Non-Imaging Processing Engineer

University of Manchester
10 Jan 2018
09 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The SKA will be the most sensitive radio telescope ever built and will play a major role in answering key questions in modern astrophysics and cosmology (see ). It will be one of a small number of cornerstone observatories across the electromagnetic spectrum that will transform our view of the Universe. The University of Manchester is one of three major UK university contributors to the SKA, together with Cambridge and Oxford, and its Jodrell Bank Observatory is the location of the international headquarters of the SKA Organization, the UK-based legal entity that directs the project. The University also operates the e-MERLIN interferometer which is an SKA Pathfinder instrument.

The Non-Imaging Processing Engineer will develop, prototype and verify designs of Non- imaging processing requirements of the Central Signal Processing (CSP) and Science Data Processing (SDP) sub-systems of the SKA to the point of construction readiness, following the standard system engineering procedures set out by the Office of the SKA Organisation. This will be to support the work between the completion of the Critical Design Review and the start of Construction.

The Manchester SKA Group is headed by Prof Keith Grainge and composed of a team of more than a dozen astronomers and engineers from the School of Physics and Astronomy (Jodrell Bank Observatory and Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics) and the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. SKA activity in Manchester encompasses the science case and a number of engineering developments including the hardware design, construction, and verification of the signal & data transport and synchronization & timing sub- systems, non-imaging processing for pulsars and transients, and aperture array receiver design. The University of Manchester leads an international Consortium on the signal & data transport and synchronization & timing. It also leads the international team developing the pulsar and fast transient search capabilities for the SKA and contributes strongly to the associated science case. The successful candidate would join a team including two academics and three engineers working directly on pulsar and fast transient work for the SKA.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post.
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