab, University of Alberta, Edmonton,
Alberta, Canada T6G 2J1, telefax 1-780-492-0714.  The others of us will
try to read and discuss the best applications, but it is important that
ALL of the material for each candidate be sent for the initial
evaluation to the same person (hopefully not the same one of us for all
different candidates, in order that our tasks be divided).

(a)  Curriculum Vitae.

(b)  Proposed Research statement, not exceeding one 8 1/2 x 11 inch
typed page.

(c)  Research Experience statement, no more than two 8 1/2 x 11 inch
typed pages.

(d)  A listing of papers appearing in refereed publications or
conference proceedings, beginning with the most recent.  Publications
of which you are author or co-author and which are published, in press,
and/or accepted for publication in refereed journals should be listed. 
For papers in press (i.e., accepted), indicate the date of acceptance
by the editor.  Begin each entry on a new line and state the full
authorship, the year, the title, the name and volume of the journal,
and the first and last page numbers.  The authorship should be
identical with the original publication.  List papers submitted, papers
in non-refereed journals, reports, abstracts, etc., after the refereed
publications.  Do not send publications.  Use 8 1/2 x 11 inch typed
pages.  [European A4 paper with the length trimmed to 11 inches = 27.94
cm would probably be acceptable, though it is a bit narrower than 8 1/2
inches = 21.59 cm.]

(e)  A typed list of any academic honors or awards received.

(f)  Arrange for three Letters of Appraisal to be sent, at least two
from persons familiar with your academic work.  Letters of Appraisal
should contain a substantive evaluation of your ability and not be
merely testimonials.

	If, after reading your application and letters of reference, we
decide that your application is sufficiently exceptional to be
nominated for the local fellowship, we would then need by late December
official copies of all your university transcripts.  Photocopies are
not acceptable.  All documents must be in English, as well as the
original language in which they were written.  However, do not bother
with supplying these transcripts unless we ask you to do so.  Also, the
precise formatting requested above for the other material is really
only necessary for the local fellowship, so if it would be inconvenient
for you to supply the information in that formatting before November
15, you can give it to us later if we then request it.  Nevertheless,
one of us does need the basic information by November 15, including the
three letters of reference, in order to consider whether to nominate
you for either the CITA or the local fellowship award.

	I apologize in advance for continuing my past failing to send
out acknowledgments for applications received or rejected, but I shall
try to give fairly prompt responses to e-mail requests for the current
status of your applications.

Don Page (


Post Doctoral Fellowships available
William G. Unruh
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z1
email:  Fax: (604) 822 5324

The Gravity group at University of British Columbia will have at least
2 postdoctoral fellowships/ research assistantships available for the
year 2002-2003. These will be for a term of one year, renewable on
satisfactory progress for a second year.  For the Research Associate
positions (for people more than three years past the granting of the
PhD at the start of their fellowship) preference will be given to
Canadian Citizens or Canadian Landed Immigrants, but others will be
considered . The Post-Doctoral fellowships (less than three years past
their PhD) are open to everyone.

The successful candidates will be chosen on the basis of their promise
and demonstrated ability to carry out original research. The research
areas of interest are in theory in Gravity, Cosmology, Quantum Theory
and the overlaps between these areas. At least one of the positions will be in
the area of numerical relativity. UBC has a 128 node PIII Beowulf system, with
strong desktop computing facilities available to successful candidates. In
addition, there is money available for research and travel costs.

The University of BC has a small but strong theory group. It includes
Matt Choptuik, interested in numerical solutions of General
Relativity, Kristin Schleich, interested in numerical quantum gravity
and mathematical GR, Don Witt, interested in mathematical GR, and Bill
Unruh, interested in the overlap between quantum theory and gravity,
including the implication of string theory to gravity. In addition,
Douglas Scott is interested in the broad range of physical cosmology,
Ian Affleck is a condensed matter theorist with broad interests, and
Moshe Rozali, Gordon Semenoff, Mark vanRamsdonk and Ariel Zhitnitsky
are particle/string theorists. The theory group has about 10 post
doctoral fellows or visitors annually.  Vancouver itself is one of the
most pleasant places in the world to live, with both ocean and
mountains at your doorstep.

The deadline for applications is Jan 30,2000 or until filled. Late
applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.
Please make sure that at least three referees send letters of reference,
addressing your ability to carry out independent original research,
sent directly to W. Unruh at the above address (email or ordinary mail).
Your application should include a CV, list of publications, and a
statement of research interests. One or two preprints/reprints would
also be helpful to us in making our choice, but are not essential.

UC Santa Barbara

The Institute for Theoretical physics and the physics department at the
University of California, Santa Barbara have postdoctoral positions in
gravitational physics to start Fall 2002. All applications  will be
processed through the Institute for Theoretical Physics. So
interested applicants should apply by accessing the ITP web page at  and click on "postdocs" at the bottom. It would be best
for applications to be received by Dec. 1, although later applications
will be accepted until the positions are filled.



