Senior Research Associate in Computing for Radio Astronomy (Fixed Term)

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Publish Date: 
Friday, January 31, 2020
Archive Date: 
Friday, February 28, 2020
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University of Cambridge
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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Senior Research Associate in Computing for Radio Astronomy (Fixed Term)

Department of Physics, Cambridge


Ref: KA22167

Applications are invited for a Senior Postdoctoral Research Position to work on petabyte-scale astronomy, the design of computing and software for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) observatory, and on advanced software techniques applied in general to astronomy as part of the Astrophysics Group at the Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics, University of Cambridge).

The candidate will be joining a diverse and dynamic group consisting of astronomers, computer scientists and engineers working on SKA as well as the SKA precursors and prototypes including eMERLIN. The SKA project is adopting the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) for software development and the candidate will receive training to work as part of an agile software development team. Critical areas to be explored are use of scalable data execution frameworks, fast buffering, astronomy workflow development and integration and algorithmic performance.

We are looking for a candidate with a PhD in astronomy, computer science, engineering or related disciplines. A good working knowledge of python software development is essential and C++/C desirable. Several years of experience working in the area of high performance computing or cluster computing, or working with data analysis frameworks, or parallel programming and analysis of astronomical data is expected for appointment at the Senior Research Associate level.

Applications will be reviewed after the closing date and interviews conducted within 1 month of that date. The candidate will ideally start as soon as possible.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30th September 2022 in the first instance. The work is expected to evolve into SKA Construction Activities.

The Senior Research Associate salary (grade 9) falls within the range £41,526 to £52,559.

To apply please follow:

Closing date: 24 February 2020

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

Informal enquiries can be addressed via email to Dr Jeremy Coles (j.coles

Please quote reference KA22167 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
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