Skip to main content



Research Software Engineer/Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Square Kilometre Array


Grade 7: £32,817 - £40,322

Closing date

Jul 29, 2020 12:00PM


The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be the world's largest radio telescope and will consist of two instruments: the low frequency array (SKA-LOW) will be built in a radio-quiet desert in Australia; the mid frequency array (SKA-MID) will be built in a similar region in South Africa.

The SKA will revolutionise our understanding of our Universe, specifically it will address questions in the areas of dark matter and dark energy, planet and galaxy formation, extra-terrestrial life, the Epoch of Reionisation (EoR), pulsars and transients.

The SKA will be a software-driven instrument that will pose extreme challenges: data flow and associated data rates, along with the computational power and complexity required to achieve the scientific goals are unprecedented.

We are seeking full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistants or Research Software Engineers to join the Scientific Computing group at the Oxford e-Research Centre (OeRC) which is part of the Department of Engineering Science. The available posts are funded by STFC and are fixed-term for 12 months in the first instance.

The posts report to Prof Wes Armour and the primary responsibility of the postholders will be to contribute to the SKA Science Data Handling & Processing (SDH&P) development activities, including but not limited to:

  • Designing radio astronomy specific software for the SDH&P.

  • Applying HPC technologies to enable software to deliver the scientific goals of the SKA.

  • Participating in the development of many-core domain specific algorithms for SKA.

  • Engage in development activities with the SKA Office, and with SDH&P nation and international partners.

  • These activities will require testing, validation and documentation within the procedures established by the SKA project.

You should hold, or be close to completion of, a PhD/DPhil in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, or a related subject, together with relevant experience. Alternatively you will should have equivalent industrial experience in these areas. You should have excellent communication skills, be able to work as a member of a team, have the ability to present work at conferences, write publications, and represent the group at meetings as required.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Wes Armour at:

For information about working at the Department, see

Only online applications received before midday on 29 July 2020 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement (including a description of research interests and experience), CV, and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Contact name

Prof. Wes Armour

Contact email