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Postdoc position instrumentation for gw observatories Amsterdam

Jul 06, 2022

This position is part of a European Research Council ‘OmniSens’ consolidator grant, working with Dr Conor Mow-Lowry to develop the ‘6D interferometric inertial isolator’, an ultra-sensitive vibration isolation system (arxiv:1801.01468). The project team will consist of 2 PhD students, 2 post-doctoral research associates, a Systems Engineer, the PI, and part-time contributions from mechanical and electronic technical staff.
Application deadline: September 15th 2022.

The aim of this project is to apply laser interferometers to vibration isolation, allowing us to provide unprecedented performance improvements and extend the astrophysical reach of gravitational-wave observatories. Several big questions in astronomy can be answered observing the coalescence of heavy black holes deep in the universe. Unfortunately the gravitational-wave signals they create are at low frequencies, between 2 and 20 Hz, and they sit behind a wall of noise. The OmniSens project provides a way forward by combining our new laser-interferometer technology with novel materials and design to reach extreme sensitivities. The instruments and techniques we develop will be applicable to the Virgo and LIGO detectors and they can be foundational elements of the Einstein Telescope.

The position is affiliated with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and the successful candidate will be embedded in the gravitational-wave group at Nikhef.

A PhD in Physics or Engineering, excellent analysis skills, and an analytical mind-set are all required. You must also have good communication skills, including written English language proficiency. You must be capable of independent research that can integrate with the needs of a large research team. A collaborative attitude is strongly desired.

As part of your application, use two examples that demonstrate your experience with: control systems, mechanical design, interferometry, electronics, or vibration isolation. The examples should be evidenced by refereed journal publications in the best case, or some other tangible project output. In your CV, please only list up to 5 of your most relevant publications and provide a link to ORCID (or similar) with a complete list.

Please find here full details and how to apply: