Permanent Research Scientist in Gravitational Wave Science at UCLouvain, Belgium

The Research Institute in Mathematics and Physics (IRMP) at the Universite’ catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) is searching for an outstanding research scientist to start a research program in instrumentation for gravitational wave experiments. The position is permanent from day one and is open to candidates of any nationality.

The IRMP institute 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. Physicists of the IRMP have strong involvements in particle physics experiments, notably CMS and NA62 at the CERN international laboratory. They have recently joined the Virgo Collaboration at the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) and are launching a new research program in gravitational wave physics which includes important contributions to the Virgo computing and detection systems. The group will also participate in the construction of a research and development facility, funded by the EU through its Interreg Europe programme, aimed to prepare the construction of the Einstein Telescope project.

In the short term, the selected candidate is mostly expected to take a leading role in current and future upgrade projects of the Virgo interferometer and to the activities related to the design and construction of the Einstein Telescope. In the longer term, (s)he will have the possibility to contribute more importantly also to the other instrumentation R&D activities at the institute, like experimental projects in particle physics.

The selected candidate will be integrated locally within a group composed of academic staff, postdoctoral researchers, PhD students and technicians. (S)he will benefit from the availability of electronics and optics laboratories as well as a drawing office, clean rooms and a large computing cluster. The selected candidate is expected to collaborate with Belgian and international partners and participate in the dissemination of scientific results.

Required qualifications:
– PhD degree in physics or engineering;
– Minimum 2 years of postdoctoral scientific experience;
– Wide experience in the development and use of electronic, optoelectronic and/or optical devices, including the associated controls, proven among others by authorship of scientific publications/presentations in the domain;
– Experience in project writing/submission and management/reporting;
– Very good knowledge of English;
– Team player with excellent communication skills;
– Readiness to travel abroad for extended periods.

Additional assets:
– Experience in laser interferometer gravitational wave experiments.
– Good knowledge of French. Otherwise, the selected candidate will be asked to acquire this skill within three years after taking office.

For more information, please contact :
Prof. Giacomo Bruno : giacomo.bruno[AT] ; tel: +32 (0)10 473215
To whom at least two letters of recommendation should be sent by email.

Applications should be submitted online at the accompanying URL

Assistant, Associate, or Senior Scientist (Einstein@Home Computational Scientist) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The Center for Gravitation, Cosmology and Astrophysics (CGCA) at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee is looking for a creative and talented individual to join our scientific computing team. You will support operations of the Einstein@Home volunteer distributed computing project through the design and administration of server systems as well as software development and deployment. In collaboration with top scientists and technical staff in the USA and Germany, you will be working in an active research area on cutting edge computing challenges.

Einstein@Home ( is an ambitious astrophysics project funded by the National Science Foundation. It discovers new neutron stars from their weak astrophysical signals by using computing power donated by hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world. Einstein@Home searches data from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, from the Arecibo Radio Observatory, and from NASA’s orbiting Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.

The CGCA at UW-Milwaukee offers an exciting and friendly environment in which to work and play. We have a world-class scientific computing team that operates large-scale data analysis computing systems and develops data analysis methods and software for LIGO and other astronomy projects. With almost forty faculty, staff, postdocs, and students, the center is a fun and vibrant place to work.

RESPONSIBILITIES Maintain, enhance, and support the Einstein@Home computing infrastructure at UWM, including high-availability mirrored project web servers, database servers, and storage servers. Help to develop, maintain, and improve the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) software base used by Einstein@Home. Be responsible for the definition, architecture, implementation, and operation of enhancements that improve the scientific productivity of Einstein@Home. Keep current on computing and software trends to identify new technologies that can be effectively leveraged for this purpose.

QUALIFICATIONS Have a PhD in Physics, Computing Science or a related field, a minimum of two years of related research experience beyond the PhD, demonstrated experience with large data sets, and strong analytical troubleshooting skills. Be proficient in at least one high-level scripting language, familiar with C/C++, and comfortable with Linux operating systems. Experience with Debian system administration, SQL databases, Apache, Drupal, and PHP are desirable. Experience with the hardware setup and configuration of servers, networking, and RAID storage systems is also desirable.

APPLICATION Apply via Recruitment will continue until a candidate is hired. Review of applications will begin on October 5, 2015. Applications received after the initial screening date may not be considered. For more information contact Dr. Downes and the Einstein@Home team at cgca-jobs[AT]
UWM is an AA/EO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

Employment will require a criminal background check.