Postgraduate

ICRAR Students

Launched in 2009, ICRAR is a joint venture between Curtin University and The University of Western Australia with funding from the State Government of Western Australia. Our research focuses on three main areas: radio astronomy, data intensive science, and engineering with many research themes across these areas.

What can you study?

Studying at ICRAR

Coursework

ICRAR offers courses at a postgraduate level in astronomy and high performance computing:

Back to top.

Pre-doctoral Studentships

ICRAR has opportunities in our Pre-doctoral Studentships program for students who have completed an undergraduate degree and are intending to continue their studies related to astronomy. Suitable prospective students can request a pre-doctoral studentship to visit us and get a feel for the environment and research possibilities in Perth.

More details are available at the Pre-doctoral Studentships page.

Back to top.

Postgraduate Research

ICRAR is looking for talented, hard working and motivated students to work on Masters by research and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) projects.

Opportunities are available for study at both of ICRAR's joint venture partners, Curtin University and The University of Western Australia. Specific research projects are available across many areas of astronomy (both theoretical and observational), astronomy engineering and high performance computing. Descriptions of current projects are available at:

For further details on an individual project, please feel free to contact the potential supervisor. If you're considering a PhD with ICRAR then please feel free to get in touch and find out more by emailing education@icrar.org. If you have a chance to visit us in beautiful Perth and see what it's like to be part of our thriving research community, we would love to host you. See below for our current students and their research topics.

Back to top. 

Benefits of study with ICRAR

Our students are well supported intellectually in ICRAR's supportive, friendly and excellent research environment. Each student has their own dedicated workstation and high powered computer and our students are encouraged to attend international conferences during their time at ICRAR. In addition, our students have access to many of the best telescopes and facilities, including:

Many of our students are involved in preparation for the Square Kilometre Array and as the only university astronomy research group in Western Australia, we are in the best position for anyone interested in working on the SKA or its Australian pathfinders (the MWA and ASKAP) as part of their postgraduate education. The MWA is directed from ICRAR's Curtin University node and many of our staff and students have been involved in the telescope since its inception.

Our research group has wide ranging expertise in more areas than just the SKA. We have a flourishing simulations and visualisations group, the international Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA) collaboration is led from ICRAR, and we also have large high performance computing and engineering groups.  No matter your area of interest, we have a potential project for you.

ICRAR has grown fast since 2009 and with the combined backing of two world-class universities is an excellent place to complete your astronomy, engineering or computing education. We now have one of the largest groups of postgraduate students in Australian astronomy, and no matter which of our two universities you choose, you will be able to draw on the combined expertise of two very well established astronomy research groups (the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) and The University of Western Australia Astronomy and Astrophysics).

When you complete your study with ICRAR you will be in an excellent position to seek employment in many astronomy institutes around the world. Additionally, your research training will also equip you with a multitude of transferable skills, such as data modelling, programming, dealing with big datasets/databases, as well as communications and media skills.  Your astronomy PhD will make you highly desirable for employment in many sectors, not just in astronomy academia, such as finance, data modelling and other data intensive areas. See the bottom of this page for some of our recently completed students and their current locations.

Back to top.

Postgraduate Scholarships

Below are the scholarship options available at both Curtin University and The University of Western Australia for postgraduate study. The first step in being accepted into a PhD program with ICRAR at either university is to contact us to discuss projects with your potential supervisor, and then to apply for scholarships, so please get in touch so we can help you with the process.

Prospective international PhD students are encouraged to apply for an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) at Curtin University or The University of Western Australia.  For entry into the PhD program at the start of 2015, the IPRS applications open on the 1st of June and close on the 31st of August at Curtin University and the 29th of August at UWA. There is also further information for postgraduate students at UWA's new 'International Scholarships' page.

Prospective Australian PhD applicants are encouraged to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award at either Curtin University or The University of Western Australia.  For entry into the PhD program at the start of 2015, the APA applications open on the 1st of August and close on the 31st of October at both universities. 

For further information on other scholarships available to domestic and international postgraduate students, see Curtin University Scholarships and The University of Western Australia Scholarships.

Other relevant dates and deadlines for scholarships and admissions at UWA are available at: http://www.scholarships.uwa.edu.au/future-students/key-dates and a scholarships FAQ at Curtin University is available at: https://askcurtin.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/scholarship.

Back to top.