The California Institute of Technology and Caltech's Jet Propulsion 
Laboratory invite applications for postdoctoral and senior postdoctoral 
appointments in relativity and astrophysics --- especially the numerical 
simulation of gravitational-wave sources (numerical relativity) and 
other aspects of gravitational-wave science.  By a single application
one can be considered (as appropriate) for any or all of the following:
1. Caltech's Prize Postdoctoral Fellowships in Theoretical Physics and
Astrophysics, including Relativity; see
2. Senior postdoctoral or regular postdoctoral positions in a new, joint
Caltech-JPL Research Program in the Simulation of Gravitational-Wave 
Sources (which will be hosting a one-to-three-year-long Visitors' 
Program in this subject; see announcement elsewhere in this emailing
and see )
3. Caltech and JPL postdoctoral positions in all other aspects of
Gravitational-Wave Science.

These positions are associated largely or in part with Caltech's tapir
group (Theoretical Astrophysics Including Relativity, --- Professors Kip Thorne,
Roger Blandford, Peter Goldreich, Marc Kamionkowski, and Sterl Phinney; 
Dr. Lee Lindblom; and about 15 postdoctoral or senior postdoctoral
fellows, 20 graduate students, and 5 senior visitors).
The GW Source Simulation Program is led within tapir by Lee Lindblom
and Mark Scheel, and at JPL by David Meier; and it includes
participation by Professors Kip Thorne (relativity), Sterl Phinney
(astrophysics), Jerry Marsden (applied mathematics), and Dan Meiron
(computational fluid dynamics).  The gravitational-wave science program
focuses primarily on issues related to LIGO (which is headquartered at
Caltech) and LISA (for which JPL has payload and science responsibility) 
--- including gravitational-wave relativity, astrophysics, phenomenology,
source simulation, data analysis, detector design, detector noise analysis
and control, and quantum-theory-of-measurement issues.  The group of 
Caltech/JPL theorists working on gravitational-wave science is led by 
Professors Tom Prince (Caltech/JPL), Sterl Phinney (Caltech), and 
Kip Thorne (Caltech), and by Drs.  John Armstrong (JPL), Frank Estabrook 
(JPL),  Albert Lazzarini (Caltech), Lee Lindblom (Caltech),  David Meier 
(JPL), Mark  Scheel (Caltech), and Massimo Tinto (Caltech and JPL).  
For information about Caltech/JPL research on Gravitational-Wave Science, 
see and the links to LIGO, LISA, 
and other projects found there.

The application deadlines are December 1 for Prize Fellowships, and
December 20 for others, though applications will continue to be 
considered until all positions are filled.  Materials in support of an
application or nomination should be sent to

103-33 CALTECH

These materials should include curriculum vitae with
email address and with citizenship indicated, bibliography of
publications, preprints or web locations of manuscripts not
yet published, and a description of the desired research directions.
Please ensure that at least three letters of recommendation are sent
directly to the above address by the writers.  If some of these
materials must be sent by email, please direct them to
Shirley Hampton,, with a request that
they be included in the candidate's application file.

Caltech and JPL are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers.
Women, Minorities, Veterans, and Disabled Persons are encouraged to apply.


Cardiff University has currently one PPARC-funded RA position
in the area of gravitational waves and data analysis.  Applications
are invited from candidates working in gravitation, particle physics
or astronomy and astrophysics and whose interests may lie in theory,
phenomenology, data analysis, or modelling. Cardiff Relativity Group
is involved in GEO600, LIGO and LISA projects. As such candidates are
expected to be highly motivated to undertake challenging tasks as expected
in a pioneering experiment.  For an application write to Personnel Division,
50 Park Place, Cardiff CF1 3AT or ring +44 29 2087 4017 or email, quoting reference 0027.  For details visit our
web site


Cornell University

Cornell University expects to have an opening for a research associate
in general relativity starting in September, 2002. Experience in
classical general relativity, gravitational wave astronomy, numerical
relativity, or relativistic astrophysics is desirable for this
position, and preference will be given to applicants with experience
in numerical relativity. The position is for one year, with subsequent
renewals depending on performance and the availability of funds.
The Cornell Relativity Group consists of Eanna Flanagan and Saul Teukolsky,
and postdoc Larry Kidder.  There will also be opportunities to interact
with the Theoretical Astrophysics Group, including David Chernoff, Dong Lai,
Ed Salpeter, and Ira Wasserman. Applicants should submit a resume with a list
of publications, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to:

Prof. Saul Teukolsky
Space Sciences Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6801

Completed applications should be received no later than January 15, 2002.  Only
candidates who anticipate receiving their Ph.D. by September 2002 should 
apply.  Cornell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Dartmouth College

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in theoretical
cosmology in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College
to work with the group led by Profs. Robert Caldwell and Marcelo Gleiser.
The appointment is for two years, beginning in the Fall of 2002. Research
interests of the group cover broad topics in cosmology, gravitation and
fields, including dark energy, dark matter, cosmic phase transitions,
inflationary physics and the early Universe. The group also benefits from
close contact with the astronomy and astrophysics group at Dartmouth.
Additional information about the research activities of the cosmology
group are available on-line at

Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae (including a brief
statement of research interests), and arrange for three letters of
recommendation to be sent to:

        Cosmology Postdoc 
        c/o Prof. Robert Caldwell
        Dartmouth College
        Department of Physics & Astronomy
        6127 Wilder Laboratory 
        Hanover, NH 03755

        Tel: 603/646-2854
        Fax: 603/646-1446

Application materials are due by December 15, 2001.

