the Italian node of the European ALMA Regional Centre is offering a 2-yr renewable for a 3rd yr) post-doc position in the field of sub)millimetre astronomy, with preference for the topics of interest to ur node's technical-scientific developing activities (polarisation and mm-VLBI). The assignee is expected to contribute with their scientific and technical expertise to enforce our node's participation to ALMA activities in these fields.
The Italian ARC-node is hosted by the Istituto di Radioastronomia, Bologna.
For details please go to: http://www.ira.inaf.it/bandi/bandi.html item 07/2013/IRA/AR, where there's also a link to the application form. The deadline is 22 November 2013.
MIT Haystack Observatory is seeking a Principal Research Scientist to lead and grow an established program in Geodetic Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) techniques and their applications.
More information can be found in this pdf
Dear Max Planck Postdoc,
If you have less than 1 minute time to answer 6 general questions of the following survey, we will be very thankful!
With your help, perhaps the working conditions of ALL postdocs in the Max Planck Society can be improved someday!
The FACULTY OF ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES SCHOOL OF PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY is looking for a
Research Associate in Experimental Radio Astronomy in the Square Kilometre Array Group
1. The University invites applications for the above post which is available from 1 October 2013 for a period of 30 months with the intention of a further 6 months, subject to performance and funding
2. Salary will be £29,541 to £36,298 (Grade 6) per annum according to relevant experience.
3. Informal inquiries may be made to Dr Keith Grainge, email: keith [dot] grainge [at] manchester [dot] ac [dot] uk.
4. Applications should be made on line. If you are unable to apply on line please request an application form by emailing HRServices [at] manchester [dot] ac [dot] uk quoting the reference number or by calling 0161 275 4499.
5. The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
More information can be found here
Curtin University Research Fellowship opportunities
The Curtin University Research Fellowship scheme aims to attract high quality post doctoral researchers with excellent potential for providing future academic and research leadership at the University.
Applications are encouraged in the field of astronomy and astrophysics research, to take up positions in the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA). CIRA is a research group comprised of over 50 staff and PhD students, focused primarily on radio astronomy but spanning all observational astronomy, radio astronomy engineering, applications of high performance computing in astronomy, and astrophysics theory (including simulation). CIRA comprises one half of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) Joint Venture with The University of Western Australia and is a node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO).
A clear focus for CIRA research programs is the path to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), including the scientific exploitation of SKA pathfinders and precursors, such as the CIRA-led $50m Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), and a leading role in SKA pre-construction activities over the next three years. In particular, the MWA is about to enter its full science operations phase and many opportunities exist for participation in this program. CIRA researchers have excellent access to the new $80m Pawsey supercomputing Centre.
CIRA researchers collaborate widely and are well resourced for participation in national and international projects.
The call for applications in 2013, for commencement in 2014, refers to a targeted research-only fellowship with two streams:
1. Early Career Researcher Fellowship: Suitably qualified applicants who received their PhD on or after 1 March 2008;
2. Senior Research Fellowship: Suitably qualified applicants with more than five years post-doctoral experience.
Applications Open: Friday 7th June 2013
Applications Close: Monday 5th August 2013 at 5:00pm GMT+8:00
Potential applicants should contact CIRA co-Director Prof. Steven Tingay (s [dot] tingay [at] curtin [dot] edu [dot] au) for more information and guidance on the application process. The following URL provides links to the application forms, call for applications, and scheme guidelines:
lRAM - Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Millimeter Astronomy
Posting date: May 14, 2013
Closing date: July 01, 2013 or open until filled
Applications are invited for an astronomer position at IRAM Grenoble. IRAM operates two of the most advanced mm/submm facilities in the world: an interferometer of six antennas located at Plateau de Bure (France) and a single-dish telescope near Granada (Spain). IRAM has now entered the construction phase of NOEMA, an ambitious plan to extend the scientific capabilities of the Plateau de Bure interferometer by doubling the number of antennas and increasing the performances of receivers and correlators. As an interface between NOEMA and the user community, IRAM has established a science support group, with the aim to prepare the arrival of NOEMA and provide support to NOEMA users, both scientifically and technically.
