The "Institut de Física d'Altes Energies" (IFAE) in Barcelona welcomes applications for a three-years PhD position in Gravitational Waves (GWs) Physics, within the framework of the “Doctorate INPhINIT Programme” from the La Caixa Foundation.
The application deadline is February 4th, 2021.
The doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT ”la Caixa” is devoted to attracting talented Early-Stage Researchers—of any nationality—who wish to pursue doctoral studies in Spanish or Portuguese territory. Sponsored by ”la Caixa” Foundation, it is aimed at supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain and Portugal by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence.
IFAE is a Severo Ochoa Excellence Center and member institution of the Virgo collaboration. A group of researchers from IFAE has taken significant responsibilities in the Virgo experiment related to the control of the stray light inside the experiment, which is considered a limiting factor for its sensitivity. The group plans for playing an important role in the ongoing commissioning, operations and upgrade of the interferometer. For the latter, IFAE is leading the construction of new baffles instrumented with photo sensors around the test masses.
In the physics analysis front, the IFAE research program, using LIGO/Virgo data, includes topics related to: compact binary coalescence and their mass/spin spectrum determination; search for primordial black holes as candidates for dark matter; searches for axion-like signals in GWs; Test of exotic models for Gravity beyond General Relativity; determination of the universe expansion rate using GWs; and using GWs as probes for inflation and phase transitions in the early universe. IFAE will be in a privileged position to analyze the LIGO/Virgo data and, in collaboration with IFAE's teams in CTA/MAGIC and Observational Cosmology, to fully profit from a multi-messenger approach. Finally, IFAE is actively exploring a potential long-term involvement in 3G terrestrial interferometry projects and/or space missions.
Interested candidates are encouraged to contact IFAE, acting as potential host institution for the position.
For further information please contact
Prof. Mario Martínez Pérez (mmp(AT)ifae.es)