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Postdoc in polarization astrophysics at the German ALMA Regional Centre node
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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.


Submission address:
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
Postbus 2
7990 AA Dwingeloo
The Netherlands
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

The 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.

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, 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.

See http://www.mpifr-bonn.mpg.de/936213/Staff_Scientists

 


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.

Requirements:

* PhD degree in astronomy or physics;
* Demonstrated research activity in VLBI;
* Observational expertise in VLBI network;
* Demonstrated research activity in (sub)millimetre astronomy.

Preferential qualifications:

* 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:
http://www.ira.inaf.it/bandi/09.2014.IRA.AR/Bando.pdf
http://www.ira.inaf.it/bandi/09.2014.IRA.AR/Allegati.doc

Application deadline 30 Sept. 2014


Postdoctoral Research Fellow

FIXED TERM (3 Years) - FULL TIME (1.0 FTE)

AUT's School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, within the Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to assist the algorithm and computing contributions to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

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 and heads the design for some of its very significant computing challenges.

This 3 year fixed-term, full-time role is to help research, design, develop and test imaging algorithms and software for the SKA Science Data Processor. This role will include improving the discrete Fourier Transform, Deconvolution, and Gridding steps of current imaging implementations and contribute toward the development and evaluation of new techniques

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to work and coordinate closely with an international team of radio astronomers and computer scientists and have excellent project management skills.

The preferred candidate will have extensive knowledge of signal and image processing algorithms, algorithm development, and experience in software development. The successful candidate will be required to hold a PhD degree in Computer Science, Physics, Engineering or a related discipline relevant to the position and have evidence of a successful research publication record.

Both team-based and independent work skills, as well as excellent written and spoken communication are requirements of the post.

The salary level offered for this role will commensurate with the skills, experience and qualifications of the successful applicants.

Job Reference: 26074
Closing Date: Wednesday 18th June 2014, 5.00 PM

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.

More information: 26074 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Computer and Mathematical Sciences.pdf


Research Officer

FIXED TERM (2.5 Years) - FULL TIME (1.0 FTE)

AUT's School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences within the Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies seeks to appoint a Research Officer (Software/Firmware Developer) to assist the computing contributions to the Square Kilometre Array SKA.

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 and heads the design for some of its very significant computing challenges.

This Research Officer fixed-term, full-time role, is to help research, design, develop and test software, firmware, and processor boards for the Survey correlator signal processing system which must process 8 Terabytes/s data. This design will be tailored for a range of new FPGA, many core and/or GPU processors.

The preferred candidate will have expert knowledge of FPGAs, PCB design and in software engineering practices. Extensive experience is expected with developing software and firmware for performance and power.

The successful candidate is required to hold a postgraduate qualification, preferably a PhD degree, in Computer Science, Computer Systems Engineering, Electronic Engineering or a related discipline relevant to the position.

Both team-based and independent work skills, as well as excellent written and spoken communication are requirements of the post.

The salary level offered for this role will commensurate with the skills, experience and qualifications of the successful applicants.

You must be eligible to work in New Zealand to be considered for this position.

Job Reference: 26073
Closing Date: Wednesday 18th June 2014, 5.00 PM

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.

More information: 26073 Research Officer - 1.0 FTE 2.5 Year Fixed Term - School of Computer and Maths.pdf 

 


Curtin University Research Fellowships

The Curtin University Research Fellowship scheme aims to attract high quality post doctoral researchers with excellent potential for providing future academic and research leadership to Curtin University.

Applications are strongly encouraged in the field of astronomy and astrophysics research, which is a strategic priority for Curtin University, 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 the first operational SKA Precursor 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 2014, for commencement in 2015, refers to a fellowships in two streams:

1. Early Career Researcher Fellowships: Suitably qualified applicants who received their PhD in the last five years;

2. Senior Research Fellowships: Suitably qualified applicants with more than five years post-doctoral experience.

These categories of Fellowship are also available as Curtin Indigenous Research Fellowships, where Aboriginality is an inherent requirement for appointment per Section 50(d) of the WA Equal Opportunity Act (1984).

