Research Associate (Postdoctoral Fellow) - JRID41618

Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
February 29, 2012
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
March 1, 2012
Job Details
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution/Company Name: 
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
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Submission Address for Resumes/CVs
Attention To: 
LaTonya Richardson
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Job Announcement Text: 

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) plays a key role in the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav), a consortium between US and Canadian astronomers whose aim is to detect low-frequency gravitational waves by timing millisecond pulsars. NANOGrav has recently gained significant momentum from a $6.5M NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) grant to strengthen international collaboration with groups in Europe, India, and Australia. NRAO and NANOGrav invite applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship to work with NRAO Astronomer Scott Ransom in the development of future pulsar observing instrumentation and algorithms. This postdoc position, to be located in Charlottesville, VA, is one of five positions in total provided by the PIRE award.

Main Responsibilities:
The principle responsibility of this position is to develop next-generation high-performance pulsar backends for the GBT and Arecibo, particularly for high-precision pulsar timing applications. The successful applicant will be involved in digital system design and implementation (likely involving CASPER and GPU technologies), software and hardware implementations of new interference and interstellar medium mitigation algorithms, and the development of more advanced data processing algorithms to improve the precision of pulsar timing. Up to 50% of the applicant's time will be available for independent research.

Professional Requirements/Qualifications:
The initial appointment, which can begin as early as spring 2012, will be for two years, with the possibility of extending for a third year (subject to project need, satisfactory performance and availability of funds). To be considered, applicants must have a PhD in astronomy, physics or a related field, or expect to have earned a PhD by the starting date of the appointment. Expertise in digital systems development, radio pulsar observations and analysis, and digital signal processing is highly desirable.

How To Apply:
1. ALL materials must be received by the application deadline - Thursday, March 1, 2012. The Postdoctoral Fellow job posting can be found on the NRAO Careers Site located at under the Scientist Position button. As part of the online application process, you will be prompted for the names and contact information of three individuals who are familiar with your scientific work and abilities for letters of reference. These individuals will automatically receive an e-mail request AFTER you submit your application materials.

2. Combine into one PDF file and attach to your NRAO application (in the order listed): a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, and a brief summary of past and planned independent scientific research (including a description of relevant previous experience). Hardcopies of applications will not be accepted.

Questions about, or assistance with, the application process should be sent to Ms. Fonda Hamric, Human Resources, at Requests for additional information on the Postdoctoral Fellow position should be directed to Scott Ransom at The deadline for receipt of applications is March 1, 2012. The NRAO is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V).

Included Benefits: 

Medical and dental insurance, retirement benefits, vacation and sick leave accrual are just some of the benefits provided with this position.