e-MERLIN/VLBI Research Support Scientist

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Visiting and Non-tenure Faculty Positions
University of Manchester
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e-MERLIN/VLBI Research Support Scientist

Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, Manchester, United Kingdom

£32,816 - £40,322 per annum (according to experience)

Fixed Term - Starting as soon as possible until 31 March 2023

Ref: SAE-017142


We are pleased to announce the opportunity for a Research Support Scientist positions to join the e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility Science Operations and User Support group within the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA).


We are seeking candidates with expertise in radio interferometric science and observations, observatory operations and/or data processing techniques. This position will provide support for scientific users of the e-MERLIN facility, and contribute to operations and the ongoing development of this world class facility. The candidate will be expected, and strongly encouraged, to also persue independent research.


e-MERLIN is an SKA-Pathfinder instrument comprising of a network of seven large radio telescopes across the UK linked to a central operations and processing hub at Jodrell Bank Observatory (JBO), with an associated scientific support unit based in the Alan Turing Building, Manchester. The network of telescopes provides a world-leading facility for high resolution astronomical imaging at centimetre wavelengths.


The e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility is operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the University of Manchester for use by the worldwide astronomy community. e-MERLIN is utilised by hundreds of scientists in the UK and around the world to investigate a wide range of astrophysical phenomena, from planet formation and stellar physics through to extragalactic starformation, jet astrophysics, gravitational lens studies and resolved imaging of high redshift galaxies.


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We offer a wide range of benefits and support for employees to achieve a good work-life balance, including flexible and hybrid working arrangements, condensed hours and many family-friendly policies. Further information can be found at https://www.manchester.ac.uk/connect/jobs/. We encourage prospective candidates to contact us to discuss any of these arrangements at any point.


Happy to talk flexible working.


Blended working arrangements may be considered.



· Vacancy, shortlisting and interviews: Rob Beswick (Head of Science Operations and Support, e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility) at [email protected] or Anna Scaife (Head of the Interferometric Centre of Exellence) at [email protected] or Andrew Gordon (Operations Officer, Jodrell Bank Observatory) at [email protected]

· General enquiries: [email protected]

· Technical support: https://jobseekersupport.jobtrain.co.uk/support/home


To apply, please click on the apply button to visit our website.


Closing date: 16 August 2021.


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. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit: https://www.physics.manchester.ac.uk/about/culture/


Application Details

Publication Start Date
2021 Jul 22
Application Deadline
2021 Aug 19