As part of IRAM's science support group, the successful candidate will:
- contribute to the observing support of PHIBSS2, a world-wide, four-year Legacy Program aiming at investigating early galaxy evolution from the perspective of their molecular gas reservoirs. The program is built on the enhanced sensitivity and imaging capabilities of the NOEMA array. The successful candidate will be involved in the planning and preparation of observations, data quality assessment and calibration, data archiving process, and participate in the scientific data analysis,
- contribute, within the limits of competence, expertise and time, to the overall IRAM activities and in particular to the activities of preparation, characterization and commissioning of the NOEMA array. The successful applicant may also take the lead on some aspects of NOEMA array testing based on her/his background and interests,
- be expected and encouraged to actively conduct astronomical research. 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. IRAM's research program covers a wide range of subjects including ISM chemistry, planetary science, young stellar objects, late stage stellar evolution, and extragalactic research at low and high redshift.
The ideal candidate should have experience in astronomical interferometry (mm/submm), be familiar with handling and analyzing large datasets, have knowledge of astronomical data reduction packages (GILDAS, CASA, or others) and be able to develop web-based applications. Experience in testing instrumentation is a plus. Good communication and interpersonal skills are required, with the ability to adapt and work efficiently in an international environment, both independently and within a team.
Interested candidates should send their curriculum vitae, bibliography and statement of research interests, and arrange for three letters of reference. The appointment is for two years, extendable by one year, and could start as early as possible. Funds for travel and research will be available.
Applications are to be submitted by email quoting reference VN 2013/02 to the IRAM Director (schuster [at] iram [dot] fr) and be copied to both the personnel department (indigo [at] iram [dot] fr) and the head of the astronomy group (neri [at] iram [dot] fr). Questions should be directed to neri [at] iram [dot] fr, phone: +33-(0)476824982.
LOFAR Scientific Software
the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, has an immediate opening for a
software developer to work as part of a team designing and implementing new
scientific data processing pipelines for the LOFAR observatory. The LOFAR
telescope is operated by ASTRON on behalf of the International LOFAR Telescope
(ILT) foundation, as an observatory open to the global astronomical community.
In addition to LOFAR, the Radio Observatory at ASTRON also operates the
Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) including the soon to be completed
APERTIF upgrade. ASTRON hosts a dynamic Astronomy Group and a world-leading
Research and Development Group that together specialize in both the development
and scientific exploitation of these and other observatories, and are actively
working toward the realization of the future Square Kilometre Array
The successful candidate will work closely as part of a team of
scientists and developers focused on the development of calibration and imaging
software for the LOFAR telescope. Successful candidates will have a combination
of education and experience in software development for astronomy, physics,
computer science, remote sensing, radar or similar fields. These might include
individuals with astronomical or physics backgrounds but a thorough grounding in
software development; or, alternatively, experienced software developers with an
interest in scientific research. Experience with radio astronomy, the analysis
of radio data, and interferometric imaging techniques is highly desirable.
Candidates with an interest in astronomical research utilizing LOFAR are
encouraged to apply.
Minimum qualifications include an undergraduate
degree or higher in astronomy, physics, computer science, or a related field.
Advanced education or other acquired background in radio astronomy, physics, or
remote sensing is highly desirable. Two or more years of experience in the
design and implementation of software in a structured environment is necessary,
with exposure to all aspects of the software development lifecycle. Experience
with object-oriented programming languages is essential, especially C++ and
Python. Experience with detailed systems design is highly desirable. The
capability to successfully collaborate with peers in a group environment is a
must. A good command of the English language (written and spoken) is
This position will be a term appointment of two years with the
possibility of extension subject to good performance and available funding. The
position will be based on the campus of ASTRON located near Dwingeloo in the
Netherlands. The successful candidate will be employed by the Netherlands
Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) at a salary scale commensurate with
age and experience. An excellent package of benefits and assistance with finding
accommodation will be provided. Applicants of any nationality are eligible to
Interested Applicants should send a CV including the names of
three potential references to personnel [at] astron [dot] nl
before the application
deadline. The application review process will begin on July 1, 2013 and continue
until the position has been filled. The starting date for the position is
negotiable. Informal enquiries about the position may be sent to Dr. Michael
Wise (wise [at] astron [dot] nl
Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) in Garching (near Munich), Germany invites applications for a
POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN ADVANCING RADIO ASTRONOMICAL IMAGING METHODS FOR COSMIC MAGNETIC FIELDS
The goal is to develop and advance new imaging and tomography techniques based on information theory for the new generation of radio telescopes like LOFAR, extended VLA, SKA and others. The position is embedded in the active Research Unite entitled "Magnetisation of Interstellar and Intergalactic Media: The Prospects of Low-Frequency Radio Observations", headed by Bonn University and encompassing eight German institutes including MPA.
