Research Associate in Gravitational Wave Astronomy

Cardiff University - School of Physics & Astronomy

Cardiff Gravitational Physics ( is seeking applications to fill the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate. This is a two-year position at the Grade 6 level.

The post will involve research on one or several of the key research areas of the Cardiff Gravitational Physics group, with emphasis on analysis of data from the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and Virgo detectors, and/or gravitational-wave source modelling. Group members play leading roles in the search for signals from gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, and the coalescence of neutron star and black hole binaries; and in modelling astrophysical sources of gravitational waves using analytical and numerical relativity and develop search algorithms for their detection and interpretation with current and future detectors. The group is also undergoing a significant expansion, starting a new research programme in gravitational-wave instrumentation. The group is a founding member of GEO600, a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and has played a leading role in these collaborations from their inception through to the recent first direct detections of gravitational waves, and is also active in planning and development of future detectors, such as LIGO-India, Einstein Telescope and Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA).

The position is full time and available from 1st June 2018, but the precise starting date is negotiable.

Informal enquiries about the role can be made by email to Prof. Patrick Sutton ( or Prof. Mark Hannam (

Informal enquiries about working at Cardiff University can be made to Glesni Lloyd (

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University and the School of Physics and Astronomy are committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity. Our inclusive environment welcomes applications from talented people from diverse backgrounds. We strongly welcome female applicants and those from any ethnic minority group, as they are underrepresented in our School. The School of Physics & Astronomy has a Juno Practitioner accreditation that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. The University is committed to ensuring that we sustain a positive working environment for all staff to flourish and achieve. As part of this commitment, the University has developed a flexible and responsive framework of procedures to support staff in managing their work and personal commitments wherever possible. Applications are welcome from individuals who wish to work part-time or full time.

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