IMPRS on Gravitational-Wave Astronomy, Branch in Potsdam

IMPRS on Gravitational-Wave Astronomy, Branch in Potsdam

A joint PhD program in Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) on Gravitational Wave Astronomy offers a doctoral education in all aspects of gravitational-wave physics as well as the behavior of gravity and matter in extreme conditions. The IMPRS has two branches, one in Hannover on experimental and observational aspects of gravitational-wave astronomy, and one in Potsdam dedicated to analytical and numerical relativity, data analysis, astrophysics of compact objects, and multi-messenger astronomy. Both branches participate in the analysis of gravitational-wave detector data of the LIGO and Virgo detectors. You are on the pages of the IMPRS-branch in Potsdam, which involves several partner institutes.

Our goal is to educate well-rounded researchers by providing a unique scientific environment and excellent research and training resources to prepare them for a successful scientific career. It is an English-language program with a course and research curriculum designed for a 3-4 year duration. The curriculum consists of lectures, focus courses, seminars, retreats, and soft skills seminars. Our students receive full financial support for the duration of their PhD. Students also receive support for participation in conferences, and have access to state-of-the-art high-performance computing facilities.

Students will benefit from a large network of regional, national, and international collaborations, and will have the opportunity to join the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the LISA Consortium.

The doctoral degree will be awarded by the University of Potsdam or the Humboldt University of Berlin, after acceptance of the doctoral thesis and a successful thesis defense.

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