THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
FACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES
SCHOOL OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE in mm-waves ASTRONOMICAL INSTRUMENTATION
Salary: £29,837 to £36,661 per annum
The University of Manchester, in collaboration with four other European institutes, has been awarded a contract from the European Space Agency (ESA) to study the RF/optical coupling of future mmm / sub-mm large focal planes. The main application would be for a potential successor to the Planck mission such as the COrE project. The aims are to study various RF configurations including optics, antennas (feedhorn and planar antennas), polarisation discrimination and detector coupling. Once a configuration has been selected, a demonstrator will be manufactured and tested.
The aim of this role is to develop innovative and high performance RF components and systems for the next generation of astronomical instruments. You will be involved in all aspects of the development and testing of these studies, from the overall concept study, to the RF modelling of the various concepts, the manufacture and the testing of the selected technologies. We will expect you to participate actively and to lead the writing of regular reports for ESA and publication of results in conference and peer-reviewed journals. You will be responsible for performing the RF modelling of antennas, OMTs, quasi-optical components and systems, using commercial software packages such as HFSS, FEKO or GRASP. Your other main activity will be to plan, develop and perform the necessary RF tests that will be performed at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA) and Jodrell Bank Observatory (JBO) using our equipment such as a Vector Network Analyser and also to take part in the tests in other international institutes. We will expect you to coordinate some of our activities and liaise with our partners such as Maynooth University (Ireland), Rome University (Italy), Chalmers (Sweden) and the APC (France).
The appointment is available from 1 March 2014 and is for a period of 36 months.
The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
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Closing date: 31 January 2014