Research Associate 4 or 5 (Scientific computing for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration) *Multiple Positions*
College of Science – Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory
Louisiana State University
Louisiana State University is looking for a talented individual to work on scientific computing for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. The LIGO detectors measure extremely small changes in length along its two 4 km arms using state-of-the-art interferometric detectors to detect waves from distant high-energy astrophysical events including coalescing compact objects and supernovae, and LIGO detectors have already discovered several signals from merging black holes. LIGO research is carried out by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC, www.ligo.org<http://www.ligo.org>), a large international group of scientists. LSU's gravity research group includes a large group of theoretical and experimental faculty (Ivan Agullo, Thomas Corbitt, Peter Diener, Joseph Giaime, Gabriela González, Warren Johnson, Jorge Pullin, Parampreet Singh), and a number of postdocs and students. González is the former LSC spokesperson and Giaime is the head of the LIGO Livingston Observatory (LLO), situated only 35 miles from LSU. In the experimental group, we are active in data analysis, diagnostics and calibration of the present LIGO detectors, and in the development of next-generation technology for advanced detectors. Being so close to LLO, we also play an important role in the day-to-day detector commissioning and characterization.
The person in this position will work on scientific computing for the LIGO Data Grid used by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), collaborating closely with colleagues in University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Syracuse University, California State University-Fullerton and other institution outside the US. Specifically, the person will help to maintain and develop a suite of python-based tools for detector characterization, including the GWpy package and related tools (https://gwpy.github.io/). Additionally, they will maintain and help to develop online monitors and processes to provide minute-latency and daily reports on detector performance, as well as follow-up tools to enable rapid examination of low-latency gravitational-wave event candidates. Furthermore, the person will assist in the development and operations of web-based tools for data processing and help with graduate assistant research activities.
Research Associate 4: Masters in Physics or related field with 1-2 years research science experience.
Research Associate 5: PhD in Physics or related field with 1 year research science experience.
(Both) Proficient in Python programming, packaging and development, as well as familiarity with C, and/or Java (LDVW).
Experience with virtualization, scientific workflow management, database technology is desirable, but not required.
Background Check - An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.
Benefits - LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; annual and sick leave; 14 paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption; training and development opportunities; employee discounts and more!
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