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e-MERLIN / VLBI Research Support Scientist
Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester Campus

Job reference: SAE-017142

Location: Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester Campus

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 16/08/2021

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum (according to experience)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

School/ Directorate: Department of Physics & Astronomy

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: Starting as soon as possible until 31 March 2023

We are pleased to announce the opportunity for a 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. This position will provide support for scientific users of the e-MERLIN facility, and contribute to operations and the ongoing development of this world class facility. The candidate 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. 

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The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School 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. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

We offer a wide range of benefits and support for employees to achieve a good work-life balance, including flexible and hybrid working arrangements, condensed hours and many family-friendly policies. Further information can be found at . We encourage prospective candidates to contact us to discuss any of these arrangements at any point.

Happy to talk flexible working.

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: Rob Beswick (Head of Science Operations and Support, e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility)

Name: Anna Scaife (Head of the Interferometric Centre of Exellence)

Name: Andrew Gordon (Operations Officer, Jodrell Bank Observatory)

General enquiries:

Technical support:

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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