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Current Vacancies

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
ASTRO 3D Research Scientist in HI Surveys 503370 UWA 15-NOV-2019


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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ASTRO 3D Research Scientist in HI Surveys

  • 3 year appointment on a full time basis
  • Salary range: Level A step 8, $93,653 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

This ASTRO 3D research position will be based at ICRAR/UWA and the focus is the WALLABY survey now being conducted with the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope by a team of over 100 national and international researchers. WALLABY is focused on studying the atomic hydrogen content of around 500,000 galaxies in the local Universe. Possible research areas include: Local Group galaxies and high-velocity clouds; the kinematics of Local Volume galaxies; environmental influences on galaxy interactions; galaxy formation and evolution, and cosmology. The UWA node of ASTRO 3D hosts the WALLABY principal investigator Professor Lister Staveley-Smith, project manager Dr Tobias Westmeier, science working group leaders Drs Barbara Catinella, Bi-Qing For, Luca Cortese and Ivy Wong, and strongly collaborates with other WALLABY and ASTRO 3D researchers based at other institutes. This vibrant project strongly connects with other ICRAR and ASTRO 3D observational and theoretical projects, and is an exciting precursor of science with the forthcoming Square Kilometre Array.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • PhD in astronomy or related discipline
  • Expertise in area of astronomy relevant to the ASKAP WALLABY survey
  • 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

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