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Current Vacancies

 

 

POSITIONREFLOCATIONCLOSES
ASTRO 3D Research Scientist in HI Galaxy Evolution Surveys502322UWA17-DEC-2018
Research Associate502312UWA18-DEC-2018
Jim Buckee Fellowship in Astrophysics502394UWA18-DEC-2018
Software Engineer (Web Application)502423UWA20-DEC-2018
Extragalactic ScienceCURTIN430Curtin08-FEB-2019
Pulsars and Fast TransientsCURTIN424Curtin08-FEB-2019
Radio Astronomy EngineeringCURTIN441Curtin08-FEB-2019

ASTRO 3D Research Scientist in HI Galaxy Evolution Surveys

  • 3 year appointment
  • Salary range: Level A $68,452 – $92,497 p.a. – plus 17% superannuation
  • Flexibility to undertake interstate and international travel

This ASTRO 3D research position will be based at ICRAR/UWA and will focus on the DINGO HI survey. As a member of the DINGO team, the researcher will assist with deep spectral line integrations using the ASKAP telescope to understand the role HI has played in galaxy evolution over the past 4 billion years. This project is closely aligned with the GAMA survey (and in future WAVES), enabling a wide range of spectroscopic and multiwavelength analyses. The researcher will work with DINGO principal investigator, Dr Martin Meyer, and other members of the DINGO, ICRAR, and ASTRO 3D teams, to create the core survey data products for the survey and carry out early science analyses from this ground-breaking survey.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • PhD in radio astronomy or related discipline
  • Experience in an area of astrophysics relevant to the ASKAP DINGO survey
  • Experience in radio astronomy techniques and/or data intensive astronomy methods to assist in the processing and analysis of DINGO data
  • Good publication record as evidenced by international refereed publications
  • Proficiency in verbal and written communication
  • 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

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

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Research Associate

  • Amazing opportunity for a passionate and driven researcher to join a rapidly growing research institute in Australia and contribute to scientific exploitation of state-of-the-art multiwavelength surveys
  • Full time, 3 year appointment
  • Salary range: Level A, Step 8, $92,497 p.a. plus employer contributed superannuation of 17%

ICRAR is looking for a highly motivated and suitably qualified candidate to join the multiwavelength surveys group. The appointee will work on optical integral-field spectroscopic and HI spectral-line studies of nearby galaxies, 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, and 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, HECTOR and WALLABY.

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

  • Experience in extragalactic astronomy (e.g. galaxy evolution) attested by a good publication record
  • Experience in the analysis of optical spectroscopic data (either long-slit or integral field)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative and work productively as part of a team

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

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Jim Buckee Fellowship in astrophysics

  • Join ICRAR’s thriving simulations team and work on modelling the formation and evolution of galaxies using supercomputer simulations
  • 3 year appointment
  • Salary range: Level A, Step 8, $92,497 p.a. plus employer contributed superannuation of 17%

The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) is a State funded Centre established as a joint venture between The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Curtin University. The Centre, along with CSIRO, is playing a key role in Australia’s participation in the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) effort.

UWA graduate Dr Jim Buckee, who gained a BSc Honours at UWA in 1967 and a PhD in Astrophysics at Britain’s Oxford University in 1970, has generously endowed a new research position at UWA that will play a key role in the SKA project.

ICRAR is looking for a highly motivated scientist to apply for the prestigious Jim Buckee Fellowship in Astrophysics to undertake research in supercomputer modelling of the formation and evolution of galaxies using supercomputer simulations. Applicants must have a PhD in computational astrophysics, radio astronomy or related discipline.

