Postdoctoral researcher position in gravitational-wave physics, Palma, Spain

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Deadline:  2023-06-30

Location:  Palma, Spain

The gravitational physics group at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) in Palma, Spain, is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join and extend our efforts in gravitational-wave data analysis. They will work primarily with Dr. David Keitel towards the first detection and scientific exploitation of one or both of the following: (i) gravitationally lensed GWs from compact binaries, (ii) continuous waves and long-duration transients from spinning neutron stars.
The exact research projects are open to discussion based on the applicant’s background and interests. Focus should be on short- and mid-term activities with data from the LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA detectors, but can also include applications to future detectors such as LISA and the Einstein Telescope. Previous experience in practical GW data analysis is preferable, though candidates from related research areas with strong backgrounds in scientific computing and programming, Bayesian inference and/or machine learning, and source modelling are also highly welcome to apply.
The starting day for the contract can be negotiated, but ideally would be between October 2023 and January 2024. The initial appointment will be for 1.5 years, with possible extension subject on satisfactory performance and funding availability.

The GRAVITY research group at UIB is part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the Einstein Telescope collaboration, and the LISA consortium. The group also includes two senior LSC members (group PI Prof. Alicia Sintes and Prof. Sascha Husa), relativity expert Prof. Jaume Carot, and currently 8 postdocs, 7 PhD students, and 5 master students active in waveform modelling, numerical relativity and GW data analysis areas including parameter estimation, tests of GR, lensing, cosmology, and continuous waves. There are also several more experts on relativity in the physics department at UIB, and interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities within the IAC3 institute. The usual language of scientific work in the group is English. Computing is carried out using an in-house high-performance computer cluster, and external resources such as the Mare Nostrum supercomputer or the LIGO data grid. For further details, see:

Applications should be submitted by 2023-06-30 for full consideration, but may still be considered until end of July or until the position is filled. Candidates should hold a PhD, or expect to have it defended by the start of the appointment. Please send a cover letter, 2-page research statement, CV, and either PhD certificate or indication of expected defense date to: david.keitel[at] Remote interviews may be conducted if required. For questions on the scientific scope of the position or the application procedure, please contact David Keitel in advance of submitting an application.