HARMONI Spectrograph Lead Scientist/Engineer

Oxford, UK
Grade 8: £42,149 – £50,296 per annum
12 Nov 2021
20 Dec 2021

Applications are invited for an experienced instrumentation specialist to fulfil the role of HARMONI Spectrograph Lead Scientist/Engineer

The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 4 years, subject to project completion timescales.

The European Southern Observatory’s Extremely Large Telescope (ESO ELT) will be the world’s largest visible/infrared telescope (https://elt.eso.org/). With a primary mirror diameter of 39 m, it will have nearly as much light collecting area as all the world’s telescopes built to date, combined. HARMONI (https://elt.eso.org/instrument/HARMONI) is the first light spectrograph for the ELT, providing visible and near-infrared integral field spectroscopy, assisted by laser star and natural star adaptive optics.

The successful candidate will provide technical leadership, co-ordination, and guidance to the spectrograph technical team. You will be responsible for ensuring technical compliance with the sub-system requirements throughout the Manufacturing, Assembly, Integration and Test (MAIT) phase, culminating in delivery of the fully tested spectrograph assemblies to UKATC, Edinburgh for installation in the integral field spectrograph (IFS) cryostat. The ideal candidate will be capable of combining formal project reporting/monitoring duties with hands-on expertise in the laboratory, and be able to ensure all aspects of the spectrograph function together as a coherent unit.

Applicants should possess a professional degree at Masters or Doctoral level in Physics / Engineering and significant post-qualification experience actively engaged with designing, building and commissioning cryogenic instruments, preferably for astronomical applications. (the appointment level will be tailored to the experience and qualification level).

Further details of the responsibilities, essential and desirable criteria can be found in the Job Description.

The appointment is at Grade 8, but consideration will be given to underfill the post at Grade 7 with the appropriate adjustment in duties, based on amount of experience and degree qualification level.

Previous experience as an instrumentation specialist engaged in the design, build and commissioning of cryogenic instruments, preferably for astronomical applications.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate experience in working with cryogenic instruments. We also expect the candidate to possess expertise in specialist instrumentation at visible or near-infrared wavelengths.

The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach (subject to University guidelines of degree qualifications).

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Niranjan Thatte (niranjan.thatte@physics.ox.ac.uk )

Only applications received before midday 20 December 2021 can be considered. You will be required to upload a letter of application/supporting statement, CV and details of three referees as part of your online application.

It is the applicants responsibility to ask their referees to send letters of reference directly to vanessa.ferraro-wood@physics.ox.ac.uk by the closing date of this advert, 20 December 2021. Reference letters will be acknowledged. Shortlisting will begin from January 6th 2022.

Contact Person: Vanessa Ferraro-Wood
Vacancy ID: 154479
Closing Date & Time: 20-Dec-2021 12:00
Contact Email: vanessa.ferraro-wood@physics.ox.ac.uk