The Radio Astronomy Group at Victoria University of Wellington is looking for a postdoctoral fellow to work on radio observations of galaxy clusters with the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) and the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP). The MWA is a next generation low frequency radio telescopes in Western Australia, the instrument is currently undergoing final commissioning and is expected to commence full operation in mid 2013. The project is a collaboration between institutions from Australia, the US, India and New Zealand and VUW is the lead NZ institution for the MWA. Both MWA and ASKAP, which is being constructed on the same site, are official precursors to the Square Kilometre Array.
The successful candidate will work with a team of students and postdocs in the radio astronomy group on a project to understand the generation of diffuse radio emission in galaxy clusters. This is an exciting opportunity to support New Zealand’s rapidly growing interest in radio astronomy, work on with world class telescopes and enjoy the benefits of living in Wellington – one of the most liveable cities in the world.
The appointee should have experience in radio interferometry and a willingness to participate in the scientific and/or technical work associated with observations of galaxy clusters. Further details can be found online at: http://vacancies.vuw.ac.nz/positiondetail.asp?p=6405
Interested candidates are welcome to contact Dr Melanie Johnston-Hollitt (Melanie.Johnston-Hollitt@vuw.ac.nz) for further information.
Please note online applications are the preferred method of applying and postal or email applications should only be used in exceptional circumstances.