Advertised Postdoctoral and Faculty Positions

Fall 2005/Spring 2006

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  1. MPI-AEI (Research posts)
  2. Alberta (PDF)
  3. UT Brownsville (Faculty)
  4. UT Brownsville (PDF)
  5. UC Davis (PDF)
  6. UCSB (PDF)
  7. California Institute of Technology (PDF)
  8. University of Cape Town 1 (Faculty)
  9. University of Cape Town 2 (Faculty)
  10. Cardiff University (PDF)
  11. Cornell University (PDF)
  12. University of Guelph (PDF)
  13. University of Illinois (PDF)
  14. Queen Mary University of London (Faculty)
  15. Unversity of Maryland 1 (Faculty)
  16. University of Maryland 2 (Faculty)
  17. University of Maryland 1 (PDF)
  18. University of Maryland 2 (PDF)
  19. NASA Goddard (PDF)
  20. Penn State University (PDF)
  21. SISSA/ISAS Trieste (PDF)
  22. Utrecht (PDF)



The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein
Institute) will fill several research positions in the areas

Mathematical Relativity

Geometric Analysis

Research programs concern the mathematical foundations of general
relativity and related physical theories, they are based in analysis,
geometry and numerical analysis. In particular, nonlinear partial
differential equations are a common theme of our research:

The Einstein field equations model both the behaviour of global
cosmological models and of isolated gravitating systems such as stars,
black holes and galaxies. Our research addresses the qualitative and
quantitative properties of solutions with respect to their local and
global behaviour, singularity formation and numerical simulation and
investigates the close correspondence between geometrical structures and
physical concepts. The analytical and numerical studies of gravitational
waves are related on a project on gravitational wave astronomy in
collaboration with German universities and the German-English
gravitational wave experiment GEO 600.

Other field equations arise from string theory and the consideration of
matter in modern mathematical models in elasticity, fluids,
electromagnetism and gauge theories.

Several mathematical projects are concerned with the geometrical
structure of space and time. They involve geometrical variational
principles characterizing specific models in geometry and physics as
well as geometric evolution equations like the mean curvature flow of
surfaces and the Ricci-flow of Riemannian metrics.

There are close interactions with the research sections "Astrophysical
Relativity" and "Quantum Gravity and Unified Theories" in the Albert
Einstein Institute, as well as with the universities in Berlin and Potsdam.

Postdoctoral appointments typically are for two years, starting
September 2006 or earlier.

A limited number of PhD-scholarships is available, compare also the
website of our "International-Max-Planck-Research-School",

To apply please submit a curriculum vitae, list of publications and
statement of research interests and arrange for three letters of
recommendation to be sent to
Frau Anne Lampe
Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik
Am Mühlenberg 1
D-14476 Golm
email <>

The deadline for applications in the initial round of appointments is
15. December 2005. Women are especially encouraged to apply.
For further information please contact H. Friedrich, G. Huisken, A.
Rendall or B. Schmidt at the address


In the coming year there will be opportunities for new
postdoctoral fellowships in cosmology and gravitation at the University
of Alberta. We presently have five professors (Valeri Frolov, Sharon
Morsink, Don Page, Frans Pretorius, and Dmitri Pogosyan) and many
postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, making it one of the largest
in this research area in the world. For more information, see our
website at

Fellowship opportunities include CITA National Fellowships and a
local fellowhip for people who apply by Nov. 1, 2005, and PIMS and other
fellowships with a Jan. 2, 2006, deadline.

Please submit the material listed below, all to either Valeri
Frolov, Sharon Morsink, Don Page, Frans Pretorius, or Dmitri Pogosyan,
at the address below. Hardcopies are preferred, though in exceptional
cases electronic applications in pdf form would be acceptable.

412 Physics Lab
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6G 2J1
(telefax 1-780-492-0714)

For full consideration for all positions, applications and
supporting materials should arrive by Nov. 1, 2005. Later applications
will be considered for the funding opportunities remaining at the time
of reception.

Applications should include the following material:

(a) Curriculum Vitae.

(b) Proposed Research statement of one page or less.

(c) Research Experience statement of two pages or less.

(d) A listing of papers appearing in refereed publications or
conference proceedings.

(e) A 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.

The records arising from this competition will be managed in
accordance with provisions of the Alberta Freedom of Information and
Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPP).

