Postdoc at Precision Interferometry and Fundamental Interactions

Job Offer from November 03, 2023

This department’s research encompasses precision interferometry instrumentation for ground-based and space-based gravitational-wave observatories and laser-optical searches for fundamental interactions beyond the standard model.

The department Precision Interferometry and Fundamental Interactions has been established in August of 2022 and is led by Guido Müller. It’s research thrusts include work on the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA), work on Beyond-LISA mission concepts, on Axion-Like Particle Searches (ALPS) and on Vacuum Magnetic Birefringence (VMB), the later two being located at DESY.

One specific focus of the new department will be the development of a hardware-in-the-loop LISA testbed to generate as realistic LISA signals as possible to test the entire data analysis pipeline from photons to source parameters. For this work, we look for candidates with a strong interest in working with FPGAs and DSPs. Some familiarity with VHDL programming is also a plus.

Space-based gravitational wave observatories beyond LISA require new concepts to overcome the many noise sources which limit LISA. Our group is developing and will soon test these new concepts in dedicated new experimental setups. Creative candidates with a good working knowledge of LISA and Advanced LIGO/VIRGO interferometric techniques and suspensions are ideal candidates for these positions.

The department will also work on axion-like particle searches (ALPS) and studies of fundamental interactions such as vacuum magnetic birefringence (VMB). These experiments are highly sophisticated and complex laser interferometric experiments and ideal candidates have experience and/or a strong interest in laser interferometry and/or quantum optics experiments.

Additional postdoctoral positions are or might soon become available in the area of ground-based gravitational-wave observatories (Einstein Telescope and potentially also Cosmic Explorer). We are also always interested in new postdoctoral candidates to work on the LISA project itself. Our focus at the AEI is the LISA phasemeter, simulation, and the LISA interferometry demonstration system.

To apply, please submit your application via our job portal here.

You will be asked to upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications and a statement of past and future research activities and interest(s) of not more than 3 pages. Applicants will need to indicate the names of two referees for recommendation letters. Please fill in the contact information for the referees well before the deadline, so that reference letters can be received in time. Referees will receive an email with instructions on how to upload their letters. In case of problems with the application form, please contact .

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for full consideration is March 31, 2024, including reception of reference letter. Applications will be considered until all positions are filled.

Payment is according to 100 % of the pay scale of public services in Germany TVöD Bund E13.

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability. The AEI and the Max Planck Society welcome persons with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (Code of Conduct). The institute promotes a healthy work-life balance by offering all employees a family support service.

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