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For further information on each post, and details of how to apply, please see the links below to the University of Manchester Jobs website.

The School of Physics & Astronomy 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 and applicants requiring flexible working hours (including part-time) are encouraged. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit www.physics.manchester.ac.uk/about-us/equality-and-diversity/.

Non-Imaging Processing Engineer

Closing Date : 08/02/2018
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : 1 February 2018 until 31 March 2019
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering 
School/Directorate : School of Physics & Astronomy
Division : Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics
Hours Per week : Full Time
Salary : £31,604 -£38,833 per annum
Location : Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester Campus
Job Reference : S&E-11222
 

The SKA will be the most sensitive radio telescope ever built and will play a major role in answering key questions in modern astrophysics and cosmology (see www.skatelescope.org). It will be one of a small number of cornerstone observatories across the electromagnetic spectrum that will transform our view of the Universe. The University of Manchester is one of three major UK university contributors to the SKA, together with Cambridge and Oxford, and its Jodrell Bank Observatory is the location of the international headquarters of the SKA Organization, the UK-based legal entity that directs the project. The University also operates the e-MERLIN interferometer which is an SKA Pathfinder instrument.

The Non-Imaging Processing Engineer will develop, prototype and verify designs of Non- imaging processing requirements of the Central Signal Processing (CSP) and Science Data Processing (SDP) sub-systems of the SKA to the point of construction readiness, following the standard system engineering procedures set out by the Office of the SKA Organisation. This will be to support the work between the completion of the Critical Design Review and the start of Construction.

The Manchester SKA Group is headed by Prof Keith Grainge and composed of a team of more than a dozen astronomers and engineers from the School of Physics and Astronomy (Jodrell Bank Observatory and Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics) and the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. SKA activity in Manchester encompasses the science case and a number of engineering developments including the hardware design, construction, and verification of the signal & data transport and synchronization & timing sub- systems, non-imaging processing for pulsars and transients, and aperture array receiver design. The University of Manchester leads an international Consortium on the signal & data transport and synchronization & timing. It also leads the international team developing the pulsar and fast transient search capabilities for the SKA and contributes strongly to the associated science case. The successful candidate would join a team including two academics and three engineers working directly on pulsar and fast transient work for the SKA.

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. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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

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: Ben Strappers

Email: ben.strappers@manchester.ac.uk

General enquiries:

Email: hrservices@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:

Email: universityofmanchester@helpmeapply.co.uk

Tel: 0161 850 2004

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

Research Associate in Machine Learning for Radio Astronomy

Closing Date : 08/02/2018
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : 01 February 2018 until 31 January 2019
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering 
School/Directorate : School of Physics & Astronomy
Division : Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics
Hours Per week : Full Time
Salary : £31,604 - £38,833 per annum
Location : Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester Campus
Job Reference : S&E-11221
 
In this role, you will work within the Manchester team at JBCA-ICE designing and developing recommendations for the European SKA regional centre as part of the AENEAS project. Your specific role will be to develop the design considerations for post-processing of radio data, in particular with respect to machine learning and computer vision applications for science exploitation. You will work directly with real radio data and will be expected to demonstrate applications in a cloud-based environment, incorporating both public and private cloud. You should have significant pre-existing experience with radio imaging for next generation telescopes, such as LOFAR, as well as demonstrated experience with a range of machine learning techniques. Experience of cloud-based, grid-based processing and/or distributed computing is also desirable.  You should have a good overview of the potential science applications for the SKA and be prepared to develop the design of machine learning techniques independently in directions that will support this science. You will also work with the SKA SDP consortium to review and update documentation relevant to the design of the SDP, which will inform the data products expected to be received by the SKA regional centres.

The JBCA Interferometry Centre of Excellence (ICE) supports research into novel and improved techniques for extracting the maximum amount of information from radio interferometric data. This includes the fields of calibration, image formation and scientific interpretation. JBCA-ICE incorporates technical research and design work for both the SKA and AENEAS projects, as well as support for a range of other radio facilities around the world.

The objective of the AENEAS project is to develop a concept and design for a distributed, federated European Science Data Centre (ESDC) to support the astronomical community in achieving the scientific goals of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The scientific potential of the SKA radio telescope is unprecedented and represents one of the highest priorities for the international scientific community. By the same token, the large scale, rate, and complexity of data the SKA will generate, present challenges in data management, computing, and networking that are similarly world-leading. SKA Regional Centres (SRC) like the ESDC will be a vital resource to enable the community to take advantage of the scientific potential of the SKA. Within the tiered SKA operational model, the SRCs will provide essential functionality that is not currently provisioned within the directly operated SKA facilities. AENEAS brings together all the European member states currently part of the SKA project as well as potential future EU SKA national partners, the SKA Organisation itself, and a larger group of international partners including the two host countries Australia and South Africa.

The School of Physics & Astronomy 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 to achieve a good work-life balance.  We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit.  For further information, please visit   http://www.physics.manchester.ac.uk/about-us/equality-and-diversity/

 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: Prof Anna Scaife

Email: anna.scaife@manchester.ac.uk

General enquiries:

Email: hrservices@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:

Email: universityofmanchester@helpmeapply.co.uk

Tel: 0161 850 2004

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

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