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Job Postings

This page lists job opportunities at the postdoc, staff and faculty levels in the research areas of gravitational waves, experimental gravity, astrophysics, and related fields. The most recent additions appear at the top of the list. (Thus, the list is only very roughly in order of due date.)

Other announcements of workshops, thesis prizes, etc. are posted on the general announcements page.

If you know of a job opening that should be added to the list, please email it to announcement_submit@sympa.ligo.org.


Computational Specialist Position at Northwestern University, CIERA

(posted here Jan 15, 2021)

https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/cf84792c

Please circulate as broadly as you wish.

Applications received by February 17, 2021 will receive full consideration. Later applications will be considered until the position is filled.


Multiple Positions at the University of Hamburg

(posted here Jan 15, 2021)

Multiple Postdoc and PhD positions at the University of Hamburg “Cluster of Excellence Quantum Universe”

in Experimental astro-/particle physics or mathematical physics/mathematics

The University of Hamburg is inviting applications for several (3-year) postdoc and PhD positions through the Cluster of

Excellence Quantum Universe:

https://www.qu.uni-hamburg.de/jobs/pool-call-pd.html (Deadline: 31st of January)

https://www.qu.uni-hamburg.de/jobs/pool-call-phd.html (Deadline: 14th of February)

The Cluster of Excellence “Quantum Universe” performs research to understand mass and gravity at the interface between quantum physics and cosmology. The research team includes leading scientists from mathematics, particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology at Universität Hamburg and DESY.

We are looking for candidates in research fields within the cluster’s scope, i.e. experimental or theoretical particle physics, observational or theoretical astrophysics, mathematical physics or mathematics. The research program of the associated groups includes Higgs physics, Dark Matter, particle cosmology, gravitational waves, compact objects,galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, future facilities and novel detector techniques, (big) data science, string theory, quantum field theory and mathematics, especially algebra and geometry.

For questions regarding projects in LSC groups in Hamburg please contact Roman Schnabel (roman.schnabel@physnet.uni-hamburg.de) and Oliver Gerberding (oliver.gerberding@physik.uni-hamburg.de).

Assistant Professor in Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Florida

(posted here Jan 15, 2021)

The Department of Physics at the University of Florida (UF) seeks a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Theoretical Astrophysics to begin on August 16, 2021. We are interested in applications from qualified candidates in all areas of Astrophysics, especially those whose research has the ability to exploit Artificial Intelligence and Big Data methods, and who would further broaden and/or deepen the research portfolio of the department.

Presently, the Theoretical Astrophysics group engages in a broad range of research activities in general relativity, galaxy evolution, black hole physics, the gravitational self-force problem, gravitational waves, multi-messenger astrophysics, planetary atmospheres, neutrino physics, quantum gravity, dark matter, and cosmology. The Theoretical Astrophysics faculty also maintain close ties with the Department of Astronomy and are heavily involved in gravitational wave research in conjunction with ongoing UF experimental interests in both the LIGO and LISA projects, as well as dark matter searches such as CDMS, ADMX, and ALPS. The University of Florida is home to HiPerGator (https://www.rc.ufl.edu/services/hipergator/), one of the most powerful high-performance computers at a US public university. There is currently a campus-wide effort to expand the role of Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education and research (https://ai.ufl.edu), which includes a new NVIDIA GPU SuperPod (https://news.ufl.edu/2020/07/nvidia-partnership/).

Applications must be submitted online at http://apply.interfolio.com/82727 and must include: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae with publication list, (3) a research statement, (4) a statement of teaching philosophy, (5) a statement of past and/or planned contributions to diversity and inclusivity in physics, and (6) at least three confidential letters of recommendation. Reference providers will only be notified of their upload link once an application is submitted in full, so early completion is highly recommended. To ensure full consideration, applications must be submitted by February 15, 2021. For more information, please contact the search chair at astrohire@phys.ufl.edu.

Postdoctoral position in Gravitational Waves at Uni Melbourne, Australia

(posted here Jan 15, 2021)

Dear colleagues,

A postdoctoral research fellow position in Gravitational Wave Discovery is being advertised at University of Melbourne, Australia.

The research fellow position is part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav), and can be in any area of gravitational wave science relevant to OzGrav’s mission, with an emphasis on data analysis, source astrophysics, detector characterization, and computing.

Applications close 07 Feb 2021.

For further information and instructions on how to apply, please see:

http://jobs.unimelb.edu.au/caw/en/job/903617/research-fellow-in-gravitational-wave-discovery

https://www.ozgrav.org/

If you have questions about the position you may contact Professor Andrew Melatos, amelatos@unimelb.edu.au.

Feel free to forward this on to colleagues who may be interested.

Cheers,

Yeshe

Research scientist position in the LIGO group at MIT (deadline Jan 29, 2021)

(posted here Jan 15, 2021)

We would like to advertise this opening for a research scientist position in the LIGO group at MIT, working with Prof. Mavalvala to oversee an experimental research program in quantum optics, quantum optomechanics, precision interferometry, and gravitational wave detection, including opportunities to do research at the LIGO observatories. All applications received no later than January 29, 2021, will receive full consideration.

Here are the details:

https://careers.peopleclick.com/careerscp/client_mit/external/jobDetails/jobDetail.html?jobPostId=19263&localeCode=en-us

Thank you,

Lisa

Postdoc position in gravitational wave astrophysics at UCLA

(posted here Jan 15, 2021)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in Smadar Naoz's research group in collaboration with the Mani L. Bhaumik Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCLA's physics and astronomy department. The position will involve independent research and collaboration with Professor Smadar Naoz on Gravitational Wave Astrophysics and dynamical channels for Gravitational Wave sources.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Astrophysics and/or equivalent field by the date of hire.

The position will initially be for one year, with an extension on a year-by-year basis up to three years total, pending satisfactory performance.

Qualified applicants should e-mail a single PDF to astrodyn@astro.ucla.edu containing:
  • A CV, including a publication list
  • A brief statement of past research and future aims (3 pages or less)
Please also arrange for three letters of reference to be emailed to astrodyn@astro.ucla.edu by February 15th, 2021.

The review of applications will begin on February 15th, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

The position will start in the fall of 2021 or later.

Information on postdoctoral appointments and resources at UCLA is available here: https://www.postdoc.ucla.edu

UCLA has a strong commitment to the achievement of excellence through diversity among its faculty and staff. UCLA is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Included Benefits:

This position will be benefits eligible. For more information see: https://www.postdoc.ucla.edu

Application Deadline:

Monday, February 15, 2021

https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/8633fa01


Postdoc and Faculty Positions at the Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary

(posted here Jan 8, 2021)

Postdoc:

The Institute of Physics at the Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary, invites applications for Postdoctoral positions in Astrophysics.

The Institute's Postdoctoral Prize Fellowships provide top-caliber researchers with an opportunity to carry out an independent research program. Eotvos University participates in LIGO, LISA, LSST, and other significant national and international collaborations. We currently host more than 10 international postdocs, coming from as far east as Japan, and as far west as the US. We invite applicants in any area related to extragalactic astrophysics, cosmology and gravitational-wave astronomy. The Institute’s research activities cover experimental and theoretical physics with applications to present and future-generation detectors; gravitational-wave observations and transient astronomy; theoretical astrophysics and cosmology.

Applications from top researchers in all areas related to the above are encouraged. Applications from Ph.D. holders with strong interdisciplinary connections (e.g., to computer science, theoretical physics) or those with backgrounds in adjoint fields are welcome. The appointment will be for a 2+1-year term, starting in 2021. The Prize Fellowship comes with a generous research and travel budget. Applications should be submitted to Prof Zsolt Frei via email at (frei@ttk.elte.hu). Applications should include a CV, a two-page statement of research interests and plans, and a list of publications. Complete applications should be received by the 31st of January, 2021 for full consideration. Applicants should also arrange for 3 reference letters to be sent by the above date to Eszter Letrich at (eszter.letrich@ttk.elte.hu). For further information and informal enquiries please contact Prof. Zsolt Frei.

