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ICRAR is a great place to work, and we encourage you to apply for any vacancy that you are suitably qualified for.
For more information on the benefits of employment at ICRAR with either Curtin University or The University of Western Australia, you can visit the Curtin or UWA employment websites.

Current Vacancies

POSITION REF LOCATION CLOSES
CAASTRO 3D Fellowships – two positions ANU 514752 Curtin/UWA 17-JAN-2017
Research Associate (Theoretical Astrophysics) 498244 UWA 31-JAN-2017
Research Associate (WALLABY) 498321 UWA 10-FEB-2017
Research Associate (Astrophysical Simulations) 498322 UWA 10-FEB-2017

CAASTRO 3D Fellowships

  • Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellowship with CAASTRO-3D
  • Tenure: 4 years fixed term, full-time
  • Salary Range: $85,916 – $115,277 (ALA/ALB)
  • Location: One position available at Curtin University and one position available at The University of Western Australia

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3-Dimensions (CAASTRO-3D) spans six (6) Australian universities, three (3) national infrastructure facilities, and seven (7) international partner institutions.
Headed by Professor Lisa Kewley at the Australian National University, the newly formed Centre of Excellence is offering one (1) prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship at each research node to outstanding early career postdoctoral scientists to conduct independent, world-leading observational or theoretical research focused on the main Centre scientific programs. CAASTRO-3D’s Curtin and UWA nodes’ research focus are the Epoch of Reionisation, ASKAP Surveys, First Galaxies, and Data Intensive Astronomy Infrastructure:

  • Data Intensive Science: the Centre is reliant on the efficient collection, processing, storage and curation of vast amounts of data from the Centre’s scientific programs, requiring novel techniques and advanced algorithms to accomplish. Contact: Professor Andreas Wicenec, Professor Lister Staveley-Smith, and Dr Martin Meyer.
  • First Galaxies: Following the launch of JWST on Oct-2018 we will be conducting guaranteed time observations to obtain an ultra-deep JWST field, as well as searching for z>12 galaxies using foreground clusters to amplify the distant light. Contact: Professor Simon Driver.
  • The Epoch of Reionisation: This program will use the Murchison Widefield Array in Western Australia to detect the Epoch of Reionisation using neutral hydrogen emission, compare with the predictions of detailed theoretical simulations, and work towards the future SKA EoR program. Contact: Dr Cathryn Trott, Professor Carole Jackson.
  • ASKAP Surveys: The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder is conducting three large surveys (FLASH, WALLABY, and DINGO) to measure the mass and angular momentum through neutral hydrogen gas of hundreds of thousand galaxies over the past 6 billion years. Dr Martin Meyer, Professor Lister Staveley-Smith and Professor Simon Driver.
  • The Genesis Simulation Suite: Complementing the observational science programs of CAASTRO-3D is an ambitious and comprehensive theoretical program of cosmological simulations and galaxy formation modelling, including development of novel astrophysical models and detailed comparison of simulation predictions with observational datasets (e.g. the ASKAP and SAMI surveys). Contact: A/Professor Chris Power.

The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) is funded by the State Government of Western Australia and is a joint venture between Curtin University and The University of Western Australia (UWA). ICRAR is playing a key role in Australia’s participation in the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project. ICRAR is a highly regarded international Centre with over 150 staff and students delivering world-class outcomes for astronomical science, engineering and data intensive astronomy. ICRAR offers a very vibrant and innovative research culture and supportive environment. ICRAR researchers also have excellent access to the nearby $80M Pawsey supercomputing Centre.

These prestigious Fellowships are tenable at one or more Australian CAASTRO-3D host institutions of the Fellows’ choice, subject to a maximum of one Fellow per host institution per year. Fellows may spend up to two 2 years visiting at another CAASTRO-3D host institution or partner institution of their choice, and are encouraged to conduct research within more than one scientific program. Both UWA and Curtin University are host institutions and we encourage applicants to contact us for further information on the specific aspects of the following CAASTRO-3D programs which are centred at our Universities:

Further information is available on the ANU Job Listing. Applicants should review the complete advert for these Fellowships as there is a central evaluation process. Also see the AAS  job advert (JRID57644, open 1 December).
Overall Contacts: Professor Carole Jackson (CAASTRO-3D Curtin Node Director) or Professor Lister Staveley-Smith (CAASTRO-3D UWA Node Director)

