Fast Radio Bursts with the uGMRT

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (NCRA-TIFR), Pune, India, is seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow to work on the detection of Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) and follow-up studies, with Dr. Jayanta Roy. Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharyya and Prof. Jayaram Chengalur will be the other main collaborators in the project.

FRBs are observed at the locations of energetic, and possibly cataclysmic, events, making them useful probes of extreme states of gravity, pressure, temperature and magnetic fields. They are usually non-repeating in nature. Dr. Roy and his collaborators are currently carrying out the GMRT High Resolution Southern Sky (GHRSS) survey, one of the most sensitive mid-frequency surveys for pulsars and FRBs today. The discovery of a large sample of FRBs along with GMRT imaging for accurate spatial localisation in order to identify the FRB host galaxy and its counterpart at other wavelengths, is one of the primary aims of the GHRSS survey. The project will involve the development of a real-time FRB detection pipeline for the GHRSS survey, followed by capturing triggers for quasi-real-time imaging. The post-doctoral fellow will also get an opportunity to carry out single pulse analysis of the archived time-domain survey data. Prior experience in the areas of signal processing techniques for radio astronomy and good programming skills, as well as some exposure to pulsar and/or transient studies, would be beneficial for this project.

Research activities at NCRA-TIFR are centered on low-frequency radio astronomy, with faculty members pursuing research in diverse areas of astrophysics. 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, by October 31, 2018. 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.

When taking up the position, candidates must have a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a related subject, or must be awaiting the award of the Ph.D. degree after submitting the doctoral thesis to a university.

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 3,00,000 over the course of the fellowship to enable them to travel for international conferences or for research collaborations. They are also entitled to a house rent allowance, and medical coverage under NCRA-TIFR's medical scheme.

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