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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.








Postdoc Position in GW Theory at Nikhef

(Posted here October 11, 2019)

The gravitational physics division at Nikhef, the National Institute for Subatomic Physics in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in gravitational wave theory, with an emphasis on the numerical and analytical modeling of binary neutron star and neutron star-black hole coalescences. The successful candidate will be part of the team of data analysts and phenomenologists led by Prof. Dr. C. Van Den Broeck and Dr. S. Caudill, which currently consists of 4 postdocs and 4 PhD students and will grow substantially over the next year. In addition, the gravitational physics division at Nikhef (led by Prof. F. Linde) has close ties with gravitational wave researchers at universities and institutes across the Netherlands, which apart from instrumentalists includes astronomers, astrophysicists, and theorists, such as Baumann, Bertone, Groot, Hinderer, Jonker, Levan, Moesta, Nelemans, and Nissanke. There is also vibrant collaboration with individuals and groups around the world.

The position is initially for two years and extendable by a third year. For more information and an application form, see https://www.nikhef.nl/jobs/vacatures/. Please be prepared to upload a cover letter, publication list, and curriculum vitae including a brief description of your research interest. Also, please separately arrange for least three references who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The deadline for full consideration is 22 November 2019, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Further information can be obtained from Prof. Dr. C. Van Den Broeck (vdbroeck@nikhef.nl).

Two Postdoctoral Positions in GW at UCLouvain

(Posted here October 11, 2019)

Dear Colleagues,

UCLouvain (Belgium) has two open positions at the postdoctoral level (deadline: 15 January 2020):

- Gravitational Wave Instrumentation: https://cp3.irmp.ucl.ac.be/jobs/60

- Gravitational Wave Cosmology: https://cp3.irmp.ucl.ac.be/jobs/59

Can I please ask you to transfer this message to any potential candidate ?

Best regards,

Giacomo Bruno

Professor of Physics

UCLouvain, Belgium

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia

(Posted here October 11, 2019)

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver invites applications from outstanding candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor. Applications in all relevant subfields are encouraged and the successful candidate will create an independent research program which complements the existing strengths of the department, such as in Astronomy, Cosmology, Biophysics, AMO, Medical Physics, Gravity, String, and Quantum Information Theory, Condensed Matter Theory, Particle Physics, and Nuclear Physics among others. More details of our research program can be found on the Department’s website (phas.ubc.ca). Candidates must have a Ph.D. Degree or equivalent, demonstrated potential for an outstanding research record, and are expected to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to supervise graduate students. The successful candidate will be appointed at the level of Assistant Professor.

The Physics and Astronomy Department (www.phas.ubc.ca) is one of the largest and most scientifically diverse in Canada. Our faculty and staff are committed to attracting and training outstanding students and conducting forefront research that spans the field.

A CV, publications list, a statement of research interests, and a summary of teaching interests and experience are required. Candidates should arrange for three letters of reference.

Review of applications will start Nov. 30, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. The expected start date is Summer 2020, but is negotiable.

https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14903

Postdoctoral Positions in GW Physics and Astrophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam

(Posted here October 11, 2019)

The "Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity" (ACR) division at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert EinsteinInstitute, AEI)

in Potsdam announces the opening of several postdoc appointments. The postdoctoral positions will be available at different levels, depending on

experience and seniority, and can last from 2 to 5 years.

The ACR division, led by Alessandra Buonanno, is composed of about 30 scientists, including three permanent research group leaders, Jonathan

Gair, Harald Pfeiffer, Jan Steinhoff, and the five-year research group leader Miguel Zumalacarregui (as of January 2020). The division also hosts

several long and short-term visitors, and it has ties with the Physics Department at the University of Maryland, the Humboldt University in Berlin,

and the University of Potsdam.

The ACR division focuses on several aspects of gravitational-wave physics and astrophysics, including (i) theoretical gravitational dynamics and

radiation (effective field theory, post-Newtonian and post-Minkowskian expansions, gravitational self-force approach, perturbation theory and

effective-one-body formalism), (ii) numerical relativity, most notably simulations of binary black holes and binary neutron stars, (iii) interpretation

and analysis of data from gravitational-wave detectors on the ground (LIGO and Virgo) and in space (LISA), (iv) astrophysics of compact objects,

(v) cosmography with gravitational waves from binary systems, (vi) cosmology beyond the standard paradigm (dark energy, dark matter, gravitational

lensing), and (vii) tests of strong gravity within General Relativity and alternative gravity theories. Members of the division have the opportunity to join

the LIGO Scientific Collaboration through the group's membership, the LISA Consortium, and also participate to building the science case for third

generation (3G) ground-based detectors (Einstein Telescope and Cosmic Explorer).

The ACR division has a high-performance computer cluster, Minerva with ~9,500 cores, and a high-throughput computer cluster, Hypatia with

~8,000 cores. Those clusters are used to run numerical-relativity simulations of gravitational-wave sources, and to carry out source modelling and

data-analysis studies for current and future gravitational-wave detectors.

To apply, please go here https://www.aei.mpg.de/2419655/postdoctoral-positions-acr-division and follow the instructions.

The ACR division also offers Max Planck Fellowships to non-German scientists. Information on those fellowships and explanations on how to apply are

summarized here https://www.aei.mpg.de/2248863/max-planck-fellowships

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for full consideration is November 15, 2019. The positions are available as early as

Spring 2020, but they can also start later, in Fall 2020. Applications will be considered until all positions are filled.

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified

applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

For further information please contact Dr. Andre Schirotzek: andre.schirotzek@aei.mpg.de


Faculty Position in GW Astronomy at the University of Glasgow (Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Reader)

(Posted here October 4, 2019)

The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow have an

opening for a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader with a research focus on

gravitational wave astronomy. More details can be found if you go to the

page below and click 'Apply':

https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BVS533/lecturer-senior-lecturer-or-reader

The closing date for applications is the 29th of October 2019. Please

contact ik.heng@glasgow.ac.uk or sheila.rowan@glasgow.ac.uk if you have

any questions.



Tenure-Track Position at the University of Mississippi

(Posted here September 20, 2019)

Tenure-track assistant professor in gravitational physics and astrophysics at the University of Mississippi, USA

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Mississippi invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in gravitational physics and astrophysics for the Fall of 2020. We seek candidates from any area that complements or diversifies the research interests of our gravitational physics group (faculty members Bombelli, Gupta, and Stein) with expertise in gravitational-wave source modeling, tests of general relativity, quantum gravity, and cosmology, who are members of the LIGO and the Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) collaborations. The successful candidate will also join the recently established Center for Multimessenger Astrophysics. Candidates are expected to develop a research program capable of supporting and leading graduate students to a Ph.D. A competitive startup package is available in the first three years. A Ph.D. in Physics or a related field is required. Faculty members are expected to contribute to the teaching and service activities of the Department and the University. Teaching duties include up to three courses a year at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.

Interested candidates should apply online at https://careers.olemiss.edu/job/University-Assistant-Professor-%28Physics%29-MS-38677/595517600/ and submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, a detailed proposal for developing their research program, and the names of three references who can provide letters of recommendation. Inquiries can be sent to the email addressgravitysearch@phy.olemiss.edu or to Gravity Search Committee Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677. Consideration of applications will begin on November 11, 2019, but applications will be accepted until an adequate applicant pool is established or until the position is filled.

Applications from underrepresented groups in physics are strongly encouraged. The department is committed to increasing diversity in the field. The University of Mississippi complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetic information.

Postdoc Positions at IUCAA, Pune

(Posted here September 20, 2019)

Postdoctoral positions at Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and

Astrophysics, Pune, India

Applications are invited for post-doctoral positions under various schemes.

Details of the positions

including duration, remuneration are available at http://www.iucaa.in/pdf/.

The application process is

online, and the online form can be accessed from the above link. The last

date for submission of

applications is October 31, 2019.

IUCAA has a vibrant community of researchers working in various fields of

astrophysics and cosmology. The institute

was setup by University Grants Commission (UGC) of India to promote the

nucleation and growth of active groups in

astronomy and astrophysics at Indian universities. Hence it has strong

visitor programs that support a large number

of collaborative projects within the country and around the world. The

institute has active participations in many

national and international projects such as ASTROSAT, SALT, TMT, GMRT, LSST,

LIGO-India etc. IUCAA is the key

science stakeholder in LIGO-India project.

For further information regarding these positions and application

procedure,

contact S.N. Khadilkar, AO (Core Programmes) at aocp@iucaa.in.

Postdoc at Montana State University

(Posted here September 20, 2019)

The Department of Physics of Montana State University invites applications

for a 3-year postdoctoral position in Gravitational Wave Astronomy with an

emphasis on Bayesian Inference and AstroStatistics.

The successful candidate will work with Prof. Neil Cornish and his group in

the eXtreme Gravity Institute (www.montana.edu/xgi/) at Montana State

University. The eXtreme Gravity Institute (XGI) is composed of faculty

members Neil Cornish, Bennett Link, Anne Lohfink, Amy Reines, Sachiko Tsuruta

and David Nidever. The XGI hosts international workshops and summer schools

on topics related to extreme gravity. The institute is also deeply involved

in public outreach, formal and informal education.

For the job announcement and application portal see:

https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/18272

Members of the eXtreme Gravity Institute are leaders in the application of

Bayesian Inference and machine learning to develop new tools for

gravitational wave astronomy. The position is NASA funded, with the goal of

developing a comprehensive science analysis approach for the future Laser

Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA). Prof. Cornish is a member of the LISA,

LIGO and NANOGrav collaborations, and opportunities will be available to

conduct research across the gravitational wave spectrum.

