Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Kavli Institute

Position ID:MIT-MIT Kavli Institute-RS1 [#21000]
Position Title: Research Scientist, Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Astrophysics / Physics
Appl Deadline:2022/02/25 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/01/21, finished 2022/05/26, listed until 2022/02/25)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

RESEARCH SCIENTIST, Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research-Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), to carry out research and technical projects aimed at improving the sensitivity of the LIGO interferometers, mainly at MIT but with opportunities to travel to the LIGO observatories in Hanford, Washington, and Livingston, Louisiana. Projects will bear on the goals of both bringing the LIGO detectors to their design sensitivities for their fourth and fifth observing runs, as well as designing and developing new upgrades and future generations of gravitational-wave detectors.

REQUIRED: Ph.D. in physics, at least three years’ post-Ph.D. experience in the field of interferometry, a demonstrated record of scientific research, and an interest in future developments in gravitational-wave detectors. Must be able to work in an extended collaboration with informal reporting and minimal supervision. Job #20673

Application material should be submitted in a single PDF and include a cover letter (preferred but not required), CV, statement of research interests (maximum of two pages), a statement on mentoring and fostering diversity and inclusion (maximum two pages), a complete list of publications, and three letters of recommendation. These materials should be submitted both through the MIT website and via email to Ms. Shannon McGinnes at

Applications received no later than February 25, 2022, will receive full consideration.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. MIT’s full policy on Nondiscrimination can be found here. Employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory background check, including verifying any finding of misconduct (or pending investigation) from prior employers.

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Cambridge, MA 02139