In the previous funding period of the Research Unit, novel techniques as Faraday synthesis, new magnetic field diagnostics as Faraday caustics and new perspectives on the galactic magnetic field have been developed. These techniques and results should be improved and applied to existing and upcoming observations. Please see http://mrbellresearch.blogspot.de/p/publications.html for the research output of the previous postdoc, who is leaving us for a fixed term position.
We seek candidates having experience in either statistical inference, signal processing, radio continuum observations involving aperture synthesis techniques, and/or in computer science.
Find more information at
Please send your inquiries to ensslin [at] mpa-garching [dot] mpg [dot] de.
The appointment will initially be for a fixed term of 2 years and may be renewed for another year. The salary for the PhD position is based on the German federal public service scale.
Please send your application, including a brief description of your past projects, two letters of reference, copies of University degrees/ records and your curriculum vitae by June, 30th 2013 in electronic form (pdf) to ensslin [at] mpa-garching [dot] mpg [dot] de. Later applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
MPA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from women and minorities.
Joint UCT/UWC SKA Research ChairThe University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) together with the South African SKA Office, announce the opening of a Research Chair position to be held jointly at UCT and UWC. The research focus of this Chair is observational radio astronomy, especially in the areas of MeerKAT/SKA survey science that are currently not yet optimally resourced.
The Chair should have:
• Extensive expertise in radio interferometry imaging and techniques, with particular emphasis on wide-field continuum imaging and polarimetry;
• Experience in cosmic magnetism research programmes;
• Leadership in data intensive radio astronomy, i.e. off-line processing, presentation and archiving of large radio telescope data sets, including the use of modern high-performance computing and data storage methodologies.
The Chair is expected to build a team of postgraduate students and post-docs and to provide training and practical experience in the design of experiments, execution of observations, and collection and analysis of telescope data. An excellent track record of publication and postgraduate supervision is a prerequisite.
Preference will be given to candidates who have access to observing time and/or data products from existing radio facilities that will provide students with relevant practical experience and skills. Use of the KAT-7 array to develop prototype data paths for the MeerKAT and SKA will be expected.
For further information please contact Prof. Renee KraanKorteweg (UCT, kraan [at] ast [dot] uct [dot] ac [dot] za), Prof. Roy Maartens (UWC, rmaartens [at] uwc [dot] ac [dot] za) or Prof. Justin Jonas (SKA, j [dot] jonas [at] ru [dot] ac [dot] za).
Interested candidates should send a CV, publication list, brief summary of research, outline of future plans, and the details of three referees to reach Ms Jeanine Schroeder, Human Resources Department, University of the Western Cape at jschroeder [at] uwc [dot] ac [dot] za (fax: +27 21 959 1315, tel: +27 21 959 2104) by no later than 10 May 2013.
Two positions available at the University of Hamburg
1. Junior Professorship (W1) in Radio Astronomy
commencing on October 1st 2013/ref.no.JP202
Applicants are expected to demonstrate research experience at an international level as well as experience with externally-funded projects. The University places particular emphasis on the quality of teaching.
The University of Hamburg is seeking outstanding candidates in the field of extragalactic radio astronomy. Applicants should have experience in low-frequency radio astronomy and have contributed to the development of observational techniques in radio interferometry. Familiarity with the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) is desirable. Collaboration with established research groups at the Sternwarte is expected. Candidates are expected to have a record of excellence in research and a commitment to teaching at advanced undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
The University of Hamburg is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and all others which would bring additional dimensions to the university?s research and teaching missions.
The Junior Professorship is a fixed-term position for six years. The position will come with a PhD position.
Requirements: Academic qualifications and further requirements as specified in §18 of the Hamburg Higher Education Act. Foreign applicants are expected to be proficient in either German or English.
For further information, please contact Marcus Brüggen on 040-42838 8537 or at mbrueggen [at] hs [dot] uni-hamburg [dot] de.
The deadline for applications is May 09th, 2013. Please submit your application including the standard documents as well as the reference code to:
Präsidenten der Universität Hamburg
or via email to: UniHHAusschreibungsstelle [at] verw [dot] uni-hamburg [dot] de
2. Staff Scientist for LOFAR/SKA software development (permanent position)
Tasks: Development of software for LOFAR data analysis. Management of the LOFAR station in Hamburg and participation in relevant committees. Analysis of LOFAR data and scientific exploitation. Work in projects for the development of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA). Acquisition of observing time and third-party funding.
