Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Receiver Development for SKA

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 Receiver Development for SKA.

The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 24 months.

Oxford University is leading the development of the Band 3/4/5 feed package for the SKA-Mid telescope of the Square Kilometre Array. This cryogenic feed system will be fitted to the 133 SKA-Mid dishes, providing the SKA with up to five frequency bands. The initial project is to build and test a prototype feed package with two bands installed, and test it on the SKA prototype dish antenna in South Africa. There will also be the opportunity to become involved in a number of other projects in advanced radio astronomy instrumentation, including CMB foregrounds experiments, and new radio telescopes in Mexico and Thailand.

The successful candidate will work on modelling and testing the performance of the system components, and the integration and testing of the complete SKA receiver. This will also include modelling (using software such as GRASP) and testing of the receiver performance installed on an SKA dish antenna. They will also assist with the production of a full document set describing the receiver, ready for mass manufacture. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

Applicants should possess, or be 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. Previous experience with electromagnetic simulation and CAD software packages would be an advantage. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the ability to independently manage a development area within the overall project, to contribute to and communicate with SKA project 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
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
132309
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Professor Michael Jones
Subject: 
Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Receiver Development for SKA
Email: 
mike.jones@physics.ox.ac.uk