The Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a project funded by STFC and jointly held by the Oxford e-Research Centre (the Centre) and Oxford Astrophysics, with a focus of developing cutting edge domain specific 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 two instruments: the low frequency array (SKA-LOW) will be built in a radio-quiet desert in Australia; the mid frequency array (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, pulsarus 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.
We are now recruiting for two Research Associates to join the team at the Centre and contribute to the SKA Science Data Processor (SDP) development activities, including but 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 nation and international partners. These activities will require testing, validation and documentation within 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.
This post is fixed-term to the end of March 2019.
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 24 March 2017.