Montana State University is located in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. Bozeman is

surrounded by stunning mountain ranges, and is close to Yellowstone National

Park. The area is renowned for outdoor activities such as alpine and

cross-country skiing, mountain climbing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing,

hunting and camping. See

https://www.visitmt.com/places-to-go/cities-and-towns/bozeman.html for more

details.


Assistant Professor of Physics Position at Cal State Fullerton

(Posted here September 20, 2019)

Dear Patrick,

Could you please share with the LSC that the Cal State Fullerton Department of Physics has posted an ad for an Assistant Professor of Physics in the areas of theoretical and/or computational physics? The job ad is linked below and the application deadline is October 20, 2019. Geoffrey, Jocelyn, or I would be happy to discuss any questions folks may have.

https://careers.pageuppeople.com/873/fl/en-us/job/493738/assistant-professor-of-physics

Best regards,

Josh


Joshua Smith

Dan Black Director of Gravitational Wave Physics and Astronomy

Professor of Physics | California State University, Fullerton

657-278-3716 | josmith@exchange.fullerton.edu

Tenure Track Faculty Job at Montana State

(Posted here September 27, 2019)

The Department of Physics at Montana State University invites applications

for a tenure-track position with a research emphasis in Gravitational

Physics, including the fields of General Relativity, Gravitational Waves, and

Cosmology.

For complete job announcement and application procedure click on this link:

https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/18201

Successful candidates will hold a Ph.D. in physics or related field and will

have demonstrated the potential to develop and conduct a vigorous research

program in areas related to the study, development, and application of

gravitational physics. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment

to excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching and research, and will

complement current research collaborations in the Department of Physics. The

appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level.

Montana State University values a broad array of experiences and perspectives

and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an

inclusive, diverse and culturally rich campus environment. We hope to attract

applicants who can teach effectively and have demonstrated ability in helping

students succeed. In support of our strategic plan, which promotes access and

respect, we enthusiastically encourage members of traditionally

underrepresented groups to apply. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life

integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is located in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. Bozeman is

surrounded by stunning mountain ranges, and close to Yellowstone National

Park. The area is renowned for outdoor activities such as alpine and

cross-country skiing, mountain climbing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing,

hunting and camping. See

https://www.visitmt.com/places-to-go/cities-and-towns/bozeman.html for more

details.

Assistant Professor in Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Florida

(Posted here September 27, 2019)

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, 2020. Qualified candidates from all areas of Theoretical Astrophysics are encouraged to apply. This includes candidates 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 galaxy evolution, gravitational waves (GW), 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 GW 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. In addition, the University of Florida is home to HiPerGator, the third most powerful supercomputer at a US public university.

The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in Physics or a closely related field, and postdoctoral research experience is expected. Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body, while establishing a well-recognized research program, is essential. The salary is competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package.

Applications must be submitted online at https://apply.interfolio.com/68764 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) 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 November 22, 2019. For more information, please contact the search chair at astrohire@phys.ufl.edu

Postdoctoral and Visiting Positions at all Levels in Relativistic Astrophysics at Fudan University

(Posted here September 20, 2019)

The high energy astrophysics group at Fudan University (Shanghai, China) invites applications for postdoctoral and visiting scientists at any stage of their career (visiting Ph.D. students, visiting postdocs, visiting professors) to collaborate on projects of interest in the group (development of astrophysical codes and X-ray data analysis of black holes).

Postdoctoral positions: The appointment is for 2 years. Salary is normally in the range 150,000-200,000 CNY/year. More details can be found on the website.

Visiting positions: The positions are available from March to December 2020 and the duration is 1-6 months. More details can be found on the website.

Applications received by December 31 will receive full consideration. Interested candidates should send standard application material (CV, publication list, and any additional material that can be useful for the selection process) to:
Prof. Cosimo Bambi
Email: bambi@fudan.edu.cn
For the postdoctoral positions, please arrange also 2-3 recommendation letters to be sent separately to the same email address.

Inquires can be sent to:
Prof. Cosimo Bambi
Email: bambi@fudan.edu.cn

More details on our research group can be found on the website.

Postdoc Research Positions at Johns Hopkins University

(Posted here September 20, 2019)

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University invites applications for one or more postdoctoral research positions beginning September 2020 in theoretical particle physics, gravitational physics, and cosmology. The faculty in our group consists of Ibrahima Bah, Emanuele Berti, Marc Kamionkowski, David Kaplan, Jared Kaplan, and Surjeet Rajendran. A Ph.D. in physics is required. Applications should consist of a CV, list of publications, summary of research interests, and three letters of recommendation. Read more information.

Assistant/Associate Professor of Astrophysics at Washington State University

(Posted here September 20, 2019)

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Washington State University, Pullman, Washington invites applications for a permanent, full-time, tenure-track faculty position in astrophysics at the assistant or associate professor level beginning August 16, 2020.

Candidates working in all areas of astronomy, astrophysics, and gravitational physics will be considered. The Department is especially interested in candidates whose research complements the work of existing faculty, for example on galaxy evolution, gravitational waves, or relativity. The successful applicant will be expected to establish a vigorous externally funded research program and to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Additional information about the Department can be found at physics.wsu.edu. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in physics/astronomy or a closely related field. Further information about the required and preferred qualifications, and the application process may be seen on the website.

Applicants should apply online.

Review of applications begins October 16, 2019. Complete applications received by this date are guaranteed full consideration, but review of applicants will continue until position is filled. Inquiries can be sent to physics@wsu.edu or 509-335-9532. WSU is an EO/AA Educator and Employer.

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics: Postdoctoral Research Positions

(Posted here September 20, 2019)

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is inviting applications for Postdoctoral Research positions. For more information please visit the website. Perimeter Institute offers a dynamic, multi-disciplinary environment with maximum research freedom and opportunity to collaborate. We welcome all candidates to apply by November 1, 2019, but applications will be considered until all positions are filled.

Postdoctoral Research Position in Numerical Relativity and Computational Astrophysics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

(Posted here September 20, 2019)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in the Illinois Relativity Group. The candidate should have expertise in numerical relativity and relativistic astrophysics. Some experience in computational hydrodynamics and/or computational MHD would be desirable. Applicants should go online to submit their application, which must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, brief description of research interests, and the names, mailing and email addresses of three references. Please contact Elisabeth Greifenkamp at greifenk@illinois.edu if you have any questions. Applications should be posted by December 1, 2019 for full consideration. The starting date of the position is August 15, 2020.

The successful applicant will join Professor Stuart Shapiro in developing and applying the tools of numerical relativity together with computational hydrodynamics, MHD, and/or stellar dynamics to tackle diverse problems in general relativity and astrophysics. Recent topics include the inspiral and coalescence of compact binaries, the generation of gravitational waves, magnetized neutron stars, mag- netorotational stellar collapse, accretion onto isolated and binary black holes, the formation and cos- mological growth of supermassive black holes in the early universe, and the dynamics of dark matter halos and spikes around black holes. Some of this work is geared to identifying astrophysically plausible, strong-field sources of gravitational waves and calculating gravitational waveforms detectable by LIGO/VIRGO, KAGRA, LISA and the PTA. For these “multimessenger” sources we are also exploring counterpart electromagnetic signals, including gamma-ray bursts and kilonovae, as well as neutrinos.

In addition to Professor Shapiro, the Illinois Relativity Group includes Professors Nicolas Yunes and Helvi Witek, their postdocs, Ph.D. and undergraduate research students. It maintains close interactions with UIUC colleagues in Physics, Astronomy and NCSA, in addition to several outside collaborators.

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Gravitational Theory at Princeton

(Posted here September 20, 2019)

The Princeton Gravity Initiative is seeking exceptional new or recent Ph.D. recipients in theoretical gravitational theory for an honorific postdoctoral fellowship program. The Princeton Gravity Initiative is a new collaborative effort between Princeton University's Astrophysics, Mathematics, and Physics Departments to explore the fundamental nature of gravity; see the website for more information. Candidates from all areas of research focusing on gravitational theory, including gravitational wave astrophysics, mathematical relativity, early universe cosmology, and quantum gravity, will be considered.

These appointments will be at the rank of Associate Research Scholar.

Several positions will be available. The appointments will be annual with the expectation of renewal for two additional years subject to satisfactory performance.

Princeton 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. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

To apply online, please visit the website and submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references.

To ensure full consideration, all materials, including letters of reference, must be received by November 1, 2019.

For more information, contact Frans Pretorius at fpretori@princeton.edu.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position in Extreme Gravity at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

(Posted here September 20, 2019)

https://physics.illinois.edu/people/job-openings.asp

Postdoctoral Fellow in Gravity 2019-2020

The Illinois Relativity Group at the Department of Physics of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a 2 to 3-year postdoctoral research fellow position (starting in 2020) with a focus on extreme gravity.

The fellowship is intended for a person with a set of wide-ranging interests in extreme gravity and expertise in general relativity and gravitation, with an emphasis in analytical relativity (post-Newtonian, black hole perturbation theory, self-force), data analysis (Bayesian theory, parameter estimation, model selection) and theoretical physics (beyond-Einstein phenomenological models, high energy physics, cosmological modified gravity). In particular, the applicant must demonstrate research experience and creativity, breadth and depth of knowledge in extreme gravity, high productivity and high quality publications, and mastery of written and oral communication. A Ph.D in physics, astronomy, or a related discipline is required by the start of employment.

