Senior Researcher in Digital Receivers for Radio Astronomy

University of Oxford - Department of Physics

Applications are invited for a Senior Researcher in Receivers for Radio Astronomy. The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 2 years.

Oxford University is collaborating with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) to develop advanced radio astronomy instrumentation, as part of a programme funded by the Newton Fund for international development. This project aims to take digital systems developed for the Square Kilometre Array and apply them to create new digital backends for the Large Millimetre Telescope (LMT), a 50m telescope in Mexico. This will provide the Mexican astronomical community with a state-of-the-art research facility, and will also facilitate development goals of skills and knowledge transfer and human capital development. There will be the opportunity to also become involved in other radio astronomy instrumentation projects in Oxford, including the Square Kilometre Array, the C-Band All-Sky Survey, and future planned experiments in CMB foregrounds.

The successful candidate will work on the design and implementation of digital spectrometer backends for two receivers on the LMT. They will liaise with the Mexican PI at UNAM and supervise two Mexican postdocs, ensuring that knowledge and skills are transferred to the Mexican community. They will lead the commissioning of the digital systems in Mexico and the handing of the system over to the Mexican institutes for long-term operation. Applicants should possess a doctorate in physics, electrical engineering or a related field, with some postdoctoral experience. Experience with working with FPGA-based signal processing systems is essential, as is familiarity with RF and microwave test equipment and techniques. Previous experience with radio astronomy signal processing systems, electromagnetic simulation and CAD software packages would be an advantage. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the ability to independently manage a complex technical project with international collaborators, including managing budgets, and to communicate via papers, technical documents and presentations.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Angela Taylor (

You will be required to upload a statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 5 January 2018 can be considered.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here:

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