Faculty:

The Institute of Physics at the Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary, invites applications for teure-track Assistant Professor positions in Astrophysics.

The Institute is expanding it's Astrophysics program during the next few years, hence more than one position is available now. Eotvos University participates in LIGO, LISA, LSST, and other significant national and international collaborations. We currently host more than 10 international postdocs, and we have several faculty members both at the Institue of Physics and the Department of Astronomy (currently a separate department). We invite applicants in any area related to extragalactic astrophysics, cosmology and gravitational-wave astronomy. The Institute’s research activities cover experimental and theoretical physics with applications to present and future-generation detectors; gravitational-wave observations and transient astronomy; theoretical astrophysics and cosmology.

Applications from top researchers in all areas related to the above, with a PhD and preferably 3-6 years of postdoctoral experience are encouraged. Applications from researchers with strong interdisciplinary connections (e.g., to computer science, theoretical physics) or those with backgrounds in adjoint fields are welcome. Applications should be submitted to Prof Zsolt Frei via email at (frei@ttk.elte.hu). Applications should include a CV, a 2-5 page statement of research interests and plans, and a list of publications. Complete applications should be received by the 8th of February, 2021 for full consideration. Applicants should also arrange for 3 reference letters to be sent by the above date to Eszter Letrich at (eszter.letrich@ttk.elte.hu). For further information and informal enquiries please contact Prof. Zsolt Frei.


Permanent, Postdoc and PhD opportunities in gravitational waves at L2IT Toulouse

(posted here Dec 25, 2020)

The Laboratoire des 2 infinis - Toulouse (L2IT) is inviting applications at different career levels to reinforce and expand its gravitational wave group (see below). L2IT is a new institute established in 2019 with the objective to pursue fundamental research with innovative numerical and theoretical approaches. The research of the institute is focused on particle physics, gravitational waves and the nuclear equation of state, and it is supported by a complementary development of data analysis and data science methodologies.

The gravitational wave group at L2IT conducts research on both theoretical and experimental aspects of gravitational wave science, with a distinct focus at exploiting new ideas connecting theory with observations through data analysis and numerical simulations. The group is part of the LISA Consortium and currently counts two permanent scientists, Christelle Buy and Nicola Tamanini (starting from February 2021), both members of the Virgo Collaboration. The present recruitment process is part of the overall strategy of L2IT which aims at fast expanding in the next few years, including further job opportunities expected in gravitational wave research.

PhD OPPORTUNITIES

- One PhD Position in Gravitational Waves

Job description: Applications are invited for a PhD position in gravitational waves at L2IT, starting in Fall 2021. The successful candidate must have completed a Master degree in physics or equivalent by the starting date.

Application instructions: The official application process will follow the standard procedure of the École Doctorale. Potential candidates are invited to discuss their application with members of L2IT and send them the following documents:

1) Curriculum vitae

2) Personal statement describing research interests and motivation for applying (1 page maximum)

3) Transcript of all courses with grades

Deadline: Please send the material mentioned above to Nicola Tamanini (nicola.tamanini@l2it.in2p3.fr) before the 1st of February 2021. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Contact: Please contact Christelle Buy (christelle.buy@l2it.in2p3.fr) or Nicola Tamanini (nicola.tamanini@l2it.in2p3.fr) with any questions.

POSTDOC OPPORTUNITIES

- One Postdoc Position in Gravitational Wave Cosmology Starting Spring 2021

Job description: Applications are invited for a postdoc position at the Laboratoire des 2 Infinis - Toulouse (L2IT) to work with Nicola Tamanini on theoretical and observational aspects of the propagation of gravitational waves at cosmological distances, including tests on the nature of dark energy. The successful candidate must have obtained a PhD degree or equivalent before the starting date. Candidates with a maximum of two years of postdoctoral experience are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate is expected to start the job in March 2021, or as soon as possible after that. The position is initially funded for 16 months, until summer 2022.

Application instructions: Interested candidates must send an email with the subject "Postdoc Application Spring" to Nicola Tamanini (nicola.tamanini@l2it.in2p3.fr) and arrange for the following documents to be sent at the same email address:

1) Curriculum vitae

2) List of publications

3) Personal statement describing research interests and motivation for applying (2 pages max, refs excluded)

4) Two or more letters of recommendation, submitted by the reference writers (email subject "Reference for NAME SURNAME")

Deadline: The review process will start on the 18th of January 2021. Remote interviews will be planned for the end of January or beginning of February 2021. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Contact: Please contact Nicola Tamanini (nicola.tamanini@l2it.in2p3.fr) with any questions.

- One Postdoc Position in Gravitational Waves Starting Fall 2021

Job description: Applications are invited for a 2-year postdoc position at the Laboratoire des 2 Infinis - Toulouse (L2IT) to work on gravitational wave topics which well integrate with the research interests of the gravitational wave group at L2IT. The successful candidate must have obtained a PhD degree or equivalent before the starting date, and is expected to start the job in September 2021 or as soon as possible after that.

Application instructions: Interested candidates must send an email with the subject "Postdoc Application Fall" to Nicola Tamanini (nicola.tamanini@l2it.in2p3.fr) and arrange for the following documents to be sent at the same email address:

1) Curriculum vitae

2) List of publications

3) Cover letter (1 page max)

3) Research statements describing past achievements and future plans (2 pages max, refs excluded)

4) Two or more letters of recommendation, submitted by the reference writers (email subject "Reference for NAME SURNAME")

Deadline: The review process will start on the 18th of January 2021. Remote interviews will be planned for the end of January or beginning of February 2021. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Applicants applying also for the postdoc position in gravitational wave cosmology (starting Spring 2021) can submit a single application including all the documents mentioned here; in this case the cover letter must explicitly state that the application is for both positions.

Contact: Please contact Nicola Tamanini (nicola.tamanini@l2it.in2p3.fr) or Christelle Buy (christelle.buy@l2it.in2p3.fr) with any questions.

- Further Postdoc Opportunities

The gravitational wave group at L2IT is expecting further postdoc opportunities to possibly become available in the forthcoming months. Interested researchers are invited to contact members of the L2IT for additional information. Expressions of interest from researchers working on any aspects of the LISA mission are particularly encouraged.

Contacts: Please contact Christelle Buy (christelle.buy@l2it.in2p3.fr) or Nicola Tamanini (nicola.tamanini@l2it.in2p3.fr) for further information.

PERMANENT OPPORTUNITIES

- CNRS Chargé(e) de Recherche Position in Sec 01

A permanent researcher position with priority on the subject “Physics of Gravitational Waves” has been assigned to the Laboratoire des 2 Infinis - Toulouse (L2IT) as part of the 2021 competitive examinations for permanent researcher positions of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). The position is offered at the "chargé(e) de recherche" level of CNRS. The evaluation and selection process for this position will be performed by CNRS as part of its 2021 national competitive examinations. Prospective candidates working on research topics which could well integrate with the research conducted by the gravitational wave group at L2IT are particularly encouraged to apply.

Further information: Please refer to the CNRS website (http://www.dgdr.cnrs.fr/drhchercheurs/concoursch/default-en.htm) for more information and the application instructions.

Deadline: 7th of January 2021 at 13h CET.

Contact: Prospective candidates are welcome to discuss their research proposal with Christelle Buy (christelle.buy@l2it.in2p3.fr), Jan Stark (jan.stark@l2it.in2p3.fr) or Nicola Tamanini (nicola.tamanini@l2it.in2p3.fr) well in advance of the application deadline.

JdC postdoctoral position in IFAE-Barcelona

(posted here Dec 25, 2020)

Juan de la Cierva Fellowship Call

(Research Associate Position in Gravitational Wave Physics at IFAE)

The "Institut de Física d'Altes Energies" (IFAE) in Barcelona welcomes applications for a three-years research position in Gravitational Waves (GWs) Physics, within the framework of the “Juan de la Cierva” (JdC) program from the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.

