Call for PostDoctoral Applications - 2021

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We are looking for one or more outstanding and highly-motivated postdoctoral researchers to work in the area of strong gravity (theory and phenomenology), with particular interest in numerical-relativity simulations and synergies with high-energy physics. The successful candidate will join the “Gravity theory and gravitational wave phenomenology” group at Sapienza University of Rome.

The appointment is for 2+1 years (extension subject to funding renewal and satisfactory performance), with a net salary competitive with international standards. All candidates must hold (or soon be completing) a Ph.D. in Physics. The positions are expected to start no later than September/October 2022; earlier start dates will also be considered. Screening of the applications will begin in January 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

The research activities of the group include gravitational-wave modelling and phenomenology, black-hole and neutron-star physics, tests of gravity and of the nature of compact objects, and strong-gravity tests of dark matter. The members of the group are also expected to get involved in other activities such as training of students, networking, etc.

Staff members of the gravity theory group at Sapienza currently include Leonardo Gualtieri and Paolo Pani, as well as 7 postdocs, 10 PhD students, and several master students, with strong connections to other research groups at Sapienza and worldwide. The group is part of the LISA and ET Consortia and of the “Amaldi Research Center for gravitational physics and astrophysics” at Sapienza, of the RISE H2020-MC network “Gravitational Universe: Challenges and Opportunities (GRU)”, and of the INFN Specific Initiative TEONGRAV – Gravitational Wave Sources. 

The Department of Physics at Sapienza hosts renowned research groups in several areas of physics and is regularly included among the first 40 Physics and Astronomy institutes in the world according to various rankings.

Sapienza University of Rome values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The selection will be done in agreement with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers, and particular attention will be paid to the gender balance of the group.


Opportunities for PhD students

If you are a highly-motivated master student and wish to join our group, there are different opportunities for PhD scholarships:

1) A competition which takes place every year around June-September. It comprises of a written test and oral interview. Typically the Physics Department has ~20 positions every year, for all research fields. Any master student can apply and choose later his research topic. Candidates must hold a master degree by October 31st. More info here.

2) Joint PhD programme between Tor Vergata and Sapienza
[deadline typically in June/July]. The selection is based on interviews with the candidates. In this case, there are a number of PhD theses that advisors propose in advance and the applicant has to choose one. Our group typically proposes 1 or 2 themes each year.
More info here.

3) Opportunities for foreign students only (typical deadline in April 30th). Details of the 2020 call are here
The selection is only through the CV and the proposal of the applicant. Applicants must hold a master degree typically by July 31st.





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