The European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) opens a call for a one+one year position in the context of the project ESCAPE.
EGO is a French-Italian consortium founded by INFN and CNRS to foster European collaboration in gravitational wave research.
EGO is located in Cascina, near Pisa, Italy and hosts the Virgo gravitational wave detector.
The Virgo project involves the collaboration of about 25 laboratories with near 300 scientists, engineers and technicians from France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary and Spain.
ESCAPE (European Science Cluster of Astronomy and Particle physics ESFRI research infrastructures)
is an EU funded project in the context of the Horizon 2020 Work Program.
The chief objective of ESCAPE is to establish a single collaborative cluster of next generation ESFRI facilities
in the area of astronomy-and accelerator-based particle physics in order to implement a functional link between the concerned ESFRI projects and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).
The successful candidate will be part of the innovation group which will exploit new data processing approaches for Multi Messenger Astronomy, taking advantages of the Machine and Deep Learning techniques.
She/he has also to work on customized processing and workflows, interfaces with the underlying distributed, large-scale computing infrastructure tuned to the needs of the Gravitational Wave Antennas (GWA) (EGO/Virgo, LIGO, KAGRA etc) and other related ESFRI projects,
in particular those related in the multi-messenger study of the Universe (e.g. CTA, KM3Net, LLST, etc.).
Multi-messenger astronomy presents new challenges for data analysis. It requires a selected combination of skilled astrophysicists, computer scientists and gravitational waves experts making extensive use of cutting-edge Machine Learning techniques. Completely different astronomical detectors acquire different messengers,
producing very heterogeneous outputs: some of these will be time series, others images, others videos or simple numerical values.
The following are the main tasks and activities are foreseen during the project:
Machine Learning and Deep Learning data analysis approach for Multi Messenger Data;
Innovative solution for analysis of heterogenous data;
Multi Modal analysis of Multi Messenger data;
All those tasks will require coordination with the projects and activities already ongoing in the LIGO-Virgo Collaboration in particular in the fields of:
bulk data handling, multi-messenger astronomy, data-analysis tools and pipelines and public data dissemination for open science.
Qualifications and Experience
Doctorate degree in one of these fields: Physics, Astrophysics, Computer Science or Data Science.
A few years of work experience related to computing and analysis aspects of Physics, Astrophysics, Cosmology or related subjects.
Expertise on time series processing is a plus.
Knowledge of Machine Learning, Deep Learning.
Knowledge of GPU programming.
Experience with Images pre-processing.
Python programming expertise required.
C++ programming expertise is a plus
Good knowledge of the English language; basic knowledge of Italian and/or French.
Experience with some of those technologies will be highly beneficial:
Containerization (such as Docker or Kubernets)
Software development tool such as Git, Continuous Integration
Ability to work in a team within an international and multidisciplinary environment
No criminal convictions
Place of work
EGO - European Gravitational Observatory - via E. Amaldi 56021 Loc. S.Stefano a Macerata - Cascina (Pisa) ITALY.
Type of contract
One+one-year contract at the level of Tecnologo (salary depending on experience).
The selection will be made considering candidate qualifications and experience.
The first phase of the selection will be based on the examination of the CVs and Application Forms.
The best candidates will be admitted to the final phase, which will consist of an interview.
How to apply?
Candidates can send their CV and the EGO Application Form to be found here,
to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the reference number of this vacancy notice.
Closing date for applications
March 31st, 2019
Start of contract
As soon as possible after the 1st of May 2019