Candidates are required to have a PhD degree (obtained within the periods 01/01/2019-31/12/2020 or 01/01/2016-31/12/2018, depending on the JdC subprgram) and an excellent CV. A gross salary of 36.000 euros per year is anticipated with additional travel funds.

IFAE is a member institution of the Virgo collaboration. A group of researches from IFAE has taken significant responsibilities in the Virgo experiment related to the control of the stray light inside the experiment, which is considered a limiting factor for its sensitivity. The group plans for playing an important role in the ongoing commissioning, operations and upgrade of the interferometer. For the latter, IFAE is leading the construction of new baffles instrumented with photo sensors around the test masses.

In the physics analysis front, the IFAE research program, using LIGO/Virgo data, includes topics related to: compact binary coalescence and their mass/spin spectrum determination; search for primordial black holes as candidates for dark matter; searches for axion-like signals in GWs; Test of exotic models for Gravity beyond General Relativity; determination of the universe expansion rate using GWs; and using GWs as probes for inflation and phase transitions in the early universe. IFAE will be in a privileged position to analyze the LIGO/Virgo data and, in collaboration with IFAE's teams in CTA/MAGIC and Observational Cosmology, to fully profit from a multi-messenger approach.

Finally, IFAE is actively exploring a potential long-term involvement in 3G terrestrial interferometry projects and/or space missions.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact IFAE, acting as potential host institution for the JdC position.

The application opens on 15th December 2020, deadline is January 19th, 2021

https://www.ciencia.gob.es/portal/site/MICINN/menuitem.d20caeda35a0c5dc7c68b11001432ea0/?vgnextoid=bfe8865dd69b2610VgnVCM1000001d04140aRCRD&lang_choosen=en(Grants)

For further information please contact

Prof. Mario Martínez Pérez (mmp@ifae.es)

Head of IFAE’s Experimental Division

www.ifae.es

RyC tenure-track position in IFAE-Barcelona

(posted here Dec 25, 2020)

Ramón y Cajal Fellowship Call

(Research Position in Gravitational Wave Physics at IFAE/UAB)

The "Institut de Física d'Altes Energies" (IFAE) in Barcelona welcomes applications for a five-years research position in Gravitational Waves (GWs) Physics, within the framework of the Ramón y Cajal (RyC) program from the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, with a negotiable salary, start-up research funds and the potential to become tenured at IFAE/UAB.

https://www.ciencia.gob.es/portal/site/MICINN/menuitem.d20caeda35a0c5dc7c68b11001432ea0/?vgnextoid=bfe8865dd69b2610VgnVCM1000001d04140aRCRD&lang_choosen=en(Grants)

Candidates are required to have a PhD degree (obtained within the period 1st January 2009 – 31th December 2016), an excellent CV with extended postdoctoral experience, and the potential to become a leader in the field.

IFAE is a member institution of the Virgo collaboration. A group of researches from IFAE has taken significant responsibilities in the Virgo experiment related to the control of the stray light inside the experiment, which is considered a limiting factor for its sensitivity. The group plans for playing an important role in the ongoing commissioning, operations and upgrade of the interferometer. For the latter, IFAE is leading the construction of new baffles instrumented with photo sensors around the test masses.

In the physics analysis front, the IFAE research program, using LIGO/Virgo data, includes topics related to: compact binary coalescence and their mass/spin spectrum determination; search for primordial black holes as candidates for dark matter; searches for axion-like signals in GWs; Test of exotic models for Gravity beyond General Relativity; determination of the universe expansion rate using GWs; and using GWs as probes for inflation and phase transitions in the early universe. IFAE will be in a privileged position to analyze the LIGO/Virgo data and, in collaboration with IFAE's teams in CTA/MAGIC and Observational Cosmology, to fully profit from a multi-messenger approach.

Finally, IFAE is actively exploring a potential long-term involvement in 3G terrestrial interferometry projects and/or space missions.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact IFAE, acting as potential host institution for the RyC position.

The application deadline is January 21st, 2021

For further information please contact

Prof. Mario Martínez Pérez (mmp@ifae.es)

www.ifae.es

PhD position in Optical Mode Mismatch Mitigation at UCLouvain (Belgium)

(posted here Dec 18, 2020)

Our group has opened a new PhD position with a deadline of Sunday 17 Jan. The successful candidate will work on optical systems for gravitational wave detectors. More details are found in the descriptionn <https://cp3.irmp.ucl.ac.be/jobs/67>, which is copied below.

The gravitational wave (GW) group of the University of Louvain (UCLouvain, Belgium), hosted at the Research Institute in Mathematics and Physics (IRMP), is searching an outstanding candidate to fill a PhD position in optical mode matching using phase cameras for gravitational wave experiments.

The IRMP physicists of UCLouvain conduct research in fundamental interactions and cosmology on the experimental and theoretical fronts. More than 100 physicists and mathematicians from all over the world currently work at the IRMP. The UCLouvain GW group is part of the Virgo Collaboration at the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) and is involved in an instrumentation project aiming to exploit phase cameras. The group also and participates in two research and development facilities, E-TEST and ETpathfinder, funded by the EU through its Interreg Europe programme, aiming to prepare the Einstein Telescope, which could be built at the frontier between Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany and start operations in the years 2030s. The UCLouvain GW group is also active in GW data analysis (searches for ultra-light dark matter, primordial black holes and stochastic GW background). These searches are being performed in collaboration with theory specialists and make use of the IRMP computing center (2500 cores and 1400 TB), which is shared with LHC experiments and projects in theoretical particle physics and cosmology.

The selected candidate is expected to take a leading role in two highly connected projects. Our group contributes to the currently ongoing Advanced Virgo+ upgrade by collaborating with Nikhef (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) to provide stable error signals for Virgo's Thermal Compensation System using Nikhef's phase cameras. Gravitational wave detectors run at ever increasing optical power, which has a thermal effect on the mirrors that act as thermally variable lenses. This can destabilise the optical signals used for controlling all the different cavities or change the shape of the input beams to these cavities, which causes optical losses - this is called mode mismatch. In parallel, an optical set-up installed in the laboratory of C. Lauzin at the IMCN institute of UCLouvain, will be built and developed over the years with the successful candidate. Its goal is to prove that phase cameras can be used to generate error signals for mode mismatch mitigation in coupled cavities at longer wavelengths than current detectors use: 1550 nm and/or 2090 nm, as future detectors move in that direction. A secondary involvement in the other activities (data analysis for instance) can be discussed. The appointment is for four years. Computing resources and support for travelling are excellent. Installation/ commissioning/ shift work at the Virgo site (near Pisa, Italy) and/or a few-month-long exchange with LIGO (USA) or KAGRA (Japan) may be required/arranged.

The position can start anytime after February 2020 and is open to candidates of any nationality. The salary is around 23 k€/year net free of taxes, and includes all social security coverage. Applications, which must include a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests and at least two recommendation letters from senior scientists, should be submitted on-line, by 17 January 2020, at: https://cp3.irmp.ucl.ac.be/jobs/67. The position will remain open after this first deadline until a suitable candidate is found.

Many thanks,


Postdoctoral positions at ICTS-TIFR, Bangalore

(posted here Dec 18, 2020)

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN ASTROPHYSICAL RELATIVITY AT ICTS-TIFR, BANGALORE

The International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), TIFR, Bangalore, India invites applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships. ICTS provides a stimulating intellectual atmosphere and state-of-the-art facilities for academic research. In addition to the vibrant in-house research program, ICTS holds several visitor-oriented programs in its state-of-the-art campus in Bangalore.

