Lectureship in Radio Astronomy at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester

January 8, 2020, from Philippa Browning

Applications are invited for a Lectureship in Radio Astronomy for appointment in 2020.

We are seeking to appoint an astrophysicist with an outstanding record of research in the field of radio astronomy. In particular, we seek candidates with an outstanding record of exploiting radio interferometers, including long baseline arrays. At Manchester, you will join the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA). JBCA is one of the largest academic astronomy groups in Europe, studying a very broad range of astrophysical research, from Cosmology to Solar Physics. JBCA also operates both the 76-metre Lovell Telescope, and the UK national radio astronomy facility, e-MERLIN. Both of these facilities are located at Jodrell Bank Observatory, which hosts the Headquarters of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). JBCA plays a major role in supporting the activities of the European VLBI Network (EVN), and the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE).

The successful candidate is expected to be a radio astronomer of international standing, with an excellent track record in exploiting SKA pathfinder telescopes such as MeerKAT, JVLA, and, in particular, long-baseline facilities such as e-MERLIN, the International LOFAR Telescope (ILT), the EVN, and Global VLBI. Expertise in more than one of these areas, proven by high quality publications, will be of a particular interest. It is expected that the appointee will spend a significant fraction of their time exploiting local telescope facilities, more specifically e-MERLIN and the EVN. The appointee will also be encouraged to forge links with the wider international community, including the nearby SKA Observatory. The appointee is expected to be active in the SKA Science Working Groups, and in the longer term, early commissioning of the SKA1-mid telescope. The appointee will have academic teaching duties within the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and is expected to attract additional funding by securing competitive personal awards (e.g. ERCs, Consolidated Grant projects etc). There will be opportunities to supervise Masters and PhD students.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Professor Michael Garrett
Email: michael.garrett@manchester.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 275 4514

The full advert is available at: https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=18480