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Digital Systems Commissioning Engineer

Astrophysics

Applications are invited for an Engineer or applied Physicist to work in the Department of Physics at Oxford University on the commissioning of the high-speed digital signal processing system for the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.
The post is available initially for a fixed-term of 2 years, with the possibility of extension, subject to funding availability.
The successful candidate will work on the systems integration and commissioning of the prototype digital systems for the SKA-Low telescope, which will be a large phased-array system comprising thousands of antennas. This will involve integrating custom DSP hardware with high-speed networks and servers.
The international nature of the SKA project means they will be required to work closely with engineers and physicists from other research laboratories in the UK and abroad.

Applicants should be qualified to degree level or equivalent with significant experience in software and control systems and have the ability to take a large project through to completion.
A good background in high-speed communication protocols, network architectures and high-performance computing is essential with specific expertise in C++/Python being highly desirable. Ability to play a proactive role in meetings is essential, as is a readiness to undertake some foreign travel.

Please direct informal enquiries about the role to Prof Michael Jones
Mike [dot] Jones [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

To apply for this role and for further details, including a job description and selection criteria, please click on the following link:
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Only applications received before Monday 21st September 2015 can be considered. You will be required to upload a CV, supporting statement which explains how you meet the selection criteria for the post and details of two referees as part of your online application.

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

Application Deadline: 21 September 2015 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Astronomical Instrumentation for Extra-Solar Planet Characterisation

Astrophysics

Grade 7: 30,434 37,394 with a discretionary range to 40,847 p.a.
We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Astronomical Instrumentation for Extra-Solar Planet Characterisation. The Oxford Astrophysics instrumentation group has been involved in several large instrumentation projects over the last decade. We have led the design and development of some projects, and been partners in international consortia for others. We are looking for a motivated researcher who will widen the set of available skills by contributing to the design, assembly, integration, testing and exploitation of our astronomical instruments. They would add to the group?s expertise in one or more of the following areas: optics, mechanics, and software.

One project we are involved with is ELT-PCS, the Planetary Camera and Spectro-graph for the European Extremely Large Telescope, for which we investigate the use of both lenslet-array and image-slicer based integral field spectrographs. The successful candidate will set up a laboratory experiment to quantify the limitations on the contrast ratio that can be achieved with an image-slicer based integral field spectrograph.

The appointment is for a fixed-term of 2 years commencing as early as 1 December 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter and is based in Oxford Astrophysics. The successful candidate will have or be about to receive a PhD in a relevant area of astronomy, physics or engineering, have a demonstrated capacity for independent work and be capable of initiating research in a lively group. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach. A benefits package and a research budget for travel and other expenses will be provided.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. To apply for this role and for further details, including job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below.

Only applications received by 12.00 midday on 30 September 2015 can be considered.

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

Application Deadline: 30 September 2015 by 12:00 midday


 

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