Postdoc at AURIGA


Post-Doctoral Position in Experimental Gravitational Waves

The Department of Physics of the University of Padova (Italy) invites applications for a post-doctoral position in the field of experimental gravitational waves. The appointment is initially for one year, to start as soon as possible; further employment will be dependent on securing funds beyond the initial 1-year period.

The successful candidate will work as member of the AURIGA collaboration. The job will involve measurement of thermoelastic effects for sapphire and fused silica when employed in opto-mechanical displacement sensors. The measurements will be performed at both room and cryogenic temperatures, using already available facilities. The results are of interest for sensitive devices, namely an advanced gw detector (both resonant and interferometric), as an experimental investigation of critical noise sources.

Candidates with experience and interest in gravitational waves, optics, metrology and low temperature are encouraged to apply. All candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Physics or a closely related field.

The candidate will collaborate with both people from the AURIGA group and from the Ecole Normale Superiore in Paris; language requirement is English. The job will be carried out in Florence (Italy) and at the AURIGA site, at the INFN National Laboratories of Legnaro (7km from Padua). Please, visit the AURIGA web site ( for more information.

Candidates should submit (1) a letter of application describing their research interests and how their background relates to gravitational wave astrophysics, (2) a curriculum vitae, with publication list, and (3) arrange for three letters of recommendation. Applications and letters should be sent to:

dr. Livia Conti

National Laboratories of Legnaro INFN

Via Romea 4, I-35020

Legnaro (Padova) Italy

Electronic submission is accepted and actually strongly recommended:

Screening of applicants will begin December 15th, 2000 and continue until the position is filled. We reserve the right to fill the position as soon as an acceptable candidate applies, disregarding subsequent applications. For more information contact dr. Conti ( or prof.Massimo Cerdonio (


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