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LISA instrument simulations and LISA data analysis ETHZ

Apr 15, 2021

LISA instrument simulations and LISA data analysis
Job Description
You will be part of a multidisciplinary and dynamic team working on several aspects of the research on Gravitational Waves, ranging from instrument development, data analysis and relativistic theories. The activity will be connected to the preparation of the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA), a large class mission of the European Space Agency for the detection of Gravitational Waves in space. You will perform your tasks in collaboration with leading institutions in Europe and United States.

Your tasks will include:
Support to the development of the LISA instrument simulator with special attention to the realistic implementation of all the instrumental details and noise sources as well as the investigation of the possible ways to optimize the simulation and the data pre-processing procedures with implementation of parallelization and GPU computing.

Perform analysis and interpretation of the LISA data in order to investigate possible signatures of cosmological models in the gravitational waveforms. Implement cutting-edge techniques for the processing and analysis of the LISA data here including the exploration of the possibilities offered by Artificial Intelligence in the extraction and classification of the relevant information.

The activity will be conducted under the supervisions of Dr. Luigi Ferraioli and Prof. Dr. Domenico Giardini at the Institute of Geophysics and Prof. Dr. Lavinia Heisenberg at the department of Physics.
The contract will start in the autumn 2021 or upon mutual agreement. The position is for 2 years with a possibility of extension to 3rd or 4th year.

Your Profile
The successful candidate should be highly motivated and creative, have a PhD in Physics and a solid background in both applied physics and general relativity. The candidate should demonstrate interest and ability of performing research at the interface of experimental and theoretical physics and should have a strong team spirit in order to proficiently collaborate with an interdisciplinary team. In addition, familiarity with Python and/or C/C++ programming is considered beneficial.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

    Motivation letter
    Curriculum Vitae
    Certificates (optional)
    At least three referee letters to be sent separately

Please send your applications in a single pdf file to Prof. Dr. Lavinia Heisenberg laviniah(at) and Dr. Luigi Ferraioli luigi.ferraioli(at)