Jobs & PhD opportunities


The gravitational-wave group at the University of Birmingham invites applications for a post-doctoral position in the area of experimental gravitational-wave detection. The project will be to build a new radiation-pressure dominated optical apparatus on the 10cm size scale that is capable of prototyping novel uses of non-linear interaction such as internal squeezing and active filters. The initial aim is to test non-linear interactions with classical fields before moving towards the low-noise quantum-radiation-pressure regime.

The position is available from autumn/winter 2016 for an initial period of two years, with a possible one-year extension. The starting salary is in the £28,982 to £37,768. With potential progression once in post to £40,082 a year. Applicants with a background in gravitational-wave instrumentation, precision interferometry, and/or radiation-pressure opto-mechanics are welcome to apply.

The Birmingham gravitational-wave group has eight academic staff members: Will Farr, Andreas Freise, Ilya Mandel, Haixing Miao, Conor Mow-Lowry, Alberto Sesanna, Alberto Vecchio, and John Veitch. The group has a broad range of research interests including astrophysics, gravitational-wave observations and data analysis, and instrumentation and advanced interferometry.

For full consideration, candidates must apply online at: (use job reference 55612) The official post description can be found at:

and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent by the closing date to:

 Mrs Joanne Cox
 School of Physics and Astronomy
 University of Birmingham
 Edgbaston B15 2TT
 United Kingdom
 E-mail: j.s.cox [at]

The deadline for application is Tuesday 30th August 2016.

For further information and informal enquiries please contact: Prof Andreas Freise (adf [at] or Dr Conor Mow-Lowry (conor [at]


The Birmingham Gravitational Wave Group expects to fill several Ph.D. positions starting in Autumn 2017. We encourage applications to pursue projects in any of the research areas of the group (experiments, astrophysics and observations). Studentships are assigned on a competitive basis within the School of Physics and Astronomy and, where relevant, the University of Birmingham. In addition to studentships funded by research councils, this year additional funding opportunities are available for outstanding candidates through the following programs:

Students of any nationality are encouraged to apply. We currently have more than 25 people in our group with staff, post-docs and students from around the world. Further information about our group is available here.

Ph.D. project areas

For an overview of the research areas in our group please see the research page. We are currently seeking Ph.D. students to work with Prof. Andreas Freise, Dr Ilya Mandel, Dr Haixing Miao, Dr Conor Mow-Lowry, Dr Alberto Sesana, Prof. Alberto Vecchio, and Dr John Veitch.

Application process

Applications should be submitted in electronic form to the university application portal (see also the direct link) and must include:

  • A cover letter briefly stating the research area(s) of interest. A concise description of the research areas is provided here;
  • A Curriculum vitae;
  • University transcripts (scanned versions are acceptable);
  • Applicants should also arrange for two reference letters to be sent to the above address.