One PhD Position in Gravitational Wave Physics at UCLouvain

Reference: UCL-19-GW-phd
Announced on April 16, 2019.
Closes on June 30, 2019.

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The IRMP Research Institute in Mathematics and Physics (CP3 center http://cp3.phys.ucl.ac.be/ and CURL group https://curl.group/) of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) invites applications for one PhD position to join its effort on gravitational wave data analysis and commissioning within the Virgo experiment.

UCLouvain has recently joined the Virgo Collaboration and has a new research program in gravitational wave physics, in connection with dark matter and cosmology, in addition to contributions to the Virgo computing and detection systems. This program is strongly supported by the university and the funding agencies as also testified by the large number of currently open postdoctoral positions (advertised in a separate announcement). Analyses within the CBC and/or SGWB LIGO/Virgo physics groups are envisaged also in collaboration with our colleagues from ULiège.

UCLouvain hosts, among others, research on fundamental interactions and cosmology, equally strongly on the experimental and theoretical fronts. More than 100 physicists and mathematicians from all over the world currently work at the IRMP institute of UCLouvain. The IRMP computing cluster (2500 cores and 1400 TB), currently dedicated to the CMS and NA62 experiments, the MadGraph project and theoretical cosmology, will also be made available, starting from the O3 run, to Virgo and in particular to members of UCLouvain and ULiège.

The appointment is for a duration of four years. The position can start anytime after September 2019 and is open to candidates who have not spent more than 2 years in Belgium within the last 3 years at the time of the beginning of the appointment. The salary is around 23 k€/year net free of taxes, and includes all social security coverage. The position also comes with appropriate travel money of at least 5 k€/year. Applications must include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, at least two letters of recommendation and must be submitted online at https://cp3.irmp.ucl.ac.be/jobs/58 .

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