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.

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 GHRSS survey has already yielded the discovery of 18 new pulsars and one RRAT. 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 post-doctoral fellow will work on establishing a piggy-back FRB detection capability with the uGMRT over the frequency range of 300-1450 MHz, by deploying the real-time FRB detection pipeline used in the GHRSS survey, followed by setting up a trigger to capture the voltages from individual antennas. This will enable detailed time-domain follow-up study of the detected FRBs as well as quasi-real-time imaging localization. The post-doctoral fellow will also get opportunity to carry out single pulse search analysis of the GHRSS survey data. Prior experience in the areas of signal processing techniques 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 deanncra@ncra.tifr.res.in, by December 15, 2020. 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 depends on experience after the doctoral degree. Candidates are required to have at least a provisional Ph.D. degree when taking up the position. For candidates who have received their doctoral degrees, the monthly salary ranges from INR 47,000 to INR 54,000. Post-doctoral fellows are also entitled to a contingency grant of INR 40,000 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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