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e-MERLIN / VLBI Research Support Scientist (up to 2 posts available)
Main University campus and Jodrell Bank

Job reference: S&E-14502

Location: Main University campus and Jodrell Bank

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 07/10/2019

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum depending on experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Physics & Astronomy

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: Initially 1 October 2019 until 31 March 2021 (expected extension to at least 2023)

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

We are pleased to announce the opportunity for up to two Research Support Scientist positions to join the e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility Science Operations and User Support group within the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA). 

We are seeking candidates with expertise in radio interferometric science and observations, observatory operations and/or data processing techniques. These positions will provide support for scientific users of the e-MERLIN facility, and contribute to operations and the ongoing development of this world class facility. You will be expected, and strongly encouraged, to also persue independent research. 

e-MERLIN is an SKA-Pathfinder instrument comprising of a network of seven large radio telescopes across the UK linked to a central operations and processing hub at Jodrell Bank Observatory (JBO), with an associated scientific support unit based in the Alan Turing Building, Manchester. The network of telescopes provides a world-leading facility for high resolution astronomical imaging at centimetre wavelengths. 

The e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility is operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the University of Manchester for use by the worldwide astronomy community. e-MERLIN is utilised by hundreds of scientists in the UK and around the world to investigate a wide range of astrophysical phenomena, from planet formation and stellar physics through to extragalactic starformation, jet astrophysics, gravitational lens studies and resolved imaging of high redshift galaxies. 

Further details can be obtained from our websites:

The Department of Physics & Astronomy is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The Department holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. 
Further information on the Department of Physics and Astronomy can be found at

We request candidates to include a document with a cover letter, CV and list of publications with their applications.

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

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:
Manager: Rob Beswick (Head of Science Operations and Support, e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility)
Administrative contact: Andrew Gordon (Operations Officer, Jodrell Bank Observatory)

General enquiries:
Tel:      0161 275 4499

Technical support:
Tel:  0161 850 2004

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

Please see link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria that you should address in your application.


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