Dartmouth College is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer. 
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Hamilton College

The Department of Physics at Hamilton College invites applications for a
two-year postdoctoral fellow in relativity.  Preference will be given to
applicants with experience in numerical relativity or quantum gravity,
particularly, possible observable effects of quantum gravity.  The position
will involve teaching half-time during the academic year, thus providing a
unique opportunity to gain postdoctoral teaching experience while working
on research at a top undergraduate institution.  Hamilton College is a
small highly selective liberal arts college in an attractive setting in
upstate New York.  Applicants should submit graduate transcripts,
curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, and three
letters of reference to Search Committee, Physics Department, Hamilton
College, 198 College Hill Road, Clinton, N.Y., 13323.  For full
consideration all materials should be received by February 1, 2002.  For
further information contact Seth Major,  Hamilton
College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Women and
minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.  

University of Illinois



Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate
position. The candidate should have research experience in 
numerical relativity, together with a strong background in 
classical general relativity theory and computational physics.  
Some expertise in computational hydrodynamics and relativistic 
astrophysics is also desirable.  A curriculum vitae, list of 
publications and three letters of recommendation should be 
addressed to 

Professor Stuart L. Shapiro, 
Dept. of Physics 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
1110 West Green Street 
Urbana, IL 61801 

by DEC 1, 2001.  The starting date for the 
position is nominally August 21 2002, but applicants interested in 
starting earlier should so indicate.  

Research associates currently working in the Illinois theoretical 
astrophysics and general relativity group include Keith Lockitch, 
Draza Markovic, Pedro Marronetti, Motoyuki Saijo and Hwei-Jang Yo. 
Other numerical relativists with active ties to the Illinois group include 
Adjunct Professor Thomas Baumgarte and Visiting Professor Masaru Shibata.
All members of the group have access to the advanced computational and 
visualization resources of the National Center for Supercomputing 
Applications (NCSA) on campus, as well as to the workstations housed in 
the Department of Physics.

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity

Louisiana State University


The relativity group expects to have, contingent on funding, an opening
for a postdoctoral researcher position starting September 2002.  The
initial appointment will be for one year and is expected to be renewed
for another one or two years subject to satisfactory progress and
availability of funds.   A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in physics, or a
related field is required.  The core relativity group at LSU consists of
Jorge Pullin, an assistant professor to be hired starting fall 2002, two
postdocs (Manuel Tiglio, Olivier Sarbach) and a graduate student.  The
group has close ties with theoretical astrophysicists Juhan Frank
(accretion processes) and Joel Tohline (simulations of neutron stars). 
In addition to that LSU hosts a strong experimental gravity group (Joe
Giaime, Gabriela Gonzalez, Warren Johnson, Bill Hamilton) with activity
in LIGO and the Louisiana bar detector.  The LIGO Livingston site is 30
miles away from Baton Rouge.

The main research interests of the group are numerical relativity and
perturbation theory applied to the binary black hole problem, including
radiation reaction calculations and also canonical and spin foam quantum
gravity.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 
Application deadline is December 15, 2001, or until suitable candidate
is selected.  Please send CV, statement of research interests, and the
names of three references to:   Jorge Pullin, Department of Physics &
Astronomy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA  70803-4001.  LSU
is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer.

Montana State University

The Department of Physics at Montana State University (MSU) invites
applications for a post-doctoral position in the field of gravitational
wave astrophysics. The start date is negotiable - preferably between
August and October 2002. The appointment is initially for one year and
renewable for a second, dependent upon satisfactory performance and
continued funding.

The successful candidate will work with the Montana Gravitational Wave
Astronomy Group. Candidates with experience and interest in general
relativity, gravitational waves, relativistic astrophysics, and cosmology
are encouraged to apply. All candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Physics or a
related field.
The relativity group at Bozeman is comprised of three faculty (Neil Cornish,
Ron Hellings, Bill Hiscock), and nine graduate students. Our campus is
nestled in the Rocky Mountains, a short drive from Yellowstone National Park
and several ski resorts.

Send (1) a letter of application describing your research interests and how
your background relates to gravitational wave astrophysics, (2) a resume
with publication list, and (3) arrange for three letters of recommendation
to be sent to:

        Theoretical Gravitational Wave Search Committee
        c/o Ms. R. Waldon,
        Physics Department
        Montana State University-Bozeman
        P.O. Box 173840
        Bozeman, MT 59717-3840
Screening of applicants will begin January 15, 2002 and continue until
the position is filled. For more information contact Neil Cornish
( Electronic applications can be sent
to this address.
ADA/EO/AA/VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: In compliance with the Montana Veteran's
Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans,
disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. MSU makes
accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant's
ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee's ability to perform
the duties of the job. To claim veteran's preference or request
accommodation, contact Human Resources/Affirmative Action, Montana Hall,
MSU, Bozeman MT 59717-2430; 406-994-2042 (TDD: 406-994-4191)


The Max-Planck-Institut fuer Gravitationsphysik
(Albert-Einstein-Institut) in Golm, Germany, wishes to announce
several openings for two-year postdoctoral, five-year scientist,
and research programmer positions in its Astrophysical Relativity Division.

