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Postdoctoral Position at Penn State in Fundamental Gravitational Theory

The Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos expects openings for post-doctoral positions starting fall 2009 in the areas of general relativity and quantum gravity. Successful candidates will work closely with Abhay Ashtekar and Martin Bojowald. The initial appointment will be for one year and is expected to be renewed for another year subject to satisfactory progress and availability of funds.

Faculty interested in fundamental gravitational theory are Abhay Ashtekar, Martin Bojowald, Murat Gunaydin and Radu Roiban and a senior cosmologist is likely to join us in 2009. In addition Professors Roger Penrose and Jerry Lewandowski hold visiting professorships at the Institute. Successful candidates will be encouraged to also interact with mathematicians in the Center for Fundamental Theory and with members of the Center for Gravitational Wave Physics. During the current academic year, the Institute has approximately 20 post-docs (including Drs. Tirtho Biswas, Gianluca Calcagni, Tomas Liko, Simone Mercuri and Andrew Randono in Fundamental Gravitational Theory). For further information on the Institute, see

Current areas of research include loop quantum gravity, mathematical, conceptual as well as phenomenological issues in cosmology, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of gravitational theories with non-trivial boundary conditions, black hole dynamics, interface of analytical and numerical relativity, supergravity and gravitational aspects of string theory, and Poisson and non-commutative geometry. In particular, ideas from both loop quantum gravity and string theory are being applied to fundamental problems of cosmology, analysis of singularity resolution and the issue of information loss. More generally, the Institute provides a rare forum for stimulating exchanges of ideas between different approaches to quantum gravity.

Interested candidates should send a CV, a publication list and a statement of research interests/plans and arrange to have three recommendation letters sent directly to:

Randi Neshteruk
IGC Post-doc Applications
Penn State
104 Davey Lab #258
University Park, PA 16802-6300, USA

E-mail applications and letters of reference will be accepted provided the material is included as PDF file attachments. They should be sent to

The deadline for receipt of all application material is December 15, 2008. Penn State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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