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PhD position GW Data Analysis Louvain

Jun 21, 2022

The Gravitational Wave (GW) group of the University of Louvain (UCLouvain, Belgium), hosted at the Centre for Cosmology, Particle Physics and Phenomenology (CP3) of the Research Institute in Mathematics and Physics (IRMP), is welcoming applications for a PhD student grant in data analysis of the LIGO-Virgo-Kagra detectors.
Appliication deadline: August, 08th, 2022.

The CP3 center hosts research in physics of the Universe and fundamental interactions on the experimental and theoretical fronts. The UCLouvain GW group is part of the Virgo Collaboration at the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) and is active in searches for ultra-light dark matter, primordial black holes, an anisotropic stochastic GW background (SGWB), and is also involved in studies of neutron star physics using quasi-monochromatic GWs. These studies are being performed in collaboration with theory specialists and make use of the IRMP computing center that also serves CERN experiments (CMS and NA62), IceCube, KM3NeT, muography, and projects in theoretical particle physics and cosmology. The UCLouvain GW group is also involved in instrumentation projects for both Virgo and the future Einstein Telescope, notably at the two research and development facilities, E-TEST and ETPF.

The selected candidate will start a PhD in one of the LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA data analysis areas indicated above, preferentially in SGWB or dark matter searches. The actual subject can be negociated with the candidate. Activities related to the commissioning, operation and monitoring of the Virgo detector, implying presence on site at EGO, are also envisaged as part of the PhD. Constant and careful supervision of the candidate is guaranteed also thanks to the presence in the group of postdoctoral researchers. Computing resources and support for travelling are excellent. The UCLouvain GW group and, more in general the CP3 center, is a highly international, diverse, and stimulating environment. The PhD research work will also be conducted in close contact and cooperation with the rest of the Belgian GW community and our international partners.

The UCLouvain campus is located some 25 km south of Brussels, to which it is conveniently connected by public transport, thus allowing life either in the EU capital or in the pleasant green countryside environment surrounding the campus. UCLouvain offers a number of advantages to its personnel, including reimbursement of public transport season tickets between home and work place and free language courses. More information about life in Belgium and at UCLouvain is available here. The appointment is available for four years. The selected candidate is ideally expected to start the PhD in Fall 2022. Applications from women and minorities are especially encouraged.

Applications must include a curriculum vitae, a personal motivation letter, the academic transcript of university studies, and two recommendation letters from senior scientists. Applications must be submitted on-line, by Monday 8 August 2022, at: Applicants should hold, by the time of the start of the appointment, a Master Degree in physics or equivalent with a remarkable academic record and they should demonstrate a strong interest and motivation in fundamental physics research. The position will remain open after the first deadline indicated above until a suitable candidate is found.

For more information please, contact
Giacomo Bruno (Giacomo.Bruno(at)

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