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The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is looking for a full time project scientist to work on the Opticon RadioNet Pilot (ORP) project at the STFC/UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh (UK). The contract will be open ended, closing date is 30 October 2021.

The STFC is looking for an enthusiastic astronomer to join the team working on the OPTICON RadioNet Pilot (ORP) project. The primary responsibility of this role is management of the transnational access programme for the optical telescopes in the ORP project and, in the longer term, to extend this to include some of the radio facilities. 

The role requires excellent interpersonal skills as it will involve significant interactions with the astronomers proposing observations, referees during the peer-review process, and close liaison with the management teams of the observatories in the network. The role also includes helping to define the future roadmap for European collaboration in ground-based astronomy and contributing to development of common observing tools within the ORP project.

The successful candidate will have an own active research programme in an area reflecting the science priorities of projects in development at the UKATC. These include major roles on projects for the European Southern Observatory’s Extremely Large Telescope (HARMONI, METIS, HIRES, MOSAIC), MOONS and CUBES for the Very Large Telescope, the SKA Observatory, ALMA and LISA.

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