HARMONI Spectrograph Lead Scientist / Engineer

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Publish Date: 
Friday, November 12, 2021
Archive Date: 
Friday, December 17, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
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: 

Department of Physics, Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble Road, Oxford

Grade 8: £42,149 – £50,296 per annum

Applications are invited for an experienced instrumentation specialist to fulfil the role of HARMONI Spectrograph Lead Scientist / Engineer

The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of  4 years, subject to project completion timescales.

The European Southern Observatory’s Extremely Large Telescope (ESO ELT) will be the world’s largest visible/infrared telescope ( https://elt.eso.org/  ). With a primary mirror diameter of 39 m, it will have nearly as much light collecting area as all the world’s telescopes built to date, combined. HARMONI (https://elt.eso.org/instrument/HARMONI ) is the first light spectrograph for the ELT, providing visible and near-infrared integral field spectroscopy, assisted by laser star and natural star adaptive optics.

The successful candidate will provide technical leadership, co-ordination, and guidance to the spectrograph technical team. You will be responsible for ensuring technical compliance with the sub-system requirements throughout the Manufacturing, Assembly, Integration and Test (MAIT) phase, culminating in delivery of the fully tested spectrograph assemblies to UKATC, Edinburgh for installation in the integral field spectrograph (IFS) cryostat. The ideal candidate will be capable of combining formal project reporting/monitoring duties with hands-on expertise in the laboratory, and be able to ensure all aspects of the spectrograph function together as a coherent unit.

Applicants should possess a professional degree at Masters or Doctoral level in Physics / Engineering, and significant post-qualification experience actively engaged with designing, building and commissioning cryogenic instruments, preferably for astronomical applications. (the appointment level will be tailored to the experience and qualification level).

Further details of the responsibilities, essential and desirable criteria can be found in the Job Description.

The appointment is at Grade 8, but consideration will be given to underfill the post at Grade 7 with the appropriate adjustment in duties, based on amount of experience and degree qualification level.

Previous experience as an instrumentation specialist engaged in the design, build and commissioning of cryogenic instruments, preferably for astronomical applications.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate experience in working with cryogenic instruments. We also expect the candidate to possess expertise in specialist instrumentation at visible or near-infrared wavelengths.

The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach (subject to University guidelines of degree qualifications).

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Niranjan Thatte ([email protected] )

Only applications received before midday 20 December 2021 can be considered. You will be required to upload a letter of application/supporting statement, CV and details of three referees as part of your online application.

Please provide details of three professional referees and it is the applicants responsibility to ask their referees to send letters of reference directly to  [email protected] by the closing date of this advert, 20 December 2021. Reference letters will be acknowledged.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 20, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Vanessa Ferraro-Wood
Title: 
Mrs
Institution/Company: 
University of Oxford
Department Name: 
Physics (Astrophysics)
Street Line 1: 
Denys Wilkinson Building
Street Line 2: 
Keble Road
Street Line 3: 
Oxford
City: 
Oxford
State/Province: 
Oxfordshire
Zip/Postal Code: 
OX1 3RH
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Phone: 
07969836011
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
154479
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Attention To: 
Professor Niranjan Thatte
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HARMONI Spectrograph Lead Scientist / Engineer - Enquiry