ELIGIBILITY

Applications are invited from highly qualified young scientists with a proven track record. Candidates must have a PhD degree in physics, astronomy, or related fields. Individuals who have submitted their doctoral thesis can also apply.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates should apply online (https://www.icts.res.in/academic/postdoctoral-fellowships) with their curriculum vitae, list of publications, a research proposal (not more than two pages), and a list of referees. The nominal deadline is 31 December 2020, but applications will be considered until the positions are filled. The nominal starting date of 1 September 2021 is negotiable.

ASTROPHYSICAL RELATIVITY AT ICTS


The ICTS Astrophysical Relativity group (https://www.icts.res.in/research/astrorel) includes faculty members Parameswaran Ajith, Prayush Kumar and Bala R Iyer, visiting faculty Tejaswi Venumadhav Nerella, postdocs Apratim Ganguly, Shasvath Kapadia, Kanhaiya Lal Pandey and Md Arif Shaikh, and several students. Rana Adhikari, K. G. Arun, and B.S. Sathyaprakash are associates. The group’s research interests include analytical and numerical relativity including waveform modeling, data analysis including parameter estimation, tests of general relativity, and astrophysics and cosmology using gravitational waves.

The group is an active member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the LIGO-India Scientific Collaboration. The group hosts a 2500 core LIGO Tier-3 grid computing cluster and has access to other high-performance facilities at ICTS. The group organizes several ICTS programs every year, including the annual ICTS summer schools on gravitational-wave astronomy.

ABOUT ICTS

Founded in 2007, ICTS is a new initiative in Indian science. It is conceived to contribute to the growth of excellence in the basic sciences through its programs, interactions and cross-fertilization between disciplines. ICTS provides a platform and infrastructure to organize various activities in theoretical natural sciences and mathematics.

ICTS has an active in-house research program (www.icts.res.in/research) spanning three broad areas: Complex systems: Non-linear dynamics and Data assimilation, Statistical physics, Fluid dynamics and turbulence, Condensed matter physics, Physical biology; Space-time physics: String theory and Quantum field theory, Astrophysical relativity; Mathematics: Differential geometry, Mathematical physics, Dynamical systems, Data assimilation, Monsoon dynamics, Analysis of partial differential equations and applications. Other areas under active consideration are cosmology, multiscale and complex systems including interfaces with theoretical biology, computer science, and computational sciences with a strong interface to other research areas at ICTS.

ICTS hosts strong visitors and associates driven programs, a highly competitive graduate school as well as a devoted postdoctoral program that forms an integral part of the in-house research. A state-of-the-art residential campus is ready to provide a vibrant academic environment. Located in Bangalore, the garden city of India, with a pleasant and moderate climate, ICTS maintains close ties with the world-class scholastic ambiance of the city.

APPLY ONLINE: https://www.icts.res.in/academic/postdoctoral-fellowships

NOMINAL DEADLINE: 31 Dec 2020


Research engineer in optics, photonics, physics - Artemis Lab, Nice, France

(posted here Dec 18, 2020)

Job title: Research engineer in optics, photonics, physics Typical job : Expert in experimental development

General information
Contract duration: 12 months
Start of contract: March 2021
Desirable area of expertise: optics, photonics, lasers, general physics Diploma or university title: Engineer diploma or PhD in Physics

Mission
The engineer will ensure the design and implementation of the laboratory's instrumental projects in the fields of photonics and optical systems. He / she participates in the scientific projects of the laboratory related to the development, tuning, operation and applications of fiber and free space optical systems, near infrared lasers, semiconductor sensors and their associated electronics

Context and work environment
The ARTEMIS laboratory is a joint research unit of CNRS, Côte d ́Azur University (UCA) and Côte d'Azur Observatory (OCA). Its main scientific theme is the physics and the detection of gravitational waves (GW). In this context, researchers, engineers and laboratory technicians are deeply involved in the science and construction of detectors intended for the detection of GW.

Several experimental projects are at the heart of the laboratory's instrumental activities: Virgo and Einstein Telescope terrestrial detectors, as well as the future LISA space observatory.
The ARTEMIS laboratory and its researchers were pioneers in the development of the Franco-Italian Virgo detector, in particular they had major contributions in the development of the laser system. The Virgo detector, with the American double LIGO detector, has already revealed several observations of gravitational waves.

Mission of the European Space Agency, LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) will allow a considerable extension of the observation of the Universe through GWs. It will use laser interferometry, already exploited by LIGO and Virgo terrestrial detectors, but in space, and in a frequency band beyond the reach of terrestrial detectors:

https://www.elisascience.org/articles/lisa-mission/lisa-mission-gravitational-universe

The precision targeted for the phase measurement of the heterodyne interferometer in the LISA instrument implies a particularly detailed study of the sources of noise and systematic effects, and will make, of the phase of AIVT (Assembly, Integration, Validation and Test) in which France is involved, a particularly important step.

In this context, the engineer will participate in the development of the laboratory's instrumental projects around the AIVT activities of the LISA instrument. In particular, he/she will bring his/her contribution to the high precision metrology of optoelectronic devices called photoreceivers (PRs), devices intended for the detection of optical interference signals and their transformation into amplified electrical signals.

He/she will also support other laboratory projects, in particular the design, the realization of prototypes and the characterization of complex optical equipment for ground tests, intended on one side for the scattered light studies and to another side for the measurement of opto-mechanical coupling, phenomena inherent in the optical benches of the LISA experiment.

Activities
  • Design, development, fine-tune and / or pilot innovative benches in the field of optical instrumentation and characterization of photoreceivers
  • Carry out tests and calibrations of the various experimental benches

  • Coordinate and control, until the acceptance, the studies, the achievements and the integrations

  • Write documents of user procedures, technical specifications, design and production associated with the experimental devices

  • Develop the qualification of the experimental device, carry out tests and calibrations, write user procedures

  • Participate in working and team meetings devoted to these research activities

  • Temporary missions in the LISA France collaboration laboratories are to be considered

Compétences
  • Have in-depth knowledge in at least one of the fields of optical instrumentation, semiconductor sensors and lasers

  • Have basic knowledge of fiber optic systems, electronics and optics

  • Have general knowledge of physics sciences

  • Have knowledge of measurement techniques and instrumentation

  • Have experience in the field of metrology

  • Knowing how to control measuring instruments and master the tools for acquisition and processing of conventional signals such as Matlab and LabVIEW

  • Know how to use optical simulation and design software (RP Photonics, Fiberdesk, Code V / Zemax, FRED)

  • Know how to respect the conditions of use of experimental devices

  • Be able to write procedures; knowledge of space qualification procedures will be appreciated

  • English language: B2-C1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

  • Know how to present and communicate on its technical developments in internal or even external seminars, intended for professional audiences or students

Job conditions
Place of work: ARTEMIS Laboratory, Cote d ́Azur Observatory, 96 Boulevard de l'Observatoire, Nice

Contact
CV and Cover letter to be sent to
Nicoleta Dinu-Jaeger : nicoleta.dinu-jaeger@oca.eu, tel : +33 6 67 67 53 42
Nelson Christensen : nelson.christensen@oca.eu

Postdoctoral fellowship at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen

(posted here Dec 18, 2020)

We would like to bring to your attention a Postdoctoral Fellowship position that is available at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen:

https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/17284

We would very much appreciate if you could share this information with potential candidates, especially those with interest in high energy astrophysics, including, but not limited to, accretion disk physics and all aspects of gravitational wave astrophysics including data analysis.

The application deadline is January 4, 2020.

Kind regards,

Johan Samsing, Dan D'Orazio, and Martin Pessah.

Postdoc position in data analysis and searches at Utrecht

(posted here Dec 11 2020)

Dear colleagues,

Utrecht University has a postdoc vacancy in GW data analysis and searches.

https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/working-at-utrecht-university/jobs/postdoctoral-researcher-in-gravitational-wave-data-analysis-and-searches-10-fte

Best regards,

Sarah

2 Postdocs at Maastricht University

(posted here Dec 11 2020)

At Maastricht University we have currently two openings for postdoc
positions to explore (together with IBM-Zurich) the prospects of quantum
computing for ET and LHCb:
https://www.academictransfer.com/nl/296242/ibm-qc-postdocs/

Please forward this to anyone who might be interested.

