Located in a KARST-depression site in Guizhou Province, China, the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) is the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world. Enabled by more than 4000 active surface panels and a novel half-close-loop servo-mechanic measurement-control system (unique on this scale), FAST forms a mobile 300 meters parabolic surface in real time, making it the most sensitive telescope in the world between 70 MHz and 3 GHz. Since the first light in September of 2016, FAST team has discovered more than 10 new pulsars and is commissioning various key capabilities. Large surveys are being planned, including the Commensal Radio Astronomy FAST Survey (CRAFTS; Li et al. 2018 arxiv:1802.03709), which aims to obtain pulsar, HI imaging, HI galaxies, and FRB data streams simultaneously, for the first time, and to discovery more than 1000 new pulsars, hundreds of thousands of HI galaxies, obtain the best HI images of the northern sky and tens of FRBs. Serious challenges remain to fully realize such capabilities and potentials.
We seek candidates with rich experiences in observational radio astronomy, particularly in commissioning telescopes. The candidates should have a PhD degree of radio astronomy or related fields. The successful fellows will participate in the commissioning of FAST and expect to spend at least 9 months a year on FAST related activities. The salary is up to $10,000 per month, contingent upon experience. A travel and research grant will also be provided. The initial contract will be for two years, with the possibility of extension up to a total of five years, after which a transition to permanent staff status is possible.
Applicants who are interested in this position should submit a curriculum vitae, bibliography, three names of references to firstname.lastname@example.org. The review process will start in March of 2018. The application will remain open until filled.