The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) seeks a highly motivated and skilled Research Scientist to join in our work observing the newly discovered gravitational-wave universe. The Research Scientist will work with Professor Nergis Mavalvala to oversee an experimental research program in quantum optics, quantum optomechanics, precision interferometry, and gravitational wave detection, including opportunities to do research at the LIGO’s world-leading observatories near Richland, WA and Baton Rouge, LA.
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The LIGO group at MIT is situated within the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI) on MIT’s campus in Cambridge, MA, which is situated along the Charles River. MIT employees enjoy the beauty of four seasons with the benefit of being a short drive away from beaches, mountains, museums, and other metropolitan areas. LIGO, MKI, and MIT seek to build an outstanding workforce that is diverse and inclusive and provide a supportive environment that is a welcoming place for everyone.
Major responsibility for oversight of three on-going experiments: a micro-mirror based optomechanical platform, a compact portable squeezed light source, and a precision fiber interferometer for single-photon experiments.
Management of laboratory infrastructure, budget, and procurement related to experiments.
Development of new directions for multiple experimental platforms.
Day-to-day supervision of students and postdoctoral scholars.
Preparation of manuscripts and conference presentations.
Periodic travel to the LIGO observatories and labs of collaborators nationally and abroad.
A Ph.D. in Physics, Astrophysics or a closely related field.
At least 2 years’ experience conducting postdoctoral research.
Experience with quantum optics, optomechanics and precision interferometry is desirable, but not required.
Cover Letter (preferred but not required)
Statement of research interests (maximum of 2 pages)
Statement on mentoring and fostering diversity and inclusion (maximum 2 pages)
Complete list of publications
Three letters of recommendation
Please submit a single PDF containing all documents via MIT’s career portal and send a copy to Ms. Amanda Holley at email@example.com. All applications received by December 1, 2020 will receive consideration.
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