Professor and Deputy Director at The Australian National University Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics

(posted here 09 Dec 2020)

RE-ADVERTISED - THIS OPPORTUNITY WAS PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED IN LATE 2019. COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS PREVENTED THE PROCESS FROM BEING COMPLETED .

The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, has recently established a new Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics (CGA), jointly supported by the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Research School of Physics.

The Centre encompasses all aspects of gravitational wave physics and astrophysics, including instrumentation, theory and data analysis, source follow-up and multi-messenger astronomy. It will bring together existing ANU researchers in these areas under one umbrella and expand the capability by making up to seven new tenure-track academic appointments across these research programs over the next year. The inaugural CGA Director is Professor David McClelland.

We are now seeking Expressions of Interest for the appointment of two key senior positions with complementary expertise. The level of appointment will be either at Full Professor (Level E) or Associate Processor Level D. It is the intention that one of the appointees will initially take on the role of Deputy Director, in the anticipation that they will take over as Director within the next three years.

We are seeking inspirational scientific leaders with equity agendas from any area of research covered by the Centre, who can grow ANU’s leadership across all areas of gravitational wave astronomy. If you think you have the skills, vision and drive required to fill these roles, please consider applying, regardless of your current level of appointment.

The appointments come with attractive start-up packages and the ability to help shape the future of the CGA through subsequent faculty hires. They are tenure or tenure-track positions with a negotiable probation period. The University may also consider placement for a significant other if they fit within the profile of the institution.

We are now seeking 2-page Expressions of Interest (EoI), along with a complete CVs. EoIs will be accepted any time up to mid-February 2021. We then anticipate advertising the positions with a closing date for applications in mid-March 2021.

The successful appointee to the position of Deputy Director must be available to assist the current Director and the CGA staff in research proposals that may be submitted in 2021/2022, but there is significant flexibility in regard to actual commencement date and physical presence at the ANU.


Postdoctoral Position at the University of Tokyo

(Posted here Dec 4, 2020)

Deadline on January 15, 2021

Department of Physics, University of Tokyo invites applicants for two

postdoc positions on dark matter search using gravitational wave

detectors and table-top scale laser interferometers. The position is

funded by our project "Ultralight dark matter search using gravitational

wave detectors and laser interferometer experiments," (PI: Yuta

Michimura, Planned Research B01 for JSPS Grant in Aid for Transformative

Research Areas (A) "What is dark matter? - Comprehensive study of the

huge discovery space in dark matter," JFY 2020 - JFY 2024, PI: Hitoshi

Murayama). Prior experience in optics, gravitational wave data analysis

or particle physics is beneficial, but applicants from all other related

fields are welcomed.

Appointments will be for a single-year term starting from April 2021

(negotiable). The employment agreement may be renewed every year up to

March 2025. The monthly net salary will be 300,000 to 400,000 yen.

For details of the application, please visit

https://www.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/recruit/?id=1209

For further information, please contact Yuta Michimura at

michimura@phys.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp.



Research position in experimental gravitation at the University of Maryland

(Posted here Nov 27, 2020)

The Gravitation Laboratory at the University of Maryland-College Park (UMCP) is seeking applications for a postdoctoral or research staff position in gravitation experiments. The position is available as early as January 2021. For a postdoctoral position, a Ph.D. in Physics or a related field is required, and the initial appointment would be for two years. For a research staff position, a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or a similar course of study, with proficiency in CAD and FEM, is required, and the initial appointment would be for one year. A master's degree and/or experience in modeling electromechanical systems is desirable, but not required. For either type of appointment, there is the possibility of renewal for additional years.

The Gravitation Laboratory is co-directed by Professors Ho Jung Paik and Peter Shawhan to develop very sensitive superconducting gravity gradiometers (SGGs) and seismometers, perform precision tests of the laws of gravity, and conduct planetary gravity surveys and seismology (https://www.physics.umd.edu/GRE/). The SGG technology is also being applied to the development of a new type of gravitational wave detector in the mid-frequency band of 0.1-10 Hz (https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/716/1/012001) and a new type of earthquake early-warning detector that would promptly detect transient gravity signals from earthquake rupture.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae (including publications) and a description of past research and/or work experience, and should arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent to Professor Ho Jung Paik at hpaik@umd.edu. All application materials should be sent as pdf files or as plain text. Please merge all application materials (other than letters of recommendation) into one pdf file, if at all possible.

Evaluation of applicants will begin on December 14, 2020, so materials should arrive by then for best consideration. The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Post-doc at Lancaster

(Posted here Nov 27, 2020)

"Senior Research Associate in Transient Astrophysics" https://hr-jobs.lancs.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=A3223:

"The Lancaster University Physics Department seeks to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work on scientific research related to data science challenges in transient and time-sensitive astrophysics."

The closing date for applications is Friday 8th January 2021. The position is for three years and will primarily be working with Dr Brooke Simmons.

Full professorship in Experimental Physics at Hamburg University

(Posted here Nov 27, 2020)

The Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences at Hamburg

University, Germany, invites applications for a

PROFESSORSHIP (W3) FOR Experimental Physics

commencing as soon as possible.

The Cluster of Excellence Quantum Universe is one of four clusters of

excellence at Universität Hamburg. The cluster aims to research the

relationship between the fundamental properties of elementary particles and

the evolution of the universe, particularly the connection between mass and

gravity at the interface between quantum physics and cosmology. Research

areas include Higgs physics, dark matter, gravitational waves, and

mathematical physics. The faculty is seeking a candidate with an outstanding

research background who will strengthen the Cluster of Excellence Quantum

Universe and thematically shape its future profile. Research topics of

particular interest are the development of innovative laboratory experiments

for precision tests of the standard model, the search for physics models

beyond the standard model, in particular as an explanation for dark matter,

and gravitational wave detection.

For further information, see

https://www.uni-hamburg.de/en/uhh/stellenangebote/professuren/31-12-20-2348-w3-en.pdf

Assistant Professor of Physics Position at University of Mary Washington

(Posted here Nov 20, 2020)

University of Mary Washington is searching for an assistant professor of physics : https://careers.aps.org/jobs/14066041/tenure-track-assistant-professor

We are a small, but ambitious physics programs you can read more about here: cas.umw.edu/physics

AION-Related Postdoctoral Opening

(Posted here Nov 20, 2020)

https://inspirehep.net/jobs/1827801

Deadline on Dec 6, 2020

Job description:

We invite applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology (TPPC) Group of the Department of Physics at King's College London. The Research Associate will undertake research at the intersection between Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology in the framework of the Atom Interferometer Observatory and Network (AION) Collaboration (website, paper) on topics such as ultralight dark matter, gravitational waves and probes of fundamental physics.

The position will start on 1 October 2021 and the Research Associate will be expected to carry out research in Theoretical Physics that has significant levels of originality, innovation and depth. They will be expected to participate in the activities of the TPPC Group and the AION Collaboration, and to undertake other duties as required by the Principal Investigator.

TPPC group members work on particle physics beyond the Standard Model, particle astrophysics, gravitational physics and applications of theoretical physics. The Research Associate will be expected to work primarily with members of the TPPC Group that are also members of the AION Collaboration: John Ellis (PI), Diego Blas and Christopher McCabe. We also encourage interactions with other senior members of the TPPC group, including Bobby Acharya, Jean Alexandre, Malcolm Fairbairn, Eugene Lim, David Marsh, Nick Mavromatos, Mairi Sakellariadou, Sarben Sarkar.

Essential criteria:

• The applicant should have a PhD degree in Theoretical Physics

• Have a track record of high-quality research in Theoretical Physics that demonstrates significant levels of originality, innovation and depth

• Have an excellent knowledge of physics at the intersection of Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology

• Willingness to contribute to the activities of the AION Collaboration

• Willingness to contribute in Theoretical Physics seminars and other related activities

• Good interpersonal and team working skills

Application Instructions:

Candidates should submit via Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/17448

1) Curriculum Vitae,

2) List of publications,

3) Statement of research interests, and

4) Two or more letters of recommendation, submitted by the reference writers.

