The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment Fast Radio Burst (CHIME/FRB) Project (see www.chime-experiment.ca) seeks applications for a postdoctoral position to focus on developing very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) capability for the localization of radio transients.
CHIME/FRB is novel, digitally-driven radio telescope that is now the dominant instrument in discovering FRBs due to its unique combination of high sensitivity and wide field-of-view. We are now pursuing precise localizations of FRB sources using VLBI and “outrigger” telescopes situated across North America. The project will include the construction, commissioning, operations, and data analysis for the outrigger telescopes. Construction of the first of these outriggers will begin in fall 2020.
A successful candidate will hold a PhD and have published in a relevant field, including but not limited to observational FRB detection, very long baseline interferometry, pulsar astronomy, and general radio astronomy. The candidate must be technically minded, have strong programming skills, be goal oriented, a strong communicator, and able to work well in a team. Experience in data analysis, observations, and instrumentation are valued assets.
The position will be based in the MIT Department of Physics and MIT's Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. MIT is home to a large and vibrant astrophysics research community including 20 faculty and 40 long-term research scientists. MIT researchers are actively involved in LIGO, HERA, NICER, Chandra, and TESS.
MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. We encourage applications from qualified applicants of all sexual orientations and gender expressions, members of underrepresented minorities, Indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities.
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