Senior Project Manager
FIXED TERM (1 YEAR)FULL TIME
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is one of the largest scientific projects ever undertaken and has extreme high performance computing requirements. AUT University leads most of New Zealand's involvement in the SKA through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) (NZ SKA Alliance) and heads the design for some of its very significant computing challenges.
The recently created High Performance Computing Research Laboratory (HPCRL), under the directorship of Dr Andrew Ensor in the School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, is responsible for leading a large and nationally distributed team working on the SKA preconstruction design. It coordinates these activities with numerous international partners and industry collaborators. The HPCRL is already active in many areas of relevance to HPC and SKA activities, including Big Data processing, distributed and mobile systems, energy efficient computing, exascale and supercomputing, graphics rendering and computer vision, high performance signal processing, and scalable software and computer architectures. The aim of the HPCRL is to grow its research reputation internationally through SKA-relevant research projects in multiple core and highly parallel software development, high performance data compression, high-throughput board design and novel techniques for extremely weak signal detection.
Given the planned increase in research activities and capabilities of the HPCRL, the School and HPCRL seek to appoint a Senior Project Manager to help ensure the successful delivery of the New Zealand contributions to the SKA project and contribute to the coordination and growth of the HPCRL.
The post has external funding approved at 1.0 FTE (Full Time) for one year. This position provides a unique opportunity to work in a pivotal role as part of a team on one of the most remarkable Mega-science projects in history.
The successful candidate will have a proven track record of delivering projects successfully, expert knowledge of project management principles and practices, experience of working on large and diverse projects, and extensive experience in producing and maintaining large technical documents and reports. The preferred candidate will hold a relevant tertiary qualification and have extensive experience as a project manager. Both team-based and independent work skills, as well as excellent written and spoken communication are requirements of the post. Highly desirable will be previous experience in handling scientific research projects in areas of relevance to the SKA and HPCRL.
Salary: commensurate with the position, to be discussed and agreed with the appointed person.
Closing Date: Wednesday 22nd October 2014, 5.00 PM
Job Reference: 28789
AUT University is an EEO employer, we are committed to the Treaty of Waitangi and to equity. AUT aspires to be the University of choice for Maori and Pasifika communities. AUT is a smoke free environment.
For more information about this position contact the People & Organisation Team by telephoning (09) 921 9995 or emailing us at hr [dot] enquiries [at] aut [dot] ac [dot] nz. Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email. You will need to apply through the standard registration process.
SKA SA AVN VLBI Operations and Commissioning Scientist, HartRAO, Gauteng
The South African SKA Project (SKA SA) is a project of the Department of Science and Technology, administered by the National Research Foundation. SKA SA is responsible for South Africa's bid to host the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope, support the International Consortiums of SKA during the on-going pre-construction phase studies, the design and construction of the Karoo Array Radio Telescope (MeerKAT) and African VLBI Network (AVN). The focus is development of high-level capacity in radio astronomy and the engineering disciplines relevant to radio astronomy.
The AVN aims to establish Radio Astronomy Stations using Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) techniques in the partner countries of SKA. This will include the conversion of redundant large telecommunications antennas in some of these countries as well as new-builds.
Towards this, SKA SA is looking to appoint a VLBI Operations and Commissioning Scientist, to be based at
Hartebeeshoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO), Gauteng, South Africa (see http://www.hartrao.ac.za/ for more details) who will need to travel to the AVN VLBI telescope locations in Africa as and when needed. A valid drivers' license and a passport with no restrictions for International travel is an essential requirement.
· PhD in physics/astro-physics
Minimum work experience:
· Minimum 1 year after PhD qualification
Duties and responsibilities included but not limited to:
- To plan and carry out commissioning activities (including VLBI hardware backend set-up, software installations and science operations), transfer knowledge and skills to partner country trainees and to provide technical support for partner country teams for radio telescopes of the AVN to meet the research objectives of its users
- To participate in scheduled VLBI operations at HartRAO as per the requirements of the European VVBI Network (EVN) and International VLBI Service (IVS)
- To conduct scientific research at HartRAO, leading to publications in internationally recognised, peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conference world-wide
- To select and train suitable personnel from Partner Countries to ensure growth in the number of skilled VLBI station operators to support AVN activities
- To develop and implement or modify software which supports radio telescope operations and data reduction at HartRAO radio telescopes with a view to expand the implementation to the African partners country VLBI Stations
- To foster scientific collaborations world-wide in order to increase the research scope and publication rate of the African VLBI Network
- Develop content and provide training as part of the AVN knowledge and skills transfer programme on an ongoing basis
The ideal candidate will have the following competencies
· work in geographically spread teams
· program in C / Python / C-shell scripts
· communicate effectively
· work independently
· travel nationally and internationally, as required for the project commissioning and roll-out
· excellent verbal and written skills in English
· maintain excellent internal and external stakeholder relationship
· mentoring of young scientists and graduates
· science data processing, especially VLBI data reduction
· publishing in peer reviewed journals in physics or astronomy with a proven track record
· radio telescope operations, preferably in an existing VLBI facility
· Linux operation system
· astronomy software development
· NASA VLBI Field system
· state-of-the-art VLBI and eVLBI equipment for hardware data capture including recording systems and techniques
As a business unit of the NRF, SKA SA is committed to employment equity and redress.