The deadline for applications is 6th December 2020.

Diversity is positively encouraged at King’s and we have a number of family-friendly policies, including the operation of a core-hours policy, the right to flexible working and to a reduced workload following periods of extended absence, for example maternity leave. We offer high levels of support for disabled students and staff. There are regular social events and the Departmental ethos is that we support each other and work as a team.

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role please contact Christopher McCabe at christopher.mccabe@kcl.ac.uk.

Contact: McCabe, Christopher (christopher.mccabe@kcl.ac.uk)


Postdoc Position at Nagoya University

(Posted here Nov 20, 2020)

The Department of Physics, Nagoya University invites applications for a postdoc position on gravitational wave data analysis for the LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA detector network.

Appointments will be for a two-year term starting from April 2021 (negotiable). The position is funded by Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) "Stochastic gravitational wave background search with KAGRA" (PI: Sachiko Kuroyanagi). The successful candidate will work with the PI on data analysis of the stochastic gravitational wave background using the LVK data to extract cosmological information. Prior experience in gravitational wave data analysis is beneficial but not strictly required.

The monthly net salary will be approximately 250,000 yen. Social security and research fund will be provided.

The applicant should submit the following documents (all in one PDF file; maximum file size 10 MB) by email to skuro{at}nagoya-u.jp with the subject line "Postdoc application", by Dec 25, 2020:

(1) CV

(2) publication list (mark up to 3 main papers with *)

(3) research statement

(4) expected starting date

(5) contact details of two (or more) reference persons

For further information, please contact Dr. Sachiko Kuroyanagi (skuro{at}nagoya-u.jp).

Postdoctoral Position at Syracuse University

(Posted here Nov 20, 2020)

Postdoctoral Researcher Position at Syracuse University

The Syracuse University Experimental Gravitational-Wave Group is soliciting applications for a post-doctoral researcher position for research on technology for current and future gravitational-wave detectors. Experience in one of the following areas is desired: coatings for gravitational-wave detectors, cryogenics, optics, wave front control, electronics, and interferometer control. The successful candidate will work on testing optical coatings and/or laser wave front control for LIGO upgrades and future gravitational-wave detectors. The candidate should have a Ph.D. in physics, engineering, or a related field. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility for renewal. The position involves both research and advising graduate students in the group. Qualified candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a short description of their qualifications, and the e-mail addresses/phone numbers of three references to the online position posting. Questions and inquiries can be directed to Stefan Ballmer () and Steve Penn (). The appointment can begin in Spring 2021.

To apply please go to or contact Prof. Stefan Ballmer ().

Two Research Fellow Positions at the University of Portsmouth

Please see job advert on AAS or at Portsmouth webpages. Deadline 13th December 2020.

(Posted here Nov 20, 2020)


Faculty Job Search at UT Austin

(Posted here Nov 13, 2020)

The University of Texas at Austin is conducting a search for faculty in the Department of Physics. On behalf of the newly formed Center for Gravitational Physics, we encourage interested members of our community to apply.

https://jobs.physicstoday.org/jobs/14047785/tenure-track-assistant-professor

Thank you

Deirdre Shoemaker

Aaron Zimmerman

Pablo Laguna

Richard Matzner

Assistant Teaching Professor - Physics at UW Bothell

(Posted here Nov 13, 2020)

Dear colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce a position for Assistant Teaching Professor - Physics in the Division of Physical Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell. The ad is here: https://ap.washington.edu/ahr/position-details/?job_id=66104.

The primary responsibilities of this position are teaching, mentoring undergraduates, and service. The successful candidate is expected to engage in modern pedagogy, engage students in undergraduate research, contribute to UW Bothell’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and work enthusiastically in an inclusive and interdisciplinary culture of learning.

Please share this opportunity with your networks!

thank you,

Joey

Joey Shapiro Key

Assistant Professor of Physics

University of Washington Bothell

UW2-343 | 425-352-5497

joeykey@uw.edu

Postdoctoral position at Cardiff University in experimental gravitational-wave physics

(Posted here Nov 13, 2020)

The Gravity Exploration Institute at Cardiff University (http://www.astro.cardiff.ac.uk/research/gravity/) is seeking applications to fill the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate. One position is available at the Grade 6 level for two years. The postdoctoral scholar funded by this position will be a part of Cardiff's experimental gravitational-wave physics group and contribute to interferometer commissioning, the study of the seismic isolation system in relation to the interferometer sensing and control subsystems, 3G detector design, and fundamental physics experiments using precision interferometry.

Cardiff has a long history of involvement in ground-based gravitational-wave physics, particularly in source modeling, data analysis, and astrophysical and cosmological interpretations (Stephen Fairhurst, Mark Hannam, Vivien Raymond, B. Sathyaprakash, Bernard Schutz, Patrick Sutton, Fabio Antonini), and education and public outreach (Chris North). Cardiff University has recently made significant investment in a new research program in experimental gravitational-wave physics, led by Hartmut Grote, Katherine Dooley and Keiko Kokeyama, and in parallel a program of electromagnetic follow-up observations of gravitational-wave sources, led by Cosimo Inserra.

The applicant must have a Ph.D. in Physics, with a good track record in one or more of the following research areas: laser interferometry, inertial sensors, quantum optics, noise analysis or control theory.

Applications should be submitted by November 30, 2020. Enquiries should be directed to Katherine Dooley (DooleyK @cardiff.ac.uk).

https://krb-sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/home/HomeWithPreLoad?partnerid=30011&siteid=5460&PageType=JobDetails&jobid=1721788

Research Faculty and Postdoctoral Positions at Northwestern University

(Posted here Nov 13, 2020)

https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/066aa96d

https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/6225babe

https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/aa37126c

Postdoctoral position at Cal State Fullerton

(Posted here Nov 13, 2020)

The Nicholas and Lee Begovich Center for Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy (GWPAC) at California State University, Fullerton welcomes applications for a Postdoctoral Associate in Gravitational-Wave Physics.

GWPAC faculty members include Al Agnew, Geoffrey Lovelace, Jocelyn Read, and Director Joshua Smith.

The successful applicant will establish and carry out a research program in gravitational-wave physics that complements the existing strengths in GWPAC and involves undergraduate and master’s students. Women and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Current areas of focus include experimental and theoretical development toward the next generation of gravitational-wave observatories; searches for binary systems with black holes and neutron stars with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO); experimental gravitational-wave detector optics; waveform modeling, including analytical solutions for neutron stars with realistic equations of state, modes, and tides; numerical relativity, including simulations of merging black holes and contributions to the development of SpECTRE, a next-generation numerical-relativity code.

To apply, please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/csufasc/jobs/2905962/post-doctoral-position-in-gravitational-wave-physics?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Please note that our human resources department uses a fairly generic form for the application:

• Most importantly, in the Attachments section, please upload a CV and a statement of research interests and experience.

• Under the Info section, it’s not necessary to enter a driver’s license, shifts available to work, type of job you are looking for, or type of work you will accept.

• Under the Work section, please only list positions held after the date you received your doctorate.

• Under “References,” please include contact information for three references from whom we can request letters of recommendation at a later time.

• If you have any trouble uploading your CV and research statement, please send them directly by email to glovelace@fullerton.edu.

For full consideration, please complete your application by December 1, 2020 (UPDATE: extended to January 1, 2020). If you have any questions about the position, please contact Geoffrey Lovelace at glovelace@fullerton.edu.

