PhD in Multi-messenger astrophysics of compact binaries, we are looking for a student interested in the simulation of compact binary systems

The Theoretical Astrophysics group at the University of Potsdam is opening a PhD position (m/f/d) in the field of numerical relativity with the focus on the simulation of black hole – neutron star systems.
The Theoretical Astrophysics group at the University of Potsdam and the Max Planck Fellow group “Multi-messenger Astrophysics of Compact Binaries” at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert-Einstein Institute, AEI) is headed by Tim Dietrich.

For this PhD position, we are looking for a student interested in the simulation of compact binary systems within the DFG-funded project `Black Hole – Neutron Star Mergers: Theoretical Modeling, Numerical Simulations, and Data Interpretation’. The successful candidate will develop new techniques to improve the accuracy of new numerical-relativity simulations. Based on these simulations, the candidate will improve existing gravitational-wave and electromagnetic models for black-hole – neutron-star systems.

The student will have the possibility to join the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) on Gravitational-Wave Astronomy. Successful applicants will conduct their research projects at the University of Potsdam. The duration of the PhD position is fixed to a total of three years.

Applicants are required to have a Master degree (or an equivalent degree) in a topic relevant for the PhD position, e.g., Physics, Mathematics, or Astronomy/Astrophysics, by the start of the PhD program.
The science campus in Potsdam offers a stimulating research environment with three Max-Planck Institutes and two Fraunhofer Institutes. Potsdam is home to over 40 research institutes and is located just 30 minutes from the city center of Berlin.

To apply, please fill in the form available on our webpage. You will be asked to upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, your MSc thesis (if available), and a list of publications (if applicable). Applicants also need to indicate the names of three referees for recommendation letters. Referees will be notified by email on how to upload the letters.

The University of Potsdam is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

The deadline for full consideration is August 7th, 2022. Applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled. The position’s start date is flexible but should lie within autumn 2022 and summer 2023.

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