Postdoctoral Fellow – Low Frequency Radio Astronomy - JRID45718

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October 31, 2013
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October 31, 2013
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Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
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Government Agency
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  • Great development opportunity with a targetted career plan
  • Publish your research results in respected international journals
  • Contribute to high profile radio-astronomy initiatives across Australia

The position:

CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science (CASS) is a major partner in the Murchison Wide-Field Array (MWA) which has started scientific operations in Western Australia. The MWA will be fantastic at making wide-field surveys of the sky at frequencies below 300 MHz. The science range of the MWA includes the Epoch of Reionization, Galactic science, time domain astrophysics and extragalactic astronomy. The MWA is a precursor for “SKA-1 Low” which will offer even greater capabilities for wide-field, low frequency radio astronomy.

We are offering a unique opportunity for an early career scientist to join our team in the capacity of Postdoctoral Fellow. The successful candidate will have a deep knowledge and understanding of low frequency radio astronomy and its techniques, and the ability to bring those to bear on complex scientific problems. You will have strong scientific credentials and ideally will have been involved in the commissioning of low-frequency telescopes. You will pursue independent research, publish in refereed journals and attend international conferences as appropriate. It is expected that the incumbent will spend 20% of time contributing towards the running of the National Facility.

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellows participate in a tailored training and development program for the duration of their Fellowships. The program will be designed and implemented in conjunction with the successful candidate.

In general, the Postdoctoral Fellow in Low Frequency Radio Astronomy will:

  • pursue guided and independent research activities in low frequency radio astronomy;
  • publish in refereed journals and present at international conferences;
  • contribute to the National Facility.

Location:    Marsfield, New South Wales
                   (Perth, Western Australia will also be considered)
Salary:        AUD81K – AUD88K plus up to 15.4% superannuation (pension fund)
Tenure:       3 year term
Ref No.:       NSW13/03425

To be considered you will hold a PhD in Astronomy, Physics, or a related field.

You will also have:

  • research interests in low frequency radio astronomy;
  • an ability to contribute new ideas to CASS and the National Facility;
  • a competitive track record of achievement (relative to opportunity) including publications, conference presentations and awards;
  • the ability to work effectively as part of a team;
  • strong support from referees.

Owing to terms of the fellowship, candidates must not have more than 3 years of relevant Postdoctoral experience.

About CSIRO:

Australia is founding its future on science and innovation. Its national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), is a powerhouse of ideas, technologies and skills for building prosperity, growth, health and sustainability. It serves governments, industries, business and communities.

CSIRO prefers all applications to be lodged via our online careers portal ( Choose “Positions Vacant” and search for Reference Number NSW13/03425

Applications close Friday 1 November, 2013 (11:30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time)

Included Benefits: 

Salary in Australian Dollars PLUS up to 15.4% superannuation (pension fund)
Relocation, visa and associated health insurance costs covered
State-of-the-art facilities
Four weeks annual vacation leave (plus other generous leave entitlements)