University of British Columbia, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Position ID:UBC-Department of Physics and Astronomy-PDF1 [#27444]
Position Title: Postdoctoral fellow in gravitational wave data analysis and noise mitigation for LISA
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Vancouver, British Columbia V6T1z1, Canada [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Astronomy / Astronomy and Astrophysics, Theoretical Physics / Astrophysics, Cosmology, Gravitational waves, Particle physics (theoretical and experimental) Physics / Astroparticle Physis, Astrophysics (astro-ph), Astrophysics Theory, Cosmology, Dark Matter, Elementary Particle Physics, Elementa
Appl Deadline:2024/04/30 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2024/04/02, listed until 2024/08/01)
Position Description:   URMs  

Postdoctoral fellow in gravitational wave data analysis and noise mitigation for LISA

The University of British Columbia invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in gravitational wave astronomy to contribute to the LISA mission. LISA, recently adopted by the European Space Agency for an expected launch in the mid-2030s, is a space-based gravitational wave observatory optimized for detecting gravitational wave signals in the millihertz frequency range. The successful applicant will develop and test analysis methods to identify and remove transient noise from LISA data as well as methods for finding and fitting novel transient gravitational wave signals such as bursts from highly eccentric hierarchical triple systems. The UBC Gravitational Wave group has extensive experience in noise characterization and mitigation for LIGO as well as in large-scale computing for gravitational wave astronomy. The successful candidate will join the large, vibrant gravitational wave group in Vancouver.

Researchers with knowledge of (or who are eager to learn about) GW detector noise mitigation methods and/or source detection and characterization methods for gravitational wave astronomy are especially encouraged to apply. Experience with gravitational-wave detector characterization or data analysis is an asset, but not a requirement. Applicants must have received a Ph.D. within the last five years, or receive one before the start of the position.

The position will be based at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, working with Prof. Jess McIver and Prof. Scott Oser. The candidate will have frequent interactions with the other Canadian and international partners in the project as well as access to world-class computing facilities through the Digital Research Alliance of Canada (DRAC) and institutional resources.

The position will ideally start in October 2024, with some room for negotiation. This position offers a competitive annual salary of $65,000 CAD plus benefits. The initial appointment will be for one year, extended for an additional year subject to mutual agreement, and potentially beyond two years from the start date subject to budgetary confirmation and mutual agreement.

To apply for this position, please upload the following documents: A cover letter including the names and contact information of at least three professional references. A recent CV including a publication list. A 3-page research statement that addresses your interest in the project. The applicant should arrange for three references to submit letters of reference directly through AJO.

We will begin reviewing application materials on May 1, 2024 and continue reviewing until the position is filled.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

For inquiries, please reach out to mciver[at] and oser[at] .

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325-6224 Agricultural Road
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z4