Research Assistant

Cardiff University - The Cardiff Astronomy Instrumentation Group

The Cardiff Astronomy Instrumentation Group (AIG) is seeking to employ a Research Assistant (RA) to assist in the development of a large format millimetre wave camera to be deployed on the Large Millimetre Telescope (LMT) in Mexico. This post is funded by RCUK through the Newton fund and is limited to 12 months. The main function of the post is to assist in the detector and focal plane design along with the associated room temperature and cryogenic readout components for the camera. The post will require you to work closely with the Principal Investigator (PI) as well as UK and Mexican based researchers to study and test a range of detector designs and focal plane architectures in order to supply the MUSCAT instrument with an optimised focal plane in order to maximise the instrument mapping speed. The specifications of the multiplexed readout depend heavily on the final detector array design and observing strategy, therefore you will be required to assist in the development of a FPGA based readout tailored to the specific requirements of the camera.

The MUSCAT cryogenic system will be built and tested throughout the duration of this post. It is expected that you will assist in the construction of the cryogenic system in order to gain knowledge and experience of the camera as a whole and fully understand the boundaries of the focal plane design.
Research Assistant.

The programme of work is funded on the basis of substantial technology and skills transfer between the UK and Mexico. You will be expected to collaborate with researchers from Mexico and assist in training and knowledge transfer of visiting researchers.

The Astronomical Instrumentation Group (AIG) is a research group within the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff and has over 30 staff working on the design, manufacture and commissioning of novel instrumentation for both ground-based and space-borne astronomical applications. Current projects include work on the proposed Japanese SPICA satellite for post HERSCHEL science follow up, the development of KID cameras for large telescopes (IRAM and LMT), development of KID arrays for space based applications, development of a compact high-Z imaging spectrometer, development of spectral/spatial interferometry for future space applications as well as contributing to a number of PI led ground based instruments. The participation in these projects is based on the group's on-going development of state-of-the-art technology for mm/submm instrumentation in the areas of filters, optics, cryogenics and detectors.

More information about this post may be obtained by contacting Dr Simon Doyle
For more information about working at Cardiff University please contact Miss Glesni Lloyd (

This post is full time and fixed term for 12 months.

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