About me

My name is Oliver Long and I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam, Germany. I am a member of the Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) collaboration, the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) Consortium, and a former member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC). I am a contributor to the Spectral Einstein Code (SpEC), and the KerrGeodesics package of the Black Hole Perturbation Toolkit.

My research involves the development of theoretical models of hyperbolic binary orbits within General Relativity using self-force (SF), Numerical Relativity (NR) and effective-one-body (EOB) techniques. My PhD thesis was titled “Self-force for hyperbolic black hole encounters” and my supervisors were Prof. Leor Barack (primary) and Dr. Adam Pound (secondary). Funding for my project was provided by EPSRC.

Academic positions

Postdoctoral Researcher
Max Plank Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute)
Nov 2022 – Present

Doctoral Prize Research Fellow
University of Southampton
Aug 2022 – Oct 2022

Doctoral Prize Senior Research Assistant
University of Southampton
Jun 2022 – Jul 2022

Research Assistant
University of Southampton
Jan 2022 – Mar 2022


PhD in Mathematical Sciences
University of Southampton
Sep 2018 – Jun 2022

MPhys in Physics
The University of Manchester
Sep 2014 – Jun 2018


Doctoral Prize 2022
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Best Student Talk Prize Runner Up Jun 2022
25th Capra Meeting on Radiation Reaction in General Relativity