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

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Software Engineer (Web Application)

  • 3 year appointment
  • Salary range: Level 6 $78,222 – $82,729 p.a.
  • Plus 17% superannuation

As a member of ICRAR’s Data Intensive Astronomy (DIA) team, you will undertake analyses of requirements, and design and develop enhancements and extensions to the existing web applications or new web applications. You will be predominantly using Open Source Software and will be required to develop and maintain technical documentation and assist in the preparation of training and support materials for these applications. The development will be conducted in close collaboration with end users and product owners.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • Degree or postgraduate qualification in a relevant area or substantial recent experience developing complex web applications
  • Substantial relevant experience in applying web programming principles to the analysis and development of web-based business solutions
  • Considerable experience developing with the complete web application stack, including AJAX, JavaScript and JavaScript libraries, JSON, CSS, web sockets, HTML, HTML5, Python and SQL/noSQL in a Linux/Unix environment.
  • Knowledge or expertise of/with other programming languages suitable or optimised for web programming would be an asset.
  • Experience with operational web application deployment scenarios, including security and load balancing/high availability considerations
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly developed organisational skills and ability to prioritise and schedule work.
  • Interest in astronomy and/or scientific data analytics in general would be an asset
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative and work productively as part of a team
  • Experience in the preparation of software documentation in particular for web applications
  • Experience integrating applications with web architectures through RESTful services
  • In-depth experience with one or more major web development frameworks (any language) or web based content management systems

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Extragalactic Science

  • 3 years fixed term, full-time – Teaching & Research (ALA/ALB) position
  • $86,832 – $93,178 (ALA) plus 17% Superannuation
  • $98,059 – $116,369 (ALB) plus 17% Superannuation
  • Reasonable relocation expenses for the successful candidate and their family may be available, subject to negotiation

We are seeking a new Lecturer or Associate Lecturer, funded by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, to contribute to our research and teaching programs. This position will be focused particularly on scientific exploitation of new extragalactic 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 processed 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) 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 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 delivering new science results from existing and ongoing MWA surveys. You will be widely respected for your collaborative qualities.

You will work closely with students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, supervising research projects and contributing to the delivery of appropriate teaching units within the University. You may also have the opportunity to engage with sectors outside academia to translate astronomical skills and tools into end user-facing applications.

This position will be based at the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA), 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.

Essential Criteria:

  • A doctoral qualification relevant to Physics or Astronomy.
  • A strong research track record of both leading and enabling scientific publications in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, with demonstrated research impact.
  • The technical skills to successfully obtain and exploit relevant data from the MWA and other world-class facilities in pursuit of original science goals.
  • A commitment to open and supportive collaboration and the development of a collegial and supportive working environment.
  • Demonstrated high level communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to interact with students and staff with cross cultural sensitivity.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Demonstrated potential to lead and successfully obtain nationally competitive, peer-reviewed grants.
  • Demonstrated experience in analysing and integrating complex multi-wavelength data with radio imaging to understand the astrophysics of extragalactic radio sources.
  • Prior experience in providing mentoring and supervision of undergraduate or postgraduate research students.
  • Prior experience in undergraduate physics or astrophysics teaching, including developing and delivering lectures, laboratory programmes, and group teaching exercises.
  • Prior experience in working with industry, Government, community, or not-for-profit organisations to deliver creative solutions to demand driven research problems or support the core mission and goals of your employer.

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Pulsars and Fast Transients

  • 4 years fixed term, full-time – Teaching & Research (ALA/ALB) position
  • $86,832 – $93,178 (ALA) plus 17% Superannuation
  • $98,059 – $116,369 (ALB) plus 17% Superannuation
  • Reasonable relocation expenses for the successful candidate and their family may be available, subject to negotiation

We are seeking a new Lecturer or Associate Lecturer, funded by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), to contribute to Curtin’s ongoing teaching and research work in the area of high time resolution astrophysics. The research program will be focused on scientific exploitation of the high-time resolution capabilities of the 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 radio pulsar and/or fast radio burst (FRB) astronomy to enable and deliver high-quality scientific publications from the MWA telescope. We particularly welcome applications from candidates with expertise in one or more of the priority science areas: pulsar emission mechanisms; fast radio bursts; millisecond pulsars; using pulsars to probe the interstellar medium; searching and timing pulsars at low radio frequencies.

In addition to the scientific exploitation of the low-frequency capabilities of the MWA, you will also have the opportunity to leverage other major world-class facilities for pulsar or FRB astronomy, including but not limited to the Australian Parkes radio telescope, the Australian SKA Pathfinder, the refurbished Molonglo telescope (UTMOST), the Giant Metre-wave Radio Telescope, and the South African MeerKAT.