This is a contract position until March 2017.
Researcher Positions in Millimeter Astronomy for NOEMA
Institut de Radio Astronomie Millimétrique
300 rue de la Piscine, F - 38406 St-Martin d'Hères
Email submission: jobs-scsu [at] iram [dot] fr - IRAM personnel department
Email inquiries: neri [at] iram [dot] fr
Posting date: September 29, 2014 - Closing date: November 16, 2014
IRAM is an international research organization for millimeter and submillimeter astronomy supported by the CNRS (France), the Max-Planck Gesellschaft (Germany), and the IGN (Spain). IRAM operates two world-class research facilities, a 30-meter single-dish telescope in Spain and an interferometer of currently six 15-meter antennas in the French Alps near Grenoble. The institute also houses one of the nodes of the European ALMA science support center. IRAM is now heavily engaged in the construction of NOEMA, an ambitious project to extend the scientific capabilities of the interferometer by doubling the number of antennas, doubling the current angular resolution capabilities, and increasing the performance of the receivers and correlator systems.
In that context, IRAM is opening several positions in the interferometer's Science Operations Group. The successful candidates are expected to invest 50% of their time on astronomical research, in collaboration with astronomers within and outside IRAM, and 50% to participate in the activities of the group. Among the tasks are: take part in a range of activities to support the integration and science verification of NOEMA subsystems, provide assistance to the scientific operation of NOEMA as an astronomer on duty, support the user community to visiting astronomers in the preparation of proposals and observations, and provide technical expertise in the analysis and interpretation of data obtained with the interferometer. Depending on experience and skills, she/he might also take part in software developments related to the data processing and calibration pipeline of NOEMA.
The current positions offer the opportunity for astronomers to work with world-class research facilities and pursue their career in a very dynamic and competitive field of research. Our research programs cover a wide range of subjects from ISM chemistry, planetary science, young stellar objects, late stage stellar evolution, to extragalactic research at low and high redshift.
We are seeking qualified candidates (PhD/MSC), preferably with a demonstrated observational experience and a strong interest in (sub)millimeter wave interferometry. Good English communication skills and a strong sense of team spirit are essential attributes. Aptitude and interest in developing software applications and working experience in an international research environment are highly welcome.
Interested candidates should send their curriculum vitae, bibliography, a brief statement of research interests, an outline of future plans, and arrange for three letters of reference. Applications received before October 31, 2014 will be given full consideration, but will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. The appointments are for two years with the possibility of extension, and could start as early as possible. Applications and reference letters are to be submitted by email to the IRAM personnel department (jobs-scsu [at] iram [dot] fr). Questions should be directed to the Head of the Astronomy Group (neri [at] iram [dot] fr).
Researcher Position in Millimeter Astronomy for NIKA2
Institut de Radio Astronomie Millimétrique (IRAM)
300 rue de la Piscine, F - 38406 St-Martin-d'Hères, France
Email submission: jobs-scsu [at] iram [dot] fr - IRAM personnel department
Email inquiries: neri [at] iram [dot] fr
Posting date: September 29, 2014 - Closing date: November 16, 2014
IRAM is an international research organization for millimeter and submillimeter astronomy supported by the CNRS (France), the Max-Planck Gesellschaft (Germany), and the IGN (Spain). IRAM operates two world-class research facilities, a 30-meter single-dish telescope in Spain and an interferometer of currently six 15-meter antennas in the French Alps near Grenoble. The institute is engaged in NOEMA, a project to extend the capabilities of the interferometer, and houses one of the nodes of the European ALMA science support center. IRAM is also heavily involved in a major European collaboration (Institut Néel, LPSC, IPAG, AIG Cardiff, CEA Saclay, IAS) to develop, construct and operate NIKA2, a dual band mm-wave imaging camera for the IRAM 30m telescope.
