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The Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (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 ERIC (JIVE) is a European Research Infrastructure Consortium hosted at ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy. JIVE operates the EVN VLBI correlator, provides front-line support to EVN users and member telescopes, 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. Dutch universities are within easy reach of Dwingeloo, and interaction with other radio-astronomy institutes throughout Europe provides for a vibrant research atmosphere.

Job description:
We invite applications for the position of JIVE Support Scientist, available from the autumn of 2015. 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 and network telescopes, 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.

Job requirements:
  • 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;
  • a good command of written and spoken English is essential

We offer:

The appointment is offered for one year in the first instance with extension up to a total of three years pending good performance. 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.

For further information regarding JIVE and the EVN, refer to and For more information about this vacancy please contact Erika Timmerman, HR Officer, phone: +31 521 595 212 or e-mail: personnel [at] astron [dot] nl. For informal enquiries please contact Dr. R.M. Campbell (campbell [at] jive [dot] eu), Head of Science Operations at JIVE.

You can apply for this job by sending a curriculum vitae, list of publications, and a description of research interests to personnel [at] astron [dot] nl (reference number JIVE2015/03). Please arrange for three letters of reference to be sent separately to the same address by the deadline. All application materials should arrive by 22 September 2015.



PhD appointments at the IMPRS for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Bonn/Cologne (Germany)

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Astronomy & Astrophysics is a joint structured doctoral program by the Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy (MPIfR, Bonn) and the Universities of Bonn and Cologne.

Several PhD positions are available at one of the most vibrant Astronomy centers in Europe for talented students who are about to finish their Masters (or equivalent) thesis in Physics or Astrophysics. The instruction language is English.

Program Details:
- The IMPRS for A&A has 60 PhD students from 25 countries.
- Appointments are for 3 years, starting at any time in 2016.
- Starting annual salary: ~21984€ with attractive benefits.
- Mentorship from world class faculty from the MPIfR and the Universities of Bonn and Cologne.
- Research on a broad range of hot topics in observational and theoretical astrophysics.
- Access to world class observing facilities at a large range of wavelengths.
- Career enhancement seminars and workshops.
- Funding for travel and research.

The deadline is November 15th 2015

For more information and electronic application, visit
Further questions can be asked to the Coordinator Dr. Rainer Mauersberger at imprs [at] mpifr [dot] de



e-MERLIN Support Scientist (2-posts)

We invite applications for two e-MERLIN ( Support Scientist positions, available immediately. The two posts have a 70:30 split between support duties and the appointees own research. Appointees will join the existing Jodrell Bank Observatory (JBO) / e-MERLIN teams who are responsible for the scientific support and operations of the e-MERLIN array.

Post holders are expected and encouraged to pursue research, independently or in collaboration with staff and students at JBO / Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA,

JBO is part of the University of Manchester's School of Physics and Astronomy and JBCA, one of the largest astrophysics groups within the UK. It operates the 76-m Lovell Telescope and other large radio telescopes within e-MERLIN, participates in Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), and hosts the SKA project international headquarters and the UK's ALMA Regional Centre.

e-MERLIN is a network of seven large radio telescopes across the UK linked to a central operations and processing hub at Jodrell Bank. The e-MERLIN array is one of the premier instruments in the world for very high sensitivity (microJansky) radio imaging at sub-arcsecond resolutions. The e-MERLIN / VLBI National Facility is operated by the STFC and the University of Manchester for use by scientists world-wide.

Applications should contain a CV and publication list, together with three letters of reference, which may be sent separately. All application materials should arrive by 10 July 2015.

Further information can be found at

For enquiries please contact Robert [dot] Beswick [at] manchester [dot] ac [dot] uk


Director, Radio Astronomy Observatory (ORA) : Rome, Italy 
The Italian National Institute for Astrophysics invites applications for the position of Director of its new Radio Astronomy Observatory (ORA), created with the aim of strengthening Italian Radioastronomy by the merging of the Cagliari Observatory and of the Bologna Institute for Radioastronomy.

The Director of ORA will be responsible for:
- the scientific, technical and operational aspects of all radio infrastructures in Italy (64 m. Sardinia Radio Telescope, Northern Cross and 32 m. dish near Bologna, 32 m. dish in Noto, Sicily)
- a national, long-term R&D programme for the development of radio and mm astronomy, in the context of an expanding Italian effort in astronomy and its technologies
- the coordinated management of all resources allocated for the scientific, technological and industrial Italian participation to important international projects, such as: VLBI, ALMA, SKA, etc.

