Senior Researcher in Receivers for Radio Astronomy

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, December 1, 2017
Archive Date: 
Friday, December 29, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
University of Oxford
Department Name: 
Physics (Astrophysics)
Street Line 1: 
Denys Wilkinson Building
Street Line 2: 
Keble Road
City: 
Oxford
State/Province: 
Oxfordshire
Zip/Postal: 
OX1 3RH
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for a Senior Researcher in Digital Receivers for Radio Astronomy

The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 2 years.

Oxford University is collaborating with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) to develop advanced radio astronomy instrumentation, as part of a programme funded by the Newton Fund for international development. This project aims to take digital systems developed for the Square Kilometre Array and apply them to create new digital backends for the Large Millimetre Telescope (LMT), a 50-m telescope in Mexico. This will provide the Mexican astronomical community with a state-of-the-art research facility, and will also facilitate development goals of skills and knowledge transfer and human capital development. There will be the opportunity to also become involved in other radio astronomy instrumentation projects in Oxford, including the Square Kilometre Array, the C-Band All-Sky Survey, and future planned experiments in CMB foregrounds.

The successful candidate will work on the design and implementation of digital spectrometer backends for two receivers on the LMT. They will liaise with the Mexican PI at UNAM and supervise two Mexican postdocs, ensuring that knowledge and skills are transferred to the Mexican community. They will lead the commissioning of the digital systems in Mexico and the handing of the system over to the Mexican institutes for long-term operation.

Applicants should possess a doctorate in physics, electrical engineering or a related field, with some postdoctoral experience. Experience with working with FPGA-based signal processing systems is essential, as is familiarity with RF and microwave test equipment and techniques. Previous experience with radio astronomy signal processing systems, electromagnetic simulation and CAD software packages would be an advantage.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate the ability to independently manage a complex technical project with international collaborators, including managing budgets, and to communicate via papers, technical documents and presentations.

 

Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 5, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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HR Team
Institution/Company: 
University of Oxford
Department Name: 
Physics
Street Line 1: 
Clarendon Laboratory
Street Line 2: 
Parks Road
City: 
Oxford
State/Province: 
Oxfordshire
Zip/Postal Code: 
OX1 3PU
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Email: 
personnel@physics.ox.ac.uk
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Professor Angela Taylor
Subject: 
Senior Researcher in Digital Receivers for Radio Astronomy
Email: 
Angela.Taylor@physics.ox.ac.uk