Payment scale: E13 TV-L, this is a tenured position.
Requirements: PhD in physics or computer science, experience in radio astronomy, proficiency in python, C and FORTRAN. Foreign applicants are expected to be proficient in either German or English.
To apply: Send a cover letter, CV, publication list to Prof. Dr. Marcus Brüggen, Hamburger Sternwarte, Gojenbergsweg 112, 21029 Hamburg by 10.052013
VLBI Support Scientist - Onsala Space Observatory
Onsala Space Observatory (OSO, see http://www.chalmers.se/oso), the Swedish National Facility for Radio Astronomy, is located 45 km south of Gothenburg on the Onsala peninsula and is hosted by Chalmers University of Technology. In addition to supporting radio astronomy in Sweden the National Facility hosts a fundamental geodetic station. The observatory operates three radio telescopes at Onsala, is a partner in a sub-millimetre wavelength telescope (APEX) in Chile, and is constructing a twin-telescope system for geodetic observations at Onsala. Additionally OSO is a partner in several large international radio/mm astronomy projects (the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA), the Low frequency Array (LOFAR) and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA)). OSO is heavily involved in Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) observations. In this VLBI technique antennas at Onsala are combined with other antennas worldwide to form large interferometer networks. The VLBI technique is used for both geodetic and astronomy applications.
The successful applicant will form part of a small team responsible for running the astronomical and geodetic VLBI observing at Onsala. She/he will help prepare for VLBI observations and monitor on-going observing runs. The VLBI support scientist will work in close collaboration with observatory engineers and technicians in identifying and solving technical problems. He/she will also be involved in commissioning tests of new VLBI equipment. The support scientist will attend meetings of international technical groups responsible for astronomical and geodetic VLBI operations and development. An interest in developing new observing or analysis techniques for astronomical or geodetic VLBI would be an advantage. A fraction of time for personal research in astronomy or geodesy can be negotiated. This is a non-time limited appointment.
Applicants for this post should have a relevant PhD (principally in either radio astronomy or space geodesy) or equivalent experience. Prior experience with the VLBI technique and/or in a scientific support position is an advantage.
- Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team but also take on individual responsibility.
- Experience in troubleshooting and solving technical problems.
- Good communication skills. Language ability in English and Swedish (or be willing to learn Swedish quickly).
- Demonstrated ability to work on technical issues with technicians and laboratory staff.
- A research interest in developing the techniques of VLBI (i.e. new observing modes, eVLBI, advanced geodetic or imaging data analysis techniques etc).
The application should be marked with Ref 20130070 and be attached as below:
Application: (Please name the uploaded document in ReachMee as: APPLICATION, family name, ref. number)
- the names of at least two referees to be contacted
- letters of recommendation from academic institutions and/or previous employers (optional),
- A letter of application detailing your specific qualifications for the position (named: QUALIFICATIONS, family name, ref. number)
- maximum two A4 pages
Application deadline: 2013-04-30
For questions, please contact:
Professor John Conway, Deputy Director, Onsala Space Observatory, phone +46 (0)31 772 55 35, john [dot] conway [at] chalmers [dot] se
Research Associate position at JBCA (e-MERLIN lgeacy programmes e-MERGE and LeMMINGs)
The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA) at the University of Manchester invites applications for a Research Associate. The 24 month position has been awarded as part of the STFC Programme.
You will be expected to work with the JBCA group and their collaborators who study the properties of faint radio sources, both in the nearby Universe and at high redshift. Much of the research will be carried out at radio wavelengths and will focus on the largest two approved e-MERLIN legacy programmes, e-MERGE and LeMMINGs.
You will be required to undertake research related to the faint radio emission which will be revealed by deep e-MERLIN legacy programme observations. This emission arises from star-forming and accretion powered systems, both in nearby galaxies and galaxies in the distant universe though focussing primarily on radio observations the appointee will be expected to make use the extensive multi-wavelength data available in order to study star-formation and the evolution of such activity throughout the age of the Universe.
You must have submitted or obtained a PhD (or equivalent) in Astrophysics and the majority of their doctoral research must be in the area of the star-formation and activity in galaxies.
