A compsoc member, John Swinbank <swinbank(a)transientskp.org>, asked
for this message to be forwarded:
Applications are invited for two software developer positions, one at
PhD student level and one at postdoc level, to join a team of in total 9
postdocs and PhD students to work on the AARTFAAC project (see
www.aartfaac.org). AARTFAAC is a project to extend the LOFAR radio
telescope (www.lofar.org) with an all-sky monitor operating in the
30-80MHz band, funded through an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant to
prof. Wijers (University of Amsterdam), and to exploit both LOFAR and
this extension to study extreme radio transients observationally and
theoretically. It will be executed jointly by the University of
Amsterdam (UvA) and ASTRON (Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy).
The project aims to open up new discovery space for very rare transient
sources by imaging all the sky, all the time, and to break new ground in
the realm of fast, near-real time wide field radio imaging.
For the postdoc/developer position we require an MSc, PhD or equivalent
experience in Computer Science, Astronomy, or a closely related field,
and affinity with cutting-edge computer applications to practical
Science. The position will be based at the University of Amsterdam. Good
knowledge is required of C++, Python, and Linux/Unix, and some
experience in designing and developing software in the context of an
astronomical or applied-science environment. The candidate must be
flexible in working with colleagues in an environment of changing
requirements as the project progresses, and be a team player. Salary is
on pay scales 9 or 10 of UvA, i.e., in the range €35,000-52,000 /year
gross with good benefits.
The PhD position is for research into fast imaging algorithms on
extremely large radio astronomical data streams, and finding optimal
combinations of hardware architectures and algorithms for such
computations. The student will be based mostly at ASTRON (Dwingeloo, the
Netherlands), but enrolled in the University of Amsterdam PhD programme.
The candidate should have an MSc in Computer Science or Astronomy or
closely related field, with affinity for the technical aspects of
astronomical computing, with a clear bent to scientific application of
algorithms. Knowledge of C++, Python, and Linux/Unix are highly desired,
and the candidate must be a team player interested in working within the
project to immediately test newly developed algorithms on real data.
Both positions are open to people from non-traditional career tracks,
and will start between February and September 2011. Evaluation of
candidates will start on January 15 and will continue until the
positions are filled. Candidates should send a motivation letter, CV,
and 2-3 letters of recommendation to secr-astro-science(a)uva.nl. Further
inquiries about the positions can be made with Prof. Ralph Wijers
(Ralph.Wijers(a)uva.nl) or Dr. John Swinbank (swinbank(a)transientskp.org).
Dominic Hargreaves | http://www.larted.org.uk/~dom/
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