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Current Vacancies



Software Engineer 503240 UWA 22-DEC-2019
Associate Lecturer – Cosmic Ray Research 270233 Curtin 15-JAN-2020
Associate Lecturer – Research in Accreting Black Holes 270235 Curtin 15-JAN-2020
Research Fellow 231614 Curtin 17-JAN-2020
Associate Lecturer/Lecturer/Senior Lecturer – Radio Astronomy Instrumentation 269373 Curtin 31-JAN-2020


Software Engineer – ICRAR

As a member of ICRAR’s Data Intensive Astronomy (DIA) team, you will focus on porting and optimising existing algorithms to accelerators like GPUs or implement new algorithms on these platforms. You, as an experienced GPU software engineer, will work within our ICRAR Data Intensive Astronomy team on various software projects. In particular you will expand our expertise in the area of optimised GPU algorithms. You are also encouraged to research the applicability of other accelerator/processor technologies for certain algorithms.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification preferably a Degree in software engineering or computer science or demonstrated equivalent competency.
  • Substantial and extensive relevant experience in GPU software development and optimisation.
  • Demonstrated ability to architect, design and develop high quality software in multiple languages, including C/C++, Python, CUDA, OpenCL, OpenACC and/or others.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in distributed scientific or commercial collaborations.
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills.

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Associate Lecturer – Cosmic Ray Research

  • 3 years fixed term
  • $88,135 – 94,178 (ALA) plus 17% superannuation

The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to perform cosmic ray studies with the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope. The role involves contributing strongly to the acquisition and interpretation of MWA data at nanosecond time-scales, using simulations of radio emission from extensive air showers, and commissioning an array of low-RFI scintillation detectors to be used for triggering.

The successful applicant will take a lead role within a dedicated group studying cosmic rays with the MWA. They will enhance the MWA’s capabilities for cosmic ray detection by working with the MWA collaboration’s engineering and operations team, the Square Kilometre Array’s High Energy Cosmic Particles Focus Group, and CIRA research groups in high-energy astrophysics. They will take a leading role in the peer-reviewed publication output of the cosmic rays group, take advantage of grant opportunities, and apply for observation time with the MWA.

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Associate Lecturer – Research in Accreting Black Holes

  • 3 years fixed term
  • $88,135 – 94,576 (ALA) plus 17% superannuation

The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy is seeking an Associate Lecturer to join its accretion physics and slow transients research group. The role is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery grant, and focused on radio follow-up of tidal disruption events and ultra-luminous X-ray sources detected by the new eROSITA X-ray telescope. This research project seeks to understand the processes of accretion and jet launching around the fastest-feeding black holes, both stellar-mass and supermassive.

The successful applicant will be expected to lead an observational program to investigate the launching of jets and outflows from black holes accreting at and above the Eddington limit, working in close collaboration with the eROSITA Time Domain working group. Following a new X-ray detection of a tidal disruption event or ultraluminous X-ray source, the candidate will design, conduct and analyse follow-up observations with ground-based radio and optical telescopes, aiming to understand the physics of accretion and ejection processes at their most extreme. The role will entail data processing and modelling, leading peer-reviewed publications, and participating in grant funding applications where appropriate. If desired, there may also be the opportunity to engage in some undergraduate teaching.

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Research Fellow

  • 4 years Fixed Term
  • ALA $69,800 – $94,576 plus 17% superannuation OR ALB $99,530 to $118,115 plus 17% superannuation

You will work with the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) Imaging Surveys Research Group to deliver a large low-frequency wideband sky survey, and produce high impact science using the resulting images and catalogues. The project requires a good knowledge of radio astronomy and demonstrated capability in delivering science results. The Researcher will work with CIRA science staff and members of the MWA collaboration. The position is available from January 2020 for a duration of four years.
To be successful in this position, you will have good knowledge of radio astronomy, radio astrophysics, and data analysis. Experience with low-frequency radio interferometers, supercomputing, and/or large survey projects would be advantageous.

  • Run, maintain, and improve existing pipelines on the survey data;
  • Pursue new science projects using the GLEAM-X data;
  • Present results in high-quality journals and at relevant workshops and conferences;
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with key internal and external stakeholders;
  • Co-supervise undergraduate and HDR students, and contribute scientifically to the general MWA Imaging Surveys Research Group programmes
  • 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;
  • Undertake other activities, which are consistent with the accountabilities and responsibilities as listed above.

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Associate Lecturer/Lecturer/Senior Lecturer – Radio Astronomy Instrumentation

  • ALA /ALB/ALC – $69,800 – $121,829 plus 17% Superannuation
  • Fixed Term 3 years

As a lecturer at CIRA, you will be involved in our research program in the field of radio astronomy instrumentation, working within the Engineering Research group led by Prof David Davidson and working closely with A/Prof Randall Wayth.

Within the last year, two SKA-LOW prototypes have been deployed on the MRO site: the Engineering Development Array Version 2.0, and the Aperture Array Verification System Version 2.0. Each comprises 256 low frequency dipole-like elements, working largely in the VHF frequency band. Early commissioning of these prototypes, and developing suitable calibration routines, are an urgent priority for our work, as well as continuing work on the MWA with expectations that the successful applicant will be expected to focus primarily on these instruments.

There is also scope for an independent research component, where the candidate can develop his or her own research programs appropriately. There are also be expectations to assist with undergraduate teaching, contribute to supervising postgraduate research students, participate in competitive grant applications, maintain strong collaborative links with international partners (in particular the SKAO), and promote industry engagement.

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