Post Doctoral Associate

Jan 05, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Classification Title:

Post Doctoral Associate

Job Description:

The Experimental Astrophysics group at the University of Florida invites applications for up to three full-time postdoctoral associate positions in ALPS, LIGO and LISA.

The axion-like particle search (ALPS) experiment is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Heising-Simons Foundation. The main experiment is located at the Deutsche Electron Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg, Germany. The interested postdoc is expected to work on the research, development and the design of the ALPS experiment as well as a follow up experiment to measure vacuum birefringence. Most of the work will be performed at the University of Florida although some travel to DESY is required. 

The LIGO group at the University of Florida carries out research on LIGO instrument science related to the Input Optics of the LIGO interferometers, materials studies for future interferometers, and research on controls for gravitational-wave interferometers. The interested candidate is expected to participate in all aspects of this research. 

LISA is the leading candidate for ESA's L3 mission which is expected to be supported by NASA and the US scientific community through NASA grants. The interested postdoc is expected to work on tests related to the interferometry measurement system such as experimental tests and simulations of the telescope and the optical bench. While most work will be performed at UF, some travel to Goddard Space Flight Center and to ESA-member states in Europe is required. 

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution.

Advertised Salary:

Salary will be competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Minimum Requirements:

PhD in physics. Experience with lasers and optics.

Preferred Qualifications:

Ideal candidates for these positions have experience in laser interferometry, optical cavities, length and alignment sensing and control systems as well as digital data acquisition and signal processing systems. Employment of more senior candidates is also possible. 

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at and must include: (1) a cover letter and (2) a complete curriculum vitae. In addition, names and email address for three references must be provided on the application. An email will be sent automatically to your references, requesting them to upload their letter.  Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

For further information please contact Prof. David Tanner ( for ALPS, LIGO) or Prof. Guido Mueller ( for ALPS, LISA).

This requisition will be used to fill multiple positions.

This requisition has been reposted. Previous applicants are still under consideration and need not apply.

Health Assessment Required: No