We are looking for an internationally renowned scientist with a research focus on data-intensive radio astronomy and the study of time-dependent phenomena. The candidate should conduct research in one or more of the following areas: physics of pulsars, pulsar timing arrays, tests of fundamental physics, search for dark matter, study of fast radio bursts, physics of the ionosphere, space weather, and the interplanetary/stellar ionised medium, in particular study of scintillation and other radio wave propagation phenomena. In teaching, participation in basic education in physics as well as in education in astronomy and astrophysics.
The Faculty of Physics cooperates closely with the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn (AG Radioastronomische Fundamentalphysik) and is supported by the state of NRW via the project Big Bang to Big Data (B3D). This professorship is intended to strengthen both cooperations. A connection to the existing research foci at the faculty in the areas of cosmology and astroparticle physics, high-energy physics, and optics and photonics at the faculty is desired. Participation in the acquisition of new collaborative research initiatives is expected; integration into existing research initivatives is desired.
The Faculty of Physics is involved in the world's largest radio interferometer LOFAR and, together with the Hamburg Observatory, operates the LOFAR station DE609 in Norderstedt. It operates a data acquisition, compute and storage cluster at Forschungszentrum Jülich that is adapted to the needs of radio astronomy. It coordinates the German D-MeerKAT consortium and is a member of the German Long Wavelength consortium. The professorship is expected to participate in the operation and optimal use of these infrastructures. Participation in the development of the German participation in the Square Kilometre Array is desired.
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