Employment opportunities at JIVE

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is seeking candidates for fixed-term appointment as


to be located at JIVE, Dwingeloo, The Netherlands.

The European VLBI Network (EVN) is an interferometric array of radio 
telescopes spread throughout Europe, extending into Asia, Africa, and Puerto Rico, and often observes in conjunction with the e-MERLIN interferometer in the UK and the VLBA in the US.  The Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe (JIVE) operates the EVN VLBI correlator, provides front-line support to EVN users, and is actively developing new correlator capabilities to promote scientific exploitation of real-time e-VLBI, wide fields of view, and larger global VLBI arrays observing with the African VLBI Network or ALMA.  JIVE is located in Dwingeloo, the Netherlands, at the headquarters of ASTRON, which is the host institute.  Several Dutch universities are within easy reach, and interaction with other radio-astronomy institutes throughout Europe provides for a vibrant research atmosphere.  For further information regarding JIVE and the EVN, refer to www.jive.nl and www.evlbi.org.

We invite applications for the position of JIVE Support Scientist, available from November 2014.  The position has a 50-50 split between support duties and the appointee's own research.  Principal support responsibilities include: 

  •   assisting EVN users to schedule and analyze VLBI experiments.
  •   monitoring EVN performance through dedicated test observations.
  •   overseeing the correlation of experiments:  data-quality review,
  •   preparation of PI/station feedback, liaison with users, etc.
  •   maintaining/developing features of the EVN pipeline.
  •   testing new correlator/network capabilities. 

The position may also involve a modest amount of other local-service collateral duties, such as visitor coordination or organizing colloquia.

The position requires a Ph.D. in astronomy or other relevant field, and a solid foundation in radio interferometry techniques.  Interest in VLBI processing software would be a plus.  Applicants of any nationality are eligible to apply.  A good command of written and spoken English is essential.

The appointment is offered for one year in the first instance with the possibility of an extension up to a total of three years. The appointee will be in the formal employ of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).  The position carries a competitive salary plus an excellent package of secondary benefits, including relocation expenses.

Please send your application to

Ms E. Timmerman
Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe
Postbus 2
7990 AA   Dwingeloo
The Netherlands
personnel [at] astron [dot] nl

Applications should contain a CV and list of publications, together with three letters of reference, which may be sent separately.  All application materials should arrive by 16 October 2014, mentioning ref.No JIVE2014/02.

Responses are preferred by e-mail.  Further information can be obtained from Dr. R.M. Campbell (campbell [at] jive [dot] nl).

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