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Current Vacancies

Senior Research Fellow – Radio astronomy engineering 5022 Curtin 12-JAN-2018
ASTRO 3D Senior Research Fellow 499311 UWA 15-JAN-2018
Research Associate 499550 UWA 15-FEB-2018

Senior Research Fellow – Radio astronomy engineering

  • Fixed term, full-time. Until 31 October 2021
  • Salary range: $118,914 – $137,117 (ALC)
  • Plus 17% superannuation
  • Advert extended, previous applicants need not reapply

The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) and associated Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) play key roles in the development, construction and operation of new radio astronomical facilities, in particular the SKA precursor Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope, as well as playing major parts in Australia’s contribution to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). CIRA, comprising more than fifty staff and PhD students, is at the forefront of low frequency radio astronomy research as the manager and operator of the MWA. The MWA has been fully operational since 2013, undertaking a number of important science programs whose results are contributing to the design process for SKA_LOW.

As Senior Research Fellow at CIRA, you will undertake an independent research program in the field of radio astronomy engineering, working within the Engineering Research group led by Prof David Davidson. Two topics of particularly high priority are the calibration issues specifically facing aperture array radio telescopes such as MWA and SKA_LOW, and advanced RFI mitigation techniques for radio astronomy, including spatial filtering. The successful applicant will establish their own research program, focusing on one or both of these topics. He/she will be expected to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research students, participate in competitive grant applications and maintain strong collaborative links with international partners, in particular the SKAO and its relevant consortia. Active engagement with new and upcoming facilities is strongly encouraged, including but not limited to the SKA and its precursor facilities, the MWA and MeerKAT.

You will need a doctoral qualification in a relevant discipline (most probably electronic engineering or radio astronomy). A demonstrated ability to conduct leading-edge research and publish high-quality papers is essential, as are excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The ability to travel interstate and / or overseas is a requirement. Practical knowledge of antennas, radio interferometry, signal processing, RF electronics, digital systems and/or RFI mitigation would be highly desirable. Some observational skills and experience of an observatory would also be valuable.

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ASTRO 3D Senior Research Fellow

  • Ongoing, tenurable position
  • Salary range: Level C $117,857 – $135,900 p.a.
  • Plus 17% superannuation
  • Applications invited from female applicants only.

ICRAR/UWA hosts a node of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D), headed by Professor Lisa Kewley (ANU). ASTRO 3D spans five other Australian universities, three national infrastructure facilities, and seven international partner institutions and conducts world-leading observational and theoretical research focused on the main Centre scientific programs:

  1. The Epoch of Reionization : This program will use the Murchison Wide-field Array in Western Australia to detect the sources at the epoch of reionization using rest-frame 21cm emission and to compare with the predictions of detailed theoretical simulations.
  2. First Stars: This program aims to discover the oldest and most metal-poor stars in and around the Milky Way using ANU’s SkyMapper telescope and determining their chemical compositions by means of high-resolution spectroscopy with telescopes like Keck and Magellan to shed light on their formation, evolution and nucleosynthesis.
  3. First Galaxies: This program aims to discover the first galaxies in the universe  with JWST and to reveal their chemical and star formation properties.
  4. Galaxy Formation and Evolution: This research program, suitable for both theorists and observers, combines rest-frame UV, optical, and infrared Keck spectroscopy with large-scale numerical simulations to understand chemical evolution, mass build-up, and the accumulation of angular momentum in galaxies across cosmic time, gas transport through galaxies and in galactic outflows, and how chemical elements are incorporated into stars.
  5. ASKAP Surveys: The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder is conducting three large surveys (FLASH, WALLABY, and DINGO) to measure the mass and angular momentum through neutral hydrogen gas of hundreds of thousand galaxies over the past 6 billion years.
  6. SAMI: the SAMI Galaxy Survey is providing data on the kinematics, morphology and stellar populations of more than 3000 galaxies. This project will use these data to explore the role of angular momentum in determining the morphologies and star formation histories of galaxies. It will compare observations to simulations of galaxy formation to test models of angular momentum evolution during galaxy assembly.
  7. GALAH: The GALactic Archaeology with HERMES (GALAH) survey is an ambitious spectroscopic survey on the Anglo-Australian Telescope with the ultimate goal of determining the detailed chemical composition of a million stars in the Milky Way to unravel the full assembly, dynamical, chemical, star formation and merger history of the Galaxy.
  8. Data Intensive Science: the Centre is reliant on the efficient collection, processing, storage and curation of vast amounts of data from the Centre’s scientific programs, requiring novel techniques and advanced algorithms to accomplish.

Research at the ICRAR/UWA node of ASTRO 3D is mainly focused on ASKAP HI surveys, SAMI/HECTOR, cosmological simulations and data intensive science. However applications from candidates with experience in any of the ASTRO 3D research areas are welcome.

You will take a leading research role at ICRAR/UWA in an area in astronomy and astrophysics related to one or more of the research areas of ASTRO 3D listed above. You will have generous travel and research support. Allocation of PhD students and postdoctoral support will be through competitive UWA and national processes. The position is tenurable at UWA with the first four years being funded by ASTRO 3D in the role of ASTRO 3D Fellow. Contributions to advanced teaching will be viewed favourably in this period. After this period, the position will be funded by UWA in an ongoing capacity. There will be UWA teaching and other duties after this period, as directed. You will be expected to offer PhD projects and to supervise undergraduate, Masters and PhD students. You will interact with national and international ASTRO 3D team members, ICRAR staff, and other national and international researchers on projects of fundamental importance. ASTRO 3D research at ICRAR/UWA is focussed on large-scale HI surveys with ASKAP and complementary optical/IR surveys and large-scale cosmological simulations. These projects will help UWA’s aspirations for future engagement in SKA and other major-facility science. This position is open to female applicants only.


Research Associate

  • 3 year fixed term appointment
  • Salary range: Level A $67,352 – $91,397 p.a.
  • Plus 17% superannuation

We are in search for a qualified individual to join the wide-field spectroscopic survey group at ICRAR.

The successful applicant will contribute towards the science exploitation of Galaxy and Mass Assembly Survey (GAMA), the observing of Deep Extragalactic VIsible Legacy Survey (DEVILS), the planning for Wide Area VISTA Extra-galactic Survey (WAVES) and assist in the development of the 4MOST redshift, continuum, and line measurement pipeline (4XP). In doing so, the applicant will become a core member of all three surveys with full data access and authorship rights to GAMA, DEVILS, and WAVES publications. The candidate will lead a research campaign, around these surveys, with a focus on galaxy evolution and dark matter constraints through the study of groups, mergers, star-formation, energy, and structure over all cosmic time. In addition to the above spectroscopic surveys, the group is also involved in a number of imaging programs with opportunities for involvement, these include: eROSITA, DINGO, WALLABY, EMU, TAIPAN, HECTOR, JWST, LSST, MSE, Euclid, and WFIRST.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • Have a PhD in a field relevant to optical extragalactic astronomy
  • Experience in extragalactic astronomy (esp. Galaxy evolution) attested by a good publication record
  • Experience in redshift determination (spectroscopic and/or photometric)

You will be a highly motivated individual with an ability to work independently, show initiative and work productively as part of a team. Previous experience in observing in optical spectroscopy, in development of spectroscopic pipelines for redshifting and/or continuum/line- fitting, and in galaxy group finding using spectroscopic surveys will be highly desirable.