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Research Fellow in GW Astrophysics UPortsmouth

Nov 17, 2021

The Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) at the University of Portsmouth announces a research fellow position in gravitational-wave astrophysics. The position is funded through Dr Laura Nuttall’s Future Leaders Fellowship, ‘Multi-band, Multi-messenger Astrophysics with LIGO, LISA and GOTO’.
Closing date: January 3rd 2022

The position will focus on using Bayesian inference to investigate the consequences of non-Gaussian and non-stationary detector noise on the estimation of source parameters observed by LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA. The group will further be investigating and developing techniques to overcome the time-varying properties of LISA detector noise in the context of searches and inference of source parameters. In this position you will work closely with others in the LIGO and LISA collaborations, as well as the ICG gravitational-wave group.

A PhD degree and relevant research level knowledge of gravitational-wave astrophysics or related areas are required. The position is for 2 years with the potential to extend to 3 years dependent on future funding. The position will start around 1 September 2022, or earlier if possible.

The ICG consists of 17 academic staff, 17 postdoctoral researchers and around 30 PhD students, and has an active international visitors programme. Portsmouth is a member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), the Dark Energy Survey (DES), the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), ESA’s Euclid satellite mission, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO), the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA), the Gravitational Wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO), and other international collaborations. The University of Portsmouth is a member of the South-East Physics Network (SEPnet) and hosts the 3704-core SCIAMA supercomputer. More information is available at

The University of Portsmouth believes this role is eligible for sponsorship with UKVI under the Skilled Worker Route visa, and meets the minimum salary requirements to obtain the minimum points requirement.

The group welcomes applications from all qualified applicants, but applications are particularly encouraged from traditionally under-represented groups in science. The University of Portsmouth and the ICG hold Athena SWAN bronze awards and the University is an Institute of Physics Project Juno Supporter; these projects show a commitment to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote diversity and equality in science and create a better working environment for people with all gender identities.

As an equal opportunities employer, the University welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons and all appointments will be made on merit. As they are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, they would particularly welcome applications from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community who are currently under-represented at this level.

Applications (application form, CV, publication list and research statement for the position of interest) should be submitted via the University’s online application system by the closing date.

Applicants should also arrange for up to three reference letters to be sent by email to icg-recruitment(at), to arrive by the same date.

Please address informal enquiries Dr Laura Nuttall (laura.nuttall(at)

All applications for this position will be processed and conducted in compliance with UK legislation relevant at that time.

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