In that context, IRAM is opening a position in the Science Operations Group to work on the design, development and implementation of algorithms and tools for the processing and analysis of NIKA2 data. The successful candidate will also support the commissioning and science verification activities of NIKA2, provide assistance to the scientific operation of NIKA2 and provide technical expertise in the analysis and interpretation of data obtained with NIKA2.
The successful candidate is expected to invest 50% of her/his time on astronomical research, in collaboration with astronomers within and outside IRAM, and 50% to work in the NIKA2 project. Experience in developing astronomical software systems, practice in programming with Fortran/C++/python software, competences in instrument performance characterization and in bolometer based observing and data analysis techniques would be an advantage. The applicant should have knowledge on handling of large data sets, data processing technique and image analysis.
The current position offers the opportunity for astronomers to work with world-class research facilities and pursue their career in a very dynamic and competitive field of research. Our research programs cover a wide range of subjects from ISM chemistry, planetary science, young stellar objects, late stage stellar evolution, to extragalactic research at low and high redshift.
We are seeking candidates with a PhD and expertise in scientific computing, preferably with a demonstrated observational experience and a strong interest in (sub)millimeter wave astronomy with single-dish telescopes. Good English communication skills and a proven ability to work in a team environment are essential attributes.
Interested candidates should send their curriculum vitae, bibliography, a brief statement of research interests, an outline of future plans, and arrange for three letters of reference. Applications received before October 31, 2014 will be given full consideration, but will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. The appointment is for two years with the possibility of extension, and could start as early as possible. Applications and reference letters are to be submitted by email to the IRAM personnel department (jobs-scsu [at] iram [dot] fr). Questions should be directed to the Head of the Astronomy Group (neri [at] iram [dot] fr).
Postdoc in polarization astrophysics at the German ALMA Regional Centre node
The German node of the European ALMA Regional Centre (ARC) at Bonn university invites applications for a postdoc position in polarization astrophysics. The appointee is expected to spend time on the technical and user support of ALMA, as well as on his/her self-defined research. He/she shall lead the development of polarization tools, such as the implementation of polarization models in the CASA simulator, interfacing the ARTIST software package with CASA, and the extension of the calibration resources. The position offers the opportunity for research in one of the major centres of radio astronomy in Germany as well as an in-depth involvement in the development and operations of ALMA. The German ARC node is hosted by the universities of Bonn and Cologne and supports ALMA users in Germany and beyond, as well as ALMA operations and development as part of the European ARC network. The position is based at the Argelander-Institute for Astronomy, which comprises diverse research groups in observational and theoretical astrophysics, and maintains close collaborations with the university of Cologne and the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy.
The position is available immediately as a limited-term two-year contract, with the possibility of an extension until June 2017 based on good performance. The appointee will be employed with all the benefits of an employee in the public sector. The position requires a PhD in astronomy, physics or other related discipline and expertise with polarization observations and/or modeling. Experience with radio interferometric data, astronomical development projects and/or user support would be an asset. The German ARC node values diversity in its workforce. Thus, women and other underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.
Letters of applications including a CV, a statement of scientific interests and at least two letters of reference should be sent to Prof. Frank Bertoldi. The search will continue until the position is filled; applications arriving before the deadline of 1 November 2014 will be assured of full consideration. For more information, please contact Prof. Frank Bertoldi.
Argelander-Institute for Astronomy
Prof. F. Bertoldi
Auf dem Huegel 71
D-53121 Bonn, Germany
bertoldi [at] astro [dot] uni-bonn [dot] de
THE JOINT INSTITUTE FOR VLBI IN EUROPE (JIVE) is seeking candidates for fixed-term appointment as SUPPORT SCIENTIST to be located at JIVE, Dwingeloo, The Netherlands.
The European VLBI Network (EVN) is an interferometric array of radio telescopes spread throughout Europe, extending into Asia, Africa, and Puerto Rico, and often observes in conjunction with the e-MERLIN interferometer in the UK and the VLBA in the US. The Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe (JIVE) operates the EVN VLBI correlator, provides front-line support to EVN users, and is actively developing new correlator capabilities to promote scientific exploitation of real-time e-VLBI, wide fields of view, and larger global VLBI arrays observing with the African VLBI Network or ALMA. JIVE is located in Dwingeloo, the Netherlands, at the headquarters of ASTRON, which is the host institute. Several Dutch universities are within easy reach, and interaction with other radio-astronomy institutes throughout Europe provides for a vibrant research atmosphere. For further information regarding JIVE and the EVN, refer to www.jive.nl and www.evlbi.org.
