AMIGA : Call for Postdoctoral candidates

Call for Postdoctoral candidates for a Prototype SKA Regional Centre at IAA, Granada The Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA, ht

Call for Postdoctoral candidates for a Prototype SKA Regional Centre at IAA, Granada The Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA, https://www.iaa.csic.es/, in beautiful Granada, Spain) has opened an internal call for potential scientific/technical profiles for postdoctoral positions. The AMIGA (Analysis of the interstellar Medium of Isolated Galaxies, http://amiga.iaa.es) group, in charge of the development of a Prototype SKA Regional Centre (SRC) is looking for outstanding candidates to apply. In particular, AMIGA team is looking for two profiles that are described below. They would join the scientific team and strengthen the activities related to SKA science and the SRC prototype. The AMIGA group will prepare a competitive project adjusted to the candidate background that will be submitted for the internal call deadline on July 19th. Interested candidates should contact AMIGA's PI, Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro (lourdes@iaa.es) as soon as possible in order to prepare a competitive proposal. Profile 1: Postdoc with a high level of maturity, active researcher in the area of ​​galaxy evolution, with a special emphasis on detailed studies of nearby galaxies using cm/mm radio-interferometric facilities (e.g. VLA, GMRT, MeerKAT, ASKAP, ALMA). Her/his role in the team would be to strengthen the scientific preparation for SKA developing her/his own scientific research line, and with a strong interaction with other members of the center interested in those areas. As part of the preparation for key SKA projects, we aim to encourage the synergies between astronomers of the center with expertise in radio interferometry and other wavelengths. Profile 2: Active Postdoc in similar areas as Profile 1, although scientific activity in other areas will be considered as well, with expertise in commissioning or support of aforementioned facilities (or equivalent). Special weight will be given to expertise in the development of data processing pipelines for radio interferometry using cloud platforms. The postdoc would both carry out his/her own science and enhance the use of the SRC prototype by contributing to tools for the data analysis and exploitation of SKA pathfinder/precursor data. The internal call opened by the IAA foresees two kind of postdoc positions, corresponding to two levels of expertise, one of them corresponding to up to 4 years (the 4th year being subject to satisfactory performance) and would include funding for 1 PhD student to be co-supervised by a staff member of the institute, and the other with a duration of up to 3 years (the 3rd year being subject to satisfactory performance). In both cases the position will include funds to cover his/her travelling expenses. It is expected that both contracts would start in the last third of 2019. We foresee that the Profile 1 and 2 would correspond respectively to the first and second kind of grant, although the final selection of the granted postdoc positions will be done by an IAA committee. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is any question. Background information ---- The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a radio telescope that, once completed, will be the largest scientific infrastructure on Earth [1]. SKA will be the world’s largest generator of scientific data (reaching exa-bytes data rates), thus posing a challenge in the extraction of scientific knowledge, while being driver of technological development in areas such as Big Data. It is expected that SKA will approximately distribute 600 PB/yr of Observatory data products among a network of SKA Regional Centres (SRCs). The Centres will provide access to the SKA community to data products, tools and processing power to generate and analyse advanced data products. The IAA SRC prototypewill need to prepare for providing access to SKA science data product, as well as the tools and processing power required to fully exploit their science potential, in partnership with HPC facilities, and integrated in the future network of the SKA SRCs. The AMIGA team [2] participates in SKA at three levels.Scientific level: AMIGA science is aligned with 3 out of the 12 High Priority Goals of SKA, on the study of the atomic gas (HI) and magnetic fields in galaxies, and the AMIGA PI (Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro) is co-Chair of the SKA HI Science Working Group. Coordination level: The AMIGA PI coordinates the Spanish participation in the SKA project (since 2011, [3]) and was appointed by the Ministry as the Spanish representative in the SKA SRC Steering Committee. Technological level: AMIGA is member of the international consortium designing the SKA Science Data Processor and of the H2020 project AENEAS [4] designing the federated network of European SKA Regional Centres (SRCs). In addition, the AMIGA team is active in the area of scientific reproducibility and is contributing to a set of Open Science principles to be incorporated into the design of SKA and the SRCs. In particular, it participates in the H2020 project ESCAPE [5], focused on addressing the Open Science challenge shared by the Astronomy and Particle Physics ESFRI infrastructures, including SKA. [1] https://www.skatelescope.org/ [2] https://amiga.iaa.es [3] https://spain.skatelescope.org [4] https://www.aeneas2020.eu [5] https://escape2020.eu
 

