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Postdoctoral Positions in Erlangen-Nuernberg

In autumn 2019, at least one postdoctoral position in the fields of quantum gravity or theoretical cosmology will be available at the Institute for Quantum Gravity (IQG) (Theoretical Physics III) of the Friedrich Alexander University (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. The position is for two years with a possibility of extension for one additional year, depending on funding and performance. In exceptional cases, a five year contract may be negotiable. Salaries depend on seniority and follow the collective wage agreement for scientific employees in Germany (TVOeD).

Current staff of the IQG includes professors Kristina Giesel, Hanno Sahlmann and Thomas Thiemann (Chair), Emeriti Frieder Lenz (former chair) and Hartmut Hofmann, postdoc Beatriz Elizaga de Navacues as well as 9 Phd and 4 master students. Former institute members and Humboldt Fellows Jonathan Engle and Muxin Han accepted positions as assistant professors at Florida Atlantic University and hold affiliate positions at the institute. Further affiliates are professors Wojciech Kaminski, Jerzy Lewandowski and Parampreet Singh.

The Institute for Quantum Gravity (IQG) is part of the Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics (ECAP) which has a strong expertise in experimental astroparticle physics. The IQG benefits from continuous exchange with the excellency cluster ‘Universe’ in Munich, especially with the groups working on (quantum) cosmology. The IQG fosters strong links with the Department of Mathematics in Erlangen. Finally, the IQG is in close contact with a network of international research centers focussing on quantum gravity such as the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos in State College, Pennsylvania, USA; Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; Institute for Theoretical Physics in Marseille, France; Institute for Theoretical Physics in Warsaw, Poland and Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.

Applicants must have a PhD in either physics or mathematics and should have prior research experience in general relativity and quantum field theory or theoretical cosmology as well as a strong interest in working on aspects of non perturbative and background independent quantum gravity. The following list of material should be uploaded in one pdf- or zip file, whose name should include your last name, using the application form at

1. Curriculum vitae.
2. Research proposal including a summary of previous work and plans for future projects.
3. Teaching experience (if applicable).
4. List of seminars and conferences attended, detailing talks given (if applicable).
5. List of publications.
6. In addition we ask for three letters of recommendation, which should also be uploaded by the referees before the deadline via the application form at Recommendation letters sent by email will not be accepted. Referees are kindly asked to use the following format for their message text: Recommendation letter for FIRSTNAME AND LASTNAME OF THE APPLICANT.

Applications will be reviewed starting November 30th, 2018 but later applications will be considered until the position is filled. The starting date of the position is normally Oct. 1st 2019 but there is some flexibility. For further information about the Department of Physics and the Institute please visit: and For further information about the position please send an inquiry to