All enquires should be directed to Dr Robert Beswick (Robert [dot] Beswick [at] manchester [dot] ac [dot] uk)
For further particulars and to apply for the position, search for job reference EPS-02068 on our website www.manchester.ac.uk/jobs. Applications should be made online at www.manchester.ac.uk/jobs Closing date for applications is 3rd February 2013.
The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
Professor in Radio Astronomy and director of the Swedish National Facility for Radio Astronomy, the Onsala Space Observatory
Curiosity is the driving force behind the research at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences and our goals are to find new knowledge about space, our earth and our future energy supply. Through observations of the universe as well as earth, we make predictions about the future and promote sustainable development. To reach our goals, we develop highly sensitive measuring instruments and observational methods, as well as advanced algorithms for data analysis and theoretical models.
The department has roughly 110 employees, divided into eight research groups and one administrative group. We are situated at campus Johanneberg and Onsala Space Observatory.
Chalmers hosts the Swedish National Facility for Radio Astronomy on behalf of the Swedish Research Council. The National Facility operates two radio telescopes and a LOFAR station in Onsala, is a partner in the Atacama Pathfinder EXperiment (APEX) in Chile, and plays an important role in the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) projects. The National Facility is a member of European and global networks for very long baseline interferometry (VLBI). During 2013-2014 a Twin Telescope will be built at Onsala for use in geodetic VLBI. Chalmers and the National Facility support active research in advanced receiver design and in radio astronomy. Radio science at Chalmers has given rise to research groups in space geodesy, remote sensing, and aeronomy, which continue to develop in new ways. The department has teachers and students in Electrical Engineering, Physics and Engineering Physics, and Environmental Science. General information can be found at the web site http://www.chalmers.se/rss/oso-en
The position as Professor is a full time tenure employment. The director leads the development and the operation of the national facility. Important tasks include information and communication about research, planning research projects, leading and developing the national facility, and collaboration with academic, governmental, and industrial partners.
The holder of the professorship is expected to play a leading role in research and education within his or her research field but at the same time it shall be noted that the role as director of the national facility will dominate the activities. The applicant should demonstrate good leadership capabilities and good ability to cooperate. Experience gained from leading research within international projects, industry, or the public sector, as well as innovation abilities, are meritorious.
The application shall be marked with Ref 20120377 and written in English. The application shall be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:
Application: (Please name the uploaded document in ReachMee as: APPLICATION, family name, ref. number)
- a first page containing name, reference number and a list of all enclosed documents,
- description of the applicant's research and pedagogical qualifications, as well as other qualifications and achievements. Please use the format of the Pedagogical Portfolio when you summarize your pedagogical qualifications (could be uploaded as a separate document under “Others documents", named PEDAGOGICAL PORTFOLIO, family name, ref. number),
- plans for future work, both scientific and educational,
- complete list of publications, please distinguish between refereed and non-refereed work,
- a list of persons from whom references can be sought, (describe association with them and give their contact addresses),
A letter of application detailing your specific qualifications for the position (named: QUALIFICATIONS, family name, ref. number). This should include:
- a discussion of possible developments of the research infrastructure at the national facility,
Publications: (named: PUBLICATIONS, family name, ref. number)
- copies of five selected publications that best exemplify the applicant's work,
- copies of a maximum of 10 other publications (such as pedagogy, and popular science) in support of pedagogical and other merits.
Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).
Application deadline: 2013-02-28
Further information can be obtained from:
The present Director of the National Facility
Professor Hans Olofsson
tel.: +46 (0)31 772 5535
e-mail: hans [dot] olofsson [at] chalmers [dot] se
Head of Department
Professor Gunnar Elgered
tel.: +46 (0)31 772 5565
e-mail: gunnar [dot] elgered [at] chalmers [dot] se
Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society.
The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our eight Areas of Advance; Built Environment, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 10,000 students and 2,800 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!
Vacant positions in the South African SKA Project
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 involvement in the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope (SKA), having recently been selected to host the majority of the SKA instrument. SKA SA is also responsible for the design and construction of the Karoo Array Radio Telescope (MeerKAT) and the associated infrastructure, and the development of high-level capacity in radio astronomy and the engineering disciplines relevant to radio astronomy.
