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Postdoc position GW instrumentation Louvain

Jun 21, 2022

The Gravitational Wave (GW) group of the University of Louvain (UCLouvain, Belgium), hosted at the Center for Cosmology, Particle Physics and Phenomenology (CP3) of the Research Institute in Mathematics and Physics (IRMP), is searching for an outstanding postdoctoral researcher to join (or propose) exciting research and development projects on instrumentation for both the Virgo laser interferometer at the European Gravitational Observatory EGO (Pisa, Italy), and the future Einstein Telescope (ET), which could be built at the frontier between Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany and start operations in the 2030s.
Application deadline: August 08th, 2022.

The CP3 center hosts research in physics of the Universe and fundamental interactions both on the experimental and theoretical fronts. The UCLouvain GW group is part of the Virgo and ET Collaborations and participate actively in two research and development facilities, E-TEST and ETpathfinder funded by the EU through its Interreg Europe programme and aiming to prepare the ground for the ET project. The group is also active in LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA (LVK) physics data analyses and contributes significantly to the computing effort of the LVK Collaboration via the CP3 computing cluster and by providing GRID-based services. The CP3 center of UCLouvain, is a highly international, diverse, and stimulating environment that also includes groups working on CERN experiments (CMS and NA62), IceCube, KM3NeT, muography, and on projects in theoretical particle physics and cosmology.

The selected candidate is expected to take a leading role in the design and development of cryogenic inertial sensors, low-frequency and cryogenic vibration isolation systems and/or superconductive sensors. The successful candidate will work together with a PhD student (just started) and Joris van Heijningen on these topics. Collaboration with the rest of the Belgian GW community and our international partners is also envisaged. Support for travelling and personal development is excellent.

The UCLouvain campus is located some 25 km south of Brussels, to which it is conveniently connected by public transport, thus allowing life either in the EU capital or in the pleasant green countryside environment surrounding the campus. UCLouvain offers a number of advantages to its personnel, including reimbursement of public transport season tickets between home and work place and free language courses. More information about life in Belgium and at UCLouvain is available here. The appointment is available for 2 years, but a 3rd year can be added subject to availability of funds and mutual satisfaction. The selected candidate is ideally expected to start the appointment in Fall 2022. Applications from women and minorities are especially encouraged.

Applications must include a curriculum vitae, a personal motivation letter including a research statement, and at least two recommendation letters from senior scientists. Applications must be submitted on-line, by Monday 8 August 2022, at: Applicants should hold, by the time of the start of the appointment, a PhD degree in physics and they should demonstrate a strong interest and motivation in instrumentation for research in fundamental physics. The position will remain open after the first deadline indicated above until a suitable candidate is found.

For more information, please, contact Joris van Heijningen (Joris.vanHeijningen(at)

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