Simulating Solar Radio Observables

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 on solar science, with a strong focus on extending and improving the simulations of solar radio observables. The successful candidate ill work with Prof. Divya Oberoi and collaborators.

The Solar physics group at NCRA has been pioneering solar and heliospheric science with the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), a SKA-Low precursor. The images from the interferometric imaging pipelines developed by this group currently represent the state-of-the-art in high fidelity and dynamic range polarimetric imaging with high time and frequency resolution. The work from this group has spanned diverse areas in solar physics ranging from using radio observations for investigating coronal heating; gyrosynchrotron modeling of emission from energetic electrons trapped in coronal mass ejections; studies of a variety of solar bursts - types I, II and III; studies of propagation effects as metrewave radiation traverses the magnetised inhomogeneous turbulent coronal medium.

The candidate is expected to contribute about 60% of their time to the ongoing projects in the group and the rest can be used for their independent research. Areas of research in broad alignment with the group are strongly encouraged. This project will suit a candidate with a background in multi-wavelength solar physics and experience and/or interest in numerical data analysis techniques. Prior knowledge of the theory and practice of radio interferometry is desirable.

Research activities at NCRA-TIFR  are centred on low frequency radio astronomy, with faculty members pursuing research in diverse areas of astrophysics (see 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, by November 30, 2023. 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, depending on experience. 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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