Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, November 11, 2022
Archive Date: 
Friday, December 9, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Manchester
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

Reference number: SAE-020412

Location: Oxford Road

Salary: £34,308-£42,155 per annum depending on experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: 1 April 2023 – 31 March 2026


The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics seeks a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the area of instrumentation to work on the Simons Observatory:UK (SO:UK) project. Simons Observatory (SO) is a next-generation Cosmic Microwave Background observatory, comprised of a single large aperture telescope (LAT) and multiple small aperture telescopes (SATs). It is currently under construction in the Atacama Desert in Chile, with early science operations due to begin in 2023. SO:UK is a major UK contribution to SO. In addition to a significant contribution to the SO Data Management, SO:UK will deliver two additional SATs and a receiver system for the LAT. The University of Manchester is one of six UK universities that form the SO:UK collaboration and, amongst other contributions, will be assembling and testing one of the two SO:UK SATs.


The successful candidate will work with Prof. Lucio Piccirillo, Prof. Michael Brown and the wider SO:UK team – both at Manchester and across the UK institutes – to deliver this major instrumentation project. In particular, we are seeking to appoint an individual to work on two critical aspects/sub-systems of the instrument: setting requirements and validating the performance of the detector/readout combination, and implementation and testing of the rotation system for the Half-Wave Plate.


The starting date is 1 April 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The post will be available for three years in the first instance.


Applications should consist of a completed application form, an up-to-date CV and a Research Statement (maximum 2 pages).


As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.


Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here


Blended working arrangements may be considered.


Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.


Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Michael Brown

Email: [email protected]


General enquiries:

Email: [email protected]


Technical support:


Closing date: Midnight on the 9 December 2022.


Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


· SAE-020412 Research Associate FPs

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 9, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, December 9, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
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