The PhD project involves application of advanced signal processing and high performance computing, including deep learning, to detect and estimate essential parameters of gravitational wave (GW) events as soon as possible. It involves searches for gravitational waves directly on-line in real time using data streaming from the GW detectors, alerting other telescopes in the world for prompt follow up observations of possible events, as well as searching for GW counterparts of electromagnetic transient radiation, especially radio and optical transients. The project may also involve analytical modeling, parameter estimations of gravitational wave sources, as well as using GW data to probe our Universe.
The University of Western-Australia (UWA) Gravitational Wave Astronomy group is a member of the international LIGO-VIRGO-KAGRA(LVK) Collaboration, and is actively involved in detecting gravitational waves online in real-time and sending public alerts to enable rapid follow-up observations by other telescopes. The group is also a member of the International Space Centre at UWA, Parkes Pulsar Timing Array (PPTA) Collaboration and ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav). The UWA campus is situated in Perth City in Western Australia - one of the most livable cities in the world.
We are looking for highly motivated applicants with interest in gravitational wave detection, multi-messenger astronomy and HPC (including machine learning and quantum computing). The projects are suitable for students with backgrounds in astronomy, physics, math and signal processing.
The salary of the scholarship is AUD 35,000 per annum.
Contact: Linqing Wen