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The Department of Physics University of Auckland is seeking a Research Fellow to contribute to our research into free-space optical communications and space situational awareness.

https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/TheUniversityOfAuckland/743999865736981-research-fellow-physics

A candidate for the Research Fellow position will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Analysing satellite image data, and preparing international peer-reviewed journal articles presenting these results
  • Creating a data pipeline to collect and store the images from the one or more all-sky cameras, writing or adapting existing code to estimate cloud coverage from the images, and providing time-series data of cloud cover fraction, and preparing international peer-reviewed journal articles presenting these results,
  • Writing new or adapting existing mount control software as required to optimise telescope tracking of LEO satellites,
  • Creating or adapting an existing database solution for collecting data from the Miratlas system, and preparing international peer-reviewed journal articles presenting these results.
  • Overseeing the installation of a remotely operable observatory dome, configuring the complete observatory system to be remotely operable, installing and configuring existing mount control software to enable telescope tracking of LEO satellites
  • Performing tracking observations of Earth-orbiting satellites and collecting image data
  • Installing one or more all-sky cameras at selected sites across New Zealand
  • Overseeing the installation of a Miratlas Integrated Seeing Monitor and Long Wave Infra-Red all-sky camera at the University of Canterbury Mount John Observatory.

Dr Nicholas James Rattenbury

Department of Physics

The University of Auckland