Postdoctoral fellowship in gravitational wave lensing data analysis

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Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shenzhen, China
Jul 02, 2024
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Postdoctoral fellowship in gravitational wave lensing data analysis

We seek applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship at CUHK in Hong Kong, specialising in gravitational wave lensing data analysis. This position is part of the CUHK gravitational-wave group's research efforts in astrophysics and fundamental physics, focusing on analysing gravitational wave lensing data to explore the nature of compact astrophysical objects and gravitational lenses.

The project involves developing technologies and scientific applications for the first gravitational-wave lensing detections, which are expected to happen in the coming years, according to several independent forecasts, as part of the LVK collaboration. The independent forecasts suggest that lensed detections will occur at a rate of around one in a thousand. Given the latest and anticipated improvements in ground-based gravitational-wave detectors, the forecasts have spawned a global effort to develop technologies for detecting gravitational-wave lensing and using them in scientific applications related to fundamental physics, cosmology, and astrophysics. The postdoctoral position will join the group's longstanding effort to build the necessary technologies, such as tools to detect and analyse microlensing and strong lensing, before the first detection occurs.

About the group:

Prof. Otto Akseli Hannuksela leads the CUHK gravitational-wave group, which consists of one postdoctoral researcher (two openings this coming Fall), seven PhD students, and one MPhil student. Since 2016, the group has been an active member of the LIGO-Virgo-Kagra (LVK) Collaboration, consisting of thousands of researchers worldwide working on research related to gravitational wave observations and their connections to fundamental physics and astrophysics. The group collaborates on cutting-edge gravitational wave lensing projects with several universities worldwide.

CUHK offers a supportive research environment with access to local supercomputers and the LVK data grid, facilitating pioneering research in astrophysics and fundamental physics. The faculty members are engaged in diverse research areas, including numerical simulations, dark matter studies, astroparticle physics, CERN experiments, and investigations of the interstellar medium.

Position Details:

  • Duration: Initially, it will be two years with a potential 1-year extension, providing stability for long-term research pursuits.
  • Salary and Benefits: Competitive salary, generous travel funds, health insurance, and dedicated support for professional development, ensuring a rewarding career experience.
  • Start Date: Negotiable, anticipated start in Fall 2025.

Application Details: To apply, please submit:

  • CV
  • Statement of purpose outlining your research interests and experience in gravitational wave lensing data analysis
  • Two reference letters

Apply via the online form ( ).

Application Deadlines:

  • RGC Postdoctoral Fellowship Nomination: July 20, 2024
  • General Application: September 15, 2024

RGC Postdoctoral Fellowship: One exceptional candidate may be nominated to apply for the RGC Postdoctoral Fellowship, offering additional funding and support for research initiatives (details: ). The early deadline allows sufficient time for preparing the required 7-page research proposal due by August 25, 2024, including a two-page impact statement, four-page research plan, one-page figures/attachment, and two pages of references.

About Hong Kong: Hong Kong serves as a global gateway with a rich cultural heritage and exceptional amenities, supporting a high quality of life conducive to professional and personal growth. The city's efficient infrastructure, world-class healthcare, and vibrant international community offer researchers and their families a welcoming environment.

Language of Instruction and Communication: At CUHK, English is the group's primary language of instruction and communication.

Contact Information: For inquiries about the position, please contact Prof. Otto Akseli Hannuksela (