For applicants who have already submitted ARC Fellowship applications at any institution, there is a fast-track application process.

Applications Close: Friday 4th July 2014 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:

http://research.curtin.edu.au/research-funding/fellowships.cfm#commence

 

 


ASTRON is the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy and part of the Netherlands organisation for fundamental research, NWO. Its mission is to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen, via the development of new and innovative technologies, the operation of world-class radio astronomy facilities (the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope and the LOFAR telescope network), and the pursuit of fundamental astronomical research.
ASTRON is seeking candidates for the position of:
Head of Astronomy Group (f/m)

The Head of Astronomy is responsible for the management of the Astronomy Group. She/he is a member of the ASTRON Management Team, a body that is responsible for the overall management and strategy of the institute. She/he reports directly to the General & Scientific Director of ASTRON. In addition to conducting her/his own programme of outstanding astrophysical research, the candidate will guide and develop the Group's overall scientific strategy, encouraging the use of instruments operated by ASTRON, and indeed other international facilities. She/he will foster and develop close partnerships with local university astronomers and the international astronomical community. She/he will actively seek new funding sources (e.g. NWO, ERC and EC funding) to expand and strengthen the Group.
The requirements
The successful candidate will have:

 

  • Doctorate in Astronomy, 
  • International reputation in the field of radio astronomy research,
  • An outstanding programme of research, oriented towards the exploitation of current and future radio telescope facilities, including the SKA,
  • A proven and outstanding publication record,
  • Proven leadership skills in the management of teams of highly qualified professionals,
  • Experience in using radio telescopes and other astronomical facilities.

The candidate will:
- be a team player, especially in her/his role as member of the ASTRON Management Team; and have an excellent command of the English language.

The offer
In addition to a stimulating working environment in pleasant surroundings, we are able to offer a competitive salary, dependent on qualifications and experience together with an excellent package of secondary benefits. The term of the appointment as head of the Astronomy Group is for 5 years and can be renewed for another 5 years depending on good performance. The position as staff astronomer at ASTRON is tenured.

Candidates can send an application before July 1, 2014 by email which should refer to vacancy nr. 2014-02-021, include a resume and contact information, to the attention of Diana Verweij, Head of HR, e-mail: personnel [at] astron [dot] nl. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Dr. M.A. Garrett, General and Scientific Director of ASTRON, e-mail: garrett [at] astron [dot] nl. Recruiting will continue until the position has been filled.

Acquisitions based on this advertisement are not appreciated.

 


Rhodes University, Grahamstown is calling for applications for a post-doctoral fellowship in the field of radio astronomical calibration and imaging algorithms. Rhodes University has established the Centre for Radio Astronomy Techniques and Technologies (RATT) based around the SKA Research Chair in RATT held by Prof Oleg Smirnov. In collaboration with the Radio Astronomy Research Group (RARG) of the MeerKAT project, RATT conducts research into novel radio astronomy calibration, imaging, data analysis algorithms, software and techniques that are urgently required by the next generation of radio telescopes and by the science they are designed to deliver.

South Africa is building the MeerKAT telescope and is operating its precursor KAT-7, is hosting the PAPER and C-BASS South instruments, and has recently been chosen as the site for the mid-frequency dish and dense aperture array components of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

The position will be based at RATT in Grahamstown. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out research into novel calibration and imaging techniques and algorithms, work on applying these to real data, and co-supervise PhD and MSc students at RATT. Candidates should therefore bring expertise in one or more of the following: radio interferometric data processing, mathematics, applied mathematics, algorithms, signal processing, software development.

The basic term of appointment is two years, with a one-year extension subject to satisfactory progress. The position is available from 1 July 2014, or possibly earlier subject to agreement with the successful candidate.

Please see 
https://jobregister.aas.org/job_view?JobID=46369 for more details.

Included Benefits:

ZAR 325,000 p.a., tax free, plus travel and equipment grants.

 


 

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