PhD Fellowships for GW (INPhINIT LaCaixa Programme)

(Posted here Nov 13, 2020)

Doctorate INPhINIT LaCaixa

(PhD Position in Gravitational Wave Physics at IFAE)

The "Institut de Física d'Altes Energies" (IFAE) in Barcelona welcomes applications for a three-years PhD position in Gravitational Waves (GWs) Physics, within the framework of the “Doctorate INPhINIT Programme” from the La Caixa Foundation.

The doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT ”la Caixa” is devoted to attracting talented Early-Stage Researchers—of any nationality—who wish to pursue doctoral studies in Spanish or Portuguese territory. Sponsored by ”la Caixa” Foundation, it is aimed at supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain and Portugal by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence.

https://fundacionlacaixa.org/en/educacion-becas/becas-la-caixa/doctorado-inphinit/descripcion-del-programa

IFAE is a Severo Ochoa Excellence Center and member institution of the Virgo collaboration. A group of researchers from IFAE has taken significant responsibilities in the Virgo experiment related to the control of the stray light inside the experiment, which is considered a limiting factor for its sensitivity. The group plans for playing an important role in the ongoing commissioning, operations and upgrade of the interferometer. For the latter, IFAE is leading the construction of new baffles instrumented with photo sensors around the test masses.

In the physics analysis front, the IFAE research program, using LIGO/Virgo data, includes topics related to: compact binary coalescence and their mass/spin spectrum determination; search for primordial black holes as candidates for dark matter; searches for axion-like signals in GWs; Test of exotic models for Gravity beyond General Relativity; determination of the universe expansion rate using GWs; and using GWs as probes for inflation and phase transitions in the early universe. IFAE will be in a privileged position to analyze the LIGO/Virgo data and, in collaboration with IFAE's teams in CTA/MAGIC and Observational Cosmology, to fully profit from a multi-messenger approach. Finally, IFAE is actively exploring a potential long-term involvement in 3G terrestrial interferometry projects and/or space missions.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact IFAE, acting as potential host institution for the position.

The application deadline is February 4th, 2021

For further information please contact

Prof. Mario Martínez Pérez (mmp@ifae.es)

Head of IFAE’s GW Group

www.ifae.es

Tenure-track Faculty Position at UTRGV

(Posted here Nov 13, 2020)

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is accepting applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position, with a research focus in the areas of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy, Radio-Astronomy and Astrophysics, to begin in Fall 2021. The department has strong research groups in this area, with several members of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration working in the areas of continuous wave and supernova data analysis, lasers, optics R&D, detector characterization and noise modeling, and electromagnetic follow-up. Additionally, Radio-astronomy research focuses on transient phenomena and their detection in the low radio-frequency range. This research is conducted at several state-of-the-art laboratories at UTRGV, as well as through collaborative work with the two LIGO national laboratories in Washington State and Louisiana, the nationwide Low Frequency All Sky Monitor (LoFASM) network and a dedicated gravitational waves optical follow-up facility in the Southern Hemisphere. The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) is available for computationally intensive tasks. The successful candidate should complement these research areas, but outstanding candidates in closely related fields will also be considered. A new PhD in Physics has been recently approved by the University of Texas system and is expected to receive state approval soon.

Responsibilities of the position include delivering instruction in physics at the undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. level; conducting research, including attracting extramural funding; and participating in service activities within the department, university, and community.

Link to all details of this position, including required qualifications and application instructions can be found here: https://careers.utrgv.edu/postings/26278

Tenure-track faculty position in experimental physics and astrophysics instrumentation at UCLA

(Posted here Nov 13, 2020)

Tenure-track faculty position in experimental physics and astrophysics instrumentation at UCLA

Job ad: https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/05a89e73

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invites applications for a faculty position at the assistant, associate or full professor level, open to all areas of experimental physics and astrophysics instrumentation. The anticipated starting date is July 1, 2021. The department is seeking outstanding candidates for a tenure-track position with the potential for exceptional research achievement and excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Outstanding candidates for a tenured appointment will have a commensurate record of exceptional research achievement and excellence in teaching at all levels. The appointee is expected to maintain a vigorous externally funded research program. Candidates must have a strong commitment to, and potential for exceptional achievement in, mentoring students from underrepresented and underserved populations, and for fostering a local climate that is welcoming to diversity. Candidates for a tenured position should additionally have a strong track record of such mentoring and commitment to a welcoming climate. Financial resources, earmarked specifically toward activities fostering a climate welcoming of diversity, will be made available. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree is required. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

For full consideration, applications should be received by December 18, 2020, at which time the review of applications will commence. However, applications will be accepted until the search is closed.

Apply online via the UCLA Academic Recruit website: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF05913.

Please submit cover letter, curriculum vita, publication list, 3-5 letters of recommendation, statement of research accomplishments and description of future research plans, statement of teaching experience and interest, and statement of contributions and commitment to diversity.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy please cut and paste the following link into a browser: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.


Postdoctoral Associate at MIT

(Posted here Nov 13, 2020, URL link corrected Nov 18, 2020)

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, to join the High Energy Physics and Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory groups. Will work on the application of machine learning algorithms and heterogeneous computing combining CPUs, GPUs, and Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) to real-time data acquisition, triggering and physics science analyses. The two groups are collaborating on these aspects as part of an NSF award and seek someone who brings modern machine learning strategies combined with heterogeneous computing to the science frontier both at the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and at the LIGO observatory. Will be part of a team to design and deliver a GPU/FPGA based acceleration system to be used for rapid gravitational wave detection and high-speed processing of CMS data on the LHC.

Job Requirements
REQUIRED: a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or computer science; familiarity with machine learning accelerated approaches and their applications to scientific problems. PREFERRED: experience with machine learning algorithms and experience with GPUs and FPGAs. Job #19066

In addition to applying online via the MIT website ( https://careers.peopleclick.com/careerscp/client_mit/external/jobDetails/jobDetail.html?jobPostId=19243&localeCode=en-us), interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent via email to Philip Harris (pcharris@mit.edu) and Erik Katsavounidis (kats@mit.edu).

The position is available effective immediately and applications will be considered until the position is filled; but to ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by December 1, 2020.

The appointment is initially for one year and renewable annually.

11/1/19

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

MIT considers equivalent combinations of experience and education for certain jobs. All candidates who believe they possess equivalent experience and education are encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral and tenure track positions in gravitational wave physics at UIB, Spain

(Posted here October 30, 2020)

Research in the LIGO/LISA group (http://grg.uib.es) at the Balearic Islands University (UIB) spans a wide range of topics centered on gravitational wave data analysis, source modelling and numerical relativity. The group consists of PIs Alicia Sintes and Sascha Husa, new faculty member David Keitel, Jaume Carot and also includes postdoctoral researchers Marta Colleoni and Cecilio García Quiros, 4 PhD students, as well as several master and undergraduate students.
Further faculty members in gravitational physics include Carlos Palenzuela and Carles Bona.

Postdoctoral position:
================
For this call we are seeking applications for a postdoctoral position in the areas of gravitational wave physics, including data analysis, modelling of gravitational-wave sources, numerical relativity, and related topics in astrophysics, cosmology and fundamental physics.
The successful candidate will be expected to strengthen our involvement in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the LISA Consortium.
A starting date of the position can be negotiated, and is possible as early as spring 2021. Initial appointment will be for 1 year, with renewal for a second year expected, depending on satisfactory progress. Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, brief description of research interests and achievements, as well as arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to gravity.uib.contact[AT]gmail.com.
Review of applications will begin on December 1, and applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Tenure track position:
================
We are also looking for candidates interested in applying for the annual national Spanish call for Ramon y Cajal tenure track positions, which is expected for December. Candidates need to have obtained their PhD in the last 10 years (extra time for child care can be accounted for). For this call we expect an increase of funding of 30% compared with previous calls. While for these positions we do not have an influence on the decision, we can advise candidates who are interested in joining the group on preparing their applications and help to assess chances of success. Furthermore, candidates who obtain a Ramon y Cajal grant may not be able to join UIB unless we have been contacted before applying (to guarantee a commitment from our University).

