Applications are invited for a full time Post-doctoral Research Assistant in the Astronomy & Astrophysics group at the University of Warwick. You will be working on the Gravitational-wave Optical Transient Observer project (GOTO) in collaboration with members of the group and its partners. GOTO is a planned wide-field robotic telescope that will be able to rapidly search large areas of the sky for transient optical sources. Its design is optimized to respond to gravitational wave events expected to be detected in the near future with the advanced LIGO and VIRGO arrays.
You will be expected to contribute to the deployment of a prototype facility and conduct extensive tests with this prototype in order to critically evaluate the design components of GOTO. You will contribute to the development of a data processing pipeline that can process the data stream from GOTO and allow for a rapid characterisation of the variable objects it detects.
The GOTO project is primarily supported via a Major Initiative of the Warwick-Monash Alliance. This 3-year position is one of two that will be advertised simultaneously, the other based at Monash University. You will be required to travel regularly to both the prototype infra-structure as well as Monash University (Melbourne, Australia). Candidates wishing to be considered for both positions will need to apply to both opportunities.
You must hold, or be about to obtain, a Ph.D. degree in a relevant discipline.
Experience with optical instrumentation and/or time-domain optical data analysis is highly desired.
Informal enquiries about this post should be directed to Danny Steeghs (firstname.lastname@example.org)