Update December 2021: Due to the continuously changing nature of the global COVID-19 situation, the LIGO Lab continues to exercise caution with regard to outside visitors. While we are now beginning to ramp up our Visitor Program, the approval process is highly dependent on the day-to-day evolution of the global pandemic.
The LIGO Visitors Program has been hosting scientists and engineers since 1996. It supports visitors to the LIGO Laboratories, at all levels and ranks, who wish to become involved in the science and techniques associated with the field of interferometric gravitational wave detection, while at the same time contributing their accumulated skills and abilities to enhance the performance of the LIGO team. Applications from women and under-represented minorities are particularly welcome.
If you are interested in applying for a visit, please send us the following materials:
- A CV and Publication List (with refereed publications clearly marked by an *).
- A completed application form.
Note that the application form includes a section on the justification for the visit, and asks the applicant to name a LIGO Laboratory sponsor. You should discuss the proposed visit with the sponsor before completing the form. If you need help to identify a possible sponsor, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that further documentation may be required if your application is approved. Also note that at the end of your visit you will be required to submit a final report of your accomplishments during your visit.
Please allow time (preferably at least two months) between submitting your application and the proposed start date. For those who may require visas, a minimum of 3 months is advised.
Evaluation of applicants will be made by the LIGO Staffing Committee - an internal committee whose members are appointed by the LIGO Director. Committee evaluations will be conducted once all the necessary material is received from each applicant.
Send applications to:
California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91125