The successful applicant will join Professor Nico Yunes in the study of eXtreme gravity topics related, such as neutron stars, black holes, compact binary systems, gravitational waves, and experimental tests of General Relativity. These topics can range from theoretical work (e.g. neutron star and black hole solutions in and outside General Relativity, gravitational-waves from inspiraling compact binaries, black hole shadows) to a combination of theory and data-analysis (e.g. Bayesian model selection and parameter estimation) associated with extreme gravity instruments, such as the ground-based (LIGO/Virgo/KAGRA) and space-based gravitational-wave detectors (LISA) and the Event Horizon Telescope.

In addition to Professor Yunes, the Illinois Relativity Group includes Professors Stu Shapiro and Helvi Witek, their postdocs, PhD and undergraduate research students. The group is part of the Center for Theoretical Astrophysics at UIUC, which also includes Professors Charles Gammie, Gil Holder and Peter Adshead. The Illinois Relativity Group maintains close interactions with other UIUC colleagues in Physics, Astronomy and the NCSA, as well as collaborators across the globe.

Interested candidates will submit an application at https://my.physics.illinois.edu/submit/go.asp?id=1398, which must include the following separate documents:

  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A list of publications, with a summary of total papers published, number of citations to papers and
  • h-index.
  • A list of presentations given outside of the candidate's local university.
  • A brief research statement (3-page limit, 1-inch margins, 12 pt font).
  • The names, mailing and email addresses of three references.
Please contact Betsy Greifenkamp at greifenk@illinois.edu if you have any questions. Applications should be posted by DEC 1, 2019 for full consideration. The starting date of the position is summer, 2020.

PhD Positions at the University of Western Australia

(Posted here September 13, 2019)



PhD or Masters by Research positions – University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Modernising School Science: the Einstein-First Project

Opportunity to join an exciting international education project for PhD or Masters by Research

Overview

There is worldwide recognition of the need modernize science education to make it consistent with the modern “Einsteinian” conception of space, time, matter, light and gravity. The Einstein-First project, funded by the Australian Research Council, will spend five years developing, testing and assessing an integrated Einsteinian curriculum. Primary and secondary school curricula will be trialed, tested and improved through longitudinal studies in partner schools; and teachers will be trained and assisted in presenting curriculum content.

We are seeking PhD and Masters students who have a background in physics, knowledge of both quantum physics and special and general relativity, and an interest in science communication, outreach and education. Research students will specialize in either Primary or Secondary or Teacher professional development, with projects focused on program delivery and/or program assessment.

In joining this project you will be helping to create a revolutionary new school curriculum that will be consistent with our modern understanding of the universe, and the modern technologies that have revolutionized our lives. For more information, please visit www.einsteinianphysics.com

Research will be taking place in Perth and Canberra and at linked schools. Postgraduate positions can be supported at The University of Western Australia (UWA), Curtin University, and Australian National University. Students will need to separately enrol at one of these institutions according to discussions with team members. The project will be managed by UWA but researchers will be expected to spend some of their time at each of the lead universities.

Australian permanent residents need to satisfy entrance requirements for postgraduate enrolment which ideally will include ability to secure a scholarship at UWA or the other participating universities.

Non-Australian residents will be liable for international student fees of $40k per annum. Exceptional students (top 5% category) with several international publications have the chance of securing an IPRS scholarship. Students outside of the top 10% category have little chance unless their research experience and publications are exceptionally well aligned with the project.

Application instructions

Candidates should submit:
  • a letter of interest explaining why are you interested in this project and how you will contribute using your previous knowledge
  • Detailed CV
  • contact information for two academic referees
Please send all the required documents to Ruby (Ruby.chan@uwa.edu.au)

For more information

Contact: E/Prof. David Blair (David.Blair@uwa.edu.au)

Ruby Chan (Ruby.chan@uwa.edu.au)

Prof. Li Ju (Li.Ju@uwa.edu.au)


Postdoc Fellow at NCSA

(Posted here September 13, 2019)

Postdoctoral Fellow in Accelerated Deep Learning at the National Center for
Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign. NCSA is looking for a talented and motivated postdoctoral
fellow to lead a research and development effort in the area of accelerated
deep learning. Information regarding this position may be found at
http://www.ncsa.illinois.edu/about/jobs/pd_gravity

For full consideration, interested applicants should send their application
materials (cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, links to
recent publications, names/contact information of three referees) to
postdoc-search@ncsa.illinois.edu and include "NCSA Postdoc Application in
Deep Learning" in the subject line. Interviews and hires may take place prior
to the closing date and early applications are encouraged. Full consideration
will be given to complete applications received by the closing date, December
31, 2019. For further information regarding position requirements and
application procedures, contact Volodymyr Kindratenko at
kindrtnk@illinois.edu or +1 (217) 265-0209.



Call for a Permanent Research Position at the University of Rome Sapienza on Experimental Gravitation

(Posted here September 13, 2019)



From: riccif <fulvio.ricci@roma1.infn.it>

Date: Sun, Sep 8, 2019 at 9:30 PM

Subject: Call for Permanent Research position at university of Rome Sapienza on Experimental Gravitation

To: Jo van den Brand <jo@nikhef.nl>, <prbrady@uwm.edu>

Cc: Fulvio Ricci <fulvio.ricci@roma1.infn.it>

Dear Jo and Patrick,

would you please diffuse in the LVKC

the call for a

Permanent Research Position of the Center of Excellence on Gravitational Wave at the University of Rome Sapienza

https://web.uniroma1.it/trasparenza/dettaglio_bando/144991%C2%A0siamo

Yours sincerely

Fulvio

Prof. Fulvio Ricci

Dipartimento di Fisica

Università di Roma Sapienza

&

INFN Sezione di Roma

piazza A. Moro 5

00185 Roma

Italia

e-mail: fulvio.ricci@roma1.infn.it

tel: +39 0649914261, +39 3483187354

Research Associate Position, Cornell University

(Posted here September 13, 2019)

Research Associate Position
Cornell University
Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science


Cornell University expects to have an opening for a Research Associate in numerical relativity starting in September 2020. The position requires a Ph.D. and experience in numerical relativity or computational physics. The position is for one year, with subsequent renewals depending on performance and the availability of funds. The Cornell Relativity Group consists of Saul Teukolsky and Eanna Flanagan, senior research associate Larry Kidder and research associates Mike Boyle and Prayush Kumar. There will also be opportunities to interact with the Theoretical Astrophysics Group, including Rachel Bean, David Chernoff, Dong Lai, Richard Lovelace, and Ira Wasserman.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a CV (including list of publications) and a brief (1-3 pages) description of research interests, and should arrange three letters of reference to be submitted through Academic Jobs Online.

Alternatively, applications may be sent by email to: Ms. Lynda Sovocool lmk3@cornell.edu. Please note "Teukolsky Research Associate" in the subject heading, and put the CV and research statement in a single PDF file.

Applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to this same email address. All materials should be received by November 1, 2019.

Diversity and inclusion have been and continue to be a part of our heritage. Cornell University is a recognized EEO/AA employer and educator.

Announcement of Fermilab Lederman Fellowship 2019

(Posted here September 6, 2019)

From: James F Hirschauer <jhirsch@fnal.gov>

Subject: Announcement of Fermilab Lederman Fellowship 2019

Date: 2019-09-05 at 24:35:23 GMT+2

To: James F Hirschauer <jhirsch@fnal.gov>

Dear Collaboration Spokespeople (current and former) and Experiment Contacts,

Fermilab is now accepting applications for the 2019 Lederman Fellowship. Please forward this to your collaborations and encourage your eligible graduate students to apply.

*Applications will be accepted through October 18, 2019.*

Candidates should apply through Academic Jobs Online:

https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14374

The Lederman Fellowship at Fermilab is intended to attract exceptional postdoctoral candidates who have demonstrated outstanding ability in research and who, in addition, have a strong interest in education and outreach. Lederman Fellows are free to choose any area in Fermilab's broad experimental program for performing their research, including neutrino physics, LHC research with the CMS experiment, astroparticle physics, intensity frontier experiments such as Muon g-2 and Mu2e, quantum information science, and quantum sensor research.

Please feel free to contact me (jhirsch@fnal.gov) with questions or visit the Lederman Fellowship website to learn more:

http://fnal.gov/pub/forphysicists/fellowships/leon_lederman/index.html

Best Regards,

Jim Hirschauer

Lederman Fellowship Committee Chair

Theoretical Faculty Position at St. Olaf College

(Posted here September 6, 2019)

The opportunity below is for a faculty position in theoretical physics, subfield open, at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

https://stolaf.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=1608&job=physics-tenure-track-2020


Experimental Faculty Position at Carleton College

(Posted here September 6, 2019)

The opportunity below is for a faculty position in experimental physics, subfield open, at Carleton College in Northfield, MN.

https://jobs.carleton.edu/postings/4251

Postdoc Position at The University of Western Australia

(Posted here August 30, 2019)

Research Associate / Research Fellow – Department of Physics, University of Western Australia

• Full time, fixed term appointment for 2 years

• Salary range: Level A, $69,308 - $93,653 p.a. or Level B, $98,526 - $116,792 p.a. plus employer contributed superannuation of 17%

The University of Western Australia (UWA) node of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Gravitational wave Discovers (OzGrav) is currently focusing its research on developing advanced techniques for gravitational wave detectors. Our research programs include quantum measurement techniques for improving the quantum noise limited sensitivity, the control of parametric instability, optimal mode matching for reducing the loss of squeezed state injection, and silicon optics in high power cavities for next generation detectors.

We are looking for a dynamic experimentalist with motivation and drive and relevant experience. The work will involve conducting day to day research, and working closely with PhD students on experiments either with high power suspended optical cavities, or tabletop experiments.

