We invite applications for a PhD position in Gravitational Wave Follow-up at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. We aim to fill the position as soon as possible, with an ideal start date in late 2023 or early 2024.
Researchers in the Astrophysics, Cosmology, and Artificial Intelligence Group at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and in the Multi-messenger group at Carnegie Mellon University are looking for a PhD student to join their ongoing collaboration on following up gravitational wave events. These events, reported by the LIGO/VIRGO-O4 run, are followed-up by us with the Wendelstein Observatory’s 2m Fraunhofer Telescope and Dark Energy Camera at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, also using data from the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Your PhD will be based on planning, conducting, and analyzing these observations, and potentially other related studies.
- You have finished or are close to finishing an M.Sc. in physics, astronomy, or an equivalent field.
- You have first research experience, ideally in the context of astronomical imaging, time domain astronomy, gravitational wave follow-up, galaxy evolution, neutron stars, and/or cosmology.
- You are a team player, keen on collaborating and learning in a dynamically changing, fast-paced, and international research environment.
What We Offer:
A PhD position as part of a collaboration of LMU Munich and Carnegie Mellon University, jointly advised by Prof. Daniel Gruen and Prof. Antonella Palmese.
For the first and the final part of your thesis we offer employment in Munich, Germany, according to the German public service pay agreement on a 65% TV-L E13 position that includes health insurance, pension, and other social insurances. At the end of your successful PhD studies, you will submit your dissertation to and be awarded a degree from LMU.
A fully funded long term stay at Carnegie Mellon University in the second year of your thesis to work with Prof. Antonella Palmese’s group on in-depth analysis of gravitational wave follow-up observations.
Optional participation in the structured graduate school program offered by the International Max Planck Research School at LMU, the Max Planck Institutes for Astrophysics and for Extraterrestrial Physics, and the European Southern Observatory.
For inquiries about this position, please contact Prof. Daniel Gruen ([email protected]) and Prof. Antonella Palmese ([email protected]) directly.
Please send us your application in electronic form, including a cover letter outlining your motivation and current research interests, a CV that includes the names and contact info of at least 2 potential references we may contact, and if available links to your existing theses or publications, and transcripts of your university education, by email to [email protected]. Applications will be evaluated starting on September 8, and on a rolling basis until the position is filled.