ICRAR’s research staff form the backbone of our activities in astronomy, engineering and data intensive astronomy.
They work across our many projects in areas as varied as telescope systems design and verification, large scale simulations of the Universe, and the overwhelming computing systems required for the next generation of telescopes and galaxy surveys.
P: 08 9266 3577
I specialise in the rapid radio follow-up and monitoring of high energy transients. I study a wide range of astronomical transients (explosive or eruptive events) including gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), supernovae, black hole X-ray binaries, tidal disruption events, magnetars and flare stars.
Senior Research Fellow
P: 08 6488 3663
Science Units: Multiwavelength and Spectroscopic Surveys; Gas and Feedback with Radio Surveys.
Expertise: Star formation cycle, interstellar medium and environmental effects in nearby galaxies.
Current and past large surveys: The SAMI Galaxy Survey, The GALEX Arecibo SDSS Survey, The Herschel Reference Survey, The Herschel Virgo Cluster Survey.
PhD, 2005, Universita’ degli Studi di Milano Bicocca (Italy) and Universite de Provence (France).
WAVES Project Scientist
P: 08 6488 7750
All about the galaxy life cycle
Dr Davies looks at galaxies of all shapes and sizes to compare those that existed in the early Universe to those that formed more recently.
Luke’s big research question at the moment is ‘do galaxies form more stars when they dramatically smash together?’
Research Specialisation: Galaxy evolution by comparing the stellar, dust and molecular gas components of star-forming systems in the early Universe.
P: 08 9266 9475
I am reasearcher at CIRA (Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy), working on galaxy evolution. More particularly, I focus on the co-evolution active galatic nuclei (AGN) emitting at radio wavelengths in the early Universe. My main interest is to understand how the central supermassive black hole at the center of the AGN formed, evolved and influenced the formation and evolution of the most massive galaxies observed in the local Universe.
I also work on gravitationally amplified galaxies. Thanks to a massive structure (galaxy or galaxy cluster) located on the line of sight of distant galaxies, fainter background galaxies are magnified, both in power and resolution. Thanks to this natural boost, we are able to probe scales otherwise unobservable, even with our most powerful telescopes, and understand the star formation properties in the peak of the activity in the young Universe.
P: 08 6488 3776
Building Synthetic Universes
Dr. Pascal uses simulations of cosmic structure formation as laboratories to test theories of galaxy formation, dark matter, dark energy and gravity.
Pascal uses his virtual laboratories to answer two big questions. How to galaxies, such as our own Milky Way, form and evolve? What makes up the invisible part of our Universe, that is what is dark matter and what is dark energy?
Specialisation: Computational Astrophysics, Galaxy Formation, Cosmology, Code development.
Research Associate (CAASTRO)
P: 08 6488 6772
Dr. Cullan Howlett works on modelling and measuring the Large Scale Structure of the Universe; using large galaxy surveys to make 3D maps that enable us to study the properties of gravity, dark matter and dark energy.
Early Career Research Fellow
P: 08 9266 9178
New telescopes, the flat flat desert and supernova remnants.
Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker gets to play with the first data from a brand new telescope, one of the first of its kind.
She’s discovering new things, creating some stunning images, and seeing a part of outback Australia that not many people get to travel to.
Specialisation: MWA Imaging & Calibration
P: 08 9266 9224
BUDI JUSWARDY received B.Eng (Electrical Engineering) from National University of Singapore, M.Sc from Nanyang Technological University, and PhD from Edith Cowan Unviersity.
From Jan 2001 to Jun 2002, He was attached to Institue of Microelectronic (A-Star, Singapore), working on SRAM and Delta-sigma modulator. He was an Electrical Engineer with Personal Communication Sector, Motorola Electronics, Singapore, from 2003 to 2006. He was with WA Centre for Microphotonic Systems, Electron Science Research Institute Edith Cowan University, as a Posdoctoral Research Fellow from 2009 -2010, working on LCoS and Optical Communication Circuits.
Currently, he is a Research Engineer with Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy, Curtin University since 2011, working on Low-frequency Aperture Array Verification System for the Square Kilometer Array project. His research interests include RF Circuits and Systems, Optical Communication, and Renewable Energy Systems.
Research Associate (CAASTRO)
P: 08 6488 7748
Radio galaxies, AGN feedback, relativistic jets, theoretical models of radio source evolution, radio emission from star-forming galaxies, low frequency radio astronomy
Currently involved in surveys:
Galactic and Extragalactic All-Sky MWA Survey (GLEAM)
ASKAP Evolutionary Map of the Universe (EMU) All-Sky surevy
LOFAR Deep All-Sky Surveys
LOFAR VLBI Calibrator survey (LBCS)
Radio Galaxy Zoo (RGZ) citizen science project
P: 08 9266 9141
Black holes, relativistic jets and our powerful Universe
Supermassive black holes change too slowly for us to observe, but their smaller cousins might provide some clues to their properties.
