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PhD position in Gravitational Physics at University College Dublin

   School of Mathematics and Statistics

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  Dr Chris Kavanagh  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Relativity Group ( at the School of Mathematics and Statistics at University College Dublin invites applications for a four-year PhD position commencing in September 2022 under the supervision of Dr. Chris Kavanagh and Prof. Adrian Ottewill.

The proposed research is aimed at mathematically and computationally exploring General Relativity and black holes, in order to improve our understanding of how the Universe works. The advertised project will focus on gravitational waveform modelling for the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA, and in particular using analytic methods to model the relativistic dynamics of binary black hole systems in the small mass-ratio regime.

The Relativity Group is a vibrant and active community with 15 members (6 faculty and 9 PhD students), is strongly involved in gravitational wave source modelling and are members of the LISA Consortium. They are also actively involved in the development of the Einstein Toolkit and BHPToolkit.

Application Process

To apply, please prepare the fol lowing mater ial and send i t by e-mai l to [Email Address Removed] before February 20th, 2022, to receive full consideration:

- CV, including your expected or past undergraduate/master degree completion date;

- Grade transcript, with an explanation of the grading scale used, if needed;

- Two reference letters to be sent directly to the e-mail address above from supervisors or University lecturers who know your work.

Brief interviews will be made in late February after the initial shortlist is formed. 


UCD is an equal opportunity institution. All applicants will receive consideration for the position without regard to gender, sexual orientation, race, age, religion, disability, or any other circumstance. Candidates from underrepresented and traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Funding Notes

This PhD position will be fully funded. This includes tuition fees, a stipend of €18,500 per
annum and a research allowance (to be used for travel and IT).
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