Astronomer (Research Officer), National Research Council of Canada (NRC) Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory

Astronomer (Research Officer), National Research Council of Canada (NRC)
Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory
5071 West Saanich Road
Victoria, BC V9E 2E7
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The Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics portfolio of the National Research Council (NRC) is looking for a vibrant and dynamic Astronomer to support our Millimetre Astronomy Group (MAG). The Astronomer would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration. The MAG provides operational and scientific support to the astronomical community for research using ALMA as part of the North American ALMA Regional Center (ARC). The successful candidate will be an outstanding scientist in astronomy/astrophysics who is highly motivated to provide advanced support to scientific users of ALMA in the context of NRC’s support of that facility and contribute to forefront research projects, in particular those conducted using astronomical facilities supported by NRC.

This hiring is a continuing staff scientist position with all the associated benefits, including paid maternity and parental leave, vacation, accruable pension contributions and others. In addition to highly competitive benefits and salary, the Astronomer will receive support for observing and conference travel, page charges, and access to professionally managed computation infrastructure and resources. This position is tenable at Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (DAO) in Victoria, BC, Canada.

The primary purpose of this position is the provision of scientific leadership and support for the design, implementation, operation, and continuing development of advanced data processing and analysis software technologies for ALMA science data users through the Canadian Advanced Network for Astronomical Research (CANFAR), in collaboration with NRC’s Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC). This includes the identification and analysis of system and user requirements for processing and imaging ALMA proprietary and public archival data, support for implementation, prototyping, and system testing and verification. The position will support the scientific users of the processing system and participate in the development of new processing capabilities, methods, and tools.

The successful candidate will:

• Analyze and identify client and system requirements for processing and imaging ALMA proprietary and public archival data using ALMA processing tools and pipelines implemented on the CANFAR platform.

• Work with developers to plan the related project proposals, and participate in the prototyping and implementation of the processing system. Take the lead in testing, verifying, and documenting the performance of the system.

• Support clients of the processing facilities through the writing and distribution of user documentation, FAQs, cookbooks, helpdesk participation, and face-to-face assistance, as appropriate.

• Assist with maintaining the system to preserve its functionality as the CANFAR platform and ALMA science software and processing methods/heuristics evolve. Identify and participate in the development of new facilities, infrastructure, and tools.

• Provide scientific expertise and act as a technical resource for internal stakeholders (NRC Herzberg’s programs) and for external stakeholders (the Canadian astronomical community and the North American ALMA partnership) through participation in the activities of the ALMA science support team in Victoria.

• Lead the exploration of options and initiatives to extend the CANFAR-based ALMA processing system into related areas of radio/(sub)millimetre science data processing (e.g. JVLA, SKA).

• Advance NRC expertise in the field of radio/(sub)millimetre astronomical research through the identification, championing, and completion of research projects (including publication in the international refereed literature) that are significant additions to the existing body of knowledge, using the facilities available to Canadian scientists and in particular those supported by NRC.

Applicants must have acquired a Ph.D. in astronomy/astrophysics and have significant relevant experience beyond the Ph.D. Applications should be made by 28 November 2016 via the process described at the URL provided.

NRC is an equal opportunity employer.
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