Postdoctoral position at the University of Sydney to undertake research on HI absorption-line surveys as part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), under the guidance of Professor Elaine M. Sadler.
The ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics ("CAASTRO") aims to establish Australia as a world-leader in wide-field optical and radio astronomy. CAASTRO is answering fundamental questions about the nature of the Universe, is developing innovative ways of processing enormous data sets, and is enabling a diverse set of opportunities for students and early career researchers. CAASTRO is a research partnership between The University of Sydney, The University of Melbourne, The Australian National University, Swinburne University of Technology, Curtin University and The University of Western Australia, the latter two operating as the joint venture, ICRAR. CAASTRO is also collaborating closely with the Australian Astronomical Observatory, CSIRO, and other Australian and international partners. CAASTRO supports the activities of over 130 researchers, administrative staff and students.
This position, based in Sydney, is aimed at the study of neutral gas in distant galaxies through the detection and analysis of the 21cm HI absorption line. The Research Associate will work within the CAASTRO FLASH (First Large Absorption Survey in HI) project team, using the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) as well as Early Science data from the new Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope. Their activities will include ATCA observing and data analysis, reduction and analysis of the early ASKAP commissioning and science verification data, quality analysis for ASKAP Early Science data, detection and verification of HI absorption lines in the ATCA and ASKAP data, and the preparation of an initial FLASH HI absorption-line catalogue for public release. They will also interact with the ASKAP project team at CSIRO, and with CAASTRO colleagues at UWA, Curtin, ANU and Swinburne on the analysis, interpretation and modelling of the survey results.
This appointment will be for 2 years with the possibility of extension for an additional 1 year. CAASTRO supports a flexible working environment; subject to visa restrictions, this opportunity is available as either a full-time