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are
committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity
and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including
persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal

Jobs at UC Davis

The high energy theory group at UC Davis expects to have three
postdoctoral openings for September 2006. We are especially
interested in candidates who are interested in phenomenology/
model building and/or quantum gravity theory and phenomenology.
The faculty members of the group currently include Steve Carlip,
Hsin-Chia Cheng, Jack Gunion, and John Terning. We expect to
hire another faculty member this year. We also have close
contact with the UC Davis cosmology group, which includes
Andreas Albrecht and Nemanja Kaloper.

Please have three letters of recomendation and your CV sent to:

High Energy Theory Postdoc
c/o Georgie Tolle
Department of Physics
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8677, USA

Review of applications will begin December 5, 2005, but late
applications may be considered until the position has been filled.
The initial appointment will be for two years, and may be extended
to a third, contingent on performance and continued external funding.
Further information may be found on our website:

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal
opportunity employer. The University undertakes affirmative action
to assure equal employment opportunity for minorities and women, for
persons with disabilities, and for special disabled veterans, Vietnam
era veterans, and any other veterans who served on active duty during
a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has
been authorized.

Postdoctoral Positions
Gravitational Physics Group
University of California at Santa Barbara

The Gravitational Physics group at UCSB expects to have a postdoctoral
position available starting fall 2006.

Current Faculty in the group include Jim Hartle, Gary Horowitz, and Don Marolf.
Applications to our group are processed jointly with the Kavli
Institute of Theoretical Physics (KITP).

Those interested should therefore apply directly to the KITP; a separate
application need not
be sent to our group in the physics department.


for instructions and information. The University of California is an
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, including minorities, women,
and persons with disabilities

Caltech Postdoctoral & Senior Postdoctoral Positions in
Theoretical Aspects of Gravitational-Wave Science
Including Numerical Relativity

103-33 CALTECH

The California Institute of Technology invites applications for
postdoctoral and senior postdoctoral appointments in theoretical
aspects of gravitational-wave science --- astrophysics, analytical
relativity, gravitational-wave source simulations (largely numerical
relativity), gravitational-wave data analysis, and the design and
theoretical analysis of advanced gravitational-wave detectors
including Advanced LIGO. By a single application one can be
considered (as appropriate) for Caltech's Prize Postdoctoral
Fellowships in Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics, including
Relativity [see ],
and for regular postdoctoral and senior postdoctoral positions.

These positions are associated largely or in part with Caltech's
TAPIR group (Theoretical Astrophysics Including Relativity, --- Professors Kip Thorne, Sterl
Phinney, Peter Goldreich (part time), Marc Kamionkowski, and Re'em
Sari; three research faculty members - Dr. Lee Lindblom, Dr. Curt
Cutler (part time), and Dr. Mark Scheel; and about 20 postdoctoral
or senior postdoctoral fellows, 20 graduate students, and 3 senior
visitors). These positions are also associated, more broadly, with
the Caltech/JPL Association for Gravitational Wave Research, , which includes the Caltech
portion of LIGO and the Caltech/JPL portion of LISA.

Our Numerical Relativity Program is joint between
TAPIR (Lee Lindblom, Mark Scheel, Harald Pfeiffer, Jeandrew Brink,
Oliver Rinne, and grad students) and Caltech's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory (David Meier, Mark Miller, and Luisa Buchman); and it
includes a strong collaboration with the Cornell group led by Saul
Teukolsky and the UCSD group led by Michael Holst. Our
gravitational-wave source analysis program includes these
numerical relativists, plus Sterl Phinney, Kip Thorne, Yasushi
Mino, Ettienne Racine, Steve Drasco (part time), and grad students.

The application deadline for Prize Fellowships is December 1.
Applications will continue to be accepted for regular fellowships
until our funding situation becomes fully clear and all positions
have been filled, which could be as late as April or May.

Materials in support of an application should be sent to

103-33 CALTECH

These materials should include curriculum vitae with email address
and with citizenship indicated, bibliography of publications, 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

Caltech is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Women, Minorities, Veterans, and Disabled Persons are encouraged
to apply.

University of Cape Town
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
Closing Date: 22 July 2005

The Department is a large and dynamic organisation with an establishment
of over thirty faculty members. We seek to make three new appointments
with effect from January 2006 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications are sought for posts at all levels, from Lecturer to
Associate Professor, in all fields compatible with the research interests
of the Department, including enrichment programmes for schools (see our
website at for details of research groups). We
particularly encourage applications from candidates with research and
teaching interests in one of Cosmology, Mathematics of Computer Science or
Mathematical Modelling.

