We have vacancies for two PhD positions at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Nikhef for modelling and instrumentation for gravitational wave observatories.

The first position is with Prof. Andreas Freise and focusses on optical modelling and design of laser interferometers. We will develop and extend our software tools and perform simulations of quantum-noise limited laser interferometers. Our unique tools allow us to study new ideas to answer the challenges set by the ambitious sensitivity goals of the Einstein Telescope. In particular, we will use models of opto-mechanical systems to improve the feedback and control systems that are required to position the optics in GW detectors with sub-nanometer precision. Measurements from the Virgo detector will be used to inform and validate new design ideas for the Einstein Telescope.

The second position is with Dr Conor Mow-Lowry and focusses on research and development of ultra-sensitive vibration isolation systems. Several big questions in astronomy can be answered observing the coalescence of heavy black holes deep in the universe. Unfortunately the gravitational-wave signals they create are at low frequencies, between 2 and 20 Hz, and they sit behind a wall of noise. Our new laser-interferometers provide a way to cancel this noise through a combination of novel design and extreme sensitivity. We will work to develop new instruments and techniques for the Virgo detector and design and build new hardware for ET.

While both PhD positions are affiliated to the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the successful candidates will be fully embedded in the gravitational-wave group at Nikhef.

Are you interested in this position? Please upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 31/07/2020 using the link at the bottom of this webpage:

For more information please contact: Andreas Freise (a.freise@nikhef.nl).