European Network for Research on Sources of Gravitational
As part of its current Research Training Networks (RTN) programme it is
expected that the European Commission will provide three year funding
collaborative research network dedicated to the study of sources of
This timely and exciting Network will link the following ten European
* Max-Planck Institut für Gravitationsphysik, Golm
bei Potsdam, Germany.
* Theoretisch-Physikalisches Institut, University of Jena,
* Observatoire de Paris, Section de Meudon, France.
* Departamento de Astronomia y Astrofisica, University
of Valencia, Spain.
* Departament de Fisica, University of Palma, Spain.
* Department of Physics, University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
* Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma "La Sapienza",
* Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati, Trieste,
* Department of Mathematics, Southampton Univesity, UK.
* School of Computer Science and Maths, University of
The Network will undertake theoretical investigations into sources for
gravitational wave astronomy, in anticipation of the commissioning
large interferometric antennas early in the next millenium. The research
methodology combines large scale computations with approximation
techniques. The Network maintains very close collaborations
astrophysics and parallel computational projects in the US, including
funded NSF project to develop an Astrophysical Simulation Collaboratory,
based on the Cactus code, that will be used by the Network.
As part of this programme it is planned that approximately seven three-year
postdoctoral positions and three three-year predoctoral positions
(studentships leading to a PhD degree) will be available in the above
institutes. The normal starting date for these posts would be September
October 2000 but it can be possible to have an earlier starting date
positions in suitable cases. Further details of the project,
for the posts available at each institute,
can be found at the Network
According to the rules of the TMR programme, network posts are open
to nationals of a European Union country (and Associated States) different
from that in which the post is to be held. Applicants should also be
36 years of age (30 in the case of pre-docs), and should not have been
resident in the country where they propose to work for more than 18
in the two years before the start of the post.
Postdoctoral salaries and predoctoral fellowships at each institution
be paid in accordance with the local regulations for these positions.
Funding will be available for the selected scientists to spend substantial
amounts of time in network institutes other than their host (including
time in their home countries).
Applications should be sent to the following address:
Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik
Am Mühlenberg 1
14476 Golm, Germany
For the postdoctoral positions, the preferred deadline is 30 January
2000, but applications
will be accepted until positions are filled. Applicants should
include a full curriculum vitae,
a publication list, a summary of current research interests, and an
indication of the particular
network posts for which they wish to apply. Three letters of reference
are required by this same date.
For the predoctoral positions (research studentships), the closing date
is 15 April 2000. Applicants should include: a full curriculum vitae;
details of their university record including a copy of the final degree
certificate if a course has already been completed; any other information
the candidate thinks may be useful to us in reaching a decision (a
copy of any thesis
or report of extensive project work would be welcome). At least
letter of reference is required by the same date.
Applications from women and minorities are particularly welcome.
This work has been supported by the EU Programme
'Improving the Human Research Potential and the
Socio-Economic Knowledge Base' (Research Training Network