The Director of the Astrophysical Relativity Division is Bernard
Schutz. Our Division has a group in numerical relativity, led by Ed
Seidel, and a group in applications of general relativity to
astrophysics, which is led by Curt Cutler. Both groups are seeking

Seidel's group encourages applications from all areas of numerical
relativity.  We especially encourage applicants who cross the domains
of different research groups with the AEI, e.g., who can work in related
areas of mathematical and astrophysical relativity with potential
applications in numerical relativity.  The group has been especially active
in the areas of black holes, pure gravitational waves, and relativistic
hydrodynamics.  It also has active research programs in computational
science, related to development of the Cactus Computational Toolkit and in
distributed computing.  In particular, the group has recently become active
in development of Grid computing, and received funding for an EU-wide
project called GridLab (  It seeks applications for
3 new positions for this project, which could involve both Grid computing and
numerical relativity.

Cutler's group encourages applications from theorists working on
gravitational-wave (gw) sources and/or gw data analysis.
Since our Institute has commitments to both the LIGO and GEO projects
to provide data analysis software, preference may be given to
applicants who are willing to spend some portion of their time helping
with software development. Cutler's group is also seeking a
full-time programmer to help write data analysis software.

The Astrophysical Relativity Division has strong institutional
connections to the both GEO600 Project and the LISA Project, and is a
member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. The numerical group has
strong connections to the Washington University Group and NCSA, and is
active in three large scale research programs. It is the coordinating
partner for the European network on `Theoretical Foundations of
Sources for Gravitational Wave Astronomy in the Next Century: Synergy
between Supercomputer Simulations and Approximation Techniques', and
in the US it participates in the NASA Neutron Star Grand Challenge
effort and the NSF KDI program to develop a Cactus-based Astrophysical
Simulation Collaboratory.

In addition to its Relativistic Astrophysics Division, the Institute
has Divisions in Mathematical Relativity and Quantum Gravity. The
Institute has an extremely active visitors program, and enjoys close
proximity to the Universities of Potsdam and Berlin and to the
Astrophysics Institute of Potsdam. It has excellent in-house computing
facilities. To learn more about our Institute, please visit our Web

Most appointments will begin around Sept. 1, 2002, but some could
begin much earlier, in Spring, 2002. The deadline for receipt of
applications is Jan. 1, 2002.  GridLab positions will be filled as soon as
possible, and could begin in January, 2002.  Applicants should send a vita,
publication list, and statement of research interests, and should
arrange to have 3 letters of reference sent to the Institute. These
may be sent either by regular mail to

Frau Ute Schlichting
Max-Planck-Institut fuer Gravitationsphysik
Am Muehlenberg 1
D-14476 Golm bei Potsdam

or by email to

In a situation where two candidates have otherwise equal qualifications,
preference will be given to women, minorities, and handicapped applicants.

NASA Goddard

The Numerical Relativistic Astrophysics Group at NASA's Goddard Space
Flight Center is seeking candidates for National Research Council
(NRC) postdoctoral fellows in the areas of astrophysical
gravitational wave source modeling and data analysis, and numerical

The focus of this group is on calculating and analyzing the
gravitational wave signatures from astrophysical sources of interest
to the space-based LISA detector as well as to ground-based
interferometers such as LIGO, Virgo, and GEO. Our research interests
include numerical relativity, with an emphasis on binary black hole
coalescences and adaptive mesh refinement, and gravitational wave
data analysis.  ` We are located within the Laboratory for High
Energy Astrophysics (LHEA), which is a major center for X-ray and
gamma-ray astronomy. Goddard is the lead NASA center for LISA, and we
have frequent interactions with the LISA project team.  NASA also has
a vigorous high performance computing program, and we have access to
a variety of platforms including SGI Origin 2000 and 3000 systems,
and a T3E.

The postdoctoral fellowships are for 2 years (initial term 1 year +
renewal for a second year) and are open to researchers who have held
the doctorate for less than 5 years at the time of application.
Certain visa requirements apply for non-US nationals.  Appointments
can begin as early as Spring 2002.

Interested candidates are requested to contact Joan Centrella by
email ( by December 1, 2001. Please
include the current vitae, publication list, a statement of research
interests, and the _names_ of 4 persons willing to serve as

Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur

                        partially supported by
                Conseil General des Alpes-Maritimes

Gravitational waves, astronomy, interferometry, turbulence and intensive
scientific computations are among the areas of active research at OCA for
which postdoctoral applications are invited. The fellowships are for one
year (exceptionally renewable once). There are two positions per annum.
Fellowships range from 1700 to 2200 euros per month, depending on
experience. Applicants should have obtained a Ph.D. outside of France
within the last five years. Applications will be reviewed internally,
with the final selection done by the "Comite Henri Poincare", comprising
representatives of Conseil General des Alpes-Maritimes, Academie des
Sciences, College de France and funding agencies.
Positions will start between September 1, 2002 and January 1, 2003.

