Research Assistant / Research Associate in Radio Instrumentation (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge
February 13, 2024
Offerd Salary:£36,024 - £44,263
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Research Assistant / Research Associate in Radio Instrumentation (Fixed


Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

A position exists for a Research Assistant / Research Associate in Radio Astronomy Instrumentation.

The aim of the role is to develop radio instrumentation, with a special focus on digital back-ends for 21-cm cosmology from space (i.e. CosmoCube mission). A new era of radio astronomy is coming. Radio Frequency Interference from human-made sources, the presence of the ionosphere, and even the radiation from the soil, impose great challenges for ground-based radio experiments attempting the study of the early epochs of the Universe via studies of the 21-cm line from atomic Hydrogen. With the Moon in the agenda of all space agencies again, a new opportunity arises to develop, launch and operate radio experiments from the most pristine observation environment in the solar system: the far side of the Moon.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and bright researcher to work on the development of the digital back-ends of highly accurate radiometers for the next generation instruments. A successful candidate would be expected to take initiative and propose solutions to existing problems as well as to start new research.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD (or close to obtaining) in engineering, physics, astronomy or a closely related area with a proven track record in digital systems (e.g. FPGAs, RFSoC, SDRs, etc). Preference will be given to candidates with experience in firmware/software development as demonstrated by publications in major journals. A solid understanding of radio instrumentation with application in astronomy is desired.

The candidate will also have the ability to communicate effectively its own research and to perform management tasks for the projects they will work on, including liaising with industry partners, organisation of meetings, etc.

The post holder will be located at the Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0HE.

Research Associate: £36,024 - £44,263 (Grade 7). Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant (Grade 5, Point 38 - £32,982) moving to Research Associate (Grade 7) upon confirmation of your PhD award.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

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. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Dr Eloy de Lera Acedo ([email protected].). If you have any questions about the application process, please contact [email protected].

Please quote reference KA40143 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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    Department of Physics, West Cambridge








    16 January 2024

    Closing date

    13 February 2024

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