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FRB detection and follow-up: Developments for Fast Radio Burst detection and follow-up

 

Post-Doctoral Fellowships:


The National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (NCRA-TIFR),  at Pune,India, is seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow to work on the developments for  Fast Radio Burst detection and follow-up. The successful candidate 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 extragalactic origin of fast radio bursts at cosmological  distances. Discovery of a larger sample of FRBs (presently only 18 published) aided by follow-up with the interferometric telescopes like the GMRT, SKA for accurate spatial localisation are  needed for investigation of the FRB provenance. The project activities will embark on  developing/working for a FRB detection pipeline, which will be based on latest state-of-the-art  technologies. Machine learning based candidate classification for efficient/rapid imaging follow-up with the inerferometric telescope will also be attempted. These developments will find  applicability for the search program for FRBs with the GMRT and will be in synergy with the  developments for the SKA. The PDF will also get chance to work on the archival  GMRT High Resolution Southern Sky (GHRSS) survey data to search for FRBs. He/She is expected  to spend about 75% of his/her time working in this project, with about 25% available to be  spent on any other science. Prior experience in the areas of signal processing techniques for  radio astronomy and good programming skills are desirable. Some exposures to pulsars and/or  transients can be advantageous.

Research activities at NCRA-TIFR are centered 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 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  deanncra@ncra.tifr.res.in, by April 30, 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 a travel grant of INR 2,00,000 over the course of  the fellowship to enable them to travel for international conferences or for research collaborations.  They are also entitled to on-campus housing (subject to availability), or a house rent allowance,  and medical coverage under NCRA-TIFR's medical scheme.

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