                   Closing deadline : 1st January 2002.

Informal enquiries:  Dr. E. Slezak
e-mail:, phone: +33 4 92 00 31 24.
See also the web page

Four copies of applications (no special forms), including CV, description
of research and names of (no more than) three referees and one set of key
publications should be sent with address, telephone, e-mail and fax of
applicant and of referees to:

  Secretariat du Comite Postdoctoral de l'Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur
                        Observatoire de Nice
                              BP 4229
                        F-06304 Nice Cedex 4

                       (Fax +33 4 92 00 30 58)

Applicants should email a fact sheet retrievable on the web page and ask
the referees to send their letters to the address above, to be received
not later than two weeks after closing date. Applicants are encouraged
to contact scientists at OCA in their field. For further information see
the frequently asked questions on the web.

Penn State [A]


The Center for Gravitational Wave Physics, recently established by the
National Science Foundation, expects to make several postdoctoral
appointments at Penn State between now and September 2002. The focus
of this new Physics Frontier Center is the emerging discipline of
Gravitational Wave Phenomenology: the astrophysics and fundamental
physics that gravitational wave observations - in all wavebands -

Research at the Center will focus on interdisciplinary problems at the
interface of general relativity, gravitational waves, astrophysics and
detector design:
* Astrophysics and gravitational waves includes, but is not limited to,
problems of source calculations, astrophysical modeling of sources and
their populations, and interpretation of observations,
* General relativity and gravitational waves includes, but is not
limited to, testing relativity and developing numerical and analytic
tools needed for detailed studies of sources (e.g., numerical relativity

and radiation reaction),
* Detector design studies will focus particularly on how target science
- the sources one wants to detect or the science one wants to do -
constructively influences the design of advanced gravitational wave

The core, resident faculty of the Center for Gravitational Wave
Physics are Abhay Ashtekar, Sam Finn, Peter Meszaros, Pablo Laguna,
Steinn Sigurdsson and Alex Wolszczan, all of whom lead strong research
programs in the critical areas from which gravitational wave
phenomenology will grow.  In addition, the Center for Gravitational
Wave Physics non-resident faculty members, who are expected to visit
frequently, are Warren Anderson, Patrick Brady, Matt Choptuik, Mario
Diaz, Eanna Flanagan, Gabriela Gonzalez, Richard Price, Jorge Pullin,
Joe Romano, Robin Stebbins, Ken Strain, and Joel Tohline.  The Center
for Gravitational Wave Physics will have a major, international
visitor program and host frequent workshops focused on critical
gravitational wave phenomenology problems.

Other leading research areas in the gravitational physics program at
Penn State include quantum gravity, mathematical general relativity,
gamma-ray burst modeling, relativistic astrophysics and radio
astronomy.  The Penn State Physics and Astronomy and Astrophysics
departments have world-class expertise in several related areas:
astro-particle physics (Pierre Auger Observatory), gamma ray bursts
(SWIFT), X-ray astronomy (Chandra observatory) and theoretical and
observational cosmology.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, statement of research
interests, list of publications and at least three reference letters.
Please send applications to

Administrative Assistant
Center for Gravitational Wave Physics Postdoc Search
The Pennsylvania State University
104 Davey Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802

Penn State is committed to  affirmative action, equal opportunity and
the diversity of its work force.

Penn State [B]

The Center for Gravitational Physics and Geometry (CGPG) has an opening
for a joint postdoctoral position between the Departments of Astronomy
and Astrophysics and the Department of Physics starting Fall 2002.
The successful candidate will be expected to carry out research on
numerical issues connected with binary black hole
collisions and the resulting gravitational radiation.
Candidates should have experience in the use of 2 and 3D 
numerical relativity codes.
The initial appointment will be for one year, with a renewal for a second year
contingent on the availability of funding and satisfactory performance.
Faculty members in the CGPG with direct interests in numerical relativity
include Abhay Ashtekar, Sam Finn and Pablo Laguna.
Activities within the CGPG are closely connected with the recently
established Center for Gravitational Wave Physics.
The focus of this new Physics Frontier Center is the emerging discipline of
gravitational wave phenomenology: interdisciplinary problems at the
interface of general relativity, gravitational waves, astrophysics and
detector design.  Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a brief
description of research interests and have three letters of
recommendation sent directly to Karen Brewster, 104 Davey Lab,
University Park, PA 16802.  For further inquiries please contact Pablo
Laguna ( Deadline for applications is
December 15, 2001, and a decision will be made early January 2002.
Penn State University is Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Women and Minorities Encouraged to Apply.