UWA offers a vibrant research environment for gravitational wave astronomy. There is a long history of gravitational wave research at UWA. One of the first cryogenic bar detector Niobe was developed at the UWA during the 1980s. We also operating the 80m high optical power suspended cavities at the Gingin facility.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

• A PhD (or soon to be completed) in experimental physics

• Experience in precision measurements, opto-mechanical systems, optical cavities and feedback control systems.

• Contribute to writing and publishing papers in high impact journals

• Well-developed interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills

• The ability to establish and maintain international collaborations with leading international experts

• Basic knowledge of quantum measurement theory, noise analysis and vibration isolation is desirable

About you

As a passionate researcher, you will have experience in precision measures, opto-mechanical systems, optical cavities and feedback control systems. Your excellent written and verbal communications skills will enable you to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students and work collaboratively with other scientists and team members. You will also be adaptable and flexible in your working arrangements.

Full details of the position responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description. In preparing your application you are asked to demonstrate clearly that you meet the selection criteria.

Apply via http://external.jobs.uwa.edu.au/cw/en/job/503164?lApplicationSubSourceID

Closing date: 5 Sept

This position is open to international applicants.

Postdoc Position at Texas Tech University

(Posted here August 30, 2019)

Post-doctoral position in the areas of gravitational waves, multi-messenger astrophysics, and/or time-domain astronomy at Texas Tech University

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas Tech University, in the areas of gravitational waves, multi-messenger astrophysics, and time-domain astronomy (with emphasis on supernovae and gamma-ray bursts).

The astrophysics group at Texas Tech includes faculty Alessandra Corsi, Tom Maccarone, Benjamin Owen, Joe Romano, and Simone Scaringi, as well as several students and postdocs. The group is active in the areas of extreme and explosive astrophysics, gravitational-wave data analysis and theory, accretion processes, and machine learning techniques for data analysis.

The successful applicant will work with Dr. Alessandra Corsi and will be encouraged to complement currently active observational programs and collaborations. Preference will be given to candidates working on one or more of the following areas: gravitational-wave data analysis, electromagnetic follow up of gravitational-wave triggers, theoretical modeling and/or observations of gamma-ray bursts and supernovae.

The initial appointment will be for one year with start date on or before 2020 Jan 1. Earlier start dates are preferred; later start dates may be considered. Extension to a second year is contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funds. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy, or related fields, and should submit a CV complete with bibliography, and a brief statement of research experience and interests by applying to the TTU position number 18589BR via the following link:

https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25898&siteid=5635#jobDetails=463374_5635

Candidates should also arrange for at least two letters of reference to be sent via email to the attention of Dr. Alessandra Corsi at alessandra.corsi@ttu.edu. Complete applications (including letters of reference) received by 2019 October 1 will receive full consideration; however, review will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Texas Tech University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative active institution committed to excellence through diversity. Texas Tech welcomes applications from minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities, and from dual-career couples.

Faculty Position at the IGR University of Glasgow

(Posted here August 22, 2019)

The opportunity below is for a Faculty position in the Institute for Gravitational Research at the University of Glasgow - closing date 9th September

https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BUL607/lecturer-senior-lecturer-reader

Call for "La Caixa" Postdoctoral Fellowships at IGFAE, University of Santiago de Compostela

(Posted here August 22, 2019)

The "La Caixa" foundation has announced a call for postdoctoral fellowships for excellent researchers, of any nationality, who wish to continue their research career in Spain. They will be offered a three-year employment contract to conduct a research project at accredited centres with the Severo Ochoa or María de Maeztu excellence award.

The IGFAE Gravitational Wave Astronomy group at Santiago de Compostela, as a Maria de Maeztu excellence centre, encourages and will support applications to this call.

More information on the fellowship programme and application process are available at http://www.juniorleaderlacaixa.org/ , and on the host institute IGFAE at https://igfae.usc.es/igfae/ . The application deadline is 8 October (registration at https://www.lacaixafellowships.org is required for application). Contact thomas.dent@usc.es or ricardojulio.rodriguez@usc.es in case of questions.


Postdoc Positions at Jena FSU, Germany

Applications are invited for two postdoctoral positions in the field of gravitational waves and numerical relativity at the University of Jena. The positions are associated with the research group of Prof. Sebastiano Bernuzzi at the Theoretical Physics Institute Jena. One position is funded by ERC-StG grant 'BinGraSp', the other by Jena FSU. The successful candidates are expected to work on the topic of compact binaries in general relativity, including computational aspects in numerical relativity, gravitational waveform modeling and data-analysis applications. The group is part of the Virgo Collaboration and there is the possibility to join and participate to the LIGO-Virgo gravitational-wave astronomy programme. The group is also part of the computational relativity (CoRe) collaboration.

The appointment will be initially for one year with possible extension up to three years. Candidates with experience in analytical and numerical relativity, gravitational-wave modeling and data analysis are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, a brief description of research interests, and a list of three potential referees, who may be contacted separately. Applications should be received by October 1st, 2019, but will be considered until the positions are filled. Starting date can be as early as November 2019 and no later than Spring 2020. Please send applications to:

sebastiano.bernuzzi[AT]uni-jena.de
Theoretisch-Physikalisches Institut
Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena
Max Wien Platz 1
D-07743 Jena, Germany

Please use the string Application for PD position – SURNAME NAME in the Email subject and use the PDF format for all your files.

LINKS:

* http://www.tpi.uni-jena.de/~bernuzzi/news-jobs.html

* https://hyperspace.uni-frankfurt.de/2019/08/20/postdoc-positions-in-gravitational-waves-and-numerical-relativity-at-the-university-of-jena-germany/


Postdoc Position at UWA

(Posted here August 16, 2019)

Research Associate / Research Fellow – Department of Physics, University of Western Australia

• Full time, fixed term appointment for 2 years

• Salary range: Level A, $69,308 - $93,653 p.a. or Level B, $98,526 - $116,792 p.a. plus employer contributed superannuation of 17%

The University of Western Australia (UWA) node of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Gravitational wave Discovers (OzGrav) is currently focusing its research on developing advanced techniques for gravitational wave detectors. Our research programs include quantum measurement techniques for improving the quantum noise limited sensitivity, the control of parametric instability, optimal mode matching for reducing the loss of squeezed state injection, and silicon optics in high power cavities for next generation detectors.

We are looking for a dynamic experimentalist with motivation and drive and relevant experience. The work will involve conducting day to day research, and working closely with PhD students on experiments either with high power suspended optical cavities, or tabletop experiments.

UWA offers a vibrant research environment for gravitational wave astronomy. There is a long history of gravitational wave research at UWA. One of the first cryogenic bar detector Niobe was developed at the UWA during the 1980s. We also operating the 80m high optical power suspended cavities at the Gingin facility.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

• A PhD (or soon to be completed) in experimental physics

• Experience in precision measurements, opto-mechanical systems, optical cavities and feedback control systems.

• Contribute to writing and publishing papers in high impact journals

• Well-developed interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills

• The ability to establish and maintain international collaborations with leading international experts

• Basic knowledge of quantum measurement theory, noise analysis and vibration isolation is desirable

About you

As a passionate researcher, you will have experience in precision measures, opto-mechanical systems, optical cavities and feedback control systems. Your excellent written and verbal communications skills will enable you to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students and work collaboratively with other scientists and team members. You will also be adaptable and flexible in your working arrangements.

Full details of the position responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description. In preparing your application you are asked to demonstrate clearly that you meet the selection criteria.

Apply via http://external.jobs.uwa.edu.au/cw/en/job/503164?lApplicationSubSourceID

Closing date: 4 weeks

This position is open to international applicants.

Education and Public Outreach Technologist at Sonoma State University

(Posted here August 9, 2019)

Education and Public Outreach Technologist, E/PO Group, Sonoma State University - Perfect for recent postdoc with strong computer background who wants to get involved in E/PO!

See job #104879 at http://www.sonoma.edu/jobs

--

Lynn Cominsky
Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Director, SSU Education and Public Outreach Group
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Work: 707-664-2655
FAX: 800-848-6369

Personal Home page: http://universe.sonoma.edu/~lynnc

Group site: http://epo.sonoma.edu

Pronouns: she/her/hers/herself


Postdoc Position in Experimental Interferometry at the APC

(Posted here August 9, 2019)

Dear colleagues and LISA friends,

The LISA team at the APC in Paris is recruiting an experimental physicist (post-doc or research engineer) to contribute to the development of ultra-stable interferometric benches, in preparation of the optical systems required to characterise the LISA instruments.

More details are available below.

Interviews of selected candidates will take place end of August / beginning of September, with an expected hiring date on October 1st, 2019.

Please feel free to forward this offer to anyone who may be interested.

Regards,

Hubert Halloin

Position

Experimental physicist in optical metrology

Mission

The APC laboratory (University of Paris) is looking for an expert in instrument science for developing and working on ultra-stable interferometric optical benches.
More specifically, he/she will be working within the LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) team from the APC laboratory.

LISA is an ESA-led space mission composed of 3 separate satellites, 2.5 million km apart, aimed at detecting low frequency gravitational waves. Selected by ESA in 2017, the LISA mission is scheduled for launch in 2034 and is currently in Phase A (preliminary definition). The French contribution, under the supervision of CNES (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales), focuses on the integration and validation of the LISA instruments. In this context, the APC is responsible for developing a test bench based on laser interferometry that will demonstrate the ability to characterize ground-based instruments prior to launch.

Within the team, the candidate will participate to different optical experiments and demonstrators, as required to prepare for the tasks of integrating and testing the various sub- systems of the onboard instrument. These developments require the implementation of optical techniques related to laser heterodyne interferometric measurement techniques at very high precision and very high stability. The expected stability performance is at a few pm and μrad levels over periods of several hundred seconds. Stability requirements for this type of measurement will also require addressing the opto-mechanical and thermal aspects of the systems.