Call for Postdoctoral candidates

Call for Postdoctoral candidates for a Prototype SKA Regional Centre at IAA, Granada 

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA, https://www.iaa.csic.es/, in beautiful Granada, Spain) has opened an internal call for potential scientific/technical profiles for postdoctoral positions. The AMIGA (Analysis of the interstellar Medium of Isolated Galaxies, http://amiga.iaa.es) group, in charge of the development of a Prototype SKA Regional Centre (SRC) is looking for outstanding candidates to apply. In particular, AMIGA team is looking for two profiles that are described below. They would join the scientific team and strengthen the activities related to SKA science and the SRC prototype.

The AMIGA group will prepare a competitive project adjusted to the candidate background that will be submitted for the internal call deadline on July 19th. Interested candidates should contact AMIGA's PI, Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro (lourdes@iaa.es) as soon as possible in order to prepare a competitive proposal.

Profile 1: Postdoc with a high level of maturity, active researcher in the area of ​​galaxy evolution, with a special emphasis on detailed studies of nearby galaxies using cm/mm radio-interferometric facilities (e.g. VLA, GMRT, MeerKAT, ASKAP, ALMA). Her/his role in the team would be to strengthen the scientific preparation for SKA developing her/his own scientific research line, and with a strong interaction with other members of the center interested in those areas. As part of the preparation for key SKA projects, we aim to encourage the synergies between astronomers of the center with expertise in radio interferometry and other wavelengths.

Profile 2: Active Postdoc in similar areas as Profile 1, although scientific activity in other areas will be considered as well, with expertise in commissioning or support of aforementioned facilities (or equivalent). Special weight will be given to expertise in the development of data processing pipelines for radio interferometry using cloud platforms. The postdoc would both carry out his/her own science and enhance the use of the SRC prototype by contributing to tools for the data analysis and exploitation of SKA pathfinder/precursor data.
The internal call opened by the IAA foresees two kind of postdoc positions, corresponding to two levels of expertise, one of them corresponding to up to 4 years (the 4th year being subject to satisfactory performance) and would include funding for 1 PhD student to be co-supervised by a staff member of the institute, and the other with a duration of up to 3 years (the 3rd year being subject to satisfactory performance). In both cases the position will include funds to cover his/her travelling expenses. It is expected that both contracts would start in the last third of 2019. 
We foresee that the Profile 1 and 2 would correspond respectively to the first and second kind of grant, although the final selection of the granted postdoc positions will be done by an IAA committee. 
Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is any question.
 
 
 Background information 
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The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a radio telescope that, once completed, will be the largest scientific infrastructure on Earth [1]. SKA will be the world’s largest generator of scientific data (reaching exa-bytes data rates), thus posing a challenge in the extraction of scientific knowledge, while being driver of technological development in areas such as Big Data. It is expected that SKA will approximately distribute 600 PB/yr of Observatory data products among a network of SKA Regional Centres (SRCs). The Centres will provide access to the SKA community to data products, tools and processing power to generate and analyse advanced data products. 
The IAA SRC prototype will need to prepare for providing access to SKA science data product, as well as the tools and processing power required to fully exploit their science potential, in partnership with HPC facilities, and integrated in the future network of the SKA SRCs.  The AMIGA team [2] participates in SKA at three levels. Scientific level: AMIGA science is aligned with 3 out of the 12 High Priority Goals of SKA, on the study of the atomic gas (HI) and magnetic fields in galaxies, and the AMIGA PI (Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro) is co-Chair of the SKA HI Science Working Group. Coordination level: The AMIGA PI coordinates the Spanish participation in the SKA project (since 2011,  [3]) and was appointed by the Ministry as the Spanish representative in the SKA SRC Steering Committee. Technological level: AMIGA is member of the international consortium designing the SKA Science Data Processor and of the H2020 project AENEAS [4] designing the federated network of European SKA Regional Centres (SRCs). In addition, the AMIGA team is active in the area of scientific reproducibility and is contributing to a set of Open Science principles to be incorporated into the design of SKA and the SRCs. In particular, it participates in the H2020 project ESCAPE [5], focused on addressing the Open Science challenge shared by the Astronomy and Particle Physics ESFRI infrastructures, including SKA.