Pulsar Timing for the Indian Pulsar Timing Array

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 timing using the upgraded GMRT and the ORT for the Indian Pulsar Timing Array project. The successful candidate will work with Prof. Bhal Chandra Joshi.

The Indian Pulsar Timing Array project aims to detect nano-Hertz Gravitational waves by precision timing of an ensemble of pulsars using the upgraded GMRT and the ORT. This project has been ongoing for the last three years at the two telescopes and has now started achieving an accuracy comparable to three other existing international experiments. The successful candidate will be involved in observations with the upgraded GMRT and the ORT, analysis of data and developing new innovative techniques for detection of Gravitational waves apart from auxiliary pulsar science resulting from the project. The candidate is expected to take a lead in one or more of these aspects, and may also have to travel to, and stay at, the ORT and/or the uGMRT, for the observations.

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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