Activities

The proposed activities will cover different aspects. The first of them is to participate, in collaboration with experts from the field and within a large French collaboration (8 research institutes and CNES), to the realization of an optical bench using high precision heterodyne interferometry. This test bench aims at demonstrating the feasibility of integration and characterization of the LISA instrument and will evolve to gain representativeness and according to the needs of the project.

Three steps are presently considered in the realization of this optical demonstrator:
• The complete realization of an interferometric bench on an Invar board, implementing the final optical design, allowing both to validate the technical solutions and implement the integration and testing procedures
• Manufacturing supervision and integration of a Zerodur bench and its tests in a representative environment
• The coupling of this device with an external bench and the measurement of the stability of the interface.
The candidate should be ready to present his/her results to the CNES and the LISA Consortium. Short trips in France or abroad (Europe, United States) are also to be considered.

Expected Skills

Graduated with an engineering degree and / or a PhD in physics with expertise in instrumentation, you have skills in optics, laser and interferometry. You are immediately operational in these areas. Experience in the field of heterodyne interferometry is a plus, as well as previous experience in optical instrumentation for LISA or similar projects, such as VIRGO, LIGO or LISA Pathfinder.

Your theoretical and practical knowledge allows you to evolve in a mixed team of physicists and engineers and take responsibility for project tasks. You have skills in different instrumentation-related fields, are autonomous in the completion of your tasks and can adapt quickly to new requirements and experimental constraints. You have a good relationship and appreciate working in teams.

In particular, you have experiences and / or knowledge in the following areas:
- Expertise in optical instrumentation (both theoretical and experimental)
- Expertise in optical systems design
- Knowledge in the use of optical simulation tools (Zemax, Matlab, FRED ...)
- Knowledge and implementation of low noise interferometry techniques, optical metrology -General knowledge in the different fields of physics, instrumentation, electronics and mechanics.

- Good knowledge of scientific and technical English
- Capability to present results to international agencies and partners - Aptitude and experience of working in a clean room

Research environment

The APC laboratory is a joint research unit of the CNRS, the Paris Diderot University / University of Paris, with CEA, the Observatoire de Paris and CNES as secondary supervising institutes. The laboratory works at the interface between astrophysics and high energy physics and is involved in several space missions of CNES, ESA and NASA - e.g: LISAPathfinder and LISA, ATHENA, EUSO, SVOM, EUCLID, TARANIS, etc. - as well as ground-based experiments such as VIRGO-Ad, QUBIC, KM3NET, CTA, DUNE, etc., which are all being developped within international collaborations.

Within a matrix-type organization, you will be assigned to the 'Experimental Techniques' Department and you will join the LISA multidisciplinary project team by bringing your skills in optics and instrumentation.

Contract details

The expected hiring date is on October 1st, 2019. The contract is for one year, with a possibility of extension to 2 years.

Depending on the candidate’s working experience, wages will be between 2 470 € and 2664 € before taxes.

Application procedure

If you are interested by the proposed position, please send a résumé, one motivation and two recommendation letters to: hubert.halloin@apc.in2p3.fr

Interviews (on site or remotely) shall be organized during the last week of August and first week of September.


Postdoctoral Positions in Numerical Relativity at the Rochester Institute of Technology

(Posted here August 9, 2019)

The Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (CCRG) at the

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) anticipates filling several

postdoctoral positions in the coming year. We are looking for

postdoctoral candidates interested in working in the areas of modeling

and simulation of gravitational waves sources and their electromagnetic

counterparts, including binary black holes and neutron stars, and their

astrophysical interpretation in the context of the LIGO-Virgo observations.

We are also interested in candidates working in relativistic

magneto-hydrodynamics simulations of accretion disks around

supermassive black hole mergers, and their jet dynamics.

The successful postdoctoral candidates will have the opportunity to

collaborate on a broad range of research topics in gravitational

physics. Our group is involved in several large collaborations,

including the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), The Einstein

Toolkit Consortium (http://einsteintoolkit.org), and a Petascale

computing project with NCSA.

There are many senior researchers working in a broad range of areas of

gravitational physics and astrophysics at the CCRG. This includes

Manuela Campanelli (Director), Sukanya Chakrabarti, Joshua Faber,

Carlos Lousto, Richard O'Shaughnessy, Jason Nordhaus, Yosef Zlochower,

John Whelan, and Hans-Peter Bischof, several postdoctoral

fellows and Ph.D. students (see http://ccrg.rit.edu/people for an

overview on who is or has been at CCRG). The group also collaborates

with many faculty, postdocs and graduate students in the larger

astrophysics group (http://www.rit.edu/cos/astrophysics/), the school

of Mathematical Sciences (http://www.rit.edu/cos/sms/) and the School

of Physics and Astronomy (http://www.rit.edu/cos/physics/).

The positions are for two or three years and renewable depending on

satisfactory performance and the availability of funds. CCRG

researchers have access to several computing cluster facilities at

national computing centers such as XSEDE and BlueWaters as well as two

dedicated 1300 and 1600-core clusters hosted at the Center.

More information about the CCRG is available at http://ccrg.rit.edu/

And about Rochester at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rochester,_New_York

Applications should consist of a cover letter, a brief statement of

research interests, a curriculum vitae including publication list, and

at least three letters of recommendation. All materials should be sent

electronically as soon as possible to: ccrg-postdoc[AT]ccrgweb.rit.edu

For an overview of all job openings at CCRG please go to:

https://ccrg.rit.edu/career

Enquiries can be addressed to the center's Director:

Manuela Campanelli, manuela[AT]astro[dot]rit[dot]edu Center for

Computational Relativity and Gravitation, School of Mathematical

Sciences, and School of Physics and Astronomy, Rochester Institute of

Technology (RIT) 85 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, New York 14623 USA

Review of completed applications will begin as soon as available and

will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Deadline for applications

is January 31st, 2020. Starting date can be as early as September, 2020.

RIT is committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.

Research Scientist Permanent Position in GW at UCLouvain, Belgium

(Posted here July 25, 2019)

Dear Colleagues,

UCLouvain (Belgium) has recently joined the Virgo Collaboration and has an ambitious program in GW research. The group has now an opening for a permanent research scientist in GW. Job announcement and application page can be found here:

https://jobs.uclouvain.be/Personnelscientifique/job/Logisticien-de-recherche/541982901/

Best regards,

Giacomo Bruno

Professor of Physics

UCLouvain, Belgium

Postdoctoral Scholar Position Available in Experimental Gravitational Physics at Caltech

(Posted here July 18, 2019)

The Caltech Experimental Gravitational Physics group has an opening for a postdoc position in LIGO Voyager experiments, beginning as soon as possible.

Please see (for details):

https://caltechexperimentalgravity.github.io/jobs.html

2 PhD Positions in New Research Group for GW Detection in Hamburg

(Posted here July 18, 2019)

From: Oliver Gerberding <contact@olivergerberding.com>

Subject: 2 PhD positions in new research group for GW detection in Hamburg

Date: 2019-07-16 at 09:12:06 EDT

To: consortium <consortium@lisamission.org>

Reply-To: Oliver Gerberding <contact@olivergerberding.com>

Dear colleagues,

I would like to advertise two Ph.D. student positions in my newly

established research group for gravitational wave detection at the

University of Hamburg.

Deadline for applications is the 15th of August or until the positions

are filled.

I would appreciate it if you could also further circulate the job

advertisements to any appropriate mailing lists or colleagues.

Thank you and best regards,

Oliver Gerberding

The Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences / Department of Physics /
Institute of Experimental Physics invites applications for a

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Sub-femtometer multi-fringe interferometry for gravitational wave detection


- SALARY LEVEL 13 TV-L -

The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 1 of the Hamburg higher education act
(Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on October 1st, 2019.

This is a fixed term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor con-
tract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The initial fixed term is three years. The

position calls for 50% of standard work hours per week.*
Responsibilities:

Research associates will be expected primarily to teach and conduct research. The research as-
sociate will also have the opportunity to pursue further academic qualifications, in particular a

doctoral dissertation. At least one-third of set working hours will be made available for the re-
search associate’s own academic work.

Specific Duties:
The newly established research group for gravitational wave detection of the Quantum Universe
Cluster of Excellence in Hamburg aims to study and develop the metrology for future ground
and space-based detectors like the Einstein Telescope or the Laser Interferometer Space
Antenna. To this end the group develops interferometric sensors that use high-speed digital
signal processing and quasi-monolithic opto-mechanics to reduce critical noise sources at low
frequencies. The research is conducted in international collaborations with partners all over
Europe and the globe.
This position is focused on the development of novel interferometric readout systems with high
dynamic range and sub-femtometer level displacement noise. This involves the realisation of an
FPGA based phase readout system, the construction of an optical test set-up in vacuum, the

comissioning of a fiber-based laser preparation and the integration into and testing of opto-
mechanical sensors. This position is part of the collaboration project High-QG, involving the Max-
Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and Fraunhofer IOF.

In accordance with the mandatory teaching assignment the teaching load will be 2 hours per
week.

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Requirements:
A university degree in a relevant field. Prior experience in several of the following fields is
beneficial: Optics, gravitational wave detection, analogue and digital electronics, hardware &
software programming (FGPAs), digital signal processing. In addition a high intrinsic motivation
and individual responsibility, as well as creative scientific thinking and ability to work in an
international team are required.
The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly

encourages women to apply. Equally qualified female applicants will receive preference in ac-
cordance with the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz,

HmbGleiG).

Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the ap-
plication process.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Oliver Gerberding
(contact@olivergerberding.com) or consult our website at http://iexp.uni-hamburg.de/.

Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, and copies of degree cer-
tificate(s). Please send applications by August 15th, 2019 to: contact@olivergerberding.com. Later

applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Please do not submit original documents as we are not able to return them. Any documents sub-
mitted will be destroyed after the application process has concluded.

The Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Department of Physics, Institute
of Experimental Physics invites applications for a

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Local interferometry for gravitational wave detectors


- SALARY LEVEL 13 TV-L -

The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 1 of the Hamburg higher education act
(Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on 1 October 2019 or later.

This is a fixed term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor con-
tract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The initial fixed term is three years. The

position calls for 50% of standard work hours per week.*
Responsibilities:

Research associates will be expected primarily to teach and conduct research. The research as-
sociate will also have the opportunity to pursue further academic qualifications, in particular a

doctoral dissertation. At least one-third of set working hours will be made available for the re-
search associate’s own academic work.

Specific Duties:

The Cluster of Excellence “Quantum Universe” performs research to understand mass and grav-
ity at the interface between quantum physics and cosmology. The research team includes lead-
ing scientists from mathematics, particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology at Universität

Hamburg and DESY.
The newly established research group for gravitational wave detection of the Quantum Universe
Cluster of Excellence in Hamburg aims to study and develop the metrology for future ground

and space-based detectors like the Einstein Telescope or the Laser Interferometer Space An-
tenna. To this end the group develops interferometric sensors that use high-speed digital signal

processing and quasi-monolithic opto-mechanics to reduce critical noise sources at low frequen-
cies. The research is conducted in international collaborations with partners all over Europe and

the globe.


This position is focused on the development of local, compact interferometric sensors for the
test masses in future ground-based gravitational-wave detectors. This involves the construction

of an optical mirror suspension as test set-up in vacuum, the simulation and design of the inter-
ferometric sensor, the realization of an FPGA based phase readout system and, finally, the laser

system integration and testing.
Teaching is expected at the level of 2 hours per week. Doctoral research associates will become
members of the Quantum Universe research school (QURS) and through this receive offers for

academic training, soft skills, and career planning. In addition, they will receive individual budg-
ets, meant to enable them to attend summer schools, conferences or other educational and sup-
porting measures. Additional travel money for project-specific duties will be made available via

the hosting research groups. Doctoral research associates may actively participate in the organ-
ization of the Cluster via an early career council.

Requirements:
A university degree in a relevant field. Prior experience in several of the following fields is
beneficial: Optics, gravitational-wave detection, analogue and digital electronics, hardware &
software programming (FGPAs), digital signal processing. In addition a high intrinsic motivation
and individual responsibility, as well as creative scientific thinking and ability to work in an
international team are required.

The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly

encourages women to apply. Equally qualified female applicants will receive preference in ac-
cordance with the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz,

HmbGleiG).

Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the ap-
plication process.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Oliver Gerberding

(contact@olivergerberding.com) or consult our websites at www.physnet.uni-ham-
burg.de/fachbereich-physik/institute/iexp.html and www.qu.uni-hamburg.de.

Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, and copies of degree cer-
tificate(s), and two letters of recommendation. Please send applications by 15 August 2019 to:

contact@olivergerberding.com and office@qu.uni-hamburg.de. Later applications will be con-
sidered until the position is filled.

Please do not submit original documents as we are not able to return them. Any documents sub-
mitted will be destroyed after the application process has concluded.

Data Science Job Opportunities within the Gravitational Wave Data Centre

(Posted here July 18, 2019)

Please see below the announcement of a number of job opportunities at the newly-established Australian Gravitational Wave Data Centre (GWDC).

Informal enquirers regarding these positions are welcome to Jarrod Hurley (jhurley@swin.edu.au) as well as to the following members of OzGrav: Matthew Bailes (mbailes@swin.edu.au), Paul Lasky (paul.lasky@monash.edu), Andrew Melatos (amelatos@unimelb.edu.au), Linqing Wen (linqing.wen@uwa.edu.au), and Karl Wette (karl.wette@anu.edu.au).

____________________________

From: Jarrod Hurley (jhurley@swin.edu.au)

Sent: Tuesday, 16 July 2019 2:20 PM

Subject: Data Science Job Opportunities within the Gravitational Wave Data Centre

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the availability of a range of astronomy-focussed data science employment opportunities as a Gravitational Wave Data Centre (GWDC) is established as an extension of the Astronomy Data and Computing Services (ADACS) team based at Swinburne University of Technology.

Successful applicants will be part of a highly motivated, diversely qualified team of experts ensuring the successful delivery of high-performance computing and data science programs focussed on meeting the data processing and data management needs of the gravitational wave astronomy community. The roles cover a range of levels and include software engineering and testing, research and development activities, high-performance computing support and training.

The full advertisement for each role, including the position description and instructions on how to apply, are available via the following links:

- Senior High-Performance Computing System Administrator: https://swinjobs.nga.net.au/?jati=1CD312DB-C76C-1E47-2F4A-AD73668F7139

- Senior Project Support Team Member: https://swinjobs.nga.net.au/?jati=2ACA6C8A-5719-5402-24A5-AD7365EB122E

- Junior Project Support Team Member: https://swinjobs.nga.net.au/?jati=3C6AD57D-622C-C79A-3142-AD7365D89580

Applications close at 5pm on 25th July 2019.

These roles will be based at Swinburne working within the Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing and working closely with all nodes of the OzGrav Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery. Successful applicants will work both independently and directly with other members of the ADACS support team as well as with members of the national astronomy community.

The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could bring this to the attention of potential applicants and circulate widely.

Best regards,

Jarrod Hurley

Faculty Opening for GW Research at Leuven, Belgium

(Posted here July 18, 2019)

The announcement and all information is here: https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/55192386?lang=en

Needless to say feel free to encourage promising candidates to apply !

Postdoc Position in GW Astrophysical Data Science at Caltech LIGO

(Posted here July 12, 2019)

Postdoc Position Available in GW Astrophysical Data Science at Caltech LIGO

The Caltech LIGO Gravitational Wave Astrophysical Data Science group https://labcit.ligo.caltech.edu/groups/astrophysics-group/index.shtml has an opening for a postdoc position, beginning as soon as possible. Please see:

https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/page/postdocs

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Alan Weinstein, ajw@ligo.caltech.edu .


Visiting Assistant Prof. Position, Montclair State

(Posted here July 12, 2019)

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Montclair State University has an opening for a 1-year Visiting Assistant Professor. The position is primarily instructional and must begin on September 1, 2019. We expect to conduct a tenure-track search in the fall, and we hope to attract a candidate who will also be competitive in that search. (In the past, we have made hires from our visiting faculty.) If interested, please submit your application by August 1, 2019 for full consideration.

Full details can be found here:

https://www.montclair.edu/physics-astronomy/2019/07/11/opening-for-visiting-assistant-professor-in-physics-or-astronomy-1-year-position/

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Dr. Marc Favata

Chairperson and Associate Professor

Department of Physics & Astronomy

Montclair State University

1 Normal Ave.

Montclair, NJ 07043

office phone: 973-655-4406

https://www.montclair.edu/~favatam

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3-yr Postdoc Position Available in GW Data Science at the UWA

(Posted here July 4, 2019)

3-yr postdoc position available on GW data science and multi-messenger astronomy at the Gravitational Wave Astronomy group at the UWA:

http://internal.jobs.uwa.edu.au/ci/en/job/503049?lApplicationSubSourceID

Regards,

Linqing


Linqing Wen

Professor of Physics, UWA

Unit Coordinator, SCIE1121, UWA

Chief Investigator

ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery

Postdoc at Cardiff

(Posted here June 27, 2019)

Research Associate in Gravitational-Wave Astronomy

The Cardiff University Gravity Exploration Institute (http://www.astro.cardiff.ac.uk/research/gravity/) is seeking applications to fill the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate. The position is available at Grade 6 level for two years.

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

The posts is full-time and fixed-term for 2 years, with the latest possible start date of 1 October 2019.

Salary: £33,199 - £39,609 per annum (Grade 6)

Informal enquiries about the role can be made by email to Prof. Patrick Sutton (suttonpj1@cardiff.ac.uk).

Informal enquiries about working at Cardiff University can be made to Glesni Lloyd (LloydGW @cardiff.ac.uk).

Closing date: Friday, 19 July 2019

To apply: Visit https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/jobs/vacancies/academic-vacancies and search for post 8638.


GSSI Postdoc Positions

(Posted here June 27, 2019)

The Gran Sasso Science Institute is offering two postdoctoral positions in

gravitational-wave detection and multi-messenger science:

https://applications.gssi.it/postdoc/

The deadline for applications is July 11, 2019. Each appointment is for

two years. It includes generous support for travel, and the yearly

salary amounts to €36,000.00 gross (about €2600 netto per month).

The Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) is an international PhD school

and a center for research and higher education in the areas of Physics,

Mathematics, Computer Science and Social Sciences. The gravitational-wave

group at GSSI consists of the faculty members Marica Branchesi,

Eugenio Coccia, and Jan Harms, with researchers, postdocs, and

PhD students.

Members of the group are also affiliated with the National Labs of Gran

Sasso operated by INFN (National Institute of Nuclear Physics) and with

INAF (National Institute of Astrophysics).

We are searching for a postdoc to work on multi-messenger observations,

and/or the analysis and modeling of electromagnetic or gravitational-wave

signals emitted by gravitational-wave sources.