Candidates in Cosmology, should interface closely with the group's
existing research interests, which are in inhomogeneous cosmology,
including the properties & evolution of exact models, relating
observations to cosmological models, gauge-invariant perturbation theory,
relativistic astrophysics, the dynamics of cosmological models,
generalized theories of gravity (including braneworlds), curvature
quintessence and cosmic microwave background anisotropies, but should also
add strength in one or more of the statistics of model testing, and
analysis and reduction of modern cosmological datasets.

Candidates in the Mathematics of Computer Science should strengthen or
complement the existing research in Computability and Complexity on the
Real Numbers. Such areas include Algorithmic Information Theory,
Kolmogorov Complexity, Computability and Complexity Theory, Quantum
Computing, Algorithmic Learning Theory, Theory of Neural Networks, Omega
Languages, Symbolic Dynamics, Computational Geometry.

Candidates in Mathematical Modelling should preferably have computational
interests and expertise, and should strengthen or complement existing
strengths in fluid and solid mechanics (for example thin films, phase
changes, and inelastic behaviour), industrial mathematics, biological
modelling of marine and other renewable resources, epidemiology, and
theoretical ecology.

Young mathematicians with interests in the above research areas are
encouraged to apply. Applicants for a senior position should have good
teaching and strong international research records, and the ability to
raise research funding and develop strong research programmes in their
fields of interest. Candidates should indicate for which level of position
they are applying. Level of appointment will be commensurate with
experience and standing of applicants.

The remuneration packages, including benefits, are:
Associate Professor: R356 160 p.a
Senior Lecturer: R300 510 p.a
Lecture: R244 860 p.a

Please send a letter of motivation, your full CV (no certificates) plus a
summary CV (please refer to the template provided on our website:, and details (email/fax) of 3 referees, to: Ms L
Mabalane (Ref: 960), Staff Recruitment & Selection, University of Cape
Town, Rondebosch, South Africa 7701 by 22 July 2005. Telephone: (021)
650-2192, email: , website:

We are committed to equity in our employment practices. It is our
intention to appoint individuals with the aim of meeting our equity

Joint post in Cosmology created by the University of Cape Town and the
South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO): Associate Professor/ Senior
Lecturer/ Lecturer in Cosmology
Closing Date: 31st July 2005


The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the Department of
Mathematics & Applied Mathematics, University of Cape Town have created a
joint post in Cosmology.

Applications are sought from scientists whose interests lie at the
interface between observational and theoretical cosmology; More
specifically they should be comfortable within the UCT cosmology group,
but also take a direct interest in cosmological programmes for the
10m-class Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), the largest single
optical telescope in the southern hemisphere.

Preference will be given to applicants with expertise in areas such as:

* The cosmic matter distribution and its observational and geometric
* The nature of Dark Energy and Dark Matter.
* Observational tests for alternative theories of gravity.
* Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropies, the cross-correlation of
fluctuations, and detection of baryonic oscillations.

The successful applicant will occupy a joint position at UCT and SAAO.
He/She is expected to pursue a vigorous independent research program on
observational and theoretical problems -- with the opportunity to apply
for time on SALT, of which South Africa has a 35% share -- and to
collaborate with South African scientists on ongoing and new projects.
Interaction with researchers from other partners in the SALT consortium on
the above topics will also be encouraged. The successful applicant will be
required to teach and contribute to the National Astrophysics and Space
Science Programme (

Candidates should indicate for which level of position they are applying.
Applicants for a senior position should have good teaching and strong
international research records, demonstrated ability to raise research
funding, and a track-record of developing strong research programmes in
their fields of interest.

In accordance with this joint agreement, the annual remuneration
packages, including benefits are approximately as follows:
Associate Professor: R360 000
Senior Lecturer: R300 000
Lecturer: R245 000

Please send a letter of motivation, your full CV (no certificates) plus a
summary CV (please refer to the template provided on our website: and SAAO website:, and details
(email/fax) of 3 referees, to: Ms L Mabalane (Ref: 969-UCT), Staff
Recruitment & Selection, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa
7701 by 31 July 2005. Telephone: +27 21 650-2192, email:

We are committed to equity in our employment practices. It is our
intention to appoint individuals with the aim of meeting our equity


The Cardiff Relativity Group is seeking applications from highly motivated
and competitive candidates to fill a PPARC-funded postdoctoral position
for two years. The fellowship funds research on astrophysical sources of
gravitational waves, and the development of search algorithms for their
detection, using both first-generation detectors and future interferometers,
such as advanced LIGO and LISA. The postdoctoral researcher will have the
opportunity to take part in the exciting search for gravitational waves in
data from the most sensitive interferometers built to date, using state-of-
the-art computational infrastructure.

