Research Associate for the project "LISA phase readout – Developing a ground-support phasemeter based on MicroTCA" §28 subsection 3 HmbHG

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Universität Hamburg Research Associate for the project "LISA phase readout – Developing a ground-support phasemeter based on MicroTCA" §28 subsection 3 HmbHG Institution: Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Department of Physics, Institute of Experimental Physics Salary level: EGR. 13 TV-L Start date: 01.04.2021 or as soon as possible thereafter, fixed until 30.09.2023 (This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act [Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG]) Application deadline: 31.03.2021 Scope of work: full-time position suitable for part-time

Responsibilities Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties The research group for gravitational wave detection of the Quantum Universe Cluster of Excellence in Hamburg studies metrology and develops instrumentation for ground and space-based detectors like the Einstein Telescope and the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna with a focus on laser interferometry, inertial sensing and digital readout and control. The group is part of the Cluster of Excellence “Quantum Universe” which includes leading scientists from mathematics, particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology at Universität Hamburg and DESY.

The successful candidate for this position will participate in the development of an electrical ground-support equipment version of the LISA phasemeter, based on the MicroTCA.4 standard. The project is funded by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the phasemeter development is conducted in close collaboration with local partners, DESY MSK and the DESY Technology Lab, and in collaboration and coordination with the LISA Consortium, the LISA Instrument Group and specifically partners developing the LISA phasemeter flight-hardware.

The successful candidate is expected to design, implement and extend the interferometer readout and control algorithms by programming FPGAs, CPUs and SoCs and is expected to conduct electrical testing of phasemeter functions and performance. Additionally the candidate is expected to participate in system engineering both for the phasemeter and the overall LISA instrument and the candidate will also participate in the development and testing of optical ground support equipment conducted as part of the project by a PhD student.

Postdoctoral research associates will join the LISA consortium and have the opportunity to attend international conferences and advanced training. They will also become members of the Quantum Universe Research School (QURS), which provides academic and soft skills training, as well as career planning support. Postdoctoral research associates may participate in the supervision of doctoral students and in the organization of the Cluster via an early career council.

Requirements A university degree in a relevant subject plus doctorate. The following skills are mandatory:

  • Excellent command of the English language and the ability to communicate and engage in an international team environment
  • Hardware & software programming (FPGAs, CPUs, SoCs)
  • Digital signal processing, analogue and digital electronics

Prior experience in several of the following fields is beneficial: Experience with space mission instrumentation development, system engineering, phase readout and control, optics, laser interferometry, gravitational wave detection.

Outstanding candidates will bring a high, intrinsic motivation, individual responsibility, creative scientific thinking and extensive social and team skills.

We offer

  • Reliable remuneration based on wage agreements
  • Continuing education opportunities
  • University pensions
  • Attractive location
  • Flexible working hours
  • Work-life balance opportunities
  • Public transport pass (ProfiTicket) and much more
  • Health management
  • Educational leave
  • 30 days of vacation per annum

As a University of Excellence, Universität Hamburg is one of the strongest research universities in Germany. As a flagship university in the greater Hamburg region, it nurtures innovative, cooperative contacts to partners within and outside academia. It also provides and promotes sustainable education, knowledge, and knowledge exchange locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As women are currently underrepresented in this job category at Universität Hamburg according to the evaluation conducted under the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HambGleiG), we encourage women to apply for this position. Equally qualified and suitable female applicants will receive preference.

Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the application process.

Tips on applying Contact Prof. Dr. Oliver Gerberding

Reference number 101

Location Luruper Chaussee 149 22761 Hamburg To Google Maps

Application deadline 31.03.2021

Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s). Please send applications by email to: Applicants should also arrange for three recommendation letters to be sent to the same address by the same deadline.

Please note that we cannot return application documents. Therefore, do not submit original documents. We will destroy your documents after the procedure has ended.

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