Postdoctoral fellow in multi-messenger astronomy with gravitational waves

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
University of British Columbia
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V6T 1Z1
City: 
Vancouver
State/Province: 
BC
Country: 
Canada
Announcement
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A pan-Canadian partnership of astrophysicists at UBC, McGill, and UToronto invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in multi-messenger astronomy. The successful applicant will devote half of their research time to the continued development and deployment of GWSkyNet, a machine-learning algorithm to distinguish true GW signals from detector glitches using publicly available information, for the upcoming LIGO-Virgo observing run, O4. Half of their research time will be used to explore other interests in multi-messenger astronomy with GWs. The researcher in this position will be a key figure in Canadian efforts to identify and study electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational wave candidate events issued by LIGO and Virgo. 

Researchers with knowledge of (or who are eager to learn about) machine learning methods and/or low latency gravitational-wave alerts are especially encouraged to apply. Experience with gravitational-wave data analysis is an asset, but not a requirement. 

The position will be located at one of three institutions in Canada: at the University of British Columbia, working with Prof. Jess McIver; McGill University working with Prof. Daryl Haggard; or the University of Toronto, working with Prof. Maria Drout. The primary host institution will be negotiated at the time of hire. Wherever the successful applicant is based, they will have frequent interactions with the other Canadian and international partners in the project. The successful applicant will have access to competitive Canadian telescope facilities, e.g., the Canada France Hawaii Telescope and twin Gemini Observatories, as well as world-class computing facilities through Compute Canada and institutional resources. 

The position will ideally start before Spring 2022 (or earlier if possible), ahead of the next LIGO-Virgo observing run, expected in mid-2022. This is a two-year position with a competitive annual salary of $65,000 CAD plus benefits awarded by the host institution. 

To lear more or apply for this position, please see https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18783.

We will begin reviewing application materials on July 15, 2021, and continue reviewing until the position is filled. 

The project team leadership is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all team members. We strongly encourage researchers from underrepresented groups in physics and astronomy to apply. This position is accessible to researchers with disabilities and working environment constraints. 

For inquiries, please reach out to Jess McIver: mciver[at]phas.ubc.ca. 

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Application Deadline: 
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Jess McIver