The University of Auckland is looking to hire two research fellows (post-docs) in gravitational wave science. One position is focused on the dynamics of possible low-frequency sources (including supermassive black holes interacting with ultralight dark matter) and one is focused on the statistical analysis of gravitational wave time-series. Both positions will be filled from the same pool of applicants.

These positions support a larger national collaboration in gravitational wave science, centered on engagement with the LISA mission. This cross-disciplinary effort engages scientists in mathematics, statistics, physics and astronomy from five universities and has strong international linkages. The project is supported by a major grant which also funds six PhD studentships to commence in 2022. These two positions are due to run for three years and are fixed-term.

These post-doctoral positions will play a key role in this programme. We seek applicants with excellent collaborative skills with the ability to effectively mentor students, and who can contribute to an environment that supports equity and inclusion.

Candidates should have a PhD in physics, statistics, astronomy or other relevant discipline, and several years of relevant research experience, including your PhD.

We are specifically seeking applicants who can demonstrate expertise in one or more of i) numerical simulations in astrophysical or cosmological settings, ii) fundamental physics and cosmology and iii) Bayesian inference, in particular statistical methods applied to gravitational wave detectors. This is an explicitly interdisciplinary project and we are particularly keen to encourage applications from candidates whose primary academic background is in statistics.

The Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland strives to provide a positive and supportive environment for all staff and students and we particularly welcome applications from members of groups who are traditionally under-represented in the physical and mathematical sciences.

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and maintains significant computational, laboratory and analytic facilities. Auckland itself is frequently rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

• Flexible employment practices (including working from home, flexible hours)
• Up to 6.75% company superannuation scheme
• A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave

In addition, we also offer career development programmes, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.