Working for the Centre

The e-Research Centre offers a vibrant, friendly, inclusive and flexible working environment.

We encourage our staff to become involved in a wide range of activities internally, in the wider University and beyond. All staff are able to explore their career development and aspirations as part of an annual PDR process, which is also a suitable forum for seeking additional training, guidance or support. The Centre will support flexible working arrangements wherever possible. 


Current vacancies:

Research Associate - Radio Astronomy Data Processing Algorithm Developer
(2 posts)

Grade 7: £31,076 - £38,183 p.a.

We are currently recruiting for 2 Research Associates to join the team at the Centre and contribute to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Science Data Processor (SDP) development activities.

The SKA is a project funded by STFC and jointly held by the Centre and Oxford Astrophysics, with a focus on developing cutting edge domain spectific algorithms for radio astronomy data processing for the SKA, and taking these and existing algorithms to produce many-core accelerated modules for the SKA SDP Integration Prototype.  The SKA will be the world's largest radio telescope and will consist of 2 instruments. The low frequency array (SKA-LOW) will be built in a radio quiet desert in Australia; the mid frequency (SKA-MID) will be built in a similar region in South Africa.  Construction is expected to start in 2018, with first science in 2020.  It will revolutionise our understanding of astronomical topics as diverse as the Epoch of Reionisation (EoR), planet and galaxy formation, dark matter and dark energy, pulsars and transients and extra-terrestrial life.  The SKA will be a software-driven instrument that will pose extreme challenges: the data flow rates from antennas to the main processing facilities and the computational power and complexity required to achieve the scientific goals, are both unprecedented.

The duties of the role will include, but are not limited to: design radio astronomy specific algorithmic components for the SDP; participate in the development of many-core domain specific algorithms which will contribute to an end-to-end prototype of SDP; apply HPC and many-core technologies to radio astronomy algorithms and software required by the SKA; engage in design activities with the SDP national and international partners. These activities will require testing, validation and documentation with the procedures established by the SKA project.

You will need a doctorate in radio astronomy (Physics or Mathematics will be considered) or equivalent industrial experience in these areas.  The post is fixed term to March 2019.

For the job description and application process please click here


The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 24th March 2017.