Relativity and Cosmology Group (RCG)
Faculty of Technology
(18 Month Fixed Term Contract)
Salary:        16,905  - 23,130 pa
Reference:          RTEC
Closing Date:     28th February 2002
The Relativity and Cosmology Group (RCG) intends to make an 18 month
post-doctoral appointment to work with Marco Bruni on a project on
non-linearity and approximation methods in cosmology and general
relativity.  The post is funded by a specific EPSRC grant and should start
on 1 April or as soon as possible thereafter, and no later than 1 October.
Aims of the project are: to develop a synergy between the long wavelength
approximation scheme and non-linear perturbation theory in cosmology; to
extend previous work on gauge dependence and gauge invariance in non-linear
perturbation theory.
Candidates should be broadly qualified in general relativistic gravitation
and cosmology; previous knowledge and working experience of approximation
methods would be desirable.  Successful applicants are expected to work
primarily on the above project, although collaborations on other topics are
The RCG is a rapidly growing research team in relativistic cosmology and
gravitation, which achieved a Grade 5 in the recent Research Assessment
Exercise.  The RCG consists of staff members: B. Bassett, M. Bruni, R.
Maartens, D. Matravers, A. Nesteruk, P. Papadopoulos and D. Wands; Research
fellows/associates: C. Barcelo, I. Boztosun, A. Campos, D. Coule, C.
Sopuerta, C. Ungarelli and F. Viniegra, and 11 PhD students.  More
information on the RCG is available at
If you wish to discuss the position please contact Dr M. Bruni on +44 (23)
9284 3136, or
Applications consist of a covering letter, a CV, a list of publications and
a brief description of research interests.  Applicants should also arrange
to have 3 letters of reference sent (names, e-mail addresses and postal
addresses of the 3 referees should be listed in the covering letter).  To
apply please contact
Personnel Services,
University House,
Winston Churchill Avenue,
Portsmouth PO1 2UP, UK
A Personal Details Front Sheet, available from Personnel Services
(telephone: +44 (23) 9284 3421 (24 hour answerphone) or e-mail:, must also be completed and returned with the rest of the
Copies of all documents except the front sheet should also be sent directly
to Dr. Marco Bruni, by e-mail ( or by post:
School of Computer Science and Mathematics,
University of Portsmouth,
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Princeton Astrophysics

      Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astrophysics at Princeton University 

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences of Princeton University invites
applications for the Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowship and other
postdoctoral fellowships in a wide variety of areas in observational and
theoretical astrophysics.  The principal selection criteria for all fellowships
will be outstanding research accomplishment and promise of future achievement.

Current research areas at Princeton include the formation and evolution of
planets, stars, and galaxies, theoretical and observational studies of the
interstellar medium, the large-scale structure of the Universe, gamma-ray
bursts, gravitational lenses, galactic and solar system dynamics, accretion
disks, cosmic background radiation, and numerical hydrodynamics. The
department has shared access to the 3.5-meter telescope at Apache Point
Observatory, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a 64-processor SGI Origin 2000
computer, and a Beowulf cluster of 18 dual Pentium III 450 MHz systems.  For
additional information on the Department and its research activities and
facilities, see

The expected starting date for all fellowships is 1 September 2002. The
appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory
performance, for a total of up to three years.  Applicants should send a
curriculum vitae, bibliography and statement of research interests, and
arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent by 1 December 2001 to
Prof. S. Tremaine, Chair, Dept. of Astrophysical Sciences, Peyton Hall,
Princeton NJ 08544-1001, USA. Please note that applicants will automatically
be considered for all postdoctoral positions in the department. EEO/AAE.


Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowship In Astrophysics

The Spitzer Fellow is expected to carry out original research in astrophysics,
either independently or in collaboration with Princeton faculty, postdoctoral
fellows or students. The Fellowship is intended primarily to support
researchers in theoretical astrophysics, but exceptional candidates in
observational astronomy are encouraged to apply. The fellowship has a research
fund of $10,000 per year; in addition, the Department will nominate the
Spitzer Fellow for membership in the new Princeton Society of Fellows.
Princeton astronomers with research interests in theoretical astrophysics
include Neta Bahcall (large-scale structure, clusters of galaxies), Renyue Cen
(large-scale structure, cosmological simulations), Bruce Draine (interstellar
dust, interstellar medium), Jeremy Goodman (disk dynamics, gamma-ray bursts,
scintillation), J. Richard Gott (cosmology, general relativity), Jeremiah
P. Ostriker (formation and evolution of large-scale structure), Bohdan
Paczynski (gravitational microlensing, gamma ray bursts), David Spergel
(cosmic microwave background, particle astrophysics, cosmology, galaxy
dynamics), Michael Strauss (large-scale structure, quasars), Scott Tremaine
planetary and galaxy dynamics), Edwin Turner (gravitational lenses), Russell
Kulsrud (primordial magnetic fields, plasma physics), James Gunn (cosmology)
and 8 postdoctoral fellows. The department also maintains close ties with
theoretical astrophysics groups at the Princeton Physics Department and the
Institute for Advanced Study.


