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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

Job title Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

Department Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Salary Starting from £27,116, rising to £33,309 per annum

Grade Grade 6

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

This role is sponsorable

Placed on Friday 18 November 2022

Closing date Sunday 11 December 2022

Interview date Monday 19 December 2022

Reference CF10057

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SWIMMR (Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk) is a four-year research programme that will improve the UK's capabilities for space weather monitoring and prediction.

About the project

A Royal Academy of Engineering report (2011) suggests that all Services that depend on satellite radio navigation for positioning, navigation or timing (PNT), either directly or indirectly, "should explain their contingency plans for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) outages".

The objective of the SWIMMR N3 project (recently funded by NERC) will build a step-change in the Met Office’s ability to specify and forecast the ionosphere. 

The ability to monitor and forecast gradients in Total Electron Content (TEC) as well as the occurrence of scintillation on GNSS signals is paramount for safety-critical applications, for example, civil aviation. At the University of Bath we will help the Met Office in building such a capability through the SWIMMR N3 project. 

About the role

The overall purpose of this job position is to build computer tools (in Python) for the nowcasting and forecasting of TEC gradients and ionospheric scintillation by using GNSS data as well as other data of relevance.

Summary of the role:

  • to create and optimise computer tools in Python for nowcasting and forecasting of TEC gradients and scintillation;
  • contribute to documentation and to facilitate the delivery of these computer tools (in Python)
  • to contribute to collaborative research within this project;
  • preparing, conducting and recording the outcome of experiments and field work
  • participate in project meetings as well as Departmental and Group meetings;

The position is full time available from 3 April 2023 until 31 March 2024.

About You

Our ideal applicant will have a degree in Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science or any other area closely related to the research activity. You will need to be;

  • Highly competent in programming with Python; 
  • Ability to craft Python algorithms suitable to the project objectives;
  • able to work within a team.

Further information

The appointee will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic environment and to build their research profile in space weather science. They will be supported to travel to meetings and to share their research with the wider community as opportunities arise throughout the project.

Informal enquires can be made to Biagio Forte (B.Forte@bath.ac.uk)

What we can offer you

We are an equal opportunities employer and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award

A family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident leader and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require. 

We offer:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce; 
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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