Research Fellow in Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
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Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Portsmouth
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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Faculty of Technology

Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation


Research Fellow in Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics


Employment type: Fixed-term contract (2 years)

Employment basis: Full-time

Salary: £36,382 - £39,739 per annum

Post number: ZZ006501-1

Date published: 15 November 2022

Closing date: 03 January 2022

Interview date: 13 January 2022


The University of Portsmouth is an ambitious institution with a track record of success. One of only four universities in the south east of England to achieve a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework and ranked in the top 150 in the Times Higher Young University World Rankings.

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

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. We 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.

We welcome 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, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons and all appointments will be made on merit. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we 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 [email protected], to arrive by the same date.

Please address informal enquiries Dr Laura Nuttall ([email protected]).

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

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To find out more about the University of Portsmouth and this role, visit and apply on-line.

It is the policy of the University to only accept applications submitted using the University’s application form.

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

Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 3, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, January 3, 2022
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