SKA SA wishes to fill the following vacant positions:
- Software Site Support Engineer
- Business Development Manager
- Software Project Manager
- Research Associate: C-BASS and AVN
- Desktop Support Technician
- Manager: Spectrum and Alternative Telecommunications
- GIS Specialist
- Communications Coordinator
- Senior System Engineer
- Senior Project Manager: Infrastructure
- Project Manager: Power
- Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) Officer
- Technical Procurement Officer
For more detailed information on each position, please visit our website: www.ska.ac.za
Interested candidates must email their CV to moelofse [at] ska [dot] ac [dot] za
before 30 November 2012
As a business unit of the NRF, SKA SA is committed to employment equity and redress
SKA SA and the NRF reserve the right not to make appointments for any of the positions advertised.
If you have not heard from the SKA SA by 10 January 2013, please assume that you have not been short listed for the position you applied for.
The Astronomy Group of ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio-Astronomy in Dwingeloo (NL, www.astron.nl) and the Kapteyn Institute of the University of Groningen (www.astro.rug.nl) invite applications for a tenure track position shared among these two institutes.
We are looking for enthusiastic candidates - at any career level - with at least a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics or a related discipline, demonstrated ability for ground-breaking research, an excellent publication record and the potential to secure external funding as well as a number of years work experience as a postdoc. Preference will be given to candidates with interest and expertise in observational radio astronomy and on topics of common interest for the two institutes: Epoch of Re-ionisation, Radio Instrumentation, large radio continuum and HI surveys, galaxy structure and evolution, the ISM and IGM, AGN evolution and gravitational lensing (for more details see http://www.astron.nl and http://www.rug.nl/sterrenkunde).
The selected candidate is expected to provide a liaison role and strengthen the - already many - collaborations between the two groups.
She/he is also expected to provide valuable input into the various astronomical and technical programs at ASTRON and the Kapteyn Institute, and will be included in the teaching programme of the astronomy department of the University of Groningen.
ASTRON and the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute offer a vibrant, international and academic research environment with access to world-class observational facilities. ASTRON developed LOFAR and is a major partner in the operation of the International LOFAR Telescope (ILT). ASTRON also operates the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT), that is about to undergo a major upgrade as a wide-field survey instrument. The Kapteyn Astronomical Institute is part of the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA), and is worldwide recognised by the quality of its research in multiple areas of Astronomy. With 15 faculty and 50 PhD students it is the second largest astronomical institute in the Netherlands, active in many areas of astronomy. It is closely related to instrument building in the optical (through NOVA's instrumentation group situated at ASTRON) and in the IR/submm (through the presence of the Netherlands Institute of Space Research SRON in Groningen.
Letters of application (including a CV, a statement of scientific interests and a research proposal), plus 3 letters of reference should be sent to personnel [at] astron [dot] nl before 10 January 2013. Please refer to vacancy nr.2012-09-025. Applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled. The successful candidate will be employed partly by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and partly by the University of Groningen, at a salary scale commensurate with age and experience. Generous relocation expenses, an excellent package of benefits and assistance with finding accommodation will be provided. For further enquiries please contact: Prof. Dr. Raffaella Morganti (morganti [at] astron [dot] nl), Head of ASTRON Astronomy Group and Prof. Reynier Peletier (peletier [at] astro [dot] rug [dot] nl), Director of the Kapteyn Institute.
Deadline 10 January 2013
PhD job vacancy at Bochum, Germany
The Astronomical Institute of the Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany, is inviting applications for a PhD position to undertake research in extragalactic astronomy. More specifically, the goal of the PhD is to calibrate and evaluate a substantial amount of wide-field VLBI data currently being generated with the VLBA. Wide-field VLBI is a relatively young branch of VLBI which allows one to observe hundreds of objects in a single observation, to obtain VLBI data for
statistically relevant samples of faint radio sources. Details of the project can be found at http://www.astro.rub.de/middelberg/bm360/index.html
The candidate should have a university degree in physics and a genuine interest in astronomy. Since efficient data processing is essential, computing skills are relevant, and experience with the Python programming language is desirable.
Funding includes a salary based on 50% of the relevant public pay scale (TV-L/E13, depending on experience and age), and substantial funding for travel. Comprehensive benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, and social security benefits (contributions to unemployment and health insurance as well as retirement scheme).
The Ruhr-University of Bochum is rated amongst the top 10 of German universities, and is located within the metropolitan Ruhr district in the heart of western Europe. The Astronomical Institute carries out research in a large variety of extragalactic topics, and has excellent connections to institutes across Germany and further afield. With ample recreational opportunities, a rich cultural environment and excellent transport connections, Bochum is a young and vibrant town.