The Cardiff Relativity Group (staff members B.S. Sathyaprakash,
L.P. Grishchuk, J.D. Romano, and B.F. Schutz, see group and data analysis
pages) is involved in the British-German interferometric gravitational
wave detector GEO600, is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration,
and is also involved in the planning of the space-based LISA project. The
Cardiff group specializes in detector characterisation, searching for
signals from transient sources, binary neutron stars and black holes, and
stochastic gravitational waves. Cardiff is one of GEO's data archival
centres and hosts also the strain channel from the LIGO antennas on its
spinning storage media. The data is analysed using a large computer cluster
consisting of 360 CPUs.

The group is also involved in building generic Grid technology for the
European Commission (under the GridLab project) and UK e-Science programme
(under the GridOneD project) and has strong collaborative links with the
European and American groups in this area. The group currently has four
PDRAs (2 in gravitational waves and 2 in e-Science) and six PhD students.
The interests of the group include quantum processes in the early Universe,
cosmic microwave and gravitational wave backgrounds, modelling binary black
hole orbits and their gravitational wave emission, and the development of
algorithms and software to search for binary inspirals, transient bursts,
and stochastic backgrounds.

The School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff is a growing institution
with a host of activities in astrophysics, cosmology, and gravitation. The
School has good infrastructure and excellent computing facilities. Cardiff
itself is a very pleasant and comfortable town, with a lot of out-door
attractions and diverse cultural life.

The post is fixed-term for two years, available from 1 January 2006. The
exact starting date will be negotiable. Closing date for applications is
30 November 2005. Starting salary will be in the range of 19,460-35,883
British pounds per annum. For an Application Form please contact the Human
Resources Directorate, 30-36 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0DE or ring
+44-2920-874017 or email, quoting reference 0670.
Vacancy details will soon appear on the University's web page at Send the completed Application Form and three
letters of reference to the Personnel Section. Please make informal
enquiries to Dr. J. Romano ( or Prof.
B.S. Sathyaprakash (, Ph: +44-2920-874458.


Cornell University expects to have two openings for research associates
in general relativity starting in September, 2006. One position requires
experience in numerical relativity or computational physics. For the other
position, experience in classical general relativity, gravitational wave
astronomy, or relativistic astrophysics is desirable.
The positions are for one year, with subsequent
renewals depending on performance and the availability of funds.
The Cornell Relativity Group consists of Eanna Flanagan, Saul Teukolsky,
James York and research associates Larry Kidder and Matt Duez. There will
also be opportunities to interact with the Theoretical Astrophysics Group,
including Rachel Bean, David Chernoff, Dong Lai, Richard Lovelace,
and Ira Wasserman. Applicants should submit a resume with a list of
publications, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to:
Sharon Falletta
Space Sciences Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6801
Completed applications should be received no later than December 1, 2005. Only
candidates who anticipate receiving their Ph.D. by September 2006 should
apply. Cornell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


A post-doctoral position is currently available within the
Gravitation Group of the University of Guelph. A second position
may also become available in the course of the next academic year.
The first position is available now, but any starting date between
now and September 2006 will be considered. The second position, if
it becomes available, will start in September 2006. Both positions
are for one year, renewable for a second year upon satisfactory

The Gravitation Group at Guelph currently consists of one faculty
member, Eric Poisson, a post-doctoral fellow, Eran Rosenthal, and a
number of graduate students. Research interests include the physics
of black holes, gravitational waves, radiation reaction, and the
gravitational self-force. The group enjoys close ties with the gravity
group at the University of Waterloo and with the Perimeter Institute
for Theoretical Physics. Also, Guelph's proximity to Toronto makes
possible interactions on a regular basis with members of CITA
(Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics).

Preference might be given to persons already actively working in the
research areas listed previously. However, candidates working in other
areas will not be overlooked.

