AMIGA : Project Scientist: A post-doctoral position for the coordination of the Spanish participation in the SKA

Institution:Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC) Place:Granada, Spain Updated: 10th September 2020 Job announcement


Institution:Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC) Place:Granada, Spain Updated: 10th September 2020 Job announcement
 The team coordinating the Spanish participation in the Square Kilometre Array(SKA) is seeking a motivated radio astronomerto fill a 2-yrs Project Scientist position(with the possibility of additional extensions based on performance) at theInstituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía(IAA-CSIC, Granada), with50% of time for theirown research. This is a job for a radio astronomer passionate about different areas of Astrophysics in which SKA will have an impact, both including and beyond their own areas of expertise. Asdeputyof the coordinator of the Spanish participation in the SKA, the successful candidate will be responsible forenthusiastically communicating SKA science to different audiences. We emphasize that the tasks (see below) are not focused on translating instrumental requirements into scientific ones. Candidates will beable to work half-time on their own research.The start date is negotiable, however sooner is preferable. The IAA-CSIC has coordinated the scientific and technological participation of the Spanish community in SKA since 2011, and in June 2018 Spain became a member of the Square Kilometre Array Organisation [1,2]. Itis a leading research institution in Astronomy and Astrophysics awarded with the SeveroOchoa Centre of Excellence Accreditation, in recognition of its cutting-edge research, high competitiveness, ambitious strategic plans, high-quality production, and a great ability to attract talent.The IAA-CSIC is situated in Granada, a historic, vibrant city at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and only a short drive from the Mediterranean coast. Applications:Interested candidates should send their CV, a cover letter (max. 2 pages) stating the motivation for this specific job and suitable background, and arrange for 3 letters of reference to be sent tolourdes@iaa.es. Deadline (updated): We encourage candidates to submit their applications as soon as possible,but the position will remain open until it is filled. Equal Opportunities:CSICis a public research organisation in which the right to equality and gender non-discrimination is preserved, while promoting the conditions to real and effective equality of the individuals. Everyone is encouraged to apply. Duties and Responsibilities as Project Scientist (50% of time) - updated The successful applicant will join Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro’s team at the IAA-CSIC (Granada) and work closely with her, deputising for her as coordinator of the Spanish participation in the SKA, with particular emphasis on the science related activities. A major aim will be to keep increasing the “visibility" of the SKA project in Spain and the Spanish role and profile at international level.Responsibilities will include: -Engagement with Spanish astronomers: Making the community aware of the SKA capacities in diverse areas, the potential for multiwavelength/multimessenger synergies, informing about the SKA Science Working Groups and SKA Data Challenges, and encouraging participation in them. This would include identifying suitable places/events to prepare/giveseminars and talks in research centres across Spain, and the promotion/organisation of scientific activities related with the SKA in national conferences and meetings. The candidate is expected to learn about SKA science when needed e.g. to promote synergies and inform the community. - Follow-up of SKA news and science-related documents, disseminating them to different audiences. - Contribution to the preparation of outreach material for the general public. - Involvement in preparation of applications for funds. - Support activities of the Spanish SKA Network and the organisation of activities. Lourdes also leads a scientifically active group of astronomers and software engineers, with collaborations with multiple international groups, that the successful candidate is invited to join. She is the PI of theAMIGA project(Analysis of the interstellar Medium of Isolated Galaxies), and also leads the development of a Prototype SKA Regional Centre (SRC) at the IAA (with a special emphasis on supporting Open Science at the SRCs). Qualifications Candidates are expected to be active in science (50% of time for own resarch), with: - A PhD in Astronomy or a closely related field, withsome postdoctoral experience - Extensive expertise in radio interferometry - Excellent communication skills, including written and presentations - Interest in different areas of research within Astronomy beyond their own field - Ability to work independently and in a team environment - Proven ability to meet deadlines - Availability to travel - High command of English (spoken and written) The following aspects are not mandatory but considered an asset: - Experience in research and future plans related to SKA science - To be working in lines of research related to those of thehost team, e.g. HI and/or magnetic field studies of nearby galaxies and environmental effects Duration of the contract:2 years, with the possibility of additional extensions based on performance. The position comes with a competitive salary, Spanish national health care and funding for attendance to conferences and meetings with collaborators. 
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[1] The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is an international effort, classified as a Landmark within theESFRI roadmapsince 2016. The SKA-related efforts involve more than 1000 scientists and engineers from 20 countries and 270 institutions across 5 continents, sharing the goal of building a multi-purpose radio-observatory operating at centimetre and metre wavelengths that will both be the largest scientific infrastructure on Earth, and the largest generator of public data. The SKA radio interferometer has the potential to make revolutionary contributions to Astrophysics, Astrobiology, and Fundamental Physics. SKA science cases are described in detail in thebook “Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array” published in 2015, with more than 2000 pages and about 1300 authors. [2] On June 1st 2018 Spain became the 11th Member of the SKA Organization, culminating several years of work by the Spanish community led by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), and working in close collaboration with engineers and industry. IAA coordinates the RED-SKA, an excellence network for the scientific and technological participation of Spain in the SKA with the participation of more than 10 of the main centres involved in SKA science and design related activities. Since 2011 the IAA has coordinated the Spanish participation in the SKA, and the activities performed include: support to academic groups, industry and the Ministry, joint discussions with international SKA related stakeholders (including the SKA Organisation), production of the capacity map of Spanish industry for SKA construction, update of this work for the procurement phase in collaboration with (CDTI), or diffusion and organisation of activities.As a result, more than 20 Spanish research centres and companies have contributed to the SKA design efforts.The “Spanish SKA White Book”, led by M. A. Pérez-Torres(IAA), was published in 2015 with 120 authors from 40 centres. The full book has 30 chapters, which cover the areas of Cosmology and Large-Scale Structure of the Universe, Galaxy Evolution, Magnetism in the Universe, The Cradle of Life and its Chemistry, Stellar Astrophysics, SKA Precursors, and Synergies with other Facilities.Currently, more than 35Spanish researchers participate in 11 SKA SWGs. The IAA is a member of the SKA Communications and Outreach Network (SKACON), leading outreach activities in Spain e.g. contribution to the SKA Strategic Communication Plan, participation in radio/TV interviews, presentations to the general public, event organisation, or maintaining the Spanish SKA site (https://spain.skatelescope.org), etc. Besides, the IAA-CSIC represents Spain in the SKA Communications and Outreach Network Steering Committee (SKACOSC).
 

