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Université catholique de Louvain

PhD position: cryogenic sensors and suspensions for gravitational wave detectors

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The CP3 center at the IRMP (Research Institute in Mathematics and Physics, (https://uclouvain.be/en/research-institutes/irmp) of the University of Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) and the PML (Precision Mechatronic Lab, http://www.pmlab.be) of the University of Liège in Liège (Belgium) are searching for an outstanding Ph.D. researcher to join an exciting project. The work will entail research and development on instrumentation for gravitational wave (GW) detectors at the E-TEST research facility (https://www.etest-emr.eu) that aims to prepare the ground for the Einstein Telescope (ET) project.

The PML has been founded by prof. Christophe Collette. It is hosted in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering department of ULiège. Over the years, it has developed an internationally renowned expertise in the high-precision control of large instruments dedicated to experimental physics, including GW detectors, particle colliders and segmented ground and space telescopes. The CP3 center (http://cp3.irmp.ucl.ac.be/) hosts research in physics of the Universe and fundamental interactions both on the experimental and theoretical fronts. CP3 physicists are part of the Virgo Collaboration at EGO (European Gravitational Observatory, https://www.ego-gw.it). Since June 2020, with Dr. Joris van Heijningen joining CP3, a GW instrumentation effort was started in prof. Giacomo Bruno’s group. Both CP3 and the PML participate in the activities of a research and development facility, the E-TEST, funded by the Interreg program of the EU. E-TEST aims to prepare the construction of the ET project, the future third-generation European laser interferometer for gravitational wave detection. ET could be built at the frontier between Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany and start operations in the 2030s.

The selected candidate is expected to take a leading role in the design and development of cryogenic inertial sensors and final stage vibration isolation systems. The inertial sensors will be validated on an (ERC consolidator funded) active platform SILENT to which this project will add cryogenic capabilities. The project will also include a collaboration with MIT (Boston, USA) on the design of the final stage suspensions for Cosmic Explorer, the US counterpart of ET. The successful candidate will travel to MIT at least for one 3-week visit as part of the MISTI seed funding program (https://mistigsf.fluidreview.com/prog/mistiglobalseedfunds/) and more if necessary. The appointment is fully funded for the complete duration of the PhD program of four years, as part of an FNRS Projet de Recherche. The student will work towards a doctorate involving both UCLouvain and ULiège and will perform research at both labs for roughly equal amounts of time. UCLouvain will be responsible for the curriculum and most administration. Computing resources and support for personal development and traveling are excellent.

Applications including a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a brief statement of research interests and at least two recommendation letters from senior scientists should be submitted on-line at: https://cp3.irmp.ucl.ac.be/jobs/75. We will start reviewing applications and inviting candidates from 20 February 2022. However, the position will stay open until a suitable candidate is selected.

For more information or questions, please, contact

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PhD position: cryogenic sensors and suspensions for gravitational wave detectors
Locatie
Place de l'Université 1 Louvain-la-Neuve, België
Gepubliceerd
2022-01-13
Uiterste sollicitatiedatum
2022-04-30
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