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Researcher in Algorithms and Software Development for the GMRT SPOTLIGHT Project


Standard Grade 7: £36,024 - £44,263 per annum

Closing date

May 16, 2024 12:00PM


This is an opportunity to join the SPOTLIGHT project. This exciting project aims to discover new Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) and pulsars using the GMRT, one of the largest low-frequency radio telescopes in the world. GMRT is a precursor to the next generation SKA radio telescope due to begin observing in 2026. SPOTLIGHT uses a PetaFlop computing facility based on cutting-edge NVIDIA GPUs to enable real-time commensal searching for radio transients using 2000 beams on the sky.  This post is funded by STFC and is fixed term until 1 April 2026.


The role will focus on enabling multibeam signal processing of the collected data by extending the AstroAccelerate software package. This involves tailoring AstroAccelerate to the SPOTLIGHT science case, both in terms of aspects of the software engineering and signal processing algorithms.


The successful Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) or Research Software Engineer (RSE) will contribute to the design, implementation, and development of software to enable the SPOTLIGHT project. They will collaborate with colleagues at GMRT and have the opportunity to visit them in India. There are also opportunities for the post-holder to help support Masters and DPhil students, along with some ad-hoc teaching in the area of scientific computing.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Wes Armour (


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Only online applications received before midday on 16 May 2024 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), 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.

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