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Pulsars & Fast Transients Firmware & Software Engineer
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-019479

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 30/11/2022

Salary: £34,308 to £42,155 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Physics & Astronomy

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: Available asap until 31 December 2024 (possible extension with further funding)

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

The Pulsar & Fast Transients Software & Firmware Development and Research team is seeking to appoint a Software Engineer. This team is based within the Pulsar and Time Domain Astrophysics (PTDA) group at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA). The PTDA group is one of the largest pulsar research groups globally and has an impressive track record of discoveries and high-impact publications. JBCA is actively involved in programs with MeerKAT, including MeerTRAP and TRAPUM. The University of Manchester is also playing a leading role in the development of software, firmware and algorithms for pulsar and fast transient searches (as part of the Pulsar Search System/PSS team) with the Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO).

In this role, you will work as part of the world-class team of researchers and software developers within the PSS team to develop firmware, software and algorithms for pulsar and fast transient research for the SKAO. The post requires someone who has demonstrated experience with high-performance computing on high-specification hardware (including FPGAs) in a real-time computing environment. The successful post-holder will work with Prof Ben Stappers and a team of developers with international industry and academia background and experience.

This post is available as soon as possible until the end of 2024 in the first instance. Please see the job description for specific details on applicant requirements.

The University is committed to Athena SWAN principles to promote women in science; the University’s website documenting activity in this area can be found at:

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered         

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Ben Stappers


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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