The gravitational wave (GW) group of the University of Louvain (UCLouvain, Belgium), hosted at the Research Institute in Mathematics and Physics (IRMP), is searching for an outstanding post-doctoral researcher to strengthen its data analysis activities related to the search for a stochastic gravitational wave background (SGWB).
The IRMP physicists of UCLouvain conduct research in fundamental interactions and cosmology on the experimental and theoretical fronts. More than 100 physicists and mathematicians from all over the world currently work at the IRMP. The UCLouvain GW group is part of the Virgo Collaboration at the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) and is active in searches for ultra-light dark matter, primordial black holes and an anisotropic SGWB. These searches are being performed in collaboration with theory specialists and make use of the IRMP computing center (2500 cores and 1400 TB), which is shared with LHC experiments and projects in theoretical particle physics and cosmology. The UCLouvain GW group is also involved in an instrumentation project for Virgo (exploitation of phase cameras) and participates in two research and development facilities, E-TEST and ETPF, funded by the EU through its Interreg Europe programme, aiming to prepare the EinsteinTelescope, which could be built at the frontier between Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany and start operations in the years 2030's.
The selected candidate is expected to take a leading role in the data analyses carried out within the LIGO and Virgo SGWB group and make a bridge with the theorists working on models predicting specifc SGWB signatures. A secondary involvement in the other activities of the UCLouvain GW group (instrumentation for instance) can be discussed. The appointment is initially available for two years, and could possibly be extended to 3 years subject to availability of funds, which is expected at this time, and mutual satisfaction. Computing resources and support for travelling are excellent.
Applications including a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a brief statement of research interests and at least two recommendation letters from senior scientists should be submitted on-line, by 10 January 2020, at: https://cp3.irmp.ucl.ac.be/jobs/65
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