Posted Thursday December 27, 2018

Emerging Astronomers

New fellowships to fuel fundamental physics with radio telescopes in Canada

Perimeter Institute and Canada’s National Research Council have created a pair of postdoctoral fellowships for exceptional emerging radio astronomers.

As radio astronomy enters a transformative new era, Perimeter Institute and Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) have launched two new fellowships to accelerate the research of young scientists conducting theory, data analysis, or instrument development.

The new initiative is a collaboration between Perimeter and NRC’s Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO), the site of Canada’s revolutionary Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) Telescope.

Instruments like CHIME and forthcoming experiments possess unprecedented statistical power, promising to open new windows into fundamental physics questions, including dark matter, gravity, and neutrinos. These instruments will be used to tackle new challenges in data analysis and high-performance computing, and will help scientists resolve deep astronomical puzzles, such as the origin of fast radio bursts (FRBs).

The Perimeter-DRAO partnership will bring together theorists, data analysts, and instrumentalists at the leading edge of this very exciting field.

One of the postdoctoral fellows will be based at the DRAO, with the other at Perimeter Institute; each will be encouraged to spend time at the other institution to deepen the partnership and strengthen the connections between the institutions.

Perimeter Institute is part of a number of radio astronomy collaborations, including CHIME/FRB, HIRAX (Hydrogen Intensity and Real-time Analysis Experiment), and the EHT (Event Horizon Telescope), among others. Perimeter researchers associated with these initiatives include Avery Broderick, Ue-Li Pen, Will Percival, Daniel Siegel, Kendrick Smith, and Neil Turok.

In addition to hosting CHIME in British Columbia and several other radio telescopes, DRAO features laboratories and specialized equipment for the design and construction of all aspects of radio-frequency instrumentation, from highly sensitive antennae and receiver systems to high-speed digital signal processing hardware and software. This national facility is home to astronomers, astrophysicists, engineers, and technologists, as well as visiting researchers and students from universities and astronomical observatories around the world.

The deadline to apply for the fellowships is January 31, 2019. Find more information and apply here.

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