Current Students

Mr Stephen Andrews
PhD Candidate

"TBC"

Location: UWA
Phone: 08 6488 7754
Email: stephen.andrews@icrar.org

Mr Balwinder Arora Singh
PhD Candidate

"Ionosphere Faraday Rotation, it's Estimation and Mitigation for Radio Astronomy Applications"

Location: Curtin
Phone: -
Email: balwinder.arora@icrar.org

Mrs Fiona Audcent-Ross
PhD Candidate

"Star Formation demographics in HI selected galaxies."

Location: UWA
Phone: 08 6488 1117
Email: fiona.audcent-ross@icrar.org

Ms Sarah Bruzzese
PhD Candidate

"Initial mass function of NGC 2915"

Location: UWA
Phone: 08 6488 7752
Email: sarah.bruzzese@icrar.org

Lt. Cdr. Chittawan Choeysakul
PhD Candidate

"Characterisation of a Reverberation Chamber Model for Electromagnetic Emission Measurements"

Location: Curtin
Phone: 08 9266 1289
Email: chittawan.choeysakul@icrar.org

Ms Krystal Cook
Student - Masters

"Masters by Coursework"

Location: UWA
Phone: 08 6488 7845
Email: krystal.cook@icrar.org

Mr Hadrian Devillepoix
PhD Candidate

"TBC"

Location: Curtin
Phone: -
Email: hadrian.devillepoix@icrar.org

Mr Geoff Duniam
Student - Masters

"Masters by Coursework"

Location: UWA
Phone: 08 6488 7742
Email: geoff.duniam@icrar.org

Mr Robert Finnegan
Student - Masters

"TBC"

Location: UWA
Phone: 08 6488 1793
Email: robert.finnegan@icrar.org

Ms Hatsune Furui
Student - Masters

"Masters by Coursework"

Location: UWA
Phone: 08 6488 4593
Email: hatsune.furui@icrar.org

Mr Benjamin Henderson
Student - Masters

"Masters by Coursework"

Location: UWA
Phone: 08 6488 7626
Email: benjamin.henderson@icrar.org

Mr David Herne
PhD Candidate

"High-Fidelity Mapping and Calibration of the Ionosphere to Low-Frequency Radio Waves"

Location: Curtin
Phone: -
Email: david.herne@icrar.org

Ms Laura Hoppmann
PhD Candidate

"Evolution of the Gas Content of the Universe"

Location: UWA
Phone: 08 6488 4583
Email: laura.hoppmann@icrar.org

Ms Katharine Kelley
PhD Candidate

"A Radio Astronomy search for Axionic Dark Matter"

Location: UWA
Phone: 08 6488 7880
Email: katharine.kelley@icrar.org

Ms Rebecca Lange
PhD Candidate

"Analysis of galaxies in the GAMA database"

Location: UWA
Phone: 08 6488 7756
Email: rebecca.lange@icrar.org

Mr Chris Lord
Student - Masters

"A Low Frequency Array of Simple Radio Telescopes for the Detection of Solar X-Ray and Radio Flares, and the Study of the Ionosphere"

Location: Curtin
Phone: -
Email: chris.lord@icrar.org

Mr Damien Macpherson
PhD Candidate

"TBC"

Location: UWA
Phone: 08 6488 7751
Email: damien.macpherson@icrar.org

Mr Jurek Malarecki
PhD Candidate

"The Warm-Hot Intergalactic Medium"

Location: UWA
Phone: 08 6488 1370
Email: jurek.malarecki@icrar.org

Mr Scott Meyer
PhD Candidate

"Investigating the Tully-Fisher relation and galaxy kinematics through neutral Hydrogen spectral line stacking techniques"

Location: UWA
Phone: 08 6488 1222
Email: scott.meyer@icrar.org

Mr Mehran Mossammaparast
Student - Masters

"Radiometric Receiver for Measuring Red-Shifted 21cm Hydrogen Monopole During EoR"

Location: Curtin
Phone: -
Email: mehran.mossammaparast@icrar.org

Mr Steven Murray
PhD Candidate - CAASTRO

"Non-Parametric Descriptions of dark Matter Haloes"

Location: UWA
Phone: 08 6488 4537
Email: steven.murray@icrar.org

Mr Samuel Oronsaye
Student - PhD

"Survey for Pulsars with the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA)"

