Temporary academic staff / Visiting professor, Gravitational Wave Instrumentation

Updated: 4 days ago

The Faculty of Science is seeking to fill the following full-time vacancy in the Department of Physics

Temporary academic staff (50%) and visiting professor (50%) in the area of Gravitational Wave Instrumentation

Since 2018, the University of Antwerp is involved in the development of gravitational wave detectors, in particular the preparation of the 3rd generation European gravitational wave laser interferometer, the Einstein Telescope (ET). A step-stone towards the realisation of ET is the creation and joint exploitation of the ETpathfinder R&D lab, located in Maastricht, where key components for 3rd generation GW observatories will be developed during the coming decades. For this, we are recruiting a starting academic to consolidate our position in GW instrumentation in function of future large-scale research infrastructures, such as ET.

Job description

  • You will be assigned following lecturing duties
    • General Relativity (Physics Master curriculum, 6 ECTS, 60 contact hours).
    • A gradual involvement in the Bachelor level curriculum.
  • You will expand the scientific research in the area of Gravitational wave physics and corresponding laser interferometry hardware.
  • You will acquire and manage external funding (national and international).
  • You will offer scientific services: among others you take part in the co-management of the EDF research lab and technical staff, together with the other professors of this lab.
  • You will spend a significant fraction of your time at the ETpathfinder R&D facility in Maastricht, which is jointly operated by the University of Antwerp and the University of Maastricht, together with other partners of the ETpathfinder consortium.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a doctorate degree (PhD) in Physics and/or Astrophysics or Physical Engineering.
  • You have a minimum of 2 years of postdoctoral experience or equivalent.
  • Experience in the field of gravitational wave laser interferometers construction and/or operations is considered as an advantage.
  • The focus in your teaching corresponds to the educational vision of the university.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy .
  • You have leadership skills (or the potential to develop them).
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
  • If you do not master Dutch, the administrative language of the university, you should be willing to obtain a CEFR B2 level of proficiency in Dutch. As soon as you take on teaching duties as a course unit coordinator, you should be able to demonstrate a CEFR C1 level of proficiency in the language of instruction. The University of Antwerp supports international staff members on an integration trajectory and offers tailor-made language coaching in compliance with Flanders’ statutory language regulations.

We offer

  • a full-time position consisting of a 50% lecturer (assistant professor) part and a 50% post-doctoral researcher part, both in a temporary appointment for a term of three years, which can be extended upon positive evaluation;
  • the earliest date of appointment will be March 1st 2020;
  • a gross monthly salary ranging for lecturer from € 4.255,06 tot € 6.272,13 and for senior lecturer from € 4.872,61 tot € 7.654,80;
  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment.

How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted online , until the closing date 23 February 2020.
  • Arrange for at least two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to [email protected] .
  • A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications. The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel.
  • More information about the application form can be obtained from [email protected] .
  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Prof. Nick van Remortel, +32 475 84 16 01.

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