Sloan Digital Sky Survey Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences of Princeton University hopes to
offer a postdoctoral position to an outstanding young scientist to
work on the analysis and interpretation of data from the Sloan Digital Sky
Survey (SDSS), beginning in September 2002.  The SDSS, which will eventually
map 1/4 of the sky in five optical bands to about 23m and obtain redshifts
for approximately one million galaxies and 100,000 quasars, began its five-
year survey in April 2000.  To date, some 2200 square degrees of sky have been
imaged and about 200,000 spectra obtained.  The postdoctoral fellow will work
with Professor Michael Strauss on studies of large scale structure, galaxies,
quasars and clusters of galaxies. The close-knit SDSS group also includes Drs. 
Neta Bahcall, James Gunn, Robert Lupton, Zeljko Ivezic, Jill Knapp, David 
Schlegel, Douglas Finkbeiner, and several graduate students, who carry out
research on galaxy clusters, stellar populations, brown dwarfs, solar system 
objects, peculiar quasars, galactic structure, interstellar extinction, 
gravitational lensing and many other topics with the SDSS data.

This position is offered subject to the availability of funding. For
additional information on the SDSS, see


Postdoctoral Prize Fellowship in Astronomy - PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of Pontificia Universidad Catolica 
and the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University invite
applications for a prize fellowship in observational or theoretical astronomy, 
sponsored by Fundacion Andes, to begin in September, 2002. The appointment is 
for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance, for up to
three years. The appointment for the first two years will be with Universidad
Catolica in Santiago, with the option of an initial stay of up to three
months at Princeton (in housing provided by the Dept of Astrophysical 
Sciences). The third year of the appointment will be with Princeton. The
fellow will join Drs. Gabriela Mallen-Ornelas, Patrick Hall and Andrew
Stephens as Catolica Prize Fellows.

Chile has the greatest concentration of large telescopes in
the southern hemisphere. Foreign-owned telescopes in Chile must grant 10%
of their observing time to the small community of Chilean astronomers. While
resident at Universidad Catolica, the fellow will qualify as a member of
this community and will be eligible to propose for observing time on all
telescopes in Chile, including ESO's 3.5m NTT and 4x8m VLT, the Gemini 8m, 
Carnegie's 2.5m and Magellan 6.5m, and the 15m SEST. Collaboration with 
astronomers at Catolica and Princeton will be welcomed but not required.

The fellow will have a salary of US$40,000 for the first year, with
a research budget averaging US$15,000 per year. The selected candidate
is expected to apply to Chilean sources for additional funding.  Additional
information on research support and on Chile, the Pontificia Universidad
Catolica and on Chilean society and lifestyle, can be obtained from
L. Infante ( or

We are seeking an individual with exceptional scientific promise from any
field of astronomy, although preference will be given to those areas
in which Princeton and Catolica staff already have active research
interests. Selection, by a joint Princeton-Catolica committee, will be on the
basis of demonstrated excellence. Preference will be given to candidates who
received their Ph.D within the past four years.  Additional information may be
found at  These websites also contain 
information on the first joint PUC/Princeton astrophysics conferences, 
held in Pucon, Chile in January 1999, in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, in
July 2000 and to be held in Pucon, Chile in April-May 2002.

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, bibliography, and research plan,
and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to BOTH Princeton
and Catolica by 1 December 2001.  The research plan should address how the
applicant intends to use the facilities available to both Princeton and
Catolica. Applicants will automatically be considered for other Princeton
postdoctoral positions, but should clearly state in the cover letter that they
wish to be considered for the Princeton/Catolica Prize Fellowship.
Applications should be sent to the following addresses: Prof. S. Tremaine,
Chair, Dept. of Astrophysical Sciences, Peyton Hall, Princeton NJ
08544-1001, USA; and L. Infante, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, P.
Universidad Catolica, Casilla 306, Santiago 22, Chile (e-mail address:  EEO/AAE.


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Cosmology

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences of Princeton University hopes to
offer a postdoctoral position to an outstanding young scientist to
work on questions in theoretical cosmology with Professor David Spergel,
beginning in September 2002.  With the successful launch of the 
Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP) in June 2001, a new era in the 
analysis of fluctuations in the microwave background on small and large
scales, and the derivation of the primordial power spectrum and the 
structure and formation of the early Universe, begins.  The fellow will
work with Professor Spergel and other members of the MAP team on 
the interpretation of the MAP data and its implications for cosmology.
While the postdoctoral fellow will not be a member of the MAP science
team, he/she will have the opportunity to work closely with the results
as the data become publically available.


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Astrophysics: Gravitational Lensing

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences of Princeton University will
offer a postdoctoral position to an outstanding young scientist to
work on theoretical studies of gravitational lensing  with Professors
David Spergel and Uros Seljak, beginning in September 2002.  The
fellow will work with Drs. Spergel and Seljak, and other postdoctoral
fellows and faculty, on studies of the effect of lensing on the 
propagation of light from the distant Universe, with particular attention
to the effect on the microwave background and on comparing the expected
mass distributions with those revealed by large-scale redshift surveys,
such as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the Deep Lensing Survey.


