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Assistant Software Engineer

Durham University - Physical and Environmental Sciences

Location: Durham
Salary: £29,605 to £36,024
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th April 2024
Closes: 13th April 2024
Job Ref: 24000522

The Role

Applications are invited for an Assistant Software Engineer in real-time control for Adaptive Optics (AO) systems for the ELT. The successful candidate will join the existing real-time control team working on these systems, led by Dr. Tim Morris. &#x202 F; 

Within this team, the candidate will be involved in all aspects of the development of the real-time control system. This will include: 

  • Working on low latency ‘hard’ real time control system for both HARMONI and MOSAIC, implementing and optimising the various adaptive optics control schemes required by the instruments on the selected hardware architecture. 
  • Development of the data, telemetry, command and control interfaces to match standards required by the observatory.
  • Working with a wide variety of hardware devices including high-speed cameras and deformable mirrors, and the candidate will be expected to develop and test software interfaces to these hardware devices. 
  • The applicant will also be expected to contribute to CfAI’s ongoing research program developing new software for techniques and technologies that will enable the next generation of adaptive optics real-time control systems. These will be for use not only within astronomy but also other fields such as laser communications or microscopy where adaptive optics can be used.
  • The applicant will have the opportunity to contribute to high quality publications in refereed journals as a result of participating new research areas within the field of real-time AO control.
  • When working on large instrumentation projects such as HARMONI and MOSAIC the applicant will be expected to contribute to any project deliverables (such as preparing design documentation or user manuals) and adhere to project software development standards.
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