Tenure-track group leader position in the Observational Relativity and Cosmology division

Job offer from October 19, 2017

The Max-Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hannover Germany (Albert Einstein Institute) invites applications for a tenure-track group leader position at the Division of Observational Relativity and Cosmology. The Division, led by Prof. Bruce Allen, consists of more than 25 scientists and several highly-qualified scientific programmers and sysadmins; the senior scientists are Dr. Badri Krishnan and Dr. Reinhard Prix. The Division works closely with two independent research groups hosted at the Institute, led by Dr. M. Alessandra Papa and Dr. Frank Ohme.

We are proud to provide a stimulating and dynamic research environment with broad opportunities. The Division's core research area is gravitational-wave astronomy and data analysis; the current focus is the hunt for gravitational waves in data from the most sensitive ground-based interferometric detectors. This includes searches for long-lived signals from rapidly-rotating neutron stars, transient signals from the inspiral and coalescence of binary neutron stars and/or black holes, and unmodelled burst signals. These searches have already led to several binary black hole detections, and discoveries from other types of sources expected in the near future.

We seek to strengthen our efforts in the search for compact binary coalescence by hiring a researcher with proven scientific creativity and excellence. The successful candidate is expected to lead a vibrant research program, and supervise postdoctoral scientists, scientific staff members, and graduate students.

Since some gravitational wave searches are compute-intensive, the group operates a large dedicated analysis system optimized for such analyses. With 35,000+ CPU cores and 2000+ GPUs, ATLAS is the world's most powerful computing system dedicated to gravitational-wave searches and data analysis. The division also operates Einstein@Home, a volunteer distributed computing project which uses computing power donated by the general public to search for gravitational waves and electromagnetic emission from neutron stars.

Our group is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, enabling full access to data from the LIGO, Virgo and GEO600 detectors.

Application materials, including a cover letter, a CV with a list of publications, and a research statement should be sent to no later than November 30, 2017. The applicant should arrange for three reference letters to be sent to the same email address. Applications will be considered as they arrive, until all positions are filled.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and to increase the number of women in those areas (such as this) where they are underrepresented. We explicitly encourage applications from such qualified individuals.

 
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