We are searching for another postdoc to work on one/some of the following

topics: stochastic gravitational-wave searches, parameter estimation of

signals from compact binaries, and modeling of fundamental or environmental

noise in large-scale, laser-interferometric gravitational-wave detectors,

which includes site-characterization activities at the Sardinia candidate

site of the Einstein Telescope. This position is offered as part of the PRIN

research project “Characterization of the Sos Enattos mine in Sardinia as the

site for the Einstein Telescope GW observatory”.

The two postdocs will profit from the presence of PhD students already

dedicated to these topics.

For informal inquiries please contact:

Dr Marica Branchesi (marica.branchesi@gssi.it) or

Dr Jan Harms (jan.harms@gssi.it).


Jan Harms

Assistant Professor (RTDb)

Gran Sasso Science Institute

Affiliated with INFN (Laboratorio Nazionale di Gran Sasso)

Member of the Virgo Collaboration

2 Year+ Funding Opportunity in Santiago to Start Soon, Deadline June 30

(Posted here June 27, 2019)

IGFAE, University of Santiago de Compostela - IGFAE Ignite funding 1st call

This is for a 2-year possible position up to June 2021 in Santiago to work on new/interdisciplinary research lines, with potential extensions depending on the availability of external funding.

Although the proposal has to be submitted from inside IGFAE (the institute here) it can involve hiring someone at (experienced) postdoc level from outside and the funding is sufficent to pay 2 years' salary, expenses etc.

'New line' will mean anything that's not already being done in the institute, which on the GW side means anything that's not compact binary search, high-energy neutrino followup and rate/population data analysis.

Anyone interested should contact thomas.dent@usc.es ASAP as the deadline is not far in the future. The application procedure is informal but will require a brief description of the project with methodology and timeline.

Begin forwarded message:

From: SALGADO LOPEZ CARLOS ALBERTO <carlos.salgado@usc.es>

Subject: [IGFAE-all] IGFAE Ignite funding

Date: 10. June 2019 at 20:21:08 CEST

To: "igfae-all@igfae.usc.es" <igfae-all@igfae.usc.es>

Dear all,

We are launching the first call for internal projects under the IGFAE Ignite program included in the Maria de Maeztu proposal. I am sending you the call where you will find more information. In short

- projects funded upto 100KEuro in 2 years (before June 30th 2021)

- any member of IGFAE with a PhD can apply

- new ideas and activities at IGFAE

Please, do not hesitate to ask questions if needed. Deadline June 30th !

Best regards

Carlos

--


Instituto Galego de Física de Altas Enerxías

http://igfae.usc.es/

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

Staff Scientist Position at the University of British Columbia

(Posted here June13, 2019)

Applications are invited for a permanent (contingent on external funding) Research Associate position within the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia, working with Professor Jess McIver ’s group on gravitational wave astrophysics research.

The successful candidate will play a leading role in the characterization of the LIGO gravitational wave detectors, software infrastructure support, and data analysis efforts within the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. The ideal candidate would have strong experience and interest in gravitational wave detector characterization methods, gravitational wave data analysis, software development, and large-scale interferometer instrumentation, as well as a proven ability to lead projects within a large collaboration, and experience mentoring students and postdoctoral scholars. The position will be based at UBC, with travel to the LIGO sites as needed.

Applications will be reviewed starting on June 15, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

You can find more information and application instructions on the APS Jobs website.

If you have any questions, please contact Jess McIver (jessica.mciver@ligo.org).

NASA HQ Civil Servant Program Scientist

(Posted here June13, 2019)

http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/536123800

NASA APD is conducting a nationwide search for an astrophysicist to serve as a civil servant Program Scientist (GS 14/15) at NASA HQ. This direct hire announcement opens on June 10 and closes on June 14 at https://www.usajobs.gov/ with an announcement number of HQ19H0004.

Key responsibilities include: contributing to high-level strategic planning of NASA’s astrophysics program; providing oversight for space missions in development and operation, managing the research program, and orchestrating peer reviews to evaluate the scientific merit of proposals; and communicating and engaging with multiple stakeholders both internal and external to NASA.

NASA HQ advises those interested in applying to create or update their USAjobs information before the job opens and does not want anyone to be deterred from applying. Read the full text from APD here.


ANU Faculty Position in large area Coating deposition

(Posted here June12, 2019)

From: David McClelland <David.McClelland@anu.edu.au>

Date: Tuesday June 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Expression of Interest: Tenure track Position in Coating R&D for Gravitational Wave Detectors

The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, has recently acquired the coating facility that was used to coat optics for Advanced LIGO. We are planning to upgrade and develop this facility to investigate large area coatings for near term and longer term gravitational wave interferometers. We are seeking to appoint an outstanding mid to senior career research driven academic in gravitational wave interferometer coating research to lead this activity. It will be a joint position between the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysicsand the Research School of Physics and Engineeringin the newly formed ANU Centre for Gravitational Astrophysics. This will be a tenure-track position with a negotiable probation period. At this time we are seeking a 2 page Expressions of Interest (EoI) only along with your complete CV. EoIs will be accepted any time up until by July 15, 2019.

For further information, please contact Professor David McClelland (david.mcclelland@anu.edu.au). Please email your expression of interest the ANU OzGrav Administrator, Dr Sareh Rajabi (Sareh.Rajabi@anu.edu.au), before the closing date.



Post-Doctoral Researcher Positions in Gravity Theory and GW Phenomenology at Sapienza University of Rome

(Posted here June 6, 2019)

From: Paolo Pani <paolo.pani@uniroma1.it>

Subject: Post-Doctoral Researcher positions in “Gravity theory and gravitational wave phenomenology” at Sapienza University of Rome

Date: 2019-06-05 at 14:29:05 GMT+2

To: consortium@lisamission.org, fp-wg@lisamission.org, wav-wg@lisamission.org

Reply-To: Paolo Pani <paolo.pani@uniroma1.it>

Apologies if you receive this message multiple times. Please share with potentially interested candidates.

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We expect to open multiple Post-Doctoral Researcher positions at various seniority levels to work in the area of strong gravity (theory and phenomenology). The successful candidates will join the “Gravity theory and gravitational wave phenomenology” group at Sapienza University of Rome.

The appointment is for two years, with a net salary (depending on seniority) competitive with international standards. All candidates must hold (or soon be completing) a Ph.D. in Physics. The positions are expected to start by September/October 2020, but earlier start dates (up to Fall 2019) will be considered. Screening of the applications will begin in September 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled.

The research activity of the successful candidate will focus on gravitational-wave modelling and phenomenology, black-hole and neutron-star physics, tests of gravity and of the nature of compact objects, and strong-gravity tests of dark matter. The members of the group are also expected to get involved in other activities such as training of students.

Staff members of the gravity theory group at Sapienza currently include Valeria Ferrari, Leonardo Gualtieri, Andrea Maselli, and Paolo Pani, as well as Marie Curie Fellow Richard Brito, postdoc Swetha Bhagwat, five PhD students, and several master students. The group is involved in the COST Actions ”CA 16104 Gravitational waves, black holes and fundamental physics (GWverse)”

and “CA 16214 The multi-messenger physics and astrophysics of neutron stars (PHAROS)” . It is part of the “Amaldi Research Center for gravitational physics and astrophysics” at Sapienza, of the RISE H2020-MC network “Strong gravity and high-energy physics (StronGrHEP)” and of the INFN Specific Initiative TEONGRAV - Gravitational Wave Sources. Members of the group are also part of the LISA Consortium, the GWIC-3G Science Case Team, and eXTP Science Team. The group has also strong connections with other local groups at Sapienza, with the gravity groups in Lisbon (IST), Johns Hopkins University, Tubingen, Nottingham, Baleares, Cambridge, Aveiro, SISSA, Milano Bicocca, and King's College London.

The Department of Physics at Sapienza hosts renowned research groups in several areas of physics and is regularly included among the first 40 Physics & Astronomy institutes in the world according to various rankings.

Application should be sent through this online form.

Sapienza University of Rome values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The selection will be done in agreement with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers, and particular attention will be paid to the gender balance of the group.
These positions are funded by the Italian Ministry of Research (MIUR, PRIN 2017) and by the ERC Starting Grant DarkGRA.

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Sincerely,

Paolo Pani


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Paolo Pani
Associate Professor
ERC StG Fellow, http://www.darkgra.org/

Physics Department (Marconi Building), 2nd floor, room 202c
Sapienza University of Rome
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5 - 00185 Rome (Italy)

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PhD Positions in Experimental Physics of GWs at the University of Pisa and INFN Pisa

(Posted here May 31, 2019)

Dear all,

The Virgo group at the University of Pisa and INFN Pisa section

http://virgopisa.df.unipi.it/

http://virgopisa.df.unipi.it/tiki-index.php?page=Group-Members

would like to draw your attention on the opening of PhD positions in Physics at the University of Pisa. The application deadline is May 29, 2019 at 13:00. Expected start date October 2019. In particular, the following positions may be of special interest:

FISICA03: 1 position EGO (Consorzio European Gravitational Observatory) on the theme "Experimental Physics of Gravitational waves".

http://dottorato.unipi.it/images/stories/competition2019_2020/concorsi_eng/fisica3_eng.pdf

FISICA04: 3 positions EGO (Consorzio European Gravitational Observatory) on the theme "Experimental Physics of Gravitational waves" reserved to candidates with non italian education.

http://dottorato.unipi.it/images/stories/competition2019_2020/concorsi_eng/fisica4_stra_eng.pdf

All the four positions are reserved to candidates interested in a research project focused on experimental physics of gravitational waves. The opportunity of spending a substantial amount of time at the EGO site in Cascina (Italy), working on the Virgo detector will be offered to the candidates.

In addition, positions without a specific theme are also available.

