Research Fellow in Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics at University of Portsmouth, UK

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Deadline:  2020-01-20

Location:  Portsmouth, UK

We announce two research fellow positions in gravitational-wave astrophysics at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) at the University of Portsmouth. One position will focus on enabling rapid observation of compact binary mergers with a network of gravitational-wave observatories working with Dr Ian Harry. The second position will focus on the characterisation of compact binary mergers in the presence of non-Gaussian and non-stationary detector noise with Dr Laura Nuttall. Each independent project is funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

A PhD degree and relevant research level knowledge of gravitational-wave astrophysics or related areas are required. We expect each 2-year position to start 1 September 2020, or as close to that date as feasible.

The ICG consists of 15 academic staff, 16 postdoctoral researchers and around 30 PhD students, and has an active international visitors programme. Portsmouth is a member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), the Dark Energy Survey (DES), the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), ESA’s Euclid satellite mission, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO), the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA), the Gravitational Wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO), and other international collaborations. The University of Portsmouth is a member of the South-East Physics Network (SEPnet) and hosts the 3704-core SCIAMA supercomputer.

We welcome applications from all qualified applicants, but applications are particularly encouraged from traditionally under-represented groups in science. The University of Portsmouth and the ICG hold Athena SWAN bronze awards and the University is an Institute of Physics Project Juno Supporter; these projects show a commitment to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote diversity and equality in science and create a better working environment for men and women.

Applications (application form, CV, publication list and research statement for the Fellowship) should be submitted via the University’s online application system by the closing date. Applicants should also arrange for up to three reference letters to be sent by email to icg-admin[AT], to arrive by the same date.

Please address informal enquiries to Dr Ian Harry (ian.harry[AT] and Dr Laura Nuttall (laura.nuttall[AT]

All applications for this position will be processed and conducted in compliance with UK legislation relevant at that time.

Applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons and all appointments will be made on merit. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applications from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community who are currently under-represented at this level in this area.