Job Openings


Specialist (Junior, Assistant, Associate or Full) – Radio Astronomy Digital Instrumentation – Space Sciences Laboratory

The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a full-time (100%) Junior Specialist, Assistant Specialist, Associate Specialist or Full Specialist, in the area of radio astronomy digital instrumentation, with an expected start date of May 2019.

Position Description:
The Collaboration for Astronomy Signal Processing and Electronics Research (CASPER) group at the Space Science Laboratory is seeking a highly motivated individual to further the collaboration’s work in providing open-source software and hardware resources to support the radio-astronomy research community. CASPER’s goal is to increase the re-usability of radio-astronomy DSP hardware and software and thereby lower the cost of developing astronomical instrumentation. The CASPER collaboration comprises a dozen or more core developers who contribute a variety of FPGA/GPU/CPU processing libraries and programming tools to CASPER’s open-source code repositories. These resources are used by a community of ~100 researchers worldwide to design and deploy instrumentation. While most CASPER developers are largely responsible for the design and deployment of instrumentation for specific projects, we seek a developer and researcher in Berkeley to primarily focus on supporting the core CASPER infrastructure for the larger community.

For more information and application instructions please see https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02137


Associate/Full Researcher – Radio Astronomy Digital Instrumentation – Radio Astronomy Laboratory

The Radio Astronomy Laboratory (RAL) at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a full-time (100%) Associate/Full Researcher in the areas of radio astronomy research and digital instrumentation, with an expected start date of July 2019.

Position Description:

The UC Berkeley Radio Astronomy Lab is seeking a highly motivated individual to conduct research in radio astronomy, designing advanced radio astronomy instrumentation for HERA (the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array) and several other radio telescope arrays, as well as further the Collaboration for Astronomy Signal Processing and Electronics Research (CASPER) by developing open-source software and hardware for the radio-astronomy community.

For more information and application instructions please see https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02148



Future Opportunities at Harvard-Smithsonian | Center for Astrophysics, including the EHT

The Harvard-Smithsonian | Center for Astrophysics is a hub of instrument development for the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration. The recent publication of the first image of a black hole has substantially improved the funding environment, with recent tangible results. We expect a variety of positions to become available in the near future, including in the areas of systems engineering, hardware, FPGA firmware development, and software, for earth and flight based instruments. We are very open to talented early career applicants, including postdocs, as well as more experienced individuals. CASPERites wanting to explore opportunities in the EHT and related areas, such as the SMA, please get in touch with:
Jonathan Weintroub or
Kari Haworth .


South African Radio Astronomy Observatory

SARAO has various CASPER-related teams interested in hiring new talent:


  • Electronics group, focusing on general hardware development.
  • FPGA team focusing on hardware support packages (generally in HDL).
  • DSP group focusing on realtime FPGA (generally in Simulink) and GPU coding and DSP algorithm development.


Please forward your CVs along to Francois Kapp: