Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: PhD student POSITION

PhD student position in the framework of Marie Skłodowska-Curie action Initial Training Network GraWIToN
Gio, 05/29/2014

Call for 1 Early Stage Researcher Fellowship in "Simulation of optical systems for the upgrade of the 2nd generation and 3rd generation GW detectors"

In the framework of Marie Curie Fellowship Gravitational Wave Initial Training Network Project (GraWIToN)

The Physics Department of the University of Pisa is looking to recruit a Physics/Optical engineer/Computer Scientist as an Early Stage Researcher for a three year period.

Research Project

GraWIToN is an Initial Training Network, funded by European Commission under FP7- Marie Curie Actions for four years, since the 1st of February 2014. The GraWIToN Project aims to train young researchers (PhD students) in gravitational wave (GW) research. This research field is in an impressive expansion period, in fact a new generation (2G) of detector is under installation and commissioning in these years. Advanced Virgo and Advanced LIGO promise the exciting discovery, in few years, of the first GW signal, predicted by the Albert Einstein General Relativity. The young researcher will be embedded in this exciting research environment and will be trained in the cutting edge technologies adopted in the Gravitational Wave detectors. The project links both academic and industrial partners offering experience in both environments and excellent opportunities for advancement. The network also includes an extensive training programme consisting of schools, research activities and secondments in the labs of the participating partners.

Local training activities

The successful candidate employed by the Physics Department of the University of Pisa, Italy, will be enrolled in the PhD studies programme, and will be seconded to the facilities of the TRII Company and to the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) which hosts the Virgo interferometer, for a few months.


  • A degree in Physics, Optical Engineering or Computer Science is required. Experience of handling optical components and technologies would be a benefit.
  • At the time of recruitment applicants must have not been awarded a doctorate degree and be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research career.
  • The successful candidate must not have resided in Italy for more than 12 months within the past 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment. (Other positions within the GraWITON project are available in Italy, UK, France and Germany with reciprocal restrictions).

Candidates should be able to work effectively in team, within an international environment, and they have to be available to travel. They should have excellent organizational, reporting and communication skills, as well as a proactive attitude towards solving problems. A very good English level is essential.

Place of work

Department of Physics “Enrico Fermi” – University of Pisa, Largo Bruno Pontecorvo 3, 56127 Pisa, ITALY. The Virgo site is at 15 km from Pisa, however public transportation is cumbersome. To profit from the vicinity of the instrument the availability of private transportation means is advised.

Fellowship's Details

Career Stage Early stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)
Research Profile First Stage Researcher (R1)
Employment contract with full social security yes
Total amount per fellowship per year 40.508
Currency euro
Maximum duration of fellowship 36

The official call is here.

How to apply: submit by email your application form (doc, pdf) to attaching all the documents listed in Art. 3 of the official call. to Please make sure to mark in the “Subject” field of your email in capital letters REF.IT-SIM-GRAWITON-14.

Closing date for applications 31st October, 2014.

For more information, please read carefully the official call.