LIGO Postdoctoral Scholar

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) is dedicated to the advancement of gravitational wave physics and astronomy. The LIGO Laboratory is managed by Caltech and MIT, and is funded by the National Science Foundation. It operates observatory sites equipped with laser interferometric detectors at Hanford, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana, which in recent years has routinely detected gravitational waves from astronomical sources and firmly established gravitational-wave physics and astronomy. The LIGO Laboratory's mission spans a broad, vibrant array of activities related to gravitational-wave science, including detector operations, R&D toward detector improvements, gravitational-wave astrophysics, observatory operations, and education and public outreach.

The LIGO Laboratory anticipates having an open postdoctoral research position in Physics based at Caltech (Pasadena, CA), to join a team that will design and deliver a low-latency alerting system for rapid gravitational wave detection and follow-up during LIGO's (and Virgo's) fourth observing run, expected to commence in late 2021.   The position will focus on the design, implementation, and maintenance of low-latency astrophysical searches and the distribution of the source detections as public alerts to the broader astronomical community.  Such public alerts enable the follow-up of astrophysical sources detected by LIGO and Virgo in the electromagnetic spectrum as well as with neutrinos.  This work will enable a wealth of astrophysical detections in real time, several times more than what has been achieved so far.  LIGO Laboratory is collaborating on these efforts with and is working as part of the broader LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) and the international network of interferometric gravitational-wave detectors (Virgo, KAGRA). 

Job Requirements
REQUIRED:  Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or computer science; familiarity/experience with signal processing techniques for extracting weak signals out of time series data; experience with or ability to learn modern software tools used to promptly disseminate transient astronomical events; ability to work in a team environment to participate in and lead such efforts.

The position is available effective immediately and applications will be considered until the position is filled; but to ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by November 15, 2020.

Appointments at the post-doctoral level will initially be for one-year with the possibility of renewal for up to two subsequent years.

Applications should be sent to as PDF files, and information provided is subject to LIGO privacy policy. Applications should include curriculum vitae, list of publications (with refereed articles noted), and the names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of three or more references. Please attach a cover letter describing past experience and current and future research interests. Applicants should request that three or more letters of recommendations be sent directly to preferably as PDF files). Consideration of applications happens continuously.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Caltech is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) go to