Jobs & PhD opportunities


Lectureship in Gravitational Wave Experiments

The School of Physics and Astronomy and Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy at the University of Birmingham invite applications for a permanent faculty position in gravitational-wave instrumentation and experiments at the Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer/ Reader level. I

Applications from top researchers in all experimental areas relevant for gravitational-wave astronomy, including quantum optics, interferometry, quantum measurement, metrology and instrumentation are encouraged.

Full details can be found at: Use the post number 56792 to search current vacancies.

For further information and informal enquiries please contact:
Prof Andreas Freise (adf [at] or
Prof Alberto Vecchio (av [at]

The application deadline is 21 April 2017.

Postdoctoral Prize Fellowships

The Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy at the University of Birmingham, UK, invites applications for Postdoctoral Prize Fellowships.

The Institute's Postdoctoral Prize Fellowships provide top-calibre researchers with an opportunity to carry out an independent research program in any area connected to gravitational wave astronomy in a diverse, dynamic and collaborative group. Areas of particular strength in the group include experimental and theoretical physics with applications to future-generation detector design; data analysis for ground-based, space-borne, and pulsar-timing observatories; and theoretical astrophysics with a focus on gravitational-wave sources at all mass scales.

Applications from top researchers in all areas related to gravitational-wave astronomy, including instrumentation, quantum measurement, data analysis, astrostatistics, astronomical observations, astrophysics theory and general relativity are encouraged. Applications from Ph.D. holders with strong interdisciplinary connections (e.g., to optics, computer science, theoretical physics) or those with backgrounds in adjoining fields are welcome.

The appointment will be for a three-year term starting in 2017. The Prize Fellowship comes with a generous research and travel budget. The initial annual salary is in the range £29,301 to £38,183.

For full consideration, candidates must apply online at: (job reference 56253) and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent by the closing date to:

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

For informal enquiries please contact: Prof. Alberto Vecchio (av [at], Prof. Andreas Freise (a.freise [at], or Prof. Ilya Mandel (imandel [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, Prof. 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 the group web page for links) 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.