The interested candidate should submit (i) a curriculum vitae, (ii) a
list of publications, (iii) a statement of research interests, and
(iv) have three letters of recommendation sent to the address
appearing below. There is no firm deadline; applications will be
considered until the positions are filled.

Applications should *not* be sent by e-mail. Only the successful
applicants will be contacted; unless a query is made by e-mail,
unsuccessful applicants will not be notified. (I apologize for this,
but I do not have the secretarial support to keep all the applicants
informed of their status.)

For more information on the Department of Physics at the University
of Guelph, please consult the Department's home page at For more information on the Guelph
Gravitation Group, please consult the website

All applications should be sent to:

Eric Poisson
Department of Physics
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1,


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate
position which may become available in 2006.
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 61801-3080

by DEC 1, 2005. The starting date for the position is AUGUST 16, 2006.
No electronic applications please.

The Illinois Gravity Group is developing the tools of
numerical relativity to tackle diverse problems in general relativity
and astrophysics. Topics include the inspiral and coalescence of
binary neutron stars, binary black holes, and neutron star - black hole
binaries, gravitational collapse, instabilities in rotating,
relativistic stars, MHD effects in relativistic stars and in accretion
flows near black holes, and the formation and cosmological growth
of supermassive black holes in galaxies and quasars,
to name a few ongoing projects. Much of our work is geared to
identifying astrophysically plausible, strong-field sources of
gravitational waves and calculating gravitational waveforms for
detection by laser interferometers, such as LIGO and LISA. Some
of the most recent work is also directed toward exploring possible
links between promising gravitational wave sources and
observed gamma-ray burst sources.

Computational resources available to the group include the
supercomputers and visualization tools at NCSA (located on campus)
and at other sites in the national TeraGrid network, a local Beowulf
cluster of Linux PCs, and desktop PCs running Linux linked in
local network in the Department of Physics.
Our group benefits from close collaborative ties with numerial
relativists at other institutions; in recent years these have included,
for example, UIUC Adjunct Professor Thomas Baumgarte,
Professor at Bowdoin College,
and UIUC Visiting Research Professor Masaru Shibata, Professor at
Tokyo University. Our group also enjoys strong interactions with our other
UIUC colleagues in the Departments of Physics and Astronomy
and NCSA who are working in relativistic astrophysics, cosmology,
neutron star physics, and computational hydrodynamics and MHD.

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity

Queen Mary University of London
Astronomy Unit, School of Mathematical Sciences
Professor in Astronomy

Applications are invited for a permanent post as a Professor in the
Astronomy Unit of the School of Mathematical Sciences at Queen Mary,
University of London, with an associated lectureship available in due

Applicants should have an outstanding record of research achievement
and leadership preferably in either Cosmology or Planet Formation,
although strong candidates in other areas may be considered if they
focus, complement, and enhance the existing programmes of the
Unit. Appointees will also be expected to teach in the School of
Mathematical Sciences, which has buoyant student numbers.

The Professorial salary (minimum ￿45,647 per annum inclusive of London
allowance) depends on qualifications and experience. The post is
available from 1 January 2006 or as soon as possible thereafter.

For any further details on the Astronomy unit which has a current
faculty of 14 and computing facilities including a 156 CPU high
performance cluster please visit the website:, and for an application form: or alternatively visit the Human
Resources website on

Informal enquiries to: Professor Jim Emerson, Astronomy Unit
Director. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7882 5040; Fax +44 (0) 20 8981 9587; Email:, or to Professor David Arrowsmith, Head of
School (+44 (0) 20 7882 5464) Email:

Completed application forms and CVs should be returned quoting
reference number 05260/FD to Mariana Carter, School of Mathematical
Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1
4NS (Email Applications will be considered until
the post is filled, with the first review covering applications
received by 01 October 2005.

Working towards equal opportunities


The University of Maryland Physics Department invites
applications for up to 3 positions as part of an initiative
to enhance and expand the current research effort in
theoretical particle, string, and gravitation
theory. The area of search will include phenomenological
particle physics, string theory, astroparticle physics,
cosmology, and gravitational theory. Both senior and junior
applicants are encouraged to apply, with appointments to be
made commensurate to the current rank and research
accomplishments of the candidate.