The ORA will initially comprise two sections, Cagliari and Bologna, each with a local Responsible and with adequate administrative support.

The Director of ORA will be a senior astronomer, with no limitation on her/his nationality, familiar with world-class astronomy projects, (including radio and mm. ones) and with adequate managerial experience. Women are encouraged to apply. For non Italian speakers, a reasonable language-learning effort will be required.

The Director's mandate will be for three years, renewable once. The yearly gross salary will be € 115,767.34, with special tax exemptions for non-Italian citizens and for Italian residents abroad.
Applicants should send their CV and publications list, together with a motivation letter and the candidate's strategic vision for ORA, to: Presidenza INAF, Viale del Parco Mellini, 84 00136 Rome, Italy, via registered mail or express courier, by May 21st, 2015. The envelope should be clearly marked: "Selezione Direttore ORA".

Applications will be examined by an hoc INAF Selection Committee, with possible interviews for finalists.


Assistant Professor in Experimental X-ray Science and Technology - KTH Royal Institute of Technology, KTH Engineering Sciences

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden. No less than one-third of Sweden's technical research and engineering education capacity at university level is provided by KTH. Education and research spans from natural sciences to all branches of engineering and includes Architecture, Industrial Management and Urban Planning. There are a total of 12,400 full year students at first and second levels, almost 1,900 active (at least 50 per cent) research students and 5,100 employees.
KTH is strengthening its research on a global scale. We are currently looking to recruit 13 Assistant Professors, whom we will offer the opportunity to develop both their research and their teaching. These recruitments are a part of a larger effort and will be conducted within broad areas, ranging from Mathematics and Bioelectronics to Sustainable Urban Development and Process Engineering. The new Assistant Professors will receive a four-year starting grant, and permanent base funding if they qualify as Associate Professors. For more
information about the recruitment initiative, see the following web page:

Subject field
Experimental X-ray Science and Technology.

Subject description
The subject has particular emphasis on the development of novel X-ray Technology and/or methods. The scientific and technological focus should concern Astrophysics, Materials Physics or Medical-/bio-imaging. The subject concerns experimental activities, preferably including also theoretical aspects.

The position includes research and teaching within the subject field. The holder of the position is expected to interact with researchers and teachers at the department and in surrounding subject fields, to supervise undergraduates and graduate students within the subject field, as well as participate in the department's teaching activities.The Assistant Professor shall be given opportunity to develop their independence as researcher and gain accreditation that may allow them to take other teaching positions with higher eligibility requirements (see Chapter 4, Section 12 a of the Higher Education Ordinance). Following application, the Assistant Professor shall be assessed for promotion to Associate Professor.

A person is eligible for appointment if they have attained a Degree of Doctor or have the equivalent academic expertise. Primarily, persons should have attained a Degree of Doctor or have acquired the equivalent expertise no more than seven years before the end of the application period. (Chapter 4, Section 12 a of the Higher Education Ordinance.)

Grounds of assessment
Special importance will be attributed to the applicant's scientific skill within the subject field, documented by publications in international journals, presentations at international conferences, and through established collaborations. The potential to establish an independent research activity in the field is also of special importance. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are significant importance. Awards, external research funding, and the ability to teach and develop high-quality courses as well as experience of supervision of students will also be taken into account. Knowledge about matters of diversity and equal treatment, with particular focus on gender equality is also taken into account.

Special grounds of assessment for promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor
When assessing applications for promotion to Associate Professor, the applicant's ability to independently initiate and carry out research of high academic quality, published in international publications, and the applicant's ability to obtain financing for research will be assessed. One special consideration for assessment is the applicant's ability to independently establish new collaborations and research specialisations. Special consideration will be given to demonstrated expertise in teaching and supervision. The ability to interact with personnel at KTH and society at large will be taken into account.


Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Trade union representatives
You'll find contact information to trade union representatives at KTH:s webbpage.

Your application should follow KTH´s CV template for employment of teachers. You are the main responsible to ensure that the application is complete according to the ad and CV template. Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application. Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply to this position.

Time limitation: The appointment is for an indefinite term, but no more than four years, and may be extended if, due to the teacher's absence due to sick leave, parental leave or other special grounds, more time is required to reach the objectives of the appointment. However, the total appointment period may not exceed six years. The appointment is part of the Tenure Track system at KTH and the Assistant Professor may apply for promotion to tenured Associate Professor.

