Research Scientist, Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) | Massachusetts Institute of Technology

RESEARCH SCIENTIST, Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research-Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), to join LIGO’s work observing the newly discovered gravitational-wave universe.  Will work with Professor Nergis Mavalvala to oversee an experimental research program in quantum optics, quantum optomechanics, precision interferometry, and gravitational wave detection, including opportunities to conduct research at LIGO’s world-leading observatories near Richland, WA and Baton Rouge, LA.  The major responsibility will be to direct and oversee one or more new and/or current experiments in the MIT LIGO labs.  Ongoing experiments include a micro-mirror-based optomechanical platform; a compact, portable squeezed light source; and a precision fiber interferometer for single-photon experiments.  Other duties would include developing new directions and grant proposals for multiple experimental platforms; the day-to-day supervision of students and postdoctoral scholars; preparing manuscripts and conference presentations; managing laboratory infrastructure, budget, and procurement related to the experiments; and periodic travel to the LIGO observatories and labs of collaborators nationally and abroad. 

REQUIRED:  Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics, or closely related field and at least two years of experience conducting postdoctoral research.  PREFERRED:  experience with quantum optics, optomechanics, and precision interferometry.

Application material should be submitted in a single PDF and include a cover letter (preferred but not required), CV, statement of research interests (maximum of two pages), a statement on mentoring and fostering diversity and inclusion (maximum two pages), a complete list of publications, and three letters of recommendation. These materials should be submitted both through the MIT website and via email to Ms. Shannon McGinnes at [email protected]. MIT Career Website:

All applications received no later than January 1, 2022, will receive full consideration.

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