SKA South Africa and the DOME-SA collaboration, together with Rhodes University, Grahamstown is calling for applications for two post-doctoral fellowships in advanced algorithms for radio astronomy calibration and imaging. The following specific subject areas will be targeted:
Compressive sensing (CS) for interferometric calibration and imaging
Machine learning (ML) techniques in radio data processing, calibration and imaging
DOME-SA is an extension to the DOME collaboration between IBM and ASTRON in the Netherlands and is focused on exascale computing directed at the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). We seek to strengthen DOME-SA activities through these appointments. Rhodes University has established the Centre for Radio Astronomy Techniques and Technologies (RATT) based around the SKA Research Chair in RATT held by Prof Oleg Smirnov. RATT works in close collaboration with the Radio Astronomy Research Group (RARG) of SKA South Africa; these new post-doctoral positions (as well as a number of current RATT researchers) are based at SKA SA’s Cape Town offices. RATT conducts research into novel radio astronomy calibration, imaging, data analysis algorithms, software and techniques that are urgently required by the next generation of radio telescopes and by the science they are designed to deliver.
The candidate will be expected to work closely with other DOME and RATT researchers, as well as have the flexibility to travel overseas (ASTRON in the Netherlands, IBM research labs in Zurich, etc.) for up to one month at a time. Participation in observational programs with leading radio observatories (EVLA, LOFAR, E-MERLIN, GMRT, WSRT, ATCA, EVN, ALMA, ASKAP, etc.) will be encouraged, as well as collaboration with groups at South African universities that are actively involved in large surveys and projects using these instruments.
The basic term of appointment is two years, with a one-year extension subject to satisfactory progress. The positions are available from 1 August 2014, or from whenever a successful candidate is appointed. Please see the provided links for more details.