Applications are invited for a Research Associate position within the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia, working with Professor Jess McIver’s group on gravitational wave astrophysics research.
The successful candidate will play a leading role in the characterization of the LIGO gravitational wave detectors, software infrastructure support, and data analysis efforts within the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. The ideal candidate would have strong experience and interest in gravitational wave detector characterization methods, gravitational wave data analysis, software development, and large-scale interferometer instrumentation, as well as a proven ability to lead projects within a large collaboration, and experience mentoring students and postdoctoral scholars. The position will be based at UBC, with travel to the LIGO sites as needed.
Qualified candidates must have a PhD degree in physics, astronomy, or other related fields, and a minimum of 3 years work experience as a postdoctoral fellow or research associate at the time of the appointment.
The University of British Columbia is located in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. Campus is less than a six hour drive from LIGO Hanford, less than five hours from the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO) and the CHIME Telescope, and a 10 minute bus ride from TRIUMF. UBC and TRIUMF are home to strong efforts in theoretical gravitational physics, astrophysics, observational astronomy, and data science.
Interested individuals are asked to submit a cover letter, a research statement, and CV using our online application page: https://secure.phas.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/Jobs/Apply, along with the names and contact information for at least three professional references to jobs(AT)physics.ubc.ca. In your research statement or cover letter, please briefly address your plans for and/or past contributions to a culture of equity and inclusion in STEM. Applications will be reviewed starting on June 15, 2019, and will continue until position is filled.
The expected start date of this position is August 1st, 2019. This is a three-year term appointment subject to annual renewal. Salary will be competitive, and commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. UBC offers Research Associates a wide ranging benefits plan that includes extended health and dental coverage, paid parental leave, and more. Research Associates are eligible to participate in the Faculty Pension Plan.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Internal Number: FAC 2019-02
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