Postdoctoral Scientist in Gravitational Wave Discovery and Detector Characterization

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, July 9, 2022
Archive Date: 
Saturday, August 6, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
The University of Melbourne
Department Name: 
School of Physics
Street Line 1: 
Grattan Street,
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Location: The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC
Role type: Full time; Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Physics
Salary: Level A – $77,171 – $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super

About the Role

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has invested $31.3 million of funding into a major new Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery, known as OzGrav, which started operations in 2017. OzGrav conducts research in instrumentation, data analysis, and astrophysics across the gravitational wave spectrum utilising major international facilities including the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

OzGrav’s mission is to capitalise on the historic first detections of gravitational waves to understand the extreme physics of black holes and warped space-time and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers through this new window on the Universe. As well as fundamental research, OzGrav pursues a vigorous outreach agenda, which includes working with students from low socio-economic areas and encouraging the participation of minorities in science at all levels. OzGrav also pursues research translation and commercialisation, generating opportunities for staff to experience secondments to industry during their postdoctoral terms.

The Postdoctoral Scientist will be one of several positions within OzGrav contributing as a team to detector commissioning, characterisation, and data-related activities as part of the Australian Partnership in Advanced LIGO+. The appointee will collaborate with other members of OzGrav on joint projects as well as the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.
In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Undertake scientific work in gravitational wave discovery and detector services for Advanced LIGO+, with an emphasis on commissioning, characterisation, and data-related activities
  • Collaborate on this work with members of OzGrav and, where appropriate, members of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration
  • Participate as an active member of OzGrav and the host groups at the University of Melbourne, including taking leadership positions
  • Collaborate with government and industry partners to commercialise aspects of OzGrav’s work where appropriate
  • Undertake administration primarily relating to the activities of the role

About You

You will have excellent interpersonal and both written and oral communication skills in English and the ability to work co-operatively and positively in a multi-disciplinary team environment and liaise with people from diverse backgrounds. You will possess excellent organisational skills to meet deadlines and bring projects to a timely completion with the ability to develop, administer and see through to completion appropriately designed projects with limited supervision and to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Experience in gravitational wave instrumentation is desirable but not essential.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • PhD or equivalent in physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, or a related discipline
  • A demonstrated aptitude for gravitational wave detector commissioning and/or characterisation, with a sound publication record in relevant areas, commensurate with experience and opportunities
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare reports and manuscripts for publication
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with relevant professional and industry bodies and stakeholders to foster collaborative partnerships


Application Deadline: 
Saturday, August 6, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
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Professor Andrew Melatos
Postdoc in Gravitational Wave Discovery and Detector Characterization