Applications should include a CV, a statement of interests and experience and three letters of reference. Please send inquiries and electronic applications (in PDF format) to middelberg(AT)astro.rub.de.
The deadline is 15 December 2012, but the position remains open until filled.
The Astrophysics group at the CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science is currently advertising 6 positions. Details, including how to apply, can be found on the website http://www.atnf.csiro.au/research/postdocs/
and the job adverts have also been posted to the AAS Job Register.
All positions have a closing date of November 18 and are open to Australian and international applicants.
The positions are
-- An indefinite staff position: We are seeking someone with an outstanding track record in radio astronomy science and associated techniques to be involved in the scientific commissioning and exploitation of the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder as it comes on-line over the next few years.
-- Bolton Fellowship (3 year position): The Bolton Fellowship is Astralia's longest standing prize fellowship and provides an outstanding opportunity for post-doctoral astronomy research in Australia.
-- Two Postdoctoral Fellowships (3 year and 5 year positions) in Extragalactic HI Surveys to work with Science Leader Baerbel Koribalski
-- Postdoctoral Fellowship (3 year position) to work on science with the Parkes Pulsar Timing Array with Future Fellow George Hobbs.
-- OCE Postdoctoral Fellowship (3 year position) in pulsars working with George Hobbs and Simon Johnston.
Applications should be made through the CSIRO on-line application forms, details for which can be found on the web page listed above.
THE JOINT INSTITUTE FOR VLBI IN EUROPE (JIVE) is seeking
candidates for fixed-term appointment as SUPPORT
SCIENTIST located at JIVE, Dwingeloo, The
The European VLBI Network (EVN) is an interferometric array
of radio telescopes spread throughout Europe, extending into China, South
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 correlators,
provides front-line support to EVN users, and is actively developing new
correlator capabilities to promote scientific exploitation of real-time
e-VLBI and wide fields of view. JIVE is located in Dwingeloo, the
Netherlands, at the headquarters of ASTRON, which is our 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. This opening also appears
in the September AAS Job Register (#42667).
We invite applications for
the position of JIVE Support Scientist, vailable with immediate effect.
The position has a 50-50 split between support duties and the appointee's
own research. Principal support responsibilities can include:
- assisting EVN users to schedule and analyze VLBI experiments.
EVN performance through dedicated test observations.
- overseeing the
correlation of experiments: data-quality review,
- preparation of
PI/station feedback, liaison with users, etc.
features of the EVN pipeline.
- testing new correlator/network
The position may also involve a modest amount of other
local-service collateral duties, such as visitor coordination or organizing
The position requires a Ph.D. in astronomy or other relevant
field, and a thorough knowledge of VLBI techniques. Interest in
interferometric radio stronomy processing software would be a plus.
Applicants of any nationality re 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
Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe
7990 AA Dwingeloo
personnel [at] astron [dot] nl
should include a CV and list of publications, together with three letters of
reference, which may be sent separately. All application materials should
arrive by 17 October 2012, mentioning ref.No
Responses are preferred by e-mail. Further information can be
obtained from dr. R.M. Campbell (campbell [at] jive [dot] nl).
e-MERLIN is looking for a National Facility Scientist
Closing date :05/09/2012
For details See:
are invited for a research scientist to join the e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility
science support staff. e-MERLIN is a network of seven large radio telescopes
across the UK linked to a central operations and processing hub at Jodrell Bank
in Cheshire. You will join the existing e-MERLIN scientific support team who are
responsible for the scientific operations of the e-MERLIN array, developing and
promoting its scientific programme, and facilitating its use by the wider
The job will involve software and data processing
pipeline development, data analysis, quality control of the data and interaction
with users of the facility as well being involved in the operations of the
array. You will be expected to undertake research based support duties for
approximately 70% of your time, and will have approximately 30% available for
You must hold or be about to obtain a relevant PhD or
equivalent in Astronomy, Physics or Engineering. Experience in Radio
interferometry techniques and data processing in current data reduction packages
(AIPS, CASA) is required. You must also possess excellent communication and team
working skills, the ability to work effectively both independently and in
collaboration with other scientists and researchers.
can be made to Simon Garrington (stg [at] jb [dot] man [dot] ac [dot] uk
) or Rob Beswick (robert [dot] beswick [at] manchester [dot] ac [dot] uk