POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN OBSERVATIONAL RADIO ASTRONOMY AND RADIO ASTRONOMY TECHNIQUES & TECHNOLOGIES
The Rhodes University Centre for Radio Astronomy Techniques & Technologies (RATT) is calling for applications for 3-year postdoctoral fellowships in observational radio astronomy and/or radio astronomy techniques and technologies. RATT was established around the eponymous SKA Research Chair at Rhodes held by Prof Oleg Smirnov. In collaboration with the Radio Astronomy Research Group (RARG) of the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO, Cape Town, South Africa), RATT conducts research into novel radio astronomy calibration, imaging, data analysis algorithms, software and techniques that are urgently required by the next generation of radio telescopes and by the science they are designed to deliver, with a particular focus on MeerKAT data processing. Most RATT-affiliated researchers are members of the various MeerKAT Large Survey Projects, and are leading and/or are actively involved in the MeerKAT open time proposals from the first two calls.
We are looking for two types of candidates: observational radio astronomers with experience in data reduction and a strong interest in novel techniques, algorithms and software, or mathematicians and/or signal processing specialists with an interest in developing algorithms and software for radio astronomy. The ideal candidate will have proven software development skills and will be motivated to develop and/or validate new radio data processing algorithms. The candidates will be able to (and will be expected to) spend a significant fraction of their time on their own research projects, with a strong focus on MeerKAT science. Collaboration with other institutions worldwide, and participation in observational programs with leading radio observatories (EVLA, LOFAR, E-MERLIN, GMRT, WSRT, ATCA, EVN, ALMA, ASKAP, etc.) will be actively encouraged, as will collaboration with groups at South African universities.
The positions will be based at Rhodes University (Makhanda/Grahamstown) and/or at SARAO (Cape Town). The value of the fellowship will be pegged at the standard SARAO post-doctoral bursary level, and adjusted annually for inflation. The 2021 level is ZAR 410,000 p.a., tax-free. Additional equipment and travel funding will be available as necessary. The appointment is for two years, with a one-year extension subject to satisfactory progress.
Suitable candidates may also be offered a joint fellowship with Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, UK) in advanced algorithms for radio astronomy imaging. This fellowship will focus on developing radio imaging algorithms in collaboration with the Biomedical and Astronomical Signal Processing research group (BASP, Prof Wiaux) at Heriot-Watt. The fellow will be expected to spend extended periods at HWU, and travel funding to support this will be available.
Expressions of interest and applications should be sent by e-mail to Prof Smirnov (firstname.lastname@example.org). The application should consist of a single PDF including a motivation letter, CV, publication list, and names of 3 references. Screening of candidates will start in March 2021, and will continue until the positions are filled.
Rhodes University, together with the South African Square Kilometre Array Project (SKA SA) is calling for applications to fill post-doctoral fellowships in the field of advanced algorithms for radio astronomy calibration and imaging.
Rhodes University has established the Centre for Radio Astronomy Techniques and Technologies (RATT) based around the SKA Research Chair in RATT held by Prof Oleg Smirnov. RATT works in close collaboration with the Radio Astronomy Research Group (RARG) of SKA South Africa. One post-doctoral fellowship will be based at Rhodes University, and one at SKA SA’s Cape Town offices. RATT & RARG conduct research into novel radio astronomy calibration, imaging, data analysis algorithms, software and techniques that are urgently required by the next generation of radio telescopes and by the science they are designed to deliver. SKA SA is currently designing and constructing the MeerKAT Radio Telescope in the Karoo Region of the Northern Cape Province. MeerKAT is a world-class radio telescope and is designed to do groundbreaking science. Via MeerKAT, South Africa is playing a leading role in the design and technology developments of the international Square Kilometre Array project. With MeerKAT Array Release 1 (16 dishes) already online as of July 2016, and the full array scheduled to be operational in 2017, this is a very exciting time to be joining the project.
We are looking for two kinds of candidates to fill the above positions: radio astronomers with a strong background in techniques, algorithms and software, or mathematicians and/or signal processing specialists with a strong background in computing science. The positions therefore require a PhD in one of the related disciplines (astronomy, astrophysics, signal processing, mathematics, applied mathematics, CS). The ideal candidate will have proven software development skills, and will have a strong interest in the development of new theoretical and applied techniques, and in the applications of these to drive new science with current and future observatories.
The successful candidates will be expected to collaborate closely with other RATT/RARG researchers and with the MeerKAT commissioning team, as well as participate in observational programs with leading radio observatories (JVLA, LOFAR, E-MERLIN, GMRT, WSRT, ATCA, EVN, ALMA, ASKAP, etc.) In addition to their own research, the post-doctoral fellows will be expected to supervise and co-supervise PhD and MSc students at RATT.
The value of the fellowships is fixed at the standard SKA SA post-doctoral bursary level, which (as of 2016) is ZAR 330,000 per annum, tax-free, and revised annually. Additional equipment and travel funding will be available. The appointment is for two years, with a one-year extension subject to satisfactory progress.
Interested candidates should submit a CV, bibliography, brief summary of research, and three letters of recommendation by December 1, 2016. Applications will start to be considered from that date until the positions are filled. Inquiries, applications and letters of recommendation should be sent to Oleg Smirnov, email@example.com.