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Current Vacancies

Business Development Manager “Translation and Impact” 56053 Curtin 13-SEPT-2019
Research Associate 503316 UWA 24-OCT-2019
ICRAR Visiting Fellowship For Senior Women In Astronomy N/A Curtin and UWA 31-OCT-2019
Lecturer- FRB Research 58338 Curtin 15-NOV-2019

Business Development Manager “Translation and Impact”

Radio Astronomy is an application that exists at the convergence of the ‘STEM’ based disciplines that will define the workplace of the future. Capture and analysis of ultra-faint signals from the universe—the object of our pursuits—pushes the boundaries of technology and techniques in electromagnetics, signal processing and data-science. These challenges are compounded by demands and constraints imposed by the harsh and unrelenting environment that our instrumentation has to operate in.

Success in such an imposing endeavour comes through collaboration. Collaboration within a rich and diverse astronomy community all working to the same end; and collaboration across sectors and disciplines to leverage learning in and advances made in one domain into others where they can have a positive impact. ICRAR-Curtin has earned a reputation for forging meaningful, mutually beneficial collaborations to advance the major initiatives that it is engaged in, including the international MWA and SKA projects.

  • 2 years fixed term with a possibility of extension
  • A competitive salary will be offered plus 17% superannuation

As the leader of our Translation and Impact Program at ICRAR-Curtin, your role will involve:

  • Developing a thorough appreciation of the capabilities and underlying skill sets of the ICRAR-Curtin Team, and matching them to opportunities for collaboration and impact outside of radio astronomy.
  • Understanding the general and specific challenges CIRA faces—in the radio astronomy, instrumentation and operational domains—and engaging industry to help us overcome them.
  • Identifying and leveraging opportunities to secure funding to support CIRA’s Translation and Impact objectives.
  • High level engagement with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, including within Government, funding agencies, Curtin and other universities, and the industry.

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Research Associate

ICRAR is looking for a highly motivated and suitably qualified candidate to join the local and distant Universe groups. The appointee will work on multiwavelength observations of galaxies (primarily optical integral-field spectroscopic and HI spectral-line studies), aimed at understanding the physical processes driving galaxy transformation and affecting the star formation activity and angular momentum of galaxies. The appointee will work under the supervision of Dr. Luca Cortese, join one of the most active and rapidly growing research institutes in Australia and will be able to contribute to the scientific exploitation of state-of-the-art multiwavelength surveys, including SAMI, MANGA, HECTOR, xGASS and WALLABY.

ICRAR astronomers have access to a wide range of observational facilities (including ESO facilities, the AAT, ATCA and ASKAP), as well as the nearby Pawsey supercomputing centre. The PDRA will be based at the ICRAR headquarters at the beautiful Matilda Bay campus of UWA. Perth (Western Australia) is listed as one of the world’s most liveable cities and offers an excellent ocean-side lifestyle.

The appointment will be for three years, and will include adequate funding to attend international conferences.

As the appointee with a PhD in a field relevant to extragalactic astronomy, you will demonstrate:

  • Experience in extragalactic astronomy (esp. galaxy evolution) research, attested by a good publication record.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, show initiative and work productively as part of a team.
  • Experience in the analysis of optical spectroscopic data.
  • Experience in the analysis of HI spectral line observations.
  • Experience in leading observing proposals.
  • Experience in either spectral energy distribution or velocity field reconstruction.

Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description.

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ICRAR Visiting Fellowship For Senior Women In Astronomy

ICRAR is committed to supporting women in astronomical sciences and technology. This fellowship is aimed at providing an opportunity for senior women astronomers, as well as engineers and data scientists working in the field of astronomy, (having more than five years research work experience post PhD) to visit ICRAR and interact with ICRAR researchers and graduate students. This is the sixth round of this Fellowship.

The main objectives of the fellowship are to:

  • Create opportunities for young researchers at ICRAR, particularly women, to learn career development and work-life balance strategies from potential senior role models.
  • Enable scientific interaction between early career researchers and graduate students, particularly women, with senior academic visitors.
  • Explore opportunities for developing mentoring relations.
  • Enrich the research environment at ICRAR.
  • Create opportunities to foster national and international collaborations.

The Fellow is expected to take part in a range of mutually discussed and agreed activities in line with the objectives of the Fellowship and split the time similarly between the two ICRAR nodes (Curtin University and UWA), in order to have the opportunity to participate in ICRAR’s daily life and engage with people at both institutes.

Note, this is a visiting fellowship for a women already employed at another institution. 

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Lecturer – FRB Research

ICRAR-Curtin is seeking a lecturer to join the Fast Radio Burst research team and become an active member of the CRAFT (Commensal Real-time ASKAP Fast Transients) collaboration. The role involves contributing strongly to the acquisition and interpretation of high time resolution interferometric data obtained by ASKAP and possibly the MWA.

  • 3 years fixed term
  • $99,530 – 118,115 (ALB) plus 17% superannuation

Augment the scientific return from CRAFT by interacting with other Curtin University staff members in any or all of the following areas: the interpretation of FRB survey results, the pursuit of multi-messenger follow-up of FRB detections, the statistical interpretation of burst statistics, the prosecution of cosmological studies involving FRBs, and examination of the burst host galaxies. The successful applicant will be expected to take a leading role in the peer-reviewed publication output of the group, take advantage of grant opportunities, and engage in a moderate degree of teaching or demand-driven research (of order 20%).

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