Location: Curtin
Phone: 08 9266 1289
Email: samuel.oronsaye@icrar.org

Ms Divya Palaniswamy
PhD Candidate

"The high resolution dynamic radio sky"

Location: Curtin
Phone: 08 9266 9175
Email: divya.palaniswamy@icrar.org

Mr Thomas Russell
Student - PhD

"The connection between inflow and outflow around accreting stellar mass black holes"

Location: Curtin
Phone: 08 9266 1289
Email: thomas.russell@icrar.org

Dr Paul Scott-Taylor
PhD Candidate

"Large-scale Computer Simulation of Radio Continuum Emission"

Location: UWA
Phone: 08 6488 1127
Email: paul.scott-taylor@icrar.org

Mr Ruonan (Jason) Wang
PhD Candidate

"A data optimised I/O middle ware and API for applications to access heterogenous storage hierarchies in HPC and cloud environments"

Location: UWA
Phone: 08 6488 4688
Email: jason.wang@icrar.org

Mr Stefan Westerlund
PhD Candidate

"A Parallel Source Finder For Searching Radio Astronomy Images using High Performance Computing"

Location: UWA
Phone: 08 6488 1780
Email: stefan.westerlund@icrar.org

Mr Angus Wright
PhD Candidate

"Galactic Formation & Dynamics"

Location: UWA
Phone: 08 6488 7784
Email: angus.wright@icrar.org

Mr Cameron Yozin-Smith
PhD Candidate

"Galaxy Interactions and Evolution"

Location: UWA
Phone: 08 6488 3819
Email: cameron.yozin-smith@icrar.org

Ms Giovanna Zanardo
PhD Candidate

"Radio evolution of SNR 1987A"

Location: UWA
Phone: 08 6488 7775
Email: giovanna.zanardo@icrar.org

Back to top.

Recently Completed Students

Dr Mehmet Alpaslan
Program: PhD

"The Cosmic Web Unravelled: a study of filamentary structure in the Galaxy and Mass Assembly survey"

Year Completed: 2014
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow - NASA Ames Research Center

Dr Florian Beutler
Program: PhD

"Galaxy survey science. Analysis of large scale structure in the Universe using the 6dF survey and ASKAP simulations"

Year Completed: 2013
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher - Physics Divisions, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dr Tim Colegate
Program: PhD

"Science and engineering trade-offs for the Square Kilometre Array"

Year Completed: 2013
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher - International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, Curtin University

Dr Phil Crosby
Program: PhD

"Improved success in mega-science projects"

Year Completed: 2013
Current Position: Assistant Director, Western Australia - CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science

Dr Jacinta Delhaize
Program: PhD

"Probing galaxy evolution in intermediate-redshift galaxies using stacking techniques"

Year Completed: 2014
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher - University of Zagreb

Mr Jonathan Diaz
Program: Masters

"Simulations of the Magellanic Stream"

Year Completed: 2011
Current Position: PhD Candidate - University of Cambridge (Gates Cambridge Scholar)

Dr John Goldsmith
Program: PhD

"Cosmos, culture and landscape. Documenting, leanring and sharing Indigenous astronomical and sky knowledge in contemporary society."

Year Completed: 2013
Current Position: Celestial Visions

Mr Aziz Jiwani
Program: Masters

"Design and prototyping of sparse arrays for SKA operating above 0.3 GHz"

Year Completed: 2014
Current Position:

Dr Kevin Koay
Program: PhD

"Detecting Radio Transients at Cosmological Distances & Probing the Ionized Intergalactic Medium"

Year Completed: 2012
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher - Dark Cosmology Centre, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

Dr Toby Potter
Program: PhD

"Modelling the Expanding Remnant of Supernova 1987A in Three Dimensions"

Year Completed: 2013
Current Position: Research Associate - Centre for Petroleum Geoscience and CO2 Sequestration

Dr Hayden Rampadarath
Program: PhD

"Wide-Field VLBI"

Year Completed: 2014
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher - University of Southampton

Dr Morag Scrimgeour
Program: PhD

"Measuring cosmology with motion in the Universe"

Year Completed: 2013
Current Position: Associate Postdoctoral Researcher - University of Waterloo

Footnote links and information

This page:

Last updated
Wednesday, 9 July, 2014 10:36 AM
Website feedback
info@icrar.org
Page ID
1866633