Reports To: SKA Science Director
Term: This is a 3-year term appointment
Submission of applications: Email to email@example.com. See final paragraph for details of how to apply.
Location: SKA Organisation, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire, UK
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a global project to build a multi-purpose radio telescope that will play a major role in answering key questions in modern astrophysics and cosmology. It will be one of a small number of cornerstone observatories around the world that will provide astrophysicists and cosmologists with a transformational view of the Universe. The SKA will be constructed in two distinct phases. The major science goals for the first phase (SKA1) will be to study the history and role of neutral Hydrogen in the Universe from the dark ages to the present-day, and to employ pulsars as probes of fundamental physics.
The SKA Organisation is headquartered in a purpose-built building at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, UK.
The Office of the SKA Organisation (“SKA Office”) leads the SKA system design and oversees the detailed design being undertaken within the globally distributed SKA work packages (WPs). The project is currently preparing for the System Critical Design Review (CDR) and the development of the construction proposal, to be ready to start the construction phase in 2020. To accomplish this goal the SKA Office employs highly qualified scientists and engineers, project managers and system engineers. The SKA Science Team safeguards the scientific capabilities of the telescope design and is currently staffed by a Science Director and four Project Scientists. Please have a look at the astronomer’s portal to the SKA web site for more information: https://astronomers.skatelescope.org/
This position will play a major role in developing solutions for the SKA Science Data Challenge, and in collaboration with existing Science Team members, this initiative aims to release increasingly realistic simulated SKA datasets and data products to the international scientific user community with a six-month cadence. This individual will have a PhD in Astrophysics, as well as significant experience and expertise in interferometric image processing and simulation.
Familiarity with the major interferometric calibration and imaging packages (such as AIPS, Miriad, CASA) is essential, together with Python scripting skills and the ability to install, maintain and customise software packages in a cluster environment.
Programming expertise and experience with Code Optimisation for GPUs and multi-processor CPUs is highly desirable. The role will provide the opportunity for 25 percent independent research.
Mandatory Qualifications, Experience & Knowledge
- A PhD or equivalent, in Astronomy, Physics or a closely related field
- Significant familiarity with the major calibration and imaging packages used in Radio Astronomy (AIPS, Miriad, CASA)
- Significant familiarity with the underlying algorithms used in calibration and imaging in Radio Astronomy
- Experience with installation, maintenance and customisation of astronomical software packages in a Linux/Unix/MacOSX environment
- Experience with Python Scripting
Desirable Qualifications, Experience & Knowledge
The following are highly desirable:
- Expertise in Software Programming
- Expertise in Code Optimization for multi-processor CPUs
- Expertise in Code Optimization for GPUs
For more information on the SKA project visit http://www.skatelescope.org. The SKA Organisation offers a competitive salary, a generous company pension scheme and other benefits, including a flexible working environment. The successful applicant’s workplace will be located at the SKA Office’s new headquarters in Jodrell Bank Observatory.
How to apply:
Please send a CV (including your current remuneration) and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting reference PD05. Applications should include a summary of scientific accomplishments, project experience, a resume and the names of at least three professional references. Closing date for receipt of applications is 28th December 2018.
SKA Organisation is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. Our aim to is recruit and retain the most talented individuals, regardless of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or nationality.
At all stages of the recruitment process and beyond, we strive to treat applicants and employees with a high standard of care, honesty and politeness.
Women have traditionally been under-represented in the fields of science and engineering; SKA Organisation welcomes and encourages female applicants.
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