Detection of Fast Radio Bursts from the GHRSS survey with GMRT

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (NCRA-TIFR), Pune, India, is seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow to work on the developments for Fast Radio Burst detections and follow-ups. The PDF will primarily report to Jayanta Roy with Bhaswati Bhattacharyya and Jayaram Chengalur being the main collaborators. Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are observed at the locations of energetic, and possibly cataclysmic events, making them useful probes for extreme states of gravity, pressure, temperature and magnetic fields. Magnetar flares, super-giant pulses from neutron stars and pulsar-planet systems are some of the models for the extragalactic origin of fast radio bursts at cosmological distances. We are conducting GMRT High-Resolution Southern  Sky (GHRSS) survey with the upgraded GMRT, which is one of the most sensitive mid-frequency surveys for pulsars and FRBs in the pre-SKA era. Discovery of a larger sample of FRBs aided by imaging follow-up with the interferometric telescopes for accurate spatial localisation is needed for investigation of the FRB provenance, which is one of the primary aims of the GHRSS survey.  The project activities will embark on developing a real-time multi-beam FRB detection pipeline followed by the trigger for voltage capturing. Machine learning based candidate classification for efficient/rapid imaging follow-up will also be attempted. These developments will be in synergy with the SKA time-domain activity. Prior experience in the areas of signal processing techniques for radio astronomy and good programming skills can be beneficial. Some exposures to pulsars and/or transients, as well as knowledge of GPU programming, can also be advantageous.

Research activities at NCRA-TIFR are centred on low-frequency radio astronomy, with faculty members pursuing research in diverse areas of astrophysics (see http://www.ncra.tifr.res.in).  NCRA-TIFR operates two large observational facilities, the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) and the Ooty Radio Telescope.

Applications containing a curriculum vitae, a research plan, and the names and e-mail addresses of three or more referees should be sent to the Dean, NCRA-TIFR Faculty, at the e-mail address of deanncra@ncra.tifr.res.in, by October 31, 2017. Applicants should also request their referees to send in recommendation letters by the same deadline. All enquiries should also be made to this e-mail address. All applicants will automatically be considered for all available Post-Doctoral  Fellowships at NCRA-TIFR.

The monthly salary of Post-Doctoral Fellows at NCRA-TIFR depend on experience after the doctoral degree.  The monthly salary of candidates who join after submitting their doctoral thesis, but without receiving their doctoral degree, is INR 32,000. For candidates who have received their doctoral degrees, the monthly salary ranges from INR 36,000 to INR 40,000.  Post-doctoral fellows are also entitled to a  contingency grant of INR 32,000 per year. All positions are tenable for a maximum of 3 years, with continuations subject to a yearly review.

Post-doctoral Fellows at NCRA-TIFR are provided with a travel grant of INR 3,50,000 over the course of the fellowship to enable them to travel to international conferences or for research collaborations.  They are also entitled to the on-campus housing (subject to availability), or a house rent allowance,  and medical coverage under NCRA-TIFR's medical scheme.

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