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Research Associate in Pulsar and Fast Transients Software Development and Research for the SKA
Sackville Street, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-018551

Location: Sackville Street, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 04/01/2023

Salary: £34,308-£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: Fixed Term available asap until 31 December 2024

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

We are seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Pulsar and Fast Transients Software Development and Research to work within the Pulsar and Time Domain Astrophysics (PTDA) group at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA) for the SKA. The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA), located within the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Manchester, has a long history of pulsar astrophysics. We operate the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank, which has been involved in the observation of pulsars since their discovery; pulsar researchers at Manchester have been involved in the discovery of more than half of all known pulsars. The Pulsar, Exoplanet and Transients research group at JBCA is one of the largest pulsar research groups in the world and has an established track record of high-impact publications. The JBCA is actively involved in programs with MeerKAT, including MeerTRAP and TRAPUM. You would be part of the team at the University of Manchester that is playing a leading role in the development of software and algorithms for pulsar and fast transient searches with the Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO).

In this role, you will work 60% of your time as part of the world-class team of researchers and software developers within the PSS team, developing software and algorithms for pulsar and fast transient research for the SKAO. You will spend 40% of your time on research related to pulsar and fast transients’ searches with the SKA. We are looking for someone with demonstrated experience encompassing high performance computing on high specification hardware in a real-time computing environment. In particular, we are interested in applicants who have experience of modern coding practices and software techniques. You will work with Professor Ben Stappers who leads the MeerTRAP, TRAPUM and PSS-SKA teams at the University of Manchester and be a member of a team that includes industry figures and contributors from around the world.

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 closing date for applications is (4th January 2023)

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.          

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


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