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PhD student position LISA interferometry UHamburg

Jul 08, 2020

Pending approval of external funding  the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Department of Physics, Institute of Experimental Physics invites applications for a RESEARCH ASSOCIATE FOR THE PROJECT  “LISA interferometry - experiment for Ground-support equipment and noise limitations”
Deadline for applications is July 31st, 2020.

The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on 01.10.2020 or as soon as possible thereafter, pending external funding.
This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed until 30.09.2023. The position calls for 29,25 hours.           
Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.
Specific Duties:
The research group for gravitational wave detection of the Quantum Universe Cluster of Excellence in Hamburg studies and develops metrology for
future ground and space-based detectors like the Einstein Telescope or the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna. To this end the group develops interferometric sensors that use high-speed digital signal processing and quasi-monolithic opto-mechanics to reduce critical noise sources at low frequencies. The research is conducted in international collaborations with partners all over Europe and the globe.
The position is focused on the design, realisation, comissioning and testing of a laser interferometer toolset that enables to quickly set-up different ultra-stable interferometer configurations. This toolset is a candidate to devel so-called optical ground-support equipment for the development and assembly, verification, integration and testing of the LISA isntrument payload. The toolset shall also be used to test a novel method to stabilise laser frequencies and to set up an interferometer configuration that will probe a set of noise sources that are typically concealed in LISA-breadboarding experiments.  The project involves the set-up of a thermally compensated laser interferometer in vacuum, the comissioning of the laser preparation and the opto-electronics for the interferometer readout and performance investigations and analysis.
A university degree in a relevant field. Prior experience in several of the following fields is beneficial: Optics, laser interferometry, opto-mechanics, thermal modelling, experience with space missions, gravitational wave detection, analogue and digital electronics, hardware & software programming (FGPAs), digital signal processing. In addition, a high intrinsic motivation and individual responsibility, as well as creative scientific thinking and ability to work in an international team are required.

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As women are currently underrepresented in this job category at Universität Hamburg according to the evaluation conducted under the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HambGleiG), we encourage women to apply for this position. Equally qualified and suitable female applicants will receive preference.

Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the application process.
For further information, please contact   Prof. Dr. Oliver Gerberding or consult the website at 
Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s). Please send applications by 31.07.2020 to: Prof. Dr. Oliver Gerberding, Institut für Experimentalphysik, Universität Hamburg, Luruper Chaussee 149, D-22761 Hamburg, Germany, email: oliver.gerberdin(at)

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PhD student position "LISA interferometry - experiment for ground-support equipment and noise limitations"