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RESEARCH ASSOCIATE Local interferometry for gravitational wave detectors

Jul 17, 2019

The Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Department of Physics, Institute of Experimental Physics invites applications for a RESEARCH ASSOCIATE Local interferometry for gravitational wave detectors

The Cluster of Excellence “Quantum Universe” performs research to understand mass and gravity at the interface between quantum physics and cosmology. The research team includes leading scientists from mathematics, particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology at Universität Hamburg and DESY.

The newly established research group for gravitational wave detection of the Quantum Universe Cluster of Excellence in Hamburg aims to study and develop the metrology for future ground and space-based detectors like the Einstein Telescope or the Laser Interferometer Space An- tenna. 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 frequen- cies. The research is conducted in international collaborations with partners all over Europe and the globe.

This position is focused on the development of local, compact interferometric sensors for the test masses in future ground-based gravitational-wave detectors. This involves the construction of an optical mirror suspension as test set-up in vacuum, the simulation and design of the inter- ferometric sensor, the realization of an FPGA based phase readout system and, finally, the laser system integration and testing.

Research associates will be expected primarily to teach and conduct research. The research associate will also have the opportunity to pursue further academic qualifications, in particular a doctoral dissertation. At least one-third of set working hours will be made available for the re- search associate’s own academic work.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Oliver Gerberding (contact -at- or consult our websites at and

Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s), and two letters of recommendation.

Please send applications by 15 August 2019 to: contact -at- and office -at- Later applications will be considered until the position is filled. Please do not submit original documents as we are not able to return them. Any documents sub- mitted will be destroyed after the application process has concluded.


For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Oliver Gerberding (contact -at-

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