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Postdoctoral Researcher for HARMONI: the E-ELT first light integral field spectrograph

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Postdoctoral Researcher for HARMONI: the E-ELT first light integral field spectrograph
Department of Physics (Astrophysics), Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble Road, Oxford
Grade 7: £30,738 - £37,768 p.a.
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant for HARMONI, the European Extremely Large Telescope’s first light integral field spectrograph.

The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 5 months, with no possibility of extension, commencing 1 August 2016. The post will be based in Oxford Astrophysics.

HARMONI has recently been approved as the first light spectrograph for the E-ELT. We are now carrying out the preliminary design of the instrument and are looking for a motivated researcher who will play a key role in defining the calibration and secondary guiding system for HARMONI, aided by its Natural and Laser Guide Adaptive Optics systems.

Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physics or a related field and ideally a strong background in integral field spectroscopy, particularly at near-infrared wavelengths. Previous experience with calibration systems for integral field spectrographs will be an advantage. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a good knowledge of adaptive optics using natural and laser guide stars.

The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct informal enquiries about the role to Dr Fraser Clarke (fraser [dot] clarke [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk).

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online.

Please read the “Person Specification and Job Description” before preparing your application. You will be required to upload a curriculum vita, a description of experience and interests and the names and addresses of two referees as part of your online application. In addition you should arrange for the two letters of reference to be sent to: Vanessa Ferraro-Wood (vanessa [dot] ferraro-wood [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk) by the closing date. Applications are acknowledged but not reference letters.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Thursday 12 May 2016.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification and apply online.

Application Deadline: 12 May 2016 by 12:00 midday


 

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