European ARC Node Support Astronomer - JRID30825

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February 1, 2008
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February 1, 2008
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Onsala Space Observatory, Chalmers Unive
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Chalmers University of Technology
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Chalmersplatsen 1
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Johanneberg Campus
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Onsala Space Observatory (OSO), the Swedish national facility for astronomy hosted by Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden), has an immediate opening for an indefinite term support astronomer position in connection with its newly established European ALMA regional centre (ARC) node.

The ALMA (sub)millimeter array in Northern Chile, presently under construction will provide a leap in performance relative to existing millimeter-wave arrays. Data analysis and user support will be provided by ALMA regional centers (ARCs) situated in Europe, North America and East Asia. The European ARC has a distributed structure with core user operations being concentrated at ESO headquarters in Garching (Germany) while face-to-face user support and community outreach will be functions covered by ARC 'nodes' covering countries/sub-regions within Europe. The ARC node being established at Onsala (Sweden) will support astronomers in the Nordic region (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland) and in the Baltic countries. Onsala Space observatory has had a long involvement in the ALMA project and is also a 23 percent partner in the 12m diameter APEX (Atacama Pathfinder Experiment) submillimetre wavelength telescope at the ALMA site. There is also at Chalmers and the national facility an active group of astronomers involved in radio and millimeter astronomy.

The ARC node at Onsala will as a minimum consist of a part-time director, two new permanent staff positions (of which this support astronomer position is one) and one or two postdoctoral positions. These positions will be filled in 2008 in order to prepare for supporting ALMA science verification and first science operations in 2009 and 2010.

The position of ARC node support astronomer will primarily involve the face-to-face support of ALMA users. This in turn will involve a working knowledge of the operation of ALMA and knowledge of the software tools for proposing, scheduling and reducing data. A second core responsibility will be ALMA outreach to the Nordic astronomical community involving visiting universities, organizing training workshops etc. The support astronomer will be in charge of the day-to-day operations of the ARC node under the supervision of the ARC manager. He/she will also manage the support activities of the software support scientist and of the postdoctoral fellows at the ARC. It is expected that the Support Scientist will conduct his/her own independent astronomical research, especially using APEX and ALMA. A significant fraction of time will be available for this independent research. Salary will be conditional on qualifications and experience.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in astronomy, with a strong research record. Experience in radio or millimeter wavelength interferometric imaging is essential. Interest in the development of interferometric imaging algorithms would be a great advantage as would experience and knowledge in programming such algorithms.

For further details contact John Conway, Nordic ARC node manager. ( The deadline for applications is 1st February 2008.The application should consist of a resume and the applicant should arrange for two letters of reference to be sent. Applications and reference should both be sent (in PDF format) to Mark the application with reference number 2007/174.