Postdoctoral Research Assistant 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 Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Receivers for Radio Astronomy

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

As part of a programme funded by the Newton Fund for international development, Oxford University is collaborating with several institutions in Mexico to convert a 32-m ex-telecoms antenna at Tulancingo, Mexico, to a radio telescope. 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.

The successful candidate will work on the design and implementation of a cryogenic receiver system, including a digital backend, for the Tulancingo telescope, and will lead organising and delivering a set of training sessions for Mexican engineers and scientists in Oxford and in Mexico.  They will the lead the commissioning of the receiver in Mexico and the handing of the system over to the Mexican institutes for long-term operation.

Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining, a doctorate in physics, electrical engineering or a related field. Experience with working with cryogenic radio receivers is essential, as is familiarity with RF and microwave test equipment and techniques, and previous experience with FPGA systems.

Previous experience with satellite communications antennas, electromagnetic simulation and CAD software packages would be an advantage. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the ability to independently manage their role within the overall project, including managing the receiver development budget, to communicate via papers, technical documents and presentations.

The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 5, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
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
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
132225
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Professor Angela Taylor
Subject: 
Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Receivers for Radio Astronomy
Email: 
Angela.taylor@physics.ox.ac.uk