South Africa

Postdoc in Numerical Relativity

The National Research Foundation of South Africa has just announced
funding for the year 2002 for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work
on numerical relativity with Prof. Nigel Bishop at the University of
South Africa. Information on Prof. Bishop's research interests
etc. can be found on his home page,

Please apply by letter and CV to the address below; you should also
arrange for two letters of recommendation in support of your
application. The position will remain open until filled, and
applications received by 4 February 2002 will be fully
considered. Applications should be submitted to:

Prof. Nigel Bishop, Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and
Astronomy, P.O. Box 392, Unisa 0003, South Africa Fax: +27 12 429 6064
(Marked: Attn. Prof Bishop) Email:


The Department of Gravitation and Field Theory at the Institute
for Nuclear Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico
(ICN-UNAM) invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral position
starting September 1, 2002. Renewal for a second year is 
contingent upon performance and availability of funds.

The Department currently
consists of 12 faculty members  (A.Corichi, J. Guven,
D.Nunez, H. Quevedo, M. Rosenbaum, M.Ryan, M.Salgado,
C.Stephens, D. Sudarsky, R. Sussman, A. Turbiner and 
C. Chryssomalakos), 1 postdoc (Inyong Cho) and 12 graduate students.

Computing facilities include a Sun workstation network, served by a 
Sparcsystem 1000, an Alpha-PC, a dual Pentium II PC and direct access to 
UNAM's two Origin 2000 machines. 
The UNAM library system has roughly 4 million books and subscriptions to most
international journals.

The main research interests of the group are

- Quantum and Classical Gravity
- Mathematical Physics
- Statistical Physics and Complex Systems
- Quantum Field Theory
- The Early Universe

Applicants should send a C.V., publication list and a brief statement
of their research interests to:

Trinidad Ramirez 
Departamento de Gravitacion y Teori a de Campos
Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, UNAM
A. Postal 70-543
Mexico, D. F. 04510, Mexico.

They should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent
to this address.  The deadline for applications is February 1st, 2001.

For email enquiries, contact Daniel Sudarsky at (FAX: 525-622-4693) or Chris Stephens

UT Austin

Postdoctoral Position in Relativity at The University of Texas, Austin

Depending on funding, the Center for Relativity at The University of
Texas at Austin expects to have an open position for Fall
2002. Current members of the Center for Relativity (Professors Richard
Matzner, C. Dewitt-Morette, B. Dewitt and L. Shepley, with Doctors
D. Nielsen and J. Lara) carry out research in numerical relativity, in
classical relativity, in quantum gravity, in field theory in curved
spaces. and in cosmology.

Applicants should write to (and have three references write to)

Professor Richard Matzner
Center for Relativity
Department of Physics
University of Texas
Austin TX 78712

UT Brownsville

The University of Texas at Brownsville Relativity Group (UTBRG) will
have one or more openings (pending budget approval) for postdoctoral
positions and also for graduate research assistantships in the areas
of gravitational wave data analysis and numerical
relativity. Positions are for one year with renewal for one or two
more depending on performance and availability of funds.

The UTBRG ( is a member of the LIGO
Scientific Collaboration. Members of the group are currently Warren
Anderson, Manuela Campanelli, Mario Díaz, Carlos Lousto and Joe
Romano, at the faculty level, and John Whelan as a postdoc.  The main
activities of the group are centered around i) the development of
tools for data analysis for the LIGO project (in particular stochastic
background and burst searches) and ii) the "Lazarus project" (a
combined approach to binary black hole merger simulations using full
numerical, perturbative and Post-Newtonian techniques). We will be
focusing on developing an interaction between these two areas over the
next several years.  Other interests of the group include radiation
reaction, quantum field theory in curved backgrounds and cosmology.

 The group has excellent computational facilities including a network
of SGI, LINUX and alpha workstations, and a Beowulf cluster with 96
nodes (to be extended to 128 nodes shortly).  The group is also
participating in the GriPhyN and iVDGL projects, two large scale NSF
funded projects, that will form the world's first global
"computational Grid", providing a Petabyte scale computational
resource for major scientific experiments in physics, astronomy,
biology and engineering, including LIGO. Additional funds will be
available for graduate and undergraduate assistantships in this area.
Applications shall consist of a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a
statement of research and at least three letters of
recommendation. Deadline for applications is January 15, 2002. Send
all materials to:

Department of Physics and Astronomy
The University of Texas at Brownsville
attn: Eidee Salinas, secretary
M0 Building
80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, TX 78520

The University of Texas at Brownsville is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Employment Opportunity Employer, and all qualified Applicants receive
equal consideration in the selection process. We encourage applicants
from Members of traditionally under represented groups protected under
the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Vietnam Era, and persons with
physical disabilities.

University of Waterloo

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research position in the
Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo.
The focus of the research  will be the computational aspects of control of
partial differential equations. The appointment will be for one year, with
the possibility of renewal for a second year.The starting date of
appointment is on or after May 1, 2002.
Interested individuals should send a curriculum vitae, two or three selected
reprints/preprints and the names of three references to:
Kirsten Morris
Department of Applied Mathematics
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON  N2L 3G1
Applications will be processed as they are received.

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