e-Merlin Support Scientists (2 posts)

Closing Date : 10/07/2015
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : Available immediately until 01/04/2017
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
School/Directorate : School of Physics & Astronomy
Division : Physics and Astronomy School Office
Hours Per week : Full time
Salary : £30,434 to £37,394 per annum
Location : Jodrell Bank, Cheshire
Job Reference : E&PS-06133

Applications are invited to join the scientific support teams for Jodrell Bank Observatory and the e-MERLIN / VLBI National Facility.

Jodrell Bank Observatory (JBO) is part of the University of Manchester’s School of Physics and Astronomy and operates the 76-m Lovell Telescope and other large radio telescopes for astronomical research.

e-MERLIN is a network of seven large radio telescopes across the UK linked to a central operations and processing hub at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire.

These two roles will join the existing JBO / e-MERLIN scientific support teams who are responsible for the scientific operations of the telescopes and the e-MERLIN array. The roles will involve scheduling and operations of the array, quality control of the data, software and data processing pipeline development, data analysis, and scientific interaction with users of the facility.

You will carry out support duties for approximately 70% of your time, and will be expected and encouraged to pursue your own research, either independently or in collaboration with staff and students at JBO / Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA), becoming an active member of the scientific community at JBO / JBCA.

The e-MERLIN array has recently become operational to the scientific community and is the premier instrument in the world for very high sensitivity (microJansky) radio imaging at sub-arcsecond resolutions. The e-MERLIN upgrade increases the sensitivity of MERLIN by more than an order of magnitude, using new receivers and telescope electronics together with a dedicated optical fibre network to connect each telescope at a bandwidth of 30 Gb/s to a new correlator at JBO. The e-MERLIN / VLBI National Facility is operated by the Science and Technology Research Council and the University of Manchester for use by scientists world-wide.

The School of Physics & Astronomy is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School received a Bronze Award in 2013 for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:


Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Dr Simon Garrington, Director, e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility

Email: simon.garrington@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: 01477 571321


Dr Rob Beswick, e-MERLIN / VLBI scientist, JBO / JBCA

Email: Robert.Beswick@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: 0161 2750483

General enquiries:

Email: hrservices@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:

Email: universityofmanchester@helpmeapply.co.uk

Tel: 01565 818 234

Date of external posting: Wednesday 20 May 2015

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

Further particulars


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.