High Redshift Galaxies

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 with Nissim Kanekar on studies of high-redshift damped Lyman-alpha systems. The main focus of the project will be searches for redshifted HI-21cm absorption in high-redshift damped Lyman-alpha systems and MgII absorbers, using new receivers onboard the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope, and new samples of absorbers from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. These will be used to characterize physical conditions in high-redshift galaxies and to test for changes in the fundamental constants of physics over cosmological time. In addition, optical imaging and spectroscopy, and radio CO/HI-21cm emission studies of damped Lyman-alpha systems will be used to understand the nature of the host galaxies. Candidates with experience in radio spectroscopy, especially at low frequencies, as well as candidates with experience in studies of high-z galaxies are encouraged to apply for the position.

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 for details). 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, 2016. 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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