Vanderbilt University, Physics & Astronomy

Position ID:Vanderbilt University-Physics & Astronomy-VANDYBH [#23567]
Position Title: VandyGRAF Fellow in Black Hole Physics
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Nashville, Tennessee 37203, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Astrophysics / Black holes
High Energy Physics
Appl Deadline:2022/12/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/11/02, finished 2023/06/17, listed until 2023/01/11)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The Vanderbilt Department of Physics and Astronomy is seeking exceptional candidates for an honorific postdoctoral fellowship program affiliated with the Vanderbilt Initiative for Gravity, Waves, and Fluids (VandyGRAF).

The VandyGRAF Initiative is a new collaborative effort between Vanderbilt University's Departments of Mathematics and Physics & Astronomy to work on problems of outstanding scientific merit in general relativity, fluid mechanics, PDE theory, and nuclear physics.

VandyGRAF hosts a weekly seminar series with diverse guests and open scientific discussion. Ideal candidates will be excited to contribute to this atmosphere of open inquiry and learn about fields adjacent to their own; see for more information.

Up to five VandyGRAF fellowships are available this year in mathematics, physics and astronomy, with appointments to begin in academic year 2023-2024. The positions in the Department of Physics & Astronomy will be at the rank of postdoctoral fellow and have no teaching component. The appointments will be annual with the expectation of renewal for two additional years subject to satisfactory performance. Research funds will be provided to support the scientific endeavors of the postdoctoral fellow.

This particular announcement is specifically for candidates interested in gravitational theory and black hole physics. Up to two candidates will be hired and mentored by Prof. Alex Lupsasca.

Two companion postdoctoral positions in mathematics and up to two other postdoctoral positions in nuclear physics and relativistic heavy-ion collisions are available in separate announcements:

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To apply online, please submit the following documents on cover letter, CV, list of publications, research statement, and three recommendation letters. To ensure full consideration, all materials, including letters of reference, must be received by December 15, 2022.

For more information on the Physics positions, contact:

Prof. Alex Lupsasca ( and

Prof. Jean-François Paquet ( and

For more information on the Mathematics positions, contact:

Prof. Marcelo Disconzi ( and

Prof. Jared Speck, Director of the VandyGRAF Initiative ( and

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
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Vanderbilt University
Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
Stevenson Center 6301
Nashville, TN 37235