Applicants should send a CV, a statement of research
interests and plan, and four letters of recommendation
electronically in PDF format or plain text e- mail, with
"PSGC Theory Search" and applicants name on the subject
line, to Professor Jordan Goodman, Department of Physics, at . For best consideration,
applications should be received by December 1, 2005.
Inquiries could be directed to the above address or to
Professor Markus Luty at or Ted Jacobson at For more complete instuctions please see


The Department of Physics invites applications for a faculty
position at any rank, starting the Fall of 2006, in broad
areas of experimental gravitation (including both
instrumentalists and data analysts working closely with the
detector). The present research in this group focuses on
tests of the inverse-square law at short ranges, search for
new interaction, and gravitational wave detection using
resonant-mass detectors. We are interested in highly
qualified applicants who will complement the present
research effort in the group and will play a leading role in
any areas including gravitational-wave detection using
ground- and space-based interferometers, such as LIGO,
VIRGO, or LISA, precision tests of the laws of gravity, and
laboratory experiments searching for new interaction and
dark matter particles. The successful candidate is expected
to establish a vigorous research program in the areas
indicated above and teach at the undergraduate and graduate

Applicants should send a CV, a statement of research
interests and plan, and four letters of recommendation
electronically in PDF format or plain text e- mail, with
"Gravitation Experiment Search" and applicants name on the
subject line, to Professor Jordan Goodman, Department of
Physics, at phys- . For best
consideration, applications should be received by December
1, 2005. Inquiries could be directed to the above address or
to Professor Ho Jung Paik at For more
complete instuctions please see


The Maryland Gravitation Theory Group announces an opening in
theoretical gravitational-wave physics for a 2-year postdoctoral
position starting in the Fall of 2006 or earlier.

The relevant research areas for these positions are: the physics of
gravitational-wave sources and data analysis techniques/strategies
for ground- and space-based detectors; theory of quantum measurement
and quantum control for advanced laser-interferometer gravitational-wave
detectors operating at and below the standard quantum limit; physical
mechanisms in the early Universe responsible for gravitational-wave

The Maryland gravitation theory group consists of Professors Dieter
Brill, Alessandra Buonanno, Bei-Lok Hu, Ted Jacobson, and Charlie Misner
(Emeritus), several postdocs and 5-6 graduate students

The gravitation theory group has also interactions with the Maryland
gravitation experimental group, Professor Ho Jung Paik (see also,
the Maryland astronomy department, Professors Douglas Hamilton, Cole
Miller and Chris Reynolds (see also, the LISA
group at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center
( and (through Professor Buonanno)
with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and
a statement of research interests and also make arrangements to have three
letters of recommendation. All the material should be sent by regular
mail or
email to

Alessandra Buonanno
Department of Physics
University of Maryland
College Park MD 20742-4111

The deadline for full consideration is December 1, 2005, but the search
will continue until positions are filled.

Maryland is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Post-doctoral position in gravitation theory at University of Maryland

The gravitation theory group at the University of
Maryland hopes to have an opening for a research
associate starting in September, 2006. This would
be in addition to a position in gravitational wave
physics that has already been announced by Dr.
Buonanno. The position would be for one year, with
renewal for a second year depending on
satisfactory progress and the continuation of

The candidate is expected to participate in some
aspects of the local research program which
includes stochastic semiclassical gravity, early
universe quantum processes, quantum black hole
physics, phenomenology of Lorentz symmetry
violation, quantum gravity, and discrete models of

The Maryland Gravitation Theory Group currently
consists of Professors Dieter Brill, Alessandra
Buonanno, Bei-Lok Hu, Ted Jacobson and Charles
Misner (Emeritus), two postdocs, and 6 graduate
students. One or two additional professors or
postdocs are often visiting. The group web page is

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, list
of publications, and brief descriptions of past
research and future research plans, and have three
letters of recommendation sent by email to

It is requested that all application materials be
sent as pdf files or as plain text. Please merge
all files of the application into one pdf if
possible. If you cannot submit an electronic
application please contact Ted Jacobson via

Completed applications should arrive no later than
Dec. 15, 2005 to receive full consideration.

Maryland is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Employer.

Postdoctoral Positions in Numerical Relativity
NASA Goddard Center, Greenbelt, MD

The Numerical Relativistic Astrophysics Group in the Gravitational
Astrophysics Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Fight Center invites
applications for National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral
Associates to join our group in numerical simulation studies of binary
black hole systems. The NRC associateships are prestigious awards
that allow early postdoctoral researchers to carry out research at
national research laboratories. The stipend for new associates is
currently $52,000; the typical term of tenure is 2 years, with an
extension to 3 years possible for outstanding candidates.

