Research Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Physics

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 April 2019 in the first instance.

A position is open for a Research Associate as part of the Astrophysics Group funded by the ASTERICS EC Horizon2020 Research Project at the Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, in the group of Professor Paul Alexander.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in quantitative analysis of large volume scientific data including a PhD in a relevant area.

Experience with radio astronomy, interferometric data reduction, software engineering (in C++ and/or Python), "big-data" analysis systems (such as Apache Spark) will be advantageous.

This is one of the European Commission's flagship initiatives to connect all of the European strategic Astronomy projects (CTA, SKA and KM3NeT) as well as many of the pathfinder and related international projects such as EUCLID, LSST, VIRGO/EGO, LOFAR, e-VLBI, HESS, MAGIC and ANTARES. The University is a stakeholder in HERA, an SKA precursor experiment in South Africa, in which the post holder will be expected to be involved. The holder of the role will therefore gain a deep understanding of most of the major forthcoming European astronomy projects and will be well positioned for either astronomical or technical careers within the European and international astronomy communities. The University's involvement in this programme is developing and scientifically demonstrating techniques to interpret the very large datasets expected from the next generation of flagship observatories. The focus is on statistical techniques, efficient handling of large datasets and linking observations across different observatories and wavelengths (i.e. multi-wavelength and multi-messenger astronomy.

The ability to work both as part of a team, and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organisational and problem solving skills are required.

The duties/responsibilities of this post include developing and driving research objectives, developing software and implanting pipelines for analysis of data, writing up work for presentation and publication, collaborating with industrial partners, assisting in the supervision of student research projects, and delivering seminars and occasional talks as outlined on the Further Information Document.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applicants should provide a CV, including contact details of two referees, and a covering letter describing their suitability for the role.

For further information contact Mrs Karen Scrivener at

Please quote reference KA10691 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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