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What is ICRAR?

ICRAR is a joint venture between Curtin University and the University of Western Australia, with strong support from the state and federal governments. ICRAR is working with industry partners throughout Australia, Europe, and the world, to support the Square Kilometre Array through design, construction, and ultimately operations. Our engineers are designing new kinds of radio telescopes. Our data specialists are imagining leading edge solutions for unimaginable volumes of data. And our scientists are using radio astronomy to explore the hidden Universe.

You can download our coursework and postgraduate fact sheets for more information on studying at ICRAR. Curtin University’s CRICOS Provider Code is 00301J. The University of Western Australia’s CRICOS Provider Code is 00126G.

Opportunities at ICRAR

Year 9-12 students: Work Experience at ICRAR

Experience the working life of ICRAR’s astronomers, engineers and educators with a work experience placement. Our work covers many different areas, all related to astronomy and astrophysics, including computing and engineering. During a work experience placement, students will experience the variety of work ICRAR does and get a taste of what a day in the life of an astronomer/engineer is like.

How to organise a placement?

ICRAR offers a limited number of work experience places for high school students. If you’re interested in spending your work experience placement with ICRAR, you can complete an application form online. ICRAR is a diverse and welcoming workplace, and we specifically encourage young women and Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander students to consider joining us for our work experience program.

What’s involved?

To see what a work experience placement at ICRAR might be like, read about the week from a student’s point of view in our work experience blogs.

Undergraduate students: Summer/Winter Research Placements at ICRAR

If you are already at university, studying physics, astronomy or engineering, we can offer you the opportunity to join one of our research teams and help them carry out cutting-edge research. It doesn’t matter if you are in your first year of University, we always have opportunities for winter/summer placements. If you are doing a BPhil at UWA, you can officially do your research placement with us. If you’re interested, please contact us via education@icrar.org.

Undergraduate students: ICRAR Summer Studentship program

Selected undergraduate students (preference to 3rd, 4th year, and honours students) from Australia and New Zealand will receive up to $7,600 over the 12 week internship (10 weeks work and a two week paid Christmas break). Applicants not from Western Australia will also receive one return airfare to Perth from their home city. Accommodation can be organised by ICRAR and will be subsidised by up to 50%. Our programme targets undergraduates in their third years, however Honours and Masters students may also apply and will be given due consideration. We have two priority places for Indigenous students, one at each node of ICRAR. Application deadline is generally in August. For more information please see our studentship pages.

Honours/Masters in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Completed after your undergraduate degree, honours and masters programs are available at ICRAR. Both honours and masters programs include a research project, with a potential publication arising from your work. Both the honours program and a masters by coursework and research also include coursework to continue your astronomy education.

Honours is available as a one-year extension of your undergraduate degree at our Curtin University node, and a Masters by Coursework and Research is available at our UWA node and takes two years of full time study. Masters by research courses are available at both our nods, and are usually completed in 2 years.

More detail on our masters options

PhD scholarships

Scholarship options are available at both Curtin University and The University of Western Australia for postgraduate study. The first step in being accepted into a PhD program with ICRAR at either university is to contact us to discuss projects with your potential supervisor, and then to apply for scholarships, so please get in touch so we can help you with the process. See our postgraduate opportunities page for more details.

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