Applications are invited for a Senior Researcher in Receiver Development for SKA
The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 2 years.
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 be responsible for managing the overall integration and testing of the prototype SKA receiver, and for leading the testing of the prototype receiver on an SKA dish antenna. They will also lead the production of a full document set describing the receiver, ready for mass manufacture. They will also research novel implementations of the RF components (especially feed horns and OMTs) for the additional proposed bands 3, 4 and 5c.
Applicants should possess a doctorate in physics, electrical engineering or a related field, with proven experience with working with cryogenic radio receivers and 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.
The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.