Senior Researcher in Receiver Development for SKA

University of Oxford - Department of Physics

Applications are invited for a Senior Researcher in Receiver Development for the Square Kilometre Array. The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 2 years.

Oxford University is leading the development of the Band 3/4/5 feed package for the SKA-Mid telescope of the Square Kilometre Array. This cryogenic feed system will be fitted to the 133 SKA-Mid dishes, providing the SKA with up to five frequency bands. The initial project is to build and test a prototype feed package with two bands (5a and 5b) installed, and test it on the SKA prototype dish antenna in South Africa. There will also be the opportunity to become involved in a number of other projects in advanced radio astronomy instrumentation, including CMB foregrounds experiments, and new radio telescopes in Mexico and Thailand. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the overall integration and testing of the prototype SKA receiver, and for leading the testing of the prototype receiver on an SKA dish antenna. They will also lead the production of a full document set describing the receiver, ready for mass manufacture. They will also research novel implementations of the RF components (especially feed horns and OMTs) for the additional proposed bands 3, 4 and 5c.

Applicants should possess a doctorate in physics, electrical engineering or a related field, with proven experience with working with cryogenic radio receivers and RF and microwave test equipment and techniques. Previous experience with electromagnetic simulation and CAD software packages would be an advantage. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the ability to independently manage a technical project, to contribute to and communicate with SKA project via papers, technical documents and presentations.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Michael Jones (

You will be required to upload a brief 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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