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 support astronomer position in connection with its European ALMA regional centre (ARC) node.
The ALMA submillimeter array in Northern Chile, presently under construction will provide a leap in performance relative to existing millimeter-wave arrays. Early science operations are due to start in 2011. Data analysis and users 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 most core user operations (scheduling, archiving of data, pipelining, etc) being concentrated at ESO headquarters in Garching (Germany) while face-to-face user support, local community outreach and development of some specialist data reduction methods will be functions covered by ARC-nodes which cover countries or sub-regions within Europe. The Nordic ARC node at Onsala (Sweden) provides ALMA support functions to astronomers in the Nordic region (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland) and in the Baltic countries.
OSO has had a long involvement in the ALMA project, in particular in the areas of receiver development, water vapour radiometry design, and the design of the antenna pad distribution. OSO is also a 23% partner in the 12m diameter APEX (Atacama Pathfinder Experiment) submillimeter wavelength telescope at the ALMA site. The ARC node at Onsala when fully staffed will consist of a part time director, two associated permanent staff positions and one or two postdoctoral positions.
A primary role of the ARC node support astronomer position will be the support of ALMA users from the Nordic region. 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, organising 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 total of 50% of time will be available for this 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 millimetre wavelength interferometric imaging is essential.
Please fill in the application form found at http://www.chalmers.se/rss/EN/news-summary/vacancies/positions/arc-node-support