GRAPPA, the center of excellence in Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics of the University of Amsterdam has an opening for a PhD position in Gravitational Wave physics in Dr Samaya Nissanke’s group. The group is active in diverse sub-field including multi-messenger astronomy, data analysis, theory, and modeling, and is involved in the Virgo collaboration, the LISA consortium, and 3G science case, and several international electromagnetic follow-up groups. The successful candidate will work primarily on topics in source modeling with Drs. Tanja Hinderer and Samaya Nissanke, with the focus of the projects being open and depending on the candidate’s interests. Projects can range from theoretical perturbative approaches to relativistic two-body dynamics, waveform modeling through combining information from analytical and numerical relativity, tests of General Relativity, black holes, neutron-star matter, dark matter, exotic objects and physics beyond the standard model, multi-messenger astrophysics and cosmology. The successful applicant will also work in close collaboration with the groups of Dr Philipp Moesta (multimessenger astrophysics), Prof. Daniel Baumann (cosmology), Prof. Gianfranco Bertone (dark matter), and Prof. Anna Watts (neutron stars). We encourage applications from underrepresented groups in STEM.

Closing date: Jan 24, 2019

Further details and link to online application at:

Questions can be directed to Tanja Hinderer ( or Samaya Nissanke (