Note: reference letters should be sent to Lisa Kewley and the relevant CAASTRO-3D node director.
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Research Associate (Theoretical Astrophysics)

  • Position Title: Research Associate (Theoretical Astrophysics)
  • Tenure: 2 year appointment (with the possibility of a 1 year extension subject to funding)
  • Salary Range: Level A Step 8 $91,397 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

ICRAR is looking to appoint a highly motivated and suitably qualified scientist to undertake research in cosmological simulations of galaxy transformation in dense environments, as part of an ARC-funded Discovery Project. The Research Associate (RA) will work under the supervision of Prof Kenji Bekki at ICRAR and in collaboration with observational astronomers at Swinburne University (Prof Duncan Forbes), the University of Queensland (Prof Michael Drinkwater), and the Australian Astronomical Observatory (Prof Warwick Couch). Applicants must have a PhD in computational astrophysics or related discipline. Preference will be given to candidates who have experiences of hydrodynamical modeling of galaxy transformation processes, preferably in dense environments. However, applications from candidates working in other areas of theoretical astrophysics will be considered.

Further information is available on the UWA Job Listing. Applicants should review the complete advert for this position.

Contact: Dr Kenji Bekki.

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Research Associate – CAASTRO-3D Research Scientist on Wallaby

  • Tenure: 3 year appointment (with the possibility of a 1 year extension subject to funding)
  • Salary Range: Level A $67,352 – $91,397 p.a. plus 17% superannuation and relocation support if required
  • Unique opportunity to work alongside ICRAR and CSIRO astrophysicists, taking part in two of Australia’s largest astronomy centres and engage in frontline international science using world-class observing and computing facilities, and work with leading researchers

The focus of this research position is the Wallaby HI survey now being conducted with the ASKAP telescope (www.atnf.csiro.au/research/WALLABY) by principal investigators Prof Lister Staveley-Smith (ICRAR/UWA), Dr Bärbel Koribalski (CSIRO), and the rest of the Wallaby team which consists of over 100 researchers. The vibrant and diverse Australian astronomical research community has access to a broad array of other facilities, including the Parkes and Compact Array telescopes, the Magellan, Gemini and Keck telescopes, and is engaged in the Giant Magellan Telescope and Square Kilometre Array projects.

We are currently in search for a passionate and driven Research Associate to undertake competitive research and actively collaborate with researchers within ICRAR/UWA, CSIRO and other CAASTRO – 3D nodes and partner institutes.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • PhD in radio astronomy or related discipline
  • Expertise in area of astrophysics relevant to the ASKAP Wallaby survey
  • Experience in data intensive astronomy
  • Proficiency in verbal and written communication
  • Good publication record as evidenced by international refereed publications
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in distributed scientific collaborations
  • An understanding of equal opportunity principles and policies and a commitment to their application in a university context

Further information is available on the UWA Job Listing. Applicants should review the complete advert for this position.

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Research Associate – CAASTRO-3D Research Scientist in Astrophysical Simulations

  • Tenure: 3 year appointment
  • Salary Range: Level A $67,352 – $91,397 p.a. plus 17% superannuation and relocation support if required
  • Unique opportunity to work on astrophysical simulations of galaxy formation and evolution, exploiting hydro-dynamical and semi-analytical methods
  • Take part in two of Australia’s largest astronomy centres (CAASTRO-3D and ICRAR), engage in frontline international science using world-class high performance computing facilities, and work with leading researchers.

This research position focuses on utilisation and development of astrophysical simulations of galaxy formation, and consists of large-scale cosmological N-body runs coupled to semi-analytical models, and detailed hydro-dynamical runs of galaxy formation, which exploit high performance computing facilities across Australia. There will be extensive opportunity to develop accurate, physically motivated models for small-scale astrophysical processes, and to produce realistic synthetic observables for comparison with observational data.

We are currently in search for an enthusiastic Research Associate to be part of this 3-Dimensions research, led by Professor Lisa Kewley at the Australian National University. The appointee will have the opportunity to spend time visiting other CAASTRO-3D host and partner institutions.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • PhD in astrophysical simulations or related discipline
  • Expertise in astrophysics and high performance computing
  • Experience in data intensive astronomy
  • Proficiency in verbal and written communication
  • Good publication record as evidenced by international refereed publications
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in distributed scientific collaborations
  • An understanding of equal opportunity principles and policies and a commitment to their application in a university context

Further information is available on the UWA Job Listing. Applicants should review the complete advert for this position.

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