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 and scientists at the LIGO Livingston Observatory.
Specifically, the scientist will lead the maintain and developing of a suite of python-based tools for LIGO scientists. Scientists working with the LIGO detectors and with the LIGO data use a graphical monitoring of the performance of the many subsystems in the instruments, using standard statistical measures and diagnostic methods developed by the LIGO/Virgo/KAGRA collaboration members. Many of these graphical monitors are “live” with a few minutes latency, other are produced hourly, and others daily. GWpy (https://gwpy.github.io) is a collaboration-driven Python package providing tools for studying data from ground-based gravitational-wave detectors, which provides a user-friendly, intuitive interface to the common time-domain and frequency-domain data produced by the LIGO and Virgo observatories and their analyses, with easy-to-follow tutorials at each step.
LSU's gravity research group includes a large group of experimental faculty (Thomas Corbitt, Joseph Giaime, Gabriela González) and a number of postdocs and students. We interact closely with LSU faculty in astrophysics, theoretical gravity, and quantum information; as well as with scientists at the LIGO Livingston Observatory (LLO). We are active in data analysis and diagnostics of the LIGO detectors, and in the development of technology for next-generation detectors. We have contributed to the improved sensitivity of Advanced LIGO instruments that enabled the current era of gravitational waves astronomy. Since our campus is only 42km from LLO, we also play an important role in the day-to-day detector commissioning and characterization.
Please email any questions to Gabriela Gonzalez, gonzalez(at)lsu.edu.