You will work closely with the MWA high time resolution team, complementing their skills with your experience and scientific credentials, and actively contributing toward technical development that will enhance the high time resolution science capabilities of the MWA. You will initiate or lead new research that leverages both the capabilities and resources available within CIRA, thus contributing toward raising the visibility of CIRA in the field of pulsar/FRB astronomy.

You will work openly and in close collaboration with a rapidly growing MWA collaboration, involving members from MWA partner institutions and associate members, to further scientific exploitation of the MWA for low-frequency high time resolution astronomy.

You will work closely with students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, supervising research projects and contributing to the delivery of appropriate teaching units within the University. You may also have the opportunity to engage with sectors outside academia to translate astronomical skills and tools into end user-facing applications.

This position will be based at the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA), 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.

Essential Criteria:

  • A doctoral qualification relevant to Physics or Astronomy.
  • An excellent research track record of both leading and enabling scientific publications in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, with demonstrated research impact.
  • The technical skills to successfully obtain and exploit relevant pulsar and/or FRB data from the MWA and other world-class facilities in pursuit of original science goals.
  • Demonstrated experience in analysing and integrating high-time resolution data from single-dish and interferometric arrays for high time resolution astrophysics.
  • Evidence of having developed a significant independent research program.
  • Proficiency in instrumentation and technical aspects of high-time resolution astronomy, demonstrated through leading or participating in related software development and science applications.
  • A commitment to open and supportive collaboration and the development of a collegial and supportive working environment.
  • Demonstrated high level communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to interact with students and staff with cross cultural sensitivity.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Prior experience in undergraduate physics or astrophysics teaching, including developing and delivering lectures, laboratory programmes, and group teaching exercises.
  • Prior experience in working with industry, Government, community, or not-for-profit organisations to deliver creative solutions to demand driven research problems or support the core mission and goals of your employer.
  • Prior experience in providing mentoring and supervision of undergraduate or postgraduate research students.

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Radio Astronomy Engineering

  • 3 years fixed term, full-time – Teaching & Research (ALA/ALB) position
  • $86,832 – $93,178 (ALA) plus 17% Superannuation
  • $98,059 – $116,369 (ALB) plus 17% Superannuation
  • Reasonable relocation expenses for the successful candidate and their family may be available, subject to negotiation

We are seeking a new Lecturer or Associate Lecturer, funded by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, to contribute to our research and teaching programs in the field of radio astronomy engineering, working within the Engineering Research group led by Prof David Davidson.

The main aim of the position will be to work on the interface between engineering and science, calibrating and commissioning low frequency (largely VHF band) radio telescopes.

  • Your role will work primarily within our established research programmes, in particular on SKA1_LOW bridging and Early Production Array activities.
  • You will use your experience with antenna and RF system design, simulation, analysis, and metrology, as well with as the digital back-end, interferometry, calibration and RFI mitigation strategies to provide new insights into new and existing research projects.
  • You will use your in-depth knowledge of Radio Astronomy Engineering to enable and deliver new scientific discoveries, leading to international publications and be widely respected for your collaborative qualities.
  • You will work closely with students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, supervising research projects and contributing to the delivery of appropriate teaching units within the University.

This position will be based at the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA), located on the Bentley Campus of Curtin University. The position will involve liaising with collaborators in the SKA program both in Australia and overseas, and may involve regular travel between these institutes.

Essential Criteria:

  • A doctoral qualification in Electronic Engineering or relevant discipline
  • A strong research record of accomplishment of both leading and enabling scientific publications in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, with demonstrated research impact.
  • Demonstrated experience in radio astronomy instrumentation, and knowledge of appropriate engineering methods.
  • A commitment to open and supportive collaboration and the development of a collegial and supportive working environment.
  • Demonstrated high-level communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to interact with students and staff with cross cultural sensitivity.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Demonstrated potential to lead and successfully obtain nationally competitive, peer-reviewed grants.
  • Prior experience in providing mentoring and supervision of undergraduate or postgraduate research students.
  • Prior experience in undergraduate Electronic Engineering teaching, including developing and delivering lectures, laboratory programmes, and group teaching exercises.
  • Prior experience in working with industry, Government, community, or not-for-profit organisations to deliver creative solutions to demand driven research problems or support the core mission and goals of your employer.

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