Research Fellow (Simons Observatory:UK Project)

University of Manchester

The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics seeks a Research Fellow to act as the Data Centre Manager for the UK-based data centre for the Simons Observatory. Simons Observatory (SO) is a next-generation Cosmic Microwave Background observatory, comprised of a single large aperture telescope (LAT) and multiple small aperture telescopes (SATs). It is currently under construction in the Atacama Desert in Chile, with early science operations due to begin in 2023. SO:UK is a major UK contribution consisting of (i) a data centre (at the University of Manchester); (ii) a program of algorithm development contributing to the SO data processing pipeline; and (iii) a significant contribution to the observatory infrastructure/instrumentation. A key area of activity for both the data centre and algorithm development work is the delivery of the SO Science Ready Data Products (SRDPs).

The successful candidate will manage the UK-based data centre, including line management of the data centre software engineers. They will play a lead role in coordinating the associated delivery of the SO SRDPs. Given the responsibilities of this role we seek candidates with demonstrated experience in managing/coordinating the efforts of distributed teams of scientific researchers, graduate students and/or software engineers. They should also have experience in high-performance and/or high-throughput computing on high-specification hardware. They will be expected to take on a lead role within the wider SO Data Management team and will collaborate closely with international SO colleagues in order to deliver on the overall objectives of the SO project.

The starting date is 1st April 2023. The post will be available for three years in the first instance.

Applications should consist of a completed application form, an up-to-date CV and a Research Statement (maximum 2 pages).

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department 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:

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Blended working arrangements may be considered

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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Michael Brown

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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.

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