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SCUBA-2 is the highly innovative wide-field camera designed to replace SCUBA which will be operational on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope in 2006. With over 9,000 pixels in two arrays, SCUBA-2 will map the submillimetre sky up to a thousand times faster than SCUBA, and is expected to have a huge impact on many areas of astronomy from studies of galaxy formation and evolution in the early Universe to understanding star and planet formation in our own Galaxy. A Fourier Transform Spectrometer (named FTS-2) is being built for use with the SCUBA-2 camera, which will provide unprecedented hyperspectral imaging capabilities for submillimetre astronomy. See for more information.

Spectral Modeling Co-op Student for the SCUBA-2 FTS


The Astronomical Instrumentation Group at the University of Lethbridge, led by Dr. David Naylor, specializes in submillimetre instrumentation for astronomy. The AIG is currently involved in two major international astronomy projects: SPIRE and SCUBA-2. Both projects involve developing imaging Fourier transform spectrometers (FTS) in the submillimetre spectral region, and both systems will yield spectral as well as spatial information in their spectral cube data products. An FTS simulator has been developed to explore the spectroscopic capabilities of SPIRE and FTS-2 prior to completion of the instruments.

Job Description

Both SPIRE and FTS-2 are driven by extra-galactic and galactic science cases, covering a wide range of aspects of star and galaxy formation. The above-mentioned simulator serves several purposes, including the exploration of instrument-specific limitations of observations. It will also be available to the scientific community as a sand-box to simulate observation runs. We are currently recruiting for a coop student knowledgeable in far-infrared or submillimetre astronomy to model spectral images from prominent sources for use in the simulator by future users of SPIRE and FTS-2. This will include galactic as well as extra-galactic sources, possibly also some faint objects in the solar system.

Skill Requirements

We invite applications from students experienced in:

  • far-infrared and/or submillimetre astronomy, preferably covering galactic as well as extra-galactic topics
  • low to medium resolution spectroscopy in astronomy
  • modeling, data manipulation, and analysis

Knowledge of the Interactive Data Language (IDLŽ) would be a definite asset. The student should be comfortable to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.


4 month period, starting May 1, 2006.


Depends on previous experience of the student and is competitive. Actual moving expenses will be reimbursed.

Submissions should be sent to:

Brad Gom
SCUBA-2 FTS Project Manager
Department of Physics
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge Alberta
Canada T1K 3M4


Non-specific resumes/applications will not be considered.

Check with your Co-op office for deadlines.

The University of Lethbridge hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply, however Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Information on the Astronomical Instrumentation Group may be found on the web at:

Please send any comments or questions to

Fiat Lux

Physics Department
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive
Lethbridge, Alberta
T1K 3M4
Phone: (403) 329-2771
Fax: (403) 329-2057

Last modified on: Tuesday, 22-Jan-2008 11:39:48 MST