We firmly decline all contact with staffing and recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

Type of employment:

Temporary position longer than 6 months
Working hours: Full time
First day of employment: As soon as possible
Salary: Monthly pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
City: Stockholm
County: Stockholms län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: S-2015-0165
Contact: Mark Pearce/ Professor, Phone:+46 8 553 781 83/ email:pearce [at] kth [dot] se
Jenny Wiklund/ Officer, application questions, Phone: +46 8 790 69 38/ email:jennlund [at] kth [dot] se
Published: 24.Mar.2015
Last application date: 29.May.2015



Postdoc position on: Radio astronomical tools for the prediction and classification of major solar disturbances

A postdoctoral position is available at the Université d'Orléans, Laboratoire PRISME (Equipe 
Signal), starting immediately. The position is funded by the French Agence Nationale pour la Recherche (ASTRID programme) and is part of the ORME project (Observations Radioastronomiques pour la Météorologie de l'Espace). The successful applicant will be mainly performing spectrum analysis of the radio astronomical data briefly described below.


At the same time, software prototypes need to be developed to visualize the event detection and classification results and for users to make use of the latter. The research will be conducted in close cooperation with with colleagues from the solar physics group at Paris Observatory and with the Nançay Radio Astronomy Station. The postdoctoral position is for a duration of one year, with a possible extension for one more year.

Required Qualifications
(1) PhD degree in signal and image processing or in solarheliospheric physics, with a documented expertise in signal and image processing;
(2) Thorough understanding of statistical signal analysis and signal classification tools;
(3) Good programming skills;

How to apply

Interested applicants please send your CV, a statement of research interests, a publication list, and contact information of potential referees to: (at), karim.abedmeraim (at), ludwig.klein (at)
The positions is open until filled. The monthly net salary is up to 2640 Euros, depending on expertise, from which income taxes must be subtracted. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

More information can be found on the website.



BASP (Biomedical and Astronomical Signal Processing) is actively recruiting multiple Research Associates to start in the first half of 2015, and PhD students to start in the second half of 2015 (see below). These positions are a rare opportunity to work in a truly multidisciplinary and dynamic international research environment.

It is strongly recommended to contact Dr Wiaux by email at y [dot] wiaux [at] hw [dot] ac [dot] uk for a first expression of interest, as well as any informal inquiry, prior to a formal application.

Research Associate positions

Position 1:
Signal Processing - Fast compressive imaging algorithms.

The position targets cutting-edge research on the development and test of fast, parallelised and distributed algorithms for compressive imaging from Big Data, in the context of both convex/non-convex optimisation and Bayesian inference, and focusing on Fourier imaging applications such as magnetic resonance imaging in medicine and radio-interferometric imaging in astronomy.

See Heriot-Watt vacancies ref. 328/12/14 for details.

Position 2:
Signal Processing - Theory of compressive imaging.

The position targets cutting-edge research on the definition of new acquisition and reconstruction concepts for compressive Fourier imaging in a Big Data context, focusing on hyperspectral imaging and calibration challenges, and validating the approach through numerical simulation in the context of radio-interferometric imaging in astronomy.

See Heriot-Watt vacancies ref. 328/13/14 for details.

Position 3:
Astronomical Signal Processing - Interferometric imaging.

The position targets cutting-edge research on the transfer of newly developed compressive imaging techniques to the radio interferometry community, on one hand adapting, testing and validating available algorithms for real/realistic data in the context of next-generation telescopes such the SKA, and on the other hand, testing new compressive sensing acquisition procedures on existing telescopes.

See Heriot-Watt vacancies ref. 328/14/14 for details.


PhD Student positions

Applications from outstanding students are also welcome for a PhD position with BASP in the broad context of the newly funded initiative, and beyond.

Research topics include, but are not restricted to.


  • Fast, parallel and distributed compressive imaging algorithms (optimisation, Bayesian inference, high performance computing)
  • Theory of compressive imaging (signal models, reconstruction algorithms, Bayesian understanding)
  • Advanced signal processing for radio interferometric imaging in the context of SKA (dimensionality reduction, wide-band imaging, calibration)
  • Phase retrieval for optical interferometric imaging
  • Manifold compressed sensing for quantitative MR imaging (MR fingerprinting, brain microstructure mapping from diffusion MRI)
  • Advanced signal processing for quantum imaging (light-in-flight single-photon imaging, imaging around the corner)


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