Pulsar search and timing with the GHRSS survey

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 pulsar searches and follow-up timing studies, in collaboration with Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharyya.

The diverse properties of pulsars implies a need to have more sensitive surveys for further discoveries. Dr. Bhattacharyya and collaborators are currently carrying out the GMRT High Resolution Southern Sky (GHRSS) with the upgraded GMRT; this is one of the most sensitive mid-frequency pulsar surveys today. The GHRSS survey has already discovered 17 pulsars, implying on the highest discovery rates of pulsars per square degrees amongst off-galactic plane surveys. The project involves carrying out pulsar search analysis in the CPU-based high performance cluster at NCRA-TIFR, using candidate classification based on machine-learning algorithms to investigate putative candidates, leading to the discovery of new pulsars. Follow-up observations to localise the pulsars and time them are an integral part of this project. The enhancement of the survey sensitivity with the upgraded GMRT (uGMRT) will allow us to continue to discover a population of faint pulsars that were to faint for detection with earlier surveys. Prior exposures to pulsar studies, experience in processing pulsar data at radio wavelengths, familiarity with pulsar tools like PRESTO, TEMPO, etc., as well as some knowledge of scripting and programming would be beneficial.

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 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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