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Research Associate

The Louisiana State University is looking to recruit a Research Associate for its Department of Physics and Astronomy

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 19 Apr 2021
  • United States | Louisiana State University
  • Date posted: 22 Mar 2021
  • Job type: Academic: postdoc
  • Disciplines: Quantum science & technology  | Computational science & software engineering 

The LSU Department of Physics and Astronomy is looking for a talented individual to work on scientific computing for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration. 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 and other institutions. 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 (LIGO “summary pages”), 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. A postdoctoral position in this department is also available please see our application page for more information.

Research Associate 4: job responsibilities

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 and other institutions. 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). (80%)

Maintain and help to develop online monitors and processes to provide minute-latency and daily reports on detector performance (LIGO “summary pages”), as well as follow-up tools to enable rapid examination of low-latency gravitational-wave event candidates. Assist in the development and operations of web-based tools for data processing. (20%)

Research Associate 5: job responsibilities

This senior-level position will work autonomously and independently on scientific computing for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Data Grid used by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), collaborating closely with colleagues in University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and other institutions. 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). (80%)

Oversee and develop online monitors and processes to provide minute-latency and daily reports on detector performance (LIGO “summary pages”), as well as follow-up tools to enable rapid examination of low-latency gravitational-wave event candidates. Assist in the development and operations of web-based tools for data processing. (15%) Assist with mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. Other duties as assigned (5%).

Minimum qualifications

  • Research Associate 4: Master’s in physics or related field with 1–2 years science research experience.
  • Research Associate 5: PhD in physics or related field with 1 year of science research experience.
  • (Both) Proficient in Python programming, packaging and development, as well as familiarity with C, and/or Java (LDVW).

Preferred qualifications

Experience with virtualization, scientific workflow management, database technology is desirable, but not required.

Special instructions

Applications should be submitted on the LSU Career Site. Please attach ALL required documents under the “Resume/CV” section of your application. Please provide letter of application, resume, and three professional references including name, title, phone number and e-mail address.

A copy of your transcript(s) may be attached to your application (if available). However, original transcripts are required prior to hire.

Please email any questions to Gabriela Gonzalez, gonzalez@lsu.edu.

Additional position information

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; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!

LSU believes diversity, equity, and inclusion enrich the educational experience of our students, faculty, and staff, and are necessary to prepare all people to thrive personally and professionally in a global society. We celebrate diversity and are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We actively seek and encourage qualified applications from persons with diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences. To learn more about how LSU is committed to diversity and inclusivity, please see LSU’s Diversity Statement and Roadmap. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact the Office of Human Resource Management (hr@lsu.edu).

Questions or concerns about this ad can be directed to the LSU Human Resources Management Office at 225-578-8200 or emailed HR@lsu.edu.

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