Project Scientist: A post-doctoral position for the coordination of the Spanish participation in the SKA

 

  • Institution: Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC)
  • Place: Granada, Spain
  • Updated: 10th September 2020

Job announcement


The team coordinating the Spanish participation in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is seeking a motivated radio astronomer to fill a 2-yrs Project Scientist position (with the possibility of additional extensions based on performance) at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC, Granada), with 50% of time for their own research. 

This is a job for a radio astronomer passionate about different areas of Astrophysics in which SKA will have an impact, both including and beyond their own areas of expertise. As deputy of the coordinator of the Spanish participation in the SKA, the successful candidate will be responsible for enthusiastically communicating SKA science to different audiences. We emphasize that the tasks (see below) are not focused on translating instrumental requirements into scientific ones. Candidates will be able to work half-time on their own researchThe start date is negotiable, however sooner is preferable. 

The IAA-CSIC has coordinated the scientific and technological participation of the Spanish community in SKA since 2011, and in June 2018 Spain became a member of the Square Kilometre Array Organisation [1,2]. It is a leading research institution in Astronomy and Astrophysics awarded with the Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence Accreditation, in recognition of its cutting-edge research, high competitiveness, ambitious strategic plans, high-quality production, and a great ability to attract talent. The IAA-CSIC is situated in Granada, a historic, vibrant city at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and only a short drive from the Mediterranean coast.

Applications: Interested candidates should send their CV, a cover letter (max. 2 pages) stating the motivation for this specific job and suitable background, and arrange for 3 letters of reference to be sent to lourdes@iaa.es.

Deadline (updated): We encourage candidates to submit their applications as soon as possiblebut the position will remain open until it is filled.

