Under the Australian Government’s $27.2 million Super Science Fellowships scheme, five new fellows will join ICRAR and work on SKA related projects.
The Super Science Fellowships are aimed at attracting the world’s best early-career researchers to Australia.
The Australian Research Council awarded five fellowships to ICRAR for research on early science from the Murchison Widefield Array (an SKA pathfinder) and Neutral Hydrogen in the Universe. ICRAR will also share a fellowship with CSIRO, working on ASKAP technology.
The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) is likely to be the first operational pathfinder for the $2.5 billion SKA on one of the two candidate SKA sites the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in Western Australia. The fellowships will conduct early science from the MWA, working with some of the first data collected.
Understanding Neutral Hydrogen is important to help understand the origin and evolution of galaxies like our own Milky Way. These fellowships will conduct research with telescopes including ASKAP and new supercomputers at the Pawsey High Performance Computing Centre.
These fellowships will grow Australia’s already large community of world class radio astronomy researchers, and add further capability to Australia’s involvement in SKA design and research.