Central European Institute for Cosmology and Fundamental Physics

CEICO Postdocs in cosmology and gravity

The Central European Institute of Cosmology and Fundamental Physics (CEICO) at the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague welcomes applications for several Postdoctoral Researcher positions in Cosmology, Gravity and related fields.

The positions are expected to start in September 2024 with a standard contract duration of two years with a possibility of a one-year extension. An earlier starting date is negotiable. The monthly gross salary is in the range 60 000 - 65 000 CZK from which tax, social and health insurance are deducted. We offer an annual 100 000 CZK (4000 EUR) travel budget. Applicants are expected to have completed a PhD degree in Physics, or a related field, before taking up the post.

We are interested in applicants who work in any of the following areas of research:

  • Early Universe cosmology (e.g. origin of the Big-Bang, inflation, baryogenesis, generation of gravitational wave background)
  • Late Universe cosmology (e.g. dark matter including ultra-light dark matter, dark energy and modified gravity)
  • Numerical simulations of structure formation, including acceleration methods such as effective field theory of large-scale structure or emulators
  • Ultra-light-field searches from laboratory tests (incl. quantum sensors), cosmological, astrophysical and gravitational-wave data
  • Strong-field gravity (e.g. black-hole physics or using gravitational wave astronomy and compact objects for tests of general relativity and new physics)
  • Tests of the cosmological model and new physics using cosmological or gravitational-wave data, including statistical techniques, modelling of data and parameter estimation

As CEICO members, the successful applicants will have access to the team’s 2000 CPU-core and multi-GPU computer cluster and be part of a vibrant team with an active visitor programme.

The application:
Applicants are requested to apply by filling the online form and uploading a single pdf file (font size no less than 11) with

  • A Curriculum Vitae.
  • A one-page statement of past research achievements.
  • A one-page research proposal, describing also how their research interests would fit within CEICO.
  • List of publications.

The contact details of at least three academic referees must be supplied online. As the application system will contact the referees automatically, it is the applicant’s responsibility to inform them of their application and the deadline.

The assessment of candidates is now under way. Currently you may still submit your application, but it may no longer be fully considered if it is not complete by the time we review it. The application portal will be closed in the coming days once we have moved onto the next stage of the process.

Enquiries may be addressed to Ignacy Sawicki (email). Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

CEICO is a research centre within the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences established with funds from the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Czech Science Foundation, the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the European Commission. The team’s areas of research are: cosmology, gravity, string theory, and instrumentation for cosmological observations. The Cosmology and Gravity team is headed by Costas Skordis and comprises staff members Ignacy Sawicki, Alex Vikman and Federico Urban as well as several postdocs and graduate students.

CEICO values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

Further information about CEICO, its current members and its research programmes can be found here.
Contact: Ignacy Sawicki (email)
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