Equal Opportunities: CSIC is a public research organisation in which the right to equality and gender non-discrimination is preserved, while promoting the conditions to real and effective equality of the individuals. Everyone is encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities as Project Scientist (50% of time) - updated

The successful applicant will join Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro’s team at the IAA-CSIC (Granada) and work closely with her, deputising for her as coordinator of the Spanish participation in the SKA, with particular emphasis on the science related activities. A major aim will be to keep increasing the “visibility" of the SKA project in Spain and the Spanish role and profile at international level.  Responsibilities will include:

Engagement with Spanish astronomers: Making the community aware of the SKA capacities in diverse areas, the potential for multiwavelength/multimessenger synergies, informing about the SKA Science Working Groups and SKA Data Challenges, and encouraging participation in them. This would include identifying suitable places/events to prepare/give seminars and talks in research centres across Spain, and the promotion/organisation of scientific activities related with the SKA in national conferences and meetings. The candidate is expected to learn about SKA science when needed e.g. to promote synergies and inform the community.

- Follow-up of SKA news and science-related documents, disseminating them to different audiences.

- Contribution to the preparation of outreach material for the general public.

- Involvement in preparation of applications for funds.

- Support activities of the Spanish SKA Network and the organisation of activities.

Lourdes also leads a scientifically active group of astronomers and software engineers, with collaborations with multiple international groups, that the successful candidate is invited to join. She is the PI of the AMIGA project (Analysis of the interstellar Medium of Isolated Galaxies), and also leads the development of a Prototype SKA Regional Centre (SRC) at the IAA (with a special emphasis on supporting Open Science at the SRCs). 

Qualifications

Candidates are expected to be active in science (50% of time for own resarch), with:

- A PhD in Astronomy or a closely related field, with some postdoctoral experience
- Extensive expertise in radio interferometry
- Excellent communication skills, including written and presentations
- Interest in different areas of research within Astronomy beyond their own field
- Ability to work independently and in a team environment
- Proven ability to meet deadlines
- Availability to travel
- High command of English (spoken and written)

The following aspects are not mandatory but considered an asset:

- Experience in research and future plans related to SKA science
- To be working in lines of research related to those of the host team, e.g. HI and/or magnetic field studies of nearby galaxies and environmental effects

Duration of the contract: 2 years, with the possibility of additional extensions based on performance. The position comes with a competitive salary, Spanish national health care and funding for attendance to conferences and meetings with collaborators. 


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[1] The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is an international effort, classified as a Landmark within the ESFRI roadmap since 2016. The SKA-related efforts involve more than 1000 scientists and engineers from 20 countries and 270 institutions across 5 continents, sharing the goal of building a multi-purpose radio-observatory operating at centimetre and metre wavelengths that will both be the largest scientific infrastructure on Earth, and the largest generator of public data. The SKA radio interferometer has the potential to make revolutionary contributions to Astrophysics, Astrobiology, and Fundamental Physics. SKA science cases are described in detail in the book “Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array” published in 2015, with more than 2000 pages and about 1300 authors.

[2] On June 1st 2018 Spain became the 11th Member of the SKA Organization, culminating several years of work by the Spanish community led by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), and working in close collaboration with engineers and industry. IAA coordinates the RED-SKA, an excellence network for the scientific and technological participation of Spain in the SKA with the participation of more than 10 of the main centres involved in SKA science and design related activities.
Since 2011 the IAA has coordinated the Spanish participation in the SKA, and the activities performed include: support to academic groups, industry and the Ministry, joint discussions with international SKA related stakeholders (including the SKA Organisation), production of the capacity map of Spanish industry for SKA construction, update of this work for the procurement phase in collaboration with (CDTI), or diffusion and organisation of activities. As a result, more than 20 Spanish research centres and companies have contributed to the SKA design efforts. The “Spanish SKA White Book”, led by M. A. Pérez-Torres(IAA), was published in 2015 with 120 authors from 40 centres. The full book has 30 chapters, which cover the areas of Cosmology and Large-Scale Structure of the Universe, Galaxy Evolution, Magnetism in the Universe, The Cradle of Life and its Chemistry, Stellar Astrophysics, SKA Precursors, and Synergies with other Facilities. Currently, more than 35 Spanish researchers participate in 11 SKA SWGs.

The IAA is a member of the SKA Communications and Outreach Network (SKACON), leading outreach activities in Spain e.g. contribution to the SKA Strategic Communication Plan, participation in radio/TV interviews, presentations to the general public, event organisation, or maintaining the Spanish SKA site (https://spain.skatelescope.org), etc. Besides, the IAA-CSIC represents Spain in the SKA Communications and Outreach Network Steering Committee (SKACOSC).