CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science (CASS) is currently constructing and commissioning the 36-dish Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) in Western Australia. ASKAP will be the world’s fastest and most data intensive radio telescope array for making wide-field surveys of the sky between 0.7 GHz and 1.8 GHz, and is a precursor for SKA-1 Survey which will offer even greater capabilities for wide-field astronomy.
Recognising the strategic opportunity provided by these emerging wide-field capabilities, this Bolton Fellowship is targeted towards scientific expertise in wide-field radio astronomy, and CASS invites applications for a Bolton Fellow to work on science verification and early science with ASKAP. The Fellow will deliver world-class science outcomes in their own fields of research through making a substantial contribution to the scientific commissioning and verification of ASKAP, and will actively participate in both the planning and execution of those activities. This Fellowship will position the successful candidate to be one of a handful of world leaders in wide-field survey astronomy. This is a three-year appointment.
The successful candidate will have deep knowledge and understanding of radio astronomy techniques, and the ability to bring those to bear on complex scientific problems. Specific tasks may include testing telescope performance, defining and testing calibration strategies and performing science verification observations. The Fellow will be in an excellent position to make use of ASKAP as it enters its Early Science phase in mid-2015. The Fellow will be expected and encouraged to continue an active program of independent research relevant to the ATNF facilities. Research funding is available to support international and domestic travel.
CASS operates the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF), consisting of ASKAP, the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA), the Parkes 64-m telescope, the Mopra 22-m telescope, and the Long Baseline Array (LBA). CASS is also heavily engaged in the design and development of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).
Candidates should have, or expect to have by the agreed start date, a PhD in astronomy, physics, or a related field, and should have a plan of continuing independent research that makes use of ATNF facilities.
Applications must be made through Job Reference NSW13/03372 at http://csiro.nga.net.au. Applications close 18 November 2013.