Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher position in the field of gravitational wave searches with Profs. Michael Coughlin and Vuk Mandic. The appointment start date is flexible, but June 1, 2020 would be preferred. The appointment is for one year, with possibility of annual renewals depending on availability of funding. The research would focus on searches for a stochastic gravitational-wave background and for neutron star post-merger signals with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), including the use of electromagnetic data to better understand the physical processes driving these signals. Research would also include use of machine learning and other techniques to remove environmental contamination in LIGO data such as the effects of magnetic and seismic noise, as well as technology development for future gravitational-wave detectors. A background in gravitational-wave physics is not required. Responsibilities will include analysis and interpretation of LIGO data, and publication of scientific results.
60%: Pursue analyses of LIGO data and LISA mock data, focusing on searches for the stochastic gravitational wave background and neutron star post-merger signals, removal of environmental contamination in LIGO data, including the effects of magnetic and seismic noise.
20%: Mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the group, collaborate with LIGO and Virgo collaborators.
15%: Perform searches in the relevant literature, meet frequently with the group leaders, write internal reports, and prepare manuscripts related to the individual's research to be submitted to peer-reviewed journals.
5%: Attend conferences and give talks or present posters in professional meetings.
Other duties of a similar scope as assigned.
A Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy or a related field is required. Experience with modern data mining and machine/deep learning algorithms is preferred.
The Research Associate must have excellent analytical and computer programming skills, the ability to manage multiple projects, excellent organizational, presentation and writing skills, and demonstrated self-motivation and creativity.
Internal Number: 334409
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