Binary black hole systems are key sources of gravitational radiation
expected to be observed by the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna
(LISA), a joint NASA/ESA space-based gravitational wave observatory,
as well as other ground-based instruments such as LIGO. Research
in our group is particularly focused on numerical modeling of the
strongest final few cycles of gravitational radiation emitted by these
systems. Toward that effort we have developed an Adaptive Mesh
Refinement (AMR) code for solving Einstein's equations numerically,
which we are applying in the binary black hole interaction and
waveform studies. Focus areas include dynamical spin interactions,
"gravitational rocket" kicks from asymmetric gravitational wave
emission, and merger waves generated in the final few orbits as the
black holes plunge together; see

The NRC Postdoctoral Associateship awards are made to outstanding
scientists within five years of having received the Ph.D.; selection
is based on the scientific merit of the proposed research, letters of
recommendation, the applicant's academic and research record, and the
appropriateness of the proposed research to Goddard's research effort.
All application materials must be sent directly to the NRC; see
The submission deadline for application forms, including research
proposals, is November 1, 2005; transcripts and letters of
recommendation are due by November 15. We request interested applicants
to contact John Baker ( to discuss research
opportunities before applying; to meet the NRC deadlines, please
contact him no later than October 15, 2005 and preferably earlier.
Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. It is not
necessary to be a U.S. citizen or resident.



The Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Center for
Gravitational Wave Astronomy (CGWA) invite applications for one
faculty position to start within the fall 2005-fall 2006 timeframe.
The CGWA is interested in making the appointment at a senior level
possibly with tenure of a candidate that has established
himself/herself as a leader in the field. Any areas of gravitational
wave detection will be considered but preference will be given to the
area of data analysis. Candidates with a successful track record of
funded research (particularly as principal investigator) and with the
ability to communicate in Spanish will receive preferential

The CGWA ( is funded by NASA and was created
to support research and education in the areas of relativistic
astrophysics (specially of sources of gravitational radiation),
modeling of gravitational wave sources and gravitational wave data
analysis. Although the center's mission is to promote a scientific
agenda related to the LISA mission it also includes faculty and
scientists that are members of the LIGO Scientific collaboration and
we are interested in selecting a candidate that can make a relevant
contribution to the LIGO project as immediately as possible. In
addition to these considerations we expect the successful candidate to
have a strong track record of excellence in teaching at the
undergraduate and graduate level. To be considered, the candidate must
send: (1) A letter of application addressing the qualifications above,
(2) A curriculum vitae, including a list of publications and funded
projects, (3) A research plan, describing its relevance to the Center
for Gravitational Wave Astronomy, and (5) Submit the names and
addresses of at least three references, to:

Dr. Mario Diaz, Chair, Search Committee,
CGWA, and Department of Physics and Astronomy,
The University of Texas at Brownsville
attn: Leslie Gomez, 80 Fort Brown, Brownsville, TX 78520

Screening of applicants will begin on June 1, 2005, and will continue
until the position is filled.

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
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Vietnam Era, and persons with
physical disabilities.

The University of Texas at Brownsville Relativity Group (UTBRG)
invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the areas of
gravitational wave source modeling, numerical relativity, perturbation
theory of black holes and radiation reaction. The position is for one
year, renewable for one-year periods, pending on continued financial
support and satisfactory performance. The starting date for the
positions is Fall 2006 or earlier. We will be continuously reviewing
applications from 1st. December 2005 until the position is filled.

A new NASA-URC Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy (CGWA)
( began operation in January 2003 at The
University of Texas at Brownsville. The focus of the center will be on
research in gravitational radiation sources relevant for LISA (Laser
Interferometric Space Antenna), a joint NASA-ESA mission. The center
consists of seven faculty members (Manuela Campanelli, Mario Diaz,
Rick Jenet, Carlos Lousto, Soumya Mohanty, Soma Mukerjee, and Richard
Price), five post-docs, and a dozen of graduate students. A new
faculty, in the area of Relativistic Astrophysics, will join the group
in the coming year.

Current activities of the group include: i) development of tools for
data analysis for the LIGO project (in particular stochastic
background and burst searches), ii) the "Lazarus project" (a combined
approach to binary black hole merger simulations using full numerical,
perturbative, and post-Newtonian techniques), iii) the computation of
radiation reaction effects in binary systems with small mass ratio
using perturbative techniques, and iv) grid computing.