We invite applications for the position of JIVE Support Scientist, available from November 2014. The position has a 50-50 split between support duties and the appointee's own research. Principal support responsibilities include:
- assisting EVN users to schedule and analyze VLBI experiments.
- monitoring EVN performance through dedicated test observations.
- overseeing the correlation of experiments: data-quality review,
- preparation of PI/station feedback, liaison with users, etc.
- maintaining/developing features of the EVN pipeline.
- testing new correlator/network capabilities.
The position may also involve a modest amount of other local-service collateral duties, such as visitor coordination or organizing colloquia.
The position requires a Ph.D. in astronomy or other relevant field, and a solid foundation in radio interferometry techniques. Interest in VLBI processing software would be a plus. Applicants of any nationality are eligible to apply. A good command of written and spoken English is essential.
The appointment is offered for one year in the first instance with the possibility of an extension up to a total of three years. The appointee will be in the formal employ of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). The position carries a competitive salary plus an excellent package of secondary benefits, including relocation expenses.
Please send your application to
Ms E. Timmerman
Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe
7990 AA Dwingeloo
personnel [at] astron [dot] nl
Applications should contain a CV and list of publications, together with three letters of reference, which may be sent separately. All application materials should arrive by 16 October 2014, mentioning ref.No JIVE2014/02.
Responses are preferred by e-mail. Further information can be obtained from Dr. R.M. Campbell (campbell [at] jive [dot] nl).
STAFF POSITION IN VLBI RESEARCH
Contact information for inquiries:
Prof. Dr. Eduardo Ros,
Tel. +49 228 525 125
ros [at] mpifr [dot] de
Deadline: October 1st, 2014
Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (MPIfR) seeks a talented,
dynamic, independent researcher for a fixed-term staff position in
very-long-baseline interferometry (VLBI).
The researcher will be
appointed in the Radio Astronomy/VLBI department led by Prof. Dr. J.
Anton Zensus. The department main research topics focus on the
investigation of compact extragalactic objects (AGN) and their
broad-band emission, with special emphasis on very high resolution
studies. MPIfR staff members have access, among other facilities, to
the VLBI correlator and the 100-m radio telescope in Effelsberg, both
operated by the MPIfR.
We are looking for a person to work in
the field of high-resolution astronomy, including the cutting-edge
areas of space VLBI and/or millimeter VLBI. Technical mastery of radio
interferometry techniques is of advantage, as well as a good
publication record and the ability to lead an independent research
program. Candidates with a different focus in their research and
complementary skills to our research portfolio, are also encouraged to
apply. If successful, the person appointed is expected to collaborate
closely with other members of the department, postdoctoral fellows and
students. The International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy
and Astrophysics (IMPRS) offers the opportunity for joint research with
PhD students, their supervision and teaching in the program.
and qualified individuals are encouraged to apply by submitting
curriculum vitae, list of publications, research interests, and have
three letters of recommendation sent to the above address (email or
hardcopy) by October 1st, 2014.
The initial appointment as staff
scientist is for two years with the possibility of extension after
review. The anticipated start date is in early 2015. The researcher
will be employed at the framework of the German wage agreement for the
public system (TVöD) in level 13, including benefits such as belonging
to the German statutory health insurance and pension systems.
The Italian node of the European ALMA Regional Centre offers a post-doctoral research fellowship, funded under the project "iALMA" entitled:
"Interferometric (sub)millimetre astronomy and mm-VLBI in the framework of the activities of the Italian node of the European network of ALMA Regional Centres"
Duration: 2 years; possible renewal for a third year.
* PhD degree in astronomy or physics;
* Demonstrated research activity in VLBI;
* Observational expertise in VLBI network;
* Demonstrated research activity in (sub)millimetre astronomy.
* Observational expertise in mm-VLBI network as PI or Co-I;
* Participation in proposal(s) that obtained observing time with
ALMA or other facilities operating in the (sub)mm band;
* Knowledge of ALMA tools (OT, Helpdesk, sensitivity calculator, OST,...);
* Knowledge of the CASA data reduction package.
URL: http://www.ira.inaf.it/bandi/bandi.html ; Nr. 09/2014/IRA/AR
Or directly to the files:
Application deadline 30 Sept. 2014