FISICA01: 15 positions Physics.

http://dottorato.unipi.it/images/stories/competition2019_2020/concorsi_eng/fisica1_eng.pdf

FISICA02: 1 position Physics (reserved to students who have graduated from a foreign university).

http://dottorato.unipi.it/images/stories/competition2019_2020/concorsi_eng/fisica2_stra_eng.pdf

Applications for FISICA01, FISICA02, FISICA03, FISICA04 must be submitted separately.

All the details about the applications can be found here:

http://dottorato.unipi.it/index.php/en/

We encourage all interested students to contact any of us directly.

francesco.fidecaro@df.unipi.it

giancarlo.cella@pi.infn.it

The Pisa Virgo group

LIGO, Louisiana has an opening for a Vacuum Equipment Engineer

(Posted here May 24, 2019)



Please note that LIGO has an opening for a Vacuum Equipment Engineer. I think that this position would suit a recent or future Mech Eng graduate.

The position is posted on the Caltech website and accessible using the link below.

https://chm.tbe.taleo.net/chm03/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=CALTECH&cws=37&rid=4639

LIGO Laboratory (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) has an opening for a Vacuum Equipment Engineer join its team. LIGO is a National Science Foundation major facility dedicated to gravitational wave astronomy and astrophysics, jointly operated by the California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The current generation of advanced interferometers came on line in 2015 and shortly afterwards LIGO launched the field of gravitational wave astronomy with the first observation of the birth of a black hole; this achievement led to the awarding of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics to its founders. LIGO consists of two widely separated (3,002 km), 4 kilometer-long interferometers operating as a single, phased detector. One (LIGO Hanford Observatory) is located north of Richland, Washington and the other (LIGO Livingston Observatory) is in Livingston, Louisiana. The LIGO observatories each operate a 10 million liter ultra-high-vacuum (UHV) system that consists of 8 km of meter-wide vacuum pipe and numerous interconnected chambers, among the largest such systems in the World. They each include 8 km of 1.2m-diameter beam tube, interconnecting approximately ten 3m-diameter vessels that house the detector apparatus. LIGO detectors operate in the 10-9 Torr pressure range, relying on a combination of cryogenic, turbomolecular, ion and getter pump technologies, combined with stringent material and operating protocols. Its technologies include cryogenic, turbo-molecular, and ion pumps, and residual gas analyzers.

The work location is at the LIGO Livingston Observatory, near Livingston, Louisiana.

Please contact me if you would like any further information.

Regards

Richard

Richard Oram, PhD

Operations Manager,

LIGO Livingston

LIGO

PO Box 940

Livingston,

LA 70754

roram@ligo-la.caltech.edu

Phone at LIGO: +1 225 686-3102


Postdoctoral Position at RIT in Multi-Messenger Astrophysics

(Posted here May 24, 2019)

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Multi-messenger Astrophysics at the Rochester

Institute of Technology, New York

The recent observations of a binary neutron star merger using both

gravitational wave interferometers as well as electromagnetic telescopes

across the full spectrum have initiated the age of multi-messenger astronomy

and astrophysics.

As part of NSF collaborative projects, the RIT's Center for Computational

Relativity and Gravitation (CCRG) is currently

seeking to fill a postdoctoral research position with highly qualified

individuals interested pursuing research in the

multimessenger analysis and interpretation of neutron star mergers.

We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in hydrodynamical

simulations of binary merger,

relativistic outflows, and nucleosynthesis. Expertise in detailed,

self-consistent simulations of electromagnetic

emission is also highly desired. We are interested in performing

``event-based'' simulations, using parameters

informed by specific LIGO/Virgo detections, and thereby permitting much

closer comparison with observables, in order to

interpret current and future multi-messenger observations by a wide array of

current and future detectors.

Successful applicants will work closely with and regularly visit

collaborators at the Center for Theoretical

Astrophysics (CTA) at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL). Here, they will

consult with the experts on nuclear equations of

state, r-process nucleosynthesis, atomic opacities and detailed radiative

transfer to produce realistic predictions

which can be compared with observations. To ensure efficient and productive

collaboration, successful applicants

should be prepared to spend significant percentage of time at LANL during

the year.

Senior scientists in the CCRG include Manuela Campanelli (Director), Joshua

Faber, Carlos Lousto, Richard

O'Shaughnessy, Jason Nordhaus, Yosef Zlochower, Sukanya Chakrabarti, John

Whelan, and Hans-Peter Bischof, several

postdoctoral fellows and Ph.D. students (see http://ccrg.rit.edu/people for

an overview on who is or has been at CCRG).

The group is involved in several large collaborations, including the LIGO

Scientific Collaboration (LSC), The Einstein

Toolkit Consortium (http://einsteintoolkit.org) and a NASA Theoretical and

Computational Astrophysics Network

(TCAN) devoted to the simulation of neutron star mergers. CCRG researchers

have access to several computing cluster facilities at national computing

centers such as XSEDE and the NCSA's Blue Waters Supercomputer (with an

allocation of over 160MSUs), as well as a dedicated over 3000-core

cluster hosted at the Center. The Center for Theoretical Astrophysics at

LANL is directed by Chris Fryer. Subject experts include Chris Fontes, Aimee

Hungerford, Joshua Dolence, Wesley Even, Ryan Wollaeger, Matthew Mumpower,

Jonas Lippuner, Jonah M. Miller, W. Thomas Vestrand, Przemek Wozniak, and

others (see https://ccsweb.lanl.gov/astro/index.html#team). Experts at LANL

CTA are involved in various large collaborations, including LIGO and LISA,

several gamma-ray astronomy programs, and gravitational-wave counterparts

search and follow-up campaigns.

More information about the CCRG is available at http://ccrg.rit.edu/. And

about Rochester at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rochester,_New_York

Applications should consist of a cover letter, a brief statement of research

interests, a curriculum vitae including publication list, and at least three

letters of recommendation. All materials should be sent electronically as

soon as possible to: oshaughn[AT]main[dot]rit[dot]edu with a copy to

ccrg-postdoc[AT]ccrgweb.rit.edu. For an overview of all job openings at CCRG

please go to: http://ccrg.rit.edu/spotlight/jobs.

Enquiries can be addressed to

Richard O'Shaughnessy, oshaughn[AT]mail[dot]rit[dot]edu Center for

Computational Relativity and Gravitation, School of Mathematical

Sciences, and School of Physics and Astronomy, Rochester Institute of

Technology (RIT) 85 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, New York 14623 USA

Review of completed applications will begin as soon as available and will

continue until a suitable candidate is

found. Starting date can be as early as September, 2019. RIT is committed

to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.



PhD and Research Associate Positions at UWA

(Posted here May 10, 2019)

Modernising School Science: the Einstein-First Project

The University of Western Australia

Opportunity to join an exciting international education project for PhD or Masters by Research or as a Research Associate

There is worldwide recognition of the need modernize science education to make it consistent with the modern “Einsteinian” conception of space, time, matter, light and gravity. The Einstein-First project, funded by the Australian Research Council, will spend five years developing, testing and assessing an integrated Einsteinian curriculum. Primary and secondary school curricula will be trialed, tested and improved through longitudinal studies in partner schools; and teachers will be trained and assisted in presenting curriculum content.

We are seeking PhD and Masters students who have a background in physics, knowledge of both quantum physics and special and general relativity, and an interest in science communication, outreach and education. Research students will specialize in either Primary or Secondary or Teacher professional development, with projects focused on program delivery and/or program assessment.

Candidates for Research Associate positions are also being sought. These people will need to have expertise in education research, physics and mathematics, combined with teaching skills, leadership and ability to supervise research students. The appointees will be expected to write research papers and reports, and work with curriculum authorities.

In joining this project you will be helping to create a revolutionary new school curriculum that will be consistent with our modern understanding of the universe, and the modern technologies that have revolutionized our lives.

Research will be taking place in Perth and Canberra and at linked schools. Postgraduate positions can be supported at The University of Western Australia (UWA), Curtin University, and Australian National University. Students will need to separately enroll at one of these institutions according to discussions with team members. The project will be managed by UWA but researchers will be expected to spend some of their time at each of the lead universities.

Australian permanent residents need to satisfy entrance requirements for postgraduate enrolment which ideally will include ability to secure a scholarship at UWA or the other participating universities.

Non Australian residents will be liable for international student fees of $40k per annum. Exceptional students (top 5% category) with several international publications have the chance of securing an IPRS scholarship. Students outside of the top 10% category have little chance unless their research experience and publications are exceptionally well aligned with the project.

Contacts:

E/Prof. David Blair

M: 0409 687 703

E: David.Blair@uwa.edu.au

Prof. Li Ju

M: 0402 389 240

E: Li.Ju@uwa.edu.au



Staff Scientist Position in LIGO Detector Characterization at the University of British Columbia

(Posted here May 3, 2019)



Staff scientist position in LIGO Detector Characterization at the University of British Columbia

Applications are invited for a permanent (pending continual external funding) Research Associate position within the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia, working with Professor Jess McIver ’s group on gravitational wave astrophysics research.

The successful candidate will play a leading role in the characterization of the LIGO gravitational wave detectors, software infrastructure support, and data analysis efforts within the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. The ideal candidate would have strong experience and interest in gravitational wave detector characterization methods, gravitational wave data analysis, software development, and large-scale interferometer instrumentation, as well as a proven ability to lead projects within a large collaboration, and experience mentoring students and postdoctoral scholars. The position will be based at UBC, with travel to the LIGO sites as needed.

Applications will be reviewed starting on June 15, 2019, and will continue until position is filled.

You can find more information and application instructions https://careers.aps.org/jobs/12293157/research-associate

If you have any questions, please contact Jess McIver (jessica.mciver@ligo.org).


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