Pulsar Timing

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The Radio Astronomy Centre, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (NCRA-TIFR), at Ooty, India, is seeking a post-doctoral fellow to work in pulsar astronomy. The successful candidate will work with B C Joshi and P K Manoharan. The project will have an emphasis on the analysis of pulsar observations using the Ooty Radio Telescope (ORT) and the Giant Meterwave Radio Telescope (GMRT). The postdoctoral researcher will participate in designing and planning of a database of pulsars observations, carried out with the ORT and the GMRT. S/he will also work on developing and using specialized pipelines for specific pulsar astronomy projects, such as the timing of interesting pulsars and monitoring of pulsars with variability in their radio emission. The candidate may also contribute to the on-going pulsar search projects involving B C Joshi with the GMRT. The candidate is expected to be a recent Ph.D. in astrophysics preferably with a background in analysis of multi-wavelength data on neutron stars. Prior knowledge of radio astronomy techniques, pulsar searches, and pulsar timing would be an advantage.

Research activities at NCRA-TIFR are centered on low-frequency radio astronomy, with faculty members pursuing research in diverse areas of astrophysics (visit http://www.ncra.tifr.res.in). 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, 2017. 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. This position is 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 the on-campus housing (subject to availability), or a house rent allowance, and medical coverage under NCRA-TIFR's medical scheme.

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