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Research Assistant/Associate in Computing for Radio Astronomy x 2 (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Research Positions to work on petabyte-scale astronomy, the design of computing and software for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) observatory, and on advanced software techniques applied in general to astronomy as part of the Astrophysics Group at the Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics, University of Cambridge).

The candidates will be joining a diverse and dynamic group consisting of astronomers, computer scientists and engineers working on SKA as well as the SKA precursors and prototypes including eMERLIN. Critical areas to be explored are use of scalable data execution frameworks, fast buffering, astronomy workflow development and integration and algorithmic performance. Software development will be carried out using a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) approach.

We are looking for candidates with a PhD in astronomy, computer science, engineering or related disciplines. Knowledge of python software development is essential and C++/C desirable. Experience of high performance computing or cluster computing, data analysis frameworks, parallel programming and analysis of astronomical data will be an advantage.

Applications will be reviewed after the closing date and interviews conducted within 1 month of that date.

Fixed-term: The posts will be fixed term appointments until 30th September 2022 in the first instance.

Appointment at research associate level is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience). For those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD, appointment will initially be made at research assistant level and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded. The research assistant salary (grade 5) falls within the range £26,243 to £30,395. The research associate (grade 7) salary falls within the range £32,236 to £39,609.

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Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

Informal enquiries can be addressed via email to Dr Jeremy Coles (j.coles@

Please quote reference KA22073 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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