Lead Scientist

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Pasadena, CALIFORNIA

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Job Summary

LIGO Laboratory (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) seeks a highly motivated and skilled Lead Scientist to join the Instrument Science and Engineering group, within the Systems Engineering team.

This is a part time position. 

This position is located in Pasadena, California.

LIGO Laboratory is a National Science Foundation major facility dedicated to observing the newly discovered gravitational-wave universe. Jointly operated by the California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the LIGO Laboratory operates world-leading observatories near Richland, WA, and Baton Rouge, LA as well as R&D centers on the Caltech and MIT campuses. The LIGO Laboratory’s mission spans a broad and vibrant array of activities related to gravitational-wave physics and astronomy, including detector operations, R&D toward detector improvements, gravitational-wave astrophysics, observatory operations, and education and public outreach.

For more information, please visit the Laboratory website: www.ligo.caltech.edu

Essential Job Duties

The purpose of this position is to add a part-time Lead Scientist to augment the existing Instrument Science and Engineering group, within the Systems Engineering team. 

 Responsibilities and tasks will include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving as the lead scientist on vacuum system development for future gravitational wave detectors.
  •  Develop new research proposals to NSF and other agencies to support vacuum system development work.
  • Providing input/editing for reports – quarterly/annual, etc.
  • Providing training and support to existing staff on developing and writing new proposals.
  • Conducting/chairing/co-chairing reviews as requested by the Chief Engineer or Safety Officer.
  • Working on detector improvement or research projects as requested.
  • Carrying out trade studies, analyses and modeling in support of Systems group activities.
  • Travel to the observatories as requested.
  • Providing advice and consultation to the LIGO Directorate, including:
    • Providing guidance on safety matters, working with the LIGO Laboratory Chief Operations Officer and Safety Officer.
    • Strategic planning activities.
    • Participation in senior management meetings and reviews.
    • Providing other services as requested by the LIGO Directorate.

Basic Qualifications

  • 30 years of experience as senior manager in LIGO.
  • 20 or more years’ experience in the field of Gravitational Wave Research.

 Preferred Qualifications

  • 20 years’ experience in developing research proposals for federal funding agencies.

 Required Documents

  • Resume


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