A research engineer position is available at the Nordic ALMA Regional Centre (ARC) node. The Nordic ARC node is a part of Onsala Space Observatory (OSO) - the Swedish National Facility for Radio Astronomy, hosted by the Department of Space, Earth and Environment (SEE) at Chalmers University of Technology. OSO operates telescopes in Sweden used for astronomy and geodesy, and has shares in the APEX telescope in Chile. The observatory takes part in international radio astronomy projects, such as EVN, ALMA, and SKA, and is a geodetic fundamental station. 

OSO is located in Onsala, approx. 45km south of Gotheburg, together with the astronomy units of the Astronomy and Plasma Physics division in SEE. Research in the astronomy units covers galactic star formation, evolved stars, galaxy formation and evolution, and galaxy clusters. In total, SEE contains five divisions, with research and education spanning from global challenges related to sustainability and energy supply to astronomy and space sciences. The department hosts an additional major infrastructure, Chalmers Power Central, and consist of about 250 employees.

Information about The Nordic ARC node
The Nordic ARC node currently consists of 7 members and supports ALMA projects from the Nordic countries (Sweden, Denmark, Finnland, and Norway). As an increasing fraction of ALMA data will be processed by the ALMA pipeline, ARC node work will focus on giving direct user support to visiting users who received ALMA data or want to harvest data from the ALMA archive. The support ranges from accessing data from the ALMA archive, to advanced calibration and analysis of data. In addition, the Nordic ARC node develops software tools to improve data quality and to aid the analysis of the data.

Job description
We are looking for a research engineer to join the Nordic ALMA Regional Centre node. The successful applicant will be a member of the Nordic ARC node and will be involved in all the regular activities within the node, in particular quality assessment of ALMA data from Nordic projects, face-to-face user support, software tool development, contact scientist activities, and community training and outreach.

The ALMA support is on a 50% level. The remaining 50% can be used for the applicant's own research, ideally related to one of the research topics covered by the astronomy units. 

Position summary
The position is a full-time temporary employment for two years.

The successful applicant has a doctoral degree in astronomy or a closely related field. The candidate should have good knowledge in the calibration and analysis of ALMA or other interferometric data, on a level that allows the candidate to provide advanced user support. Ideally the successful candidate has experience from working within the European ARC node network, at one of the other ARCs, or at ALMA in Chile. Candidates with a strong inteferometric background from other observatories will also be considered. We expect the successful applicant to actively contribute to the development of projects that help Nordic users in preparing, reducing, and analysing their ALMA data.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure 
The application should be marked with Name, Ref 20170596 and be attached as PDF files, as below:


Personal letter
• 1-2 pages 

Other documents (optional): 
• Copies of completed education, grades etc. Two references that we can contact should be provided at a possible interview. 

Please use the button at the bottom of the page to reach the application form.

Application deadline: 31 January 2018

For questions, please contact:
Doctor Matthias Maercker, matthias.maercker@chalmers.se, +46 31 7725521

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