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MinhHuynhAustralian Dr Minh Huynh has recently been appointed Deputy International SKA Project Scientist and will be joining the SKA team later this year.

By working with Project Scientist Dr Joseph Lazio, and scientists and engineers from around the world, Minh will help develop the pioneering science case for the SKA.

“Balancing the aspirations of the astronomy community with the engineering design of the telescope will become increasingly important as the project grows, particularly during the development of cost models,” says Minh of her new appointment.

Minh’s time will be split between her base at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in Western Australia and the SKA Program Development Office at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics in the UK.

Minh completed her studies in astronomy at the Australian National University’s Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics. She brings to the new role experience working on a number of international instruments, including CSIRO’s Australia Telescope Compact Array and NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.

In addition to her role as Deputy International SKA Project Scientist, Minh will also continue her research into galaxy evolution. Her interests include star formation and black hole activity, studied using a multi-wavelength view of the Universe, making her a valuable addition to the ICRAR research team.