AstroFIt2, built on the success and experience acquired by INAF's AstroFIt FP7 COFUND programme (G.A. 267251), has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N. 664931 and from INAF, The National Institute for Astrophysics. The programme includes two calls for proposals, each one offering nine (9) fellowships for Incoming Mobility.
The fellowships will be carried out at INAF Research Centres and the applicants will have the possibility to choose one or more, in the case of interdisciplinary projects, among the following scientific areas: galaxies and cosmology; stars, stellar population and interstellar medium; sun and solar system; relativistic and particle astrophysics; advanced technology and instrumentation; any other astrophysics subject (e.g.: exoplanets, astrobiology, etc.), relevant for INAF scientific activities.
Each fellowship will have the duration of 36 months and the fellow shall devote himself/herself full time to the project.
To be eligible, At the time of the deadline for submission of proposals, applicants shall fulfil the following requirements, on pain of exclusion, in order to participate to the selection:
a1) shall have a PhD degree, plus a maximum of eight (8) years of post-PhD research experience;
or, in the case of lack of PhD degree,
a2) shall have a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of twelve (12) years of full-time equivalent research experience (including the period of research training), acquired after the degree formally necessary for the admission to a doctorate in the country where the degree was obtained or in the country where the fellowship is taking place;
b) shall be researchers who have not resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Italy for more than twelve (12) months in the three (3) years immediately prior to the call deadline (short stays, e.g.: holidays, are not taken into account).
AstroFIt2 supports career development plans, with training provided also for non-scientific and complementary skills. Each fellowship will be fully integrated in a specific and dedicated mentoring and support scheme, which will include a supervisor.
The total remuneration will include salary and travel allowance, plus social security charges (holiday pay, pension contribution, health insurance, obligatory maternity leave, etc.) and other statutory costs.
• Living allowance: 45.000 EUR/year.
• Travel allowance: 1.500 EUR/year
• Research and training expenses: 6.000 EUR/year will be used for any expense needed to carry out the project and to contribute at the researcher career development.
An accident and health insurance will be paid by INAF in favour of the fellow, to provide coverage for health diseases, work accidents, occupational diseases and invalidity.
More information: giroletti [at] ira [dot] inaf [dot] it
The Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (MPIfR) is recruiting two qualified individuals for postdoctoral appointments in radio astronomy. These positions are based in the Radio Astronomy/VLBI department led by Prof. J. Anton Zensus.Deadline: October 1st, 2015
The research department has a broad research portfolio. Key research topics focus on the investigation of compact extragalactic objects (AGN) and their broad-band emission, with a special emphasis on very-high-resolution studies. These include mm- and space-VLBI imaging and blazar monitoring with F-GAMMA/MOJAVE/TANAMI. The MPIfR operates the VLBI correlator, the 100-m radio telescope in Effelsberg (element of EVN and GMVA), and it is major partner of APEX in Chile (element of EHT).
We are looking for two persons to join our department as a postdoctoral researcher. Technical mastery of radio interferometry techniques is of advantage, as well as a good publication record. Candidates with complementary skills to our research portfolio are especially encouraged to apply. Appointees will be expected to join our research lines and collaborate closely with other department members. 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.
Interested 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, 2015.
The initial appointment is for two years with the possibility of extension after review. The anticipated start date is in early 2016. Remuneration is within the framework of the German wage agreement for the public system (TVöD) in level 13, starting from a gross salary of 43970€ yearly. Individually determined tax, and contributions for social benfits and statutory health insurance will be deducted.
Contact information for inquiries:
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.
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.
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.
The deadline is November 15th 2015
For more information and electronic application, visit http://imprs.mpifr.de
e-MERLIN Support Scientist (2-posts)
We invite applications for two e-MERLIN (www.e-merlin.ac.uk) 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, www.jb.man.ac.uk).
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 https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=9427
For enquiries please contact Robert [dot] Beswick [at] manchester [dot] ac [dot] uk
Director, Radio Astronomy Observatory (ORA) : Rome, Italy
The Director of ORA will be responsible for:
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.
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.
Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.
Temporary position longer than 6 months
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.
Interested applicants please send your CV, a statement of research interests, a publication list, and contact information of potential referees to: rodolphe.weber (at) univorleans.fr, karim.abedmeraim (at) univorleans.fr, ludwig.klein (at) obspm.fr
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
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.
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.
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.