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Job Details
Company Name :
California Institute of Technology
Company Location :
Pasadena, CA 91125
Job Position :
Research Scientist
Job Category :
Jobs in California

Job Description :
Research Scientist


Job Category: Fulltime Regular

Exempt Overtime Eligible: Exempt

Benefits Eligible: Benefit Based

Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world’s brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community.

LIGO Laboratory (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) seeks a highly motivated and skilled Research Scientist to join its team.

This position is located in Pasadena, California.

LIGO Laboratory is a National Science Foundation major facility dedicated to observing the newly discovered gravitational-wave universe. Jointly operated by the California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the LIGO Laboratory operates world-leading observatories near Richland, WA and Baton Rouge, LA as well as R&D centers on the Caltech and MIT campuses. The LIGO Laboratory’s mission spans a broad and vibrant array of activities related to gravitational-wave physics and astronomy, including detector operations, R&D toward detector improvements, gravitational-wave astrophysics, observatory operations, and education and public outreach.

For more information, please visit the Laboratory website: LIGO’s Website

Life at Caltech/LIGO

LIGO Caltech is located on the campus of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, near the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Caltech has an extraordinary science impact across many fields. Its small size creates a community where innovation and collaboration are the norm. Caltech manages the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for NASA, the leading US center for the robotic exploration of the Solar System. Caltech also operates large-scale research facilities such as the Palomar and Keck Observatories.

Pasadena is a city known for its contributions to science and technology, rich history, cultural treasures, and scenic beauty. The year-round comfortable weather creates a desirable environment for life and ideas to thrive. See Bill Nye’s take on our city .

People choose to work at LIGO for many reasons, often with fulfilling, long-term careers. LIGO is a family-friendly laboratory and strives to ensure everyone is able to achieve the work-life balance they desire. Caltech’s benefits program offers a quality, competitive benefits package that is affordable for you and the Institute. The program provides a strong base of coverage for you and your dependents, and the ability to choose the plan and the level of coverage that best meet your needs. We also offer a 403(b) defined contribution plan to eligible staff as well as a Voluntary Retirement Savings (TDA) Plan. LIGO Caltech staff have access to the Institute’s facilities, including the athletic center, libraries, on-site daycare, professional development and enrichment classes, and Athenaeum club memberships (only Caltech site template).

Caltech HR diversity page

Caltech and LIGO Laboratory’s goal is to build a world-class, diverse workforce and support an inclusive environment that encourages professional development and offers top-notch benefits. Our talented staff, who work at the Caltech campus, or one of our Observatories, come from a variety of fields. Positions include scientists, engineers, information technology staff, outreach professionals, managers, writers, business professionals, and administrative staff. We are deeply committed to encouraging people of all backgrounds to apply for these opportunities. Our experience has demonstrated that the broader the styles, characteristics, backgrounds, and abilities of our staff-in other words, the more diverse our team is-the greater potential we have for success. Caltech is an equal opportunity employer.

LIGO Laboratory is committed to being a welcoming place for everyone regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

Job Summary
The success of the LIGO observatories relies on a continuous R&D effort to characterize and improve the detectors sensitivity.

The successful candidate will collaborate with the Caltech Instrument Science team, as well with the teams at the LIGO Hanford and Livingston Observatories and at MIT.

As a Research Scientist, you will have the opportunity to apply your skills to the development, design and implementation of technologies that increase the Advanced LIGO detector sensitivity and robustness. This is a highly multidisciplinary activity. Your interests and passions will play a role in defining on which research aspect you will focus primarily: design and implement technologies and algorithms to reduce the noise sources that limit the current detector sensitivity; carry out R&D projects for future gravitational wave detectors; laboratory work; optical and mechanical design; high precision metrology; advanced signal processing and feedback control design and implementation, are among the many topics that are involved in the duties of a Research Scientist at the LIGO laboratory. You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to many different parts and aspects of the Advanced LIGO detectors, and there will be many opportunities to develop new skills and expertise.

Essential Job Duties

Support the cutting edge R&D and commissioning program at the LIGO laboratory aimed at improving the detector sensitivity and duty cycle, in collaboration with scientists and engineers in the LIGO Laboratory and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.
Develop techniques and algorithms to characterize and remove noise sources.
Design, construct and operate table-top experiments to test new technologies and ideas for current and future gravitational-wave instruments.
Develop optical and mechanical models of the Advanced LIGO detectors.
Initiate or collaborate in writing research papers and technical presentations.
Present research results and highlights at national and international conferences.
This position requires occasional travel to other LIGO installations and collaborating institutions in Livingston, Louisiana, Hanford, Washington, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and possibly internationally.
Other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

A PhD in Physics, Engineering, Optics, or related field; or a Bachelor’s degree or above with 10 years equivalent experience.
A minimum of 5 years of experience in working with optical systems, and/or scientific data analysis, and/or feedback control systems, and/or signal processing.
Experience with the design and/or operation of optical and laser systems, interferometry and high-precision metrology.
Possess good verbal and written communication skills, a team attitude, and a high degree of professional discipline.

Preferred Qualifications

Proficiency with scientific computation, simulation and data analysis in python or equivalent language.
Experience working with gravitational wave interferometers
Familiarity with Machine Learning techniques
Experience with simulation software of optical and mechanical systems
Familiarity with good practices for software development

Required Documents

Cover Letter and Resume
Please also provide up to 5 recent publications that highlight your contribution to research topics that are relevant for this position.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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