Dr James Miller-Jones is studying the powerful jets of plasma launched by low-mass black holes within the Milky Way, aiming to understand how they work. He hopes this will provide new insights into the workings of supermassive black holes in distant galaxies.
For James, who has been interested in astronomy since way back when, using giant radio telescopes and planning for the SKA pathfinders is all about discovery and solving the mysteries of the Universe.
“Every time I look at a set of telescope data, there is the possibility of finding something new and unique, something that no-one else has ever seen before. When I’m on the cusp of a new discovery like that, I can’t go to sleep until I’ve got the answer.”
Research Specialisation: Radio jets in X-ray binaries
Research Associate (CAASTRO)
P: 08 9266 1285
I am a research associate with the Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO). After finishing my PhD at UWA in 2015, which concerned statistical and computational analyses of dark matter haloes, I moved to Curtin where I am a part of the Epoch of Reionisation (EoR) team, using the MWA to attempt to detect the faint signals of the first stars and galaxies.
My role in this team is primarily statistical. Detection of the EoR is an incredibly ambitious undertaking. Not only is the signal extremely faint, but between it and us is basically every galaxy and star in the Universe. These intervening objects obscure and distort the signal we are trying to detect, and so to unravel their impact requires sophisticated statistical machinery. My job is to provide some of that machinery, so that one day we can hope to extract that all-important signal.
Research Associate Professor
P: 08 6488 7388
I am an astrophysicist, active as Associate Professor at the ICRAR node at the University of Western Australia (UWA). After completing my PhD at Oxford in 2009, I acquired two years of work experience as manager in industry and coordinator of microgravity flights with the European Space Agency, before rejoining research in astrophysics at the end of 2011.
I study the evolution of galaxies using a mix of analytical and computational methods, including N-body simulation techniques. My core interests are gas in galaxies, angular momentum, and cosmic large-scale structure. To secure the impact of this research, I maintain a strong links to observers and work in a data-driven way.
Senior Research Fellow - Peter Curran Memorial Fellow
P: 08 9266 3785
My research focuses on accreting black holes, where I use multiwavelength space- and ground-based observations to study acrcretion over the full range of black hole masses (from stellar to supermassive) and accretion rates (from quiescent to super-Eddington). My main research goal is to better understand the structure/geometry of accretion flows (and their outflows) in different accretion regimes, in order to more effectively use radiation as a probe of Galactic and extragalactic black hole populations, and to learn how black holes may impact their large-scale environments.
CAASTRO Research Fellow
P: 08 6488 7929
Attila is a radio astronomer working on large neutral hydrogen surveys. These surveys image the gas content of many galaxies in large cosmological volumes. As neutral hydrogen gas is the basic element in the Universe, these surveys play a crucial role in helping to understand the evolution of galaxies.
Because of the large data-volumes of modern radio surveys, Attila is interested in data intensive astronomy and he is working on the development of automated reduction pipelines.
Research Professor & ARC Future Fellow
P: 08 6488 7630
I am a computational astrophysicist working on a broad range of problems in galaxy formation and cosmology. My particular interests are in dark matter – what is its nature? what kinds of observations will allow us to discriminate between alternative models? – and in how feedback from stars and black holes (i.e. deposition of energy and momentum into their surroundings) impact the formation and evolution of galaxies. Most of this work requires powerful supercomputers, and so I also have an ongoing interest in scientific high performance computing.
I obtained a BA in Theoretical Physics from Trinity College Dublin in 1999, and a PhD from Durham University in 2003. Between 2004 and 2011, I held postdoc positions in the Swinburne Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing in Melbourne (2004-07) and with the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the University of Leicester (2008-11). I have been at ICRAR/UWA since 2011, initially as a research assistant professor and, since 2014, as a research associate professor and ARC Future Fellow. Here at ICRAR/UWA, I lead the Computational Theory and Modelling Group, a team of approximately 20 staff, postdocs and students working on a variety of simulation, modelling, and statistical problems in galaxy formation and cosmology.
I am an associate member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), and am a Chief Investigator for the new ARC CoE CAASTRO3D. I also serve on various committees, including the Astronomical Society of Australia council, the Australia Telescope Time Assignment Committee (TAC), the Astronomy Supercomputer Time Allocation Committee (ASTAC), and the Australian e-Research Advisory Committee (AeRAC).
MWA Monitor and Control Engineer
P: 08 9266 9474
Worked at Perth Observatory from 1996-2013 – automated the 61cm telescope there, built a CCD camera, and helped set up an automated supernova search. Worked with the PLANET and MiNDSTEp gravitational microlensing groups hunting for extrasolar planets. Started working on Monitor and Control software for the Murchison Widefield Array in 2008, and moved to Curtin in 2013.
ICRAR research fellow
P: 08 6488 7761
-Physical processes that govern how galaxies form stars, grow supermassive black holes and evolve
-Multiwavelength observational astronomy
-Large radio continuum and atomic Hydrogen (HI) surveys
-Radio Galaxy Zoo (http://radio.galaxyzoo.org)