Please address enquiries to Alicia Sintes and Sascha Husa at gravity.uib.contact[AT]gmail.com or directly to alicia.sintes[AT]uib.es and sascha.husa[AT]uib.es.

Tenure Track Opening at Colorado College

(Posted here October 30, 2020)

The Physics Department at Colorado College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position starting in August 2021. We seek candidates with broad teaching interests who can teach across the undergraduate physics curriculum, including introductory as well as advanced physics courses, to a diverse community of students. While all areas of physics and astrophysics will be considered, we prefer candidates with a demonstrated history of or specific ideas for providing undergraduate research opportunities.

Colorado College is a nationally recognized undergraduate liberal arts college of approximately 2,000 students. Located one hour south of Denver at the foot of Pikes Peak, the city of Colorado Springs offers many cultural and recreational activities in the foothills of the Rocky Mountain Region.

The College actively promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment in which students and employees of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives can learn and work. Antiracism is central to the College’s goals for the future, as evidenced by our multi-year external and self-study leading to our Antiracism Implementation Plan. We are particularly interested in faculty who have a dynamic vision for building an antiracist physics classroom.

We follow the Block Plan, an unusual academic calendar in which students take and faculty teach one course at a time, which allows flexibility for innovative teaching. Please include ideas you may have for teaching on the Block Plan in your cover letter, as well as ideas for new courses that are well suited to a liberal arts environment.

Applications should contain: a cover letter, your CV, a teaching statement discussing your philosophy of teaching and your experience with or potential for incorporating active learning strategies; a research statement discussing your research interests and plans to include undergraduate students in your work; an equity and inclusion statement detailing your potential to contribute to the antiracism goals of Colorado College through your teaching, research, and/or service; undergraduate and graduate school transcripts, and three confidential letters of recommendation. At least one letter should comment on teaching ability. A Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics, or a related field is required, and graduate coursework in physics is preferred. Applications from candidates who have reached ABD status will be considered.

Colorado College is an equal opportunity employer committed to increasing the diversity of its community. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, gender identity or expression, disability, or sexual orientation in our educational programs and activities or our employment practices.

Deadline for applications is 11:59pm MST on November 1, 2020.

Queries may be directed to Kristine Lang, Physics Department Chair, at kmlang@coloradocollege.edu. See official posting and apply here: employment.coloradocollege.edu/postings/4516.


Open position at LIGO Laboratory

(Posted here October 30, 2020; updated link November 18, 2020)

Position at LIGO Laboratory (Caltech or MIT) at the Postdoctoral level in low-latency gravitational-wave discovery

LIGO Laboratory is inviting applications at the Postdoctoral level (at Caltech or MIT) in low-latency gravitational-wave transient event alerting and follow-up. Only one or the other of these two positions will be filled, not both, based on the successful applicant's preference.

The position is available effective immediately and applications will be considered until the position is filled; but to ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by November 15, 2020 or until the position remains open.

LIGO Laboratory, Caltech and MIT are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please see:

https://pma.caltech.edu/about/job-opportunities/postdoctoral-positions/ligo-postdoctoral-scholar

https://careers.peopleclick.com/careerscp/client_mit/external/jobDetails/jobDetail.html?jobPostId=19291&localeCode=en-us

PhD positions in "Gravity & Matter at the Extreme" at AEI-Potsdam

(Posted here October 30, 2020)

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI) in Potsdam, Germany, announces the opening of several PhD positions in "Gravity & Matter at the Extreme". Successful candidates will join the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Gravitational-Wave Astronomy at the AEI. PhD theses will cover a variety of topics in gravitational-wave astronomy, high-energy astrophysics and fundamental physics.

The complete announcement and instructions how to apply can be found here:

https://www.aei.mpg.de/562361/phd-positions-in-gravity-matter-at-the-extreme-at-aei-potsdam

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for full consideration is January 8th, 2021.

Postdoctoral Position at UAH / NASA MSFC

(Posted here October 23, 2020)

https://careers.uah.edu/cw/en-us/job/493577/postdoctoral-research-assistant-iii-step-1

Professorship in exp astroparticle physics at UCLouvain

(Posted here October 23, 2020)

Dear colleagues,

UCLouvain (Belgium) has an opening for a professorship position in experimental astroparticle physics to join the Research Institute in Mathematics and Physics (IRMP) and its CP3 center.

I should stress that it is a position aiming to broaden the spectrum of research activities, possibly experiments, in which the institute is involved. In this perspective candidates are thus not supposed to propose a research program (exclusively) related to standard or mainstream gravitational waves physics for instance, because this research line is already being pursued at the institute. However synergy or strong links with it will certainly be appreciated.

As mentioned in the official announcement, which you can find at the link below, the successful candidate is expected to initiate and lead a new research direction complementary to those being already pursued within the institute, which include physics at particle accelerators (CMS and NA62 experiments), gravitational waves and cosmology (Virgo experiment, ET preparation), as well as theory and phenomenology of the fundamental interactions.

Can I please ask you to distribute as widely as possible this opening, which has just been officially published by the university ? Deadline for applications is 16 November at noon (Brussels time) though this date could be postponed until 1 december; candidates should check the website below in the coming days to know about the actual deadline.

Applications must be submitted online on the web page of the official announcement, where contacts to obtain further information can also be found.

Many thanks in advance for your collaboration,

With my best regards,

Giacomo Bruno

Faculty Position at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (IceCube)

(Posted here October 22, 2020. Review of applications begins November 13, 2020)

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology<https://www.sdsmt.edu/> (South Dakota Mines) Physics Department <https://www.sdsmt.edu/Academics/Departments/Physics/Physics/> invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Physics position to work on IceCube and next-generation neutrino astronomy projects. The department has developed strong research programs in astroparticle physics, direct detection of dark matter, neutrino physics, and nuclear astrophysics, with a vibrant Ph.D. program. Faculty in the department are involved in world-class projects including IceCube, IceCube-Gen2, LBNF/DUNE, MicroBoone, ANNIE, LZ, SuperCDMS, and CASPAR. While we will consider strong candidates in any area of experimental physics, we are particularly interested in candidates with Big Data expertise and experience in analyzing multi-messenger astronomy data. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in particle/astroparticle physics or a closely related field.

The successful candidate is expected to build a strong externally funded research program, mentor and advise graduate students, teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and develop a new course on contemporary techniques in data analysis. The candidate will also participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including academic advising, service on committees, sustained scholarly research, and outreach activities. To help the successful candidate develop a strong research program, required teaching duties for the first three years will be limited. The start date of the position is flexible, with possibilities ranging from Spring semester 2021 through Fall semester 2021.

Established in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, South Dakota. South Dakota Mines is a public university offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in engineering and science. Known for our academic rigor, we maintain an average class size of 24. Our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering. South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls around 2,550 students from 46 states and 41 countries and is ranked as the best engineering school for return on investment out of 302 similar institutions across the United States. The SD Mines placement rate for recent graduates is 97 percent.

South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including paid medical and life insurance for our employees, as well as medical, dental and vision coverage for spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous vacation and sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at http://www.sdsmt.edu/employment (the direct link to the position is https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu/postings/20922). Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin November 13, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.

South Dakota Mines does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status in employment or the provision of service.

Faculty Position at CSU Long Beach

(Posted here October 16, 2020)

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in areas of Theoretical Quantum Many- body Physics, Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics (AMO), Quantum Optics, or Quantum Information. We seek candidates who will contribute to our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and access to scientific careers. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Physics or closely related field and at least one year of postdoctoral experience at the time of application, the ability to establish an active research program, a commitment to excellence in teaching, and a commitment to working with diverse students. Full details for position #497646 and application instructions are available at tinyurl.com/y6fx47nh. Review of applications will begin December 4, 2020.

For more information visit www.physics.csulb.edu or contact PhysicsSearch @csulb.edu.

CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, Vietnam era veteran status, or any other veteran's status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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