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1. Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford LIGO Group

Role and responsibilities
The LIGO team at Stanford University is searching for a postdoctoral scholar to work with us on cryogenics, seismic isolation, and control to enable the next generation of gravitational wave observatories and to improve the performance of Advanced LIGO.
The primary role for this position is to design and demonstrate the techniques for cooling and controlling silicon optics for LIGO Voyager. Novel work is required to achieve the demanding vibration requirements and improve the controllability of the suspension while removing enough heat to keep the optic at low temperature despite the ~ megawatt of expected incident laser power.  
The group is also closely engaged with the seismic isolation challenges for current and future detectors. You should be ready to contribute to control and other optimization of current isolation systems as well as design improvements for isolation and control of future detectors.
We seek candidates with strong experimental backgrounds and familiarity with gravitational wave detectors.  A successful candidate is also expected to help guide younger students in the lab, to work closely with the LIGO site operations staff, and work with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. 
This is a 1 year, renewable position.
Please submit your cover letter, CV, and a list of 3 references to Prof. Robert Byer and Dr. Brian Lantz at



We are happy to support applications for fellowships at postdoctoral or graduate student level.  For seismic isolation research contact Dr. Brian Lantz ( and Prof. Robert Byer (, and for materials research contact Dr. Riccardo Bassiri ( and Prof. Martin Fejer (