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Support Research Engineer/Scientist for Geodetic VLBI operations at Onsala Space Observatory

Position
Support Research Engineer/Scientist for Geodetic VLBI operations at Onsala Space Observatory

Employer

Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!

The Department of Space, Earth and Environment contains five divisions, with research and education spanning from global challenges related to sustainability and energy supply to astronomy and space sciences. The department is host to two major infrastructures, Onsala Space Observatory and Chalmers Power Central, and consists of about 250 employees.

The OSO national infrastructure’s mission is to provide access to radio astronomy instrumentation and related geoscience techniques in Sweden, for the use of scientists and other stakeholders. OSO is hosted by Chalmers University of Technology and is jointly funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR) and Chalmers. OSO is located at Råö near Onsala, approximately 45 km south of Gothenburg. The site is shared between personnel supporting the infractructure and academic members of the astronomy and space geodesy units of Chalmers Department of Space, Earth and Environment.

Homepage: http://www.chalmers.se/en/about-chalmers/Working-at-Chalmers/Vacancies/Pages/default.aspx?rmpage=job&rmjob=7003&rmlang=UK


Location
Onsala, Sweden

Sector
Academic

Relevant division
Geodesy (G)

Type
Full time

Level
Experienced

Salary
Full-time permanent employment

Required education
Master

Application deadline
8 February 2019

Posted
20 December 2018

Job description

Information about the research
A new position for a Support Research Engineer/Scientist for Geodetic VLBI operations at Onsala Space Observatory (OSO) Sweden is available. The position is an indefinite, i.e non-time limited, appointment.

The OSO national infrastructure’s mission is to provide access to radio astronomy instrumentation and related geoscience techniques in Sweden, for the use of scientists and other stakeholders. OSO is hosted by Chalmers University of Technology and is jointly funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR) and Chalmers. OSO is located at Råö near Onsala, approximately 45 km south of Gothenburg. The site is shared between personnel supporting the infractructure and academic members of the astronomy and space geodesy units of Chalmers Department of Space, Earth and Environment.

The new support position for geodetic VLBI will organisationally lie within the Space Geodesy and Geodynamics unit (Geo unit) at Onsala. The academic work within this unit concentrates on studying geodynamic phenomena, atmospheric processes, and improving the associated measurement techniques. In particular the Geo unit makes use of and develops measurement techniques relevant to tracing the deformation of the Earth’s crust due to mass redistribution, inter- and intra-plate tectonics, loading effects, variations in Earth orientation and rotation, and the spatial and temporal variation of atmospheric water vapour. These research areas are addressed using using a variety of observational techniques and via relevant theoretical work. Geoscience measurement techniques that are supported by the OSO national infrastructure and Geo group include geodetic Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), gravimeters, tide gauges (including GNSS reflectrometry), and ground based microwave radiometers.

Major responsibilities
OSO is planning to expand its geodetic VLBI observational programme, in particular in connection with the new Onsala Twin Telescope (OTT) – VLBI Global Observing System (VGOS) telescopes at Onsala. We are looking for a candidate who is highly experienced in geodetic VLBI (or in astronomical VLBI and willing to learn geodetic techniques) and who will coordinate the geo-VLBI observing programme. The appointed person will ideally have a major role in supervising the development, testing and maintenance of the technical instrumentation and support systems needed for geodetic VLBI observations. Another important aspect involves collaboration within academia and with society at large. The position is meritorious for future research duties within academia as well as industry/the public sector.

Position summary
Full-time permanent employment with the title ‘Senior forskningsingenör’ (Senor Research Engineer/Staff Scientist) at Chalmers.

Qualifications
A masters degree in geodesy, physics, electrical, computer engineering or an equivalent education.
Experience from Very Long Baseline Interferomtery (VLBI) hardware, software and/or observations.
A PhD degree with merits in research in a relevant subject, is an advantage. For PhD level candidates up to 30 % own free research can be included in the work description. A proven ability to work closely with development engineers and technical support staff is support of maintaining operational VLBI systems is a strong advantage for the position.


How to apply

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20180693 and be written in English. The application should be sent electronically via the provided webpage

http://www.chalmers.se/en/about-chalmers/Working-at-Chalmers/Vacancies/Pages/default.aspx?rmpage=job&rmjob=7003&rmlang=UK

The application shall be attached as pdf-files, as below:

A) CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref.number) including:

  • CV, include complete list of publications
  • Two references that we can contact.

B) Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) including:

  • 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself, present your qualifications and describe your future research plans.
  • Previous research fields and main research results.
  • Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 8th February 2019

For questions, please contact:
Rüdiger Haas, rudiger.haas@chalmers.se
John Conway, john.conway@chalmers.se