Lead Research Scientist

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Pasadena, CALIFORNIA

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Job Summary

The Lead Research Scientist steps in to lead research group, direct research focus and mentor staff, students and postdocs when faculty are unavailable.

In their daily work, the scientist focuses on instrumentation R&D for gravitational-wave detectors, with a focus on interferometry. They are also the Lead Scientist of the LIGO 40m Laboratory facility on campus at Caltech. This involves overseeing schedule, budget and staff of that lab. They also determine the research direction and goals of the team and facility.

Essential Job Duties

  • Manage 40m LIGO Lab: oversee schedule, budget and staff of that lab. Determine the research direction and goals of the team and facility.
  • Develop and prototype low noise quantum readout for LIGO detector upgrades, manage work distribution, budget and scientific and technical research.
  • Mentor researchers and drive the direction of design of this system, as well as managing design reviews.
  • Lead development of cryogenic mirror suspensions for LIGO Voyager upgrade. This involves interfacing with international collaborators and synthesizing research across multiple locations.
  • Manages documentation for funding agencies and private foundations.
  • Lead research group when faculty member is unavailable.
  • Key mentor of students, SURFs and postdocs, gives lectures and provides leadership, guidance and hands on training in the lab on scientific instruments and sensitive laboratory measurement skills.

 Basic Qualifications

  • 15+ years of experience in low noise gravitational wave detection.
  • 5+ years of experience in direct mentorship of graduate students and postdocs.
  • Mechanical design, CAD, Solidworks.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with Finite Element Analysis of systems with mechanical, thermal, and quantum fields.
  • Extensive experience with low noise analog and RF electronics design.

Required Documents

  • Resume

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