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Current Vacancies

 

 

POSITIONREFLOCATIONCLOSES
Research Fellow, Global Epoch of Reionisation SignalCURTIN305Curtin26-OCT-2018
Senior Research Fellow, MWA Survey ScienceCURTIN333Curtin31-OCT-2018

 

Research Fellow, Global Epoch of Reionisation Signal

  • Tenure:    4 years fixed term, full-time
  • Salary Range:   $98,059 – $116,369 (ALB) plus 17% Superannuation

A four-year Research Fellow position is available at the Curtin University node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in Perth, Australia. The Research Fellow will work with the Epoch of Reionisation (EoR) project to design, build and undertake science observations and analysis of the global neutral hydrogen signal from the Cosmic Dawn and Epoch of Reionisation with a prototype array of low radio frequency short-spaced dipoles. The project requires a good knowledge of, and experience with astronomical instrumentation and engineering, and scientific observations and data analysis. The Fellow will work with the Murchison Widefield Array EoR team, Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) engineering staff and existing Global Signal programs to deliver the prototype array, as a science-quality test instrument for larger Global Signal projects. The position is available from January 2019 for a duration of four years.

This Fellow position is supported through an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship program, which aims to unveil signals from the Cosmic Dawn and Epoch of Reionisation through innovative instrumentation and algorithms.

Your new role

The Research Fellow will work with project leader Assoc. Prof. Cathryn Trott and other global signal and instrumentation expertise at CIRA, to perform a global EoR signal experiment using short-spacing leaked total power signal. The Fellow will lead the development of a prototype array of 15-20 closely-space dipoles, with full signal digitisation, including design of the array layout, signal chain and power requirements. Aspects of this instrumentation development will be supported by existing instrumentation and antenna-design expertise at CIRA. The Fellow will then undertake science observations and analysis of data from the array, with the aim to detect global signal power from the first billion years of the Universe. The prototype array will be co-located with the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) at the Murchison Radioastronomy Observatory, a radio-quiet zone in the Western Australian desert. Cross-correlation measurements with the MWA will allow for system calibration and benchmarking.

The incumbent of this position is expected to have good knowledge of radio astronomy instrumentation and data analysis. Experience with low-frequency radio interferometers, dipole arrays, and/or global signal experiments would be advantageous.

  • Design and build a prototype dipole array for conducting short-spacing cross-correlation observations of the low-frequency sky, including array layout, signal chain and power requirements
  • Design and conduct science observations with the prototype array to calibrate the instrument and extract total power signal
  • Analyse data to extract a global neutral hydrogen signal, or constraints on such, from the Cosmic Dawn and Epoch of Reionisation
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Present results in high-quality journals and at relevant workshops and conferences
  • Supervise undergraduate and HDR students, and contribute to the general EoR Research Group and ICRAR science programs
  • As a member of the University community, demonstrate the highest possible standards of professional and personal conduct, modelling the University’s Values and Signature Behaviours.

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You will bring to the role

  • A PhD in radio astronomy, radio engineering, or experience developing scientific instrumentation and undertaking analysis
  • Demonstrated strong track record of research outputs and communication of methods and results
  • Demonstrated understanding of the principles of radio interferometry
  • Experience with low-frequency radio astronomy datasets
  • Knowledge of low-frequency radio astronomy calibration
  • Potential for attracting external grants and funding
  • Ability to supervise Higher Degree by Research students
  • Commitment to principles of equity and diversity, and demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
  • Experience with global signal experiments, and/or low-frequency radio dipole arrays (Desirable)

What we offer you

  • Fixed term and externally funded research-only position for four years, with funding available for travel and computing

Curtin University offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, a relocation allowance, generous superannuation, salary-packaging arrangements including childcare, and the potential to support dual-career arrangements.

What we need from you

You are encouraged to respond specifically to the selection criteria.

Apply now

Senior Research Fellow, MWA Survey Science

  • Tenure:    3 years fixed term, full-time
  • Salary Range:   $120,028 – $138,340 (ALC) plus 17% Superannuation

We are seeking a new Senior Research Fellow, funded by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, to work on scientific exploitation of new survey data from the recently-upgraded Murchison Widefield Array (MWA); a low-frequency radio telescope for which Curtin University is the lead and managing organisation.

You will use your in-depth subject matter knowledge of extragalactic radio astronomy to enable and deliver new scientific publications from MWA data products. We particularly welcome applications from candidates with expertise in one or more of our priority science areas: life cycles of radio galaxies, physics of galaxy clusters, detection and characterisation of the cosmic web, and radio source population studies.

In addition to data from the MWA, the candidate will have the opportunity to leverage the numerous multi-wavelength surveys Australian astronomers have access to (e.g. Skymapper, ASKAP, GAMA, Taipan) and to exploit Australia’s partnership with the European Southern Observatory (ESO; http://www.eso.org) to conduct novel research exploiting the synergies between MWA and other multi-wavelength facilities.

You will work closely with our established MWA science team, complementing their skills with your experience in radio and multi-wavelength astronomy and obtaining follow-up multi-wavelength observations to understand the nature of MWA radio sources.
You will work openly and in close collaboration with existing teams from across the 21 MWA partner institutions in following-up new MWA surveys. You will be widely respected for your collaborative qualities.
This position will be based at the Curtin University node of ICRAR, located on the Bentley Campus of Curtin University. The position will involve liaising with collaborators at MWA partner institutes both in Australia and overseas, and may involve regular travel between these institutes.

More information.

What we offer you
Curtin University offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, a relocation allowance, generous superannuation, salary-packaging arrangements including childcare, and the potential to support dual-career arrangements.

What we need from you

You are encouraged to respond specifically to the selection criteria.

Apply now