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Job Summary LIGO Laboratory (the Laser InterferometerGravitational-wave Observatory) seeks a highly motivated and skilled Detector Scientist to join its team, at the Richland, Washington LIGO Hanford Observatory. LIGO Laboratory is a National Science Foundation major facility dedicated to gravitational wave astronomy and astrophysics, jointly operated by the California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2015 LIGO launched the field of gravitational wave astronomy with the first ever successful observation of the birth of a black hole. In addition to research and development (R&D) sites on the Caltech and MIT campuses, LIGO consists of two widely separated (3,002 km), 4 kilometer-long interferometers operated as a phased detector. One (LIGO Hanford Observatory) is located north of Richland, Washington and the other (LIGO Livingston Observatory) is in Livingston, Louisiana. The Laboratory maintains a vigorous R&D program, in parallel to running the observatories, to further enhance the capabilities of the LIGO detectors. For more information, visit the Laboratory website at http:www.ligo.caltech.edu.
Job Duties - Collaborate on, and contribute to, Instrument Science-based research with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration - Plan, prepare, and review scientific and technological publications based on LIGO work - Occasionally lift 20 or more pounds, typically in the form of scientific apparatus such as spectrum analyzers - After-hours and weekend work is occasionally required to support commissioning efforts - Occasional travel will be required, including collaboration meetings, conferences, visits to the LIGO Louisiana Observatory, and Caltech and MIT campuses Working as part of LIGO's commissioning and detector characterization teams, contribute to the improvement of the 4km detector and prepare it for observation running conditions. Activities include: - Study, document and improve the detector's sensing and control systems, including both servo-control stability and noise performance - Study, document and ameliorate coupling of environmental disturbance into the detector systems - Study, document and compare with physical models fundamental and technical noise sources in the detector - Evaluate, both in experimentally and with analyses, the Newtonian noise contributions to Advanced LIGO detector noise curves, and improve feedback to mitigate that noise - Study, document and improve the noise performance of LIGO detectors through noise-cancellation techniques - Serve as a resource and offer training and assistance to the detector engineering team before and during observation runs
Basic Qualifications - A Ph.D. in laser interferometry, or another related field - 3 or more years of experience in gravitational wave physics, Newtonian noise measurement and characterization in gravitational wave detection, and in noise cancellation in gravitational wave detectors - Experience working in a multi-disciplinary research environment - Level-headed, team-oriented, and collegial, work and communications styles
Preferred Qualifications - Knowledge and hands-on experience with the design or operation of interferometric gravitational-wave detectors - Knowledge and hands-on experience with precision electronic circuit design and/or characterization; with precision electro-mechanical system design and/or characterization; and with precision optical system design and/or characterization - Knowledge of, or experience with the astrophysics of gravitational-wave sources - Knowledge and experience with astrophysical analysis of gravitational-wave detector data - Knowledge and experience with calibration of gravitational-wave detectors - Knowledge and experience with the characterization of noise performance and environmental noise coupling to precision instrumentation and apparatus - Successful experience developing and executing data reduction pipelines for complex precision measurement systems
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