Location: CEA-Saclay near Paris, France
Postdoctoral position at Saclay: Gravitational Waves as a New Probe of the Dark Side of the Universe
The Institut de Physique Théorique (IPhT) of CEA-Saclay invites applications for a postdoctoral position on the subject “Gravitational Waves as a New Probe of the Dark Side of the Universe”. The position is for 2 years, to start in autumn 2014.
Description of the research: upcoming observations of gravitational waves have a high potential for cosmology. Gravitational waves carry unique information not only about the violent phenomena that produce them, but also about the expansion of the universe and the intervening matter as they propagate. In particular, gravitational wave sources such as binaries’ inspirals have been proposed as standard sirens, to measure the equation of state of dark energy. We will study gravitational wave propagation in the inhomogeneous universe, in order to quantify the various effects that determine the accuracy to which gravitational waves can probe dark energy.
Candidates should have a research background in the fields of gravitational waves, gravitational lensing, cosmology.