Syracuse University Gravitational Wave Group Postdoc

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The Syracuse University Gravitational Wave Group is seeking to hire, as soon as possible, a postgraduate scientist to work on development and support of software infrastructure enabling LIGO data analysis efforts.

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) is an ambitious National Science Foundation funded project to detect gravitational waves and use them to explore the Universe. Members of the Syracuse group play an important role in the search for inspiral and burst sources of gravitational waves through their membership of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. The Syracuse group is constructing a 300 CPU core computing cluster with 96Tb of storage for gravitational wave and grid computing research, and is expanding its involvement with scientific computational infrastructure.

The successful candidate will work on design, development, deployment, and support of software infrastructure to further the scientific goals of the LIGO project. They will have a close connection with scientists conducting gravitational-wave data analysis and will have the opportunity make important contributions to the search for gravitational waves with LIGO. An incomplete list of projects includes tools for scientific data management, workflow management, metadata driven workflow planning, and other areas of grid and distributed computing in support of science.

Applications should have a Ph.D. or Masters degree in physics, information science, or a related field, excellent computer skills, extensive experience with Linux, C programming skills, a working knowledge of popular scripting languages including Python, and be highly motivated. Experience with the relational databases and/or Condor is a plus, but not essential. The successful candidate should be prepared to start February 1, 2008, although some flexibility of this date is possible.

Applicants should send a cover letter, a statement of research interests, and a curriculum vitae, and arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation sent via email to:

or via regular mail to:

Prof. Duncan Brown,
Department of Physics,
Syracuse University,
Syracuse, NY 13244, USA

Applications should be marked “LIGO Data Grid Position.”

Screening of applications will begin December 1, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled. Syracuse University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Members of minority groups and women are especially encouraged to apply.