Support astronomer - JRID31740

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August 1, 2008
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
July 31, 2008
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Onsala Space Observatory
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
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Chalmers University of Technology
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Onsala Space Observatory (OSO), the Swedish National Facility for Radio Astronomy hosted by Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden), has an immediate opening for an indefinite-term astronomer position.

Onsala Space Observatory is located 45 km south of Gothenburg on the Onsala peninsula. OSO operates two radio telescopes at Onsala, and it is involved in international collaborations in millimetre/submillimetre astronomy such as the Odin satellite, the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) in Chile, and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile. In the future it is expected that OSO will participate in major radio astronomy projects for low to intermediate radio frequencies, such as LOFAR and the Square Kilometer Array.

The position as Support Astronomer will primarily involve working in a team with responsibilities for the operation of the Onsala radio telescopes, which are equipped with radio frequency instruments up to 115 GHz, and are used for single-dish as well as VLBI observations. The work requires a good knowledge of radio astronomical hardware and software. It is also expected that the Support Astronomer will conduct his/her own independent research, especially using instrumentation that is of relevance to OSO's activities. A broad range of astrophysical research is pursued at OSO, e.g., stellar formation and evolution, astrochemistry, starburst galaxies, AGNs, and cosmology.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in astronomy, with a strong research record. Experience in observational radio astronomy is essential. Experience with user support is an advantage.

The application should consist of a curriculum vitae, a resume of research, and the applicant should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent (in PDF format) or to the above address. The applicants name and the reference number (2008/115) must be written on the first page of the application. The deadline for applications is 31 July 2008.

For further details contact prof. Hans Olofsson, Director of Onsala Space Observatory (