The group is currently a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration
as a LIGO I institution, and has applied to become a LIGO/GriPhyN Tier
II center. We are also charter members of 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.

The group has excellent computational facilities including a network
LINUX workstations, a new linux cluster with 64 nodes (with dual 3.2
GHz processors) fully dedicated to numerical relativity, and a 96-node
Beowulf cluster, which has been grid-enabled (with VDT 1.2). (See for more details.)

Applications shall consist of a cover letter, brief statement of
research interests, a curriculum vitae, and at least three letters of
recommendation. Applicants should send as soon as possible all
materials to:

Dr. Carlos O. Lousto
Department of Physics and Astronomy
The University of Texas at Brownsville
80 Fort Brown, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA.

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.


The Penn State Institute for Gravitational Physics and Geometry (IGPG),
including the National Science Foundation Center for Gravitational
Wave Physics (CGWP), anticipate several openings for post-doctoral
scholars with start date of September 2006 in the areas of Mathematical
and Numerical General Relativity, Quantum Gravity, Gravitational Wave
Physics and Astrophysics, Computational Relativity, LIGO data analysis,
and related areas of High Performance Computing.

The IGPG Faculty working in these areas includes Stephon Alexander,
Abhay Ashtekar, Martin Bojowald, Michael Eracleous, Sam Finn, Pablo
Laguna, Peter Meszaros, Victor Nistor, Ben Owen, Deirdre Shoemaker,
Steinn Sigurdsson, and Jinchao Xu. In addition, Roger Penrose and
Jerzy Lewandowski each spend approximately six weeks each year
visiting the Institute. Together, the IGPG and CGWP have over
twenty post-docs and long term visitors, and a similar number of
research students. One of the distinguishing features of the IGPG
is the synergy between its research efforts in Astronomy and Astrophysics,
Mathematics, and Physics. Post-docs and students at the IGPG are
encouraged to work across the traditional boundaries that shape our
field and emerge equipped and prepared to propagate ideas and techniques
from one area to another.

The Center for Gravitational Wave Physics was founded at Penn State by
the National Science Foundation in 2001. Its mission is to foster
interdisciplinary research linking Astrophysics, Gravitational Wave Physics
and Experimental Gravitational Wave Detection in the pursuit of the scientific
understanding of gravity and the development of gravitational wave observations
as a tool of astronomical discovery. It has an international visitor program
and hosts frequent workshops focused on critical topics in gravitational
wave physics, astronomy and astrophysics. The working environment at CGWP provides
an extraordinary opportunity to participate in the founding of the exciting
new field of Gravitational Wave Phenomenology.

More information about both IGPG and CGWP can be found at

Applicants should send a cover letter indicating areas of research interest,
a CV including a list of publications, a brief description of research
interests and relevant experience, and have three letters of
sent directly to

Randi Neshteruk
Gravity Postdoc
104 Davey Lab
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802

We will begin processing applications starting December 1st, 2005
and continue until all available positions are filled.

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


The Astroparticle group at the International School for Advanced Studies
(SISSA/ISAS) in Trieste, Italy invites applications for a postdoctoral
research position to be filled in the Fall of 2006. The position is for two

SISSA is part of the international environment provided by the Miramare
Science Campus, which includes the Abdus Salam International Center for
Theoretical Physics ( and the Department of Theoretical
Physics of the University of Trieste. More information on the Astroparticle,
Particle Physics and Astrophysics groups can be found here:

The applications should reach SISSA by November 30, 2005. Applicants
should submit a CV, including list of publications and a brief outline of
research activity, and have at least two letters of recommendation
sent to

Head of the Astrophysics Sector, SISSA
via Beirut 2-4,
34014 Trieste,

or via email to Dr. Lorena Bencina:,
subject: Astroparticle Postdoc


There will be at least one opening for a post-doctoral position in
quantum gravity in the group headed by Renate Loll at the Institute
for Theoretical Physics (ITP) of Utrecht University, starting in autumn
of 2006 or earlier. Applicants should have a background in quantum
gravity or related areas, and an active interest in contributing to the
group's research into nonperturbative quantum gravity. In this call,
preference will be given to young researchers with expertise in
Monte Carlo simulations, one of the backbones of the approach of
Causal Dynamical Triangulations followed by Loll's group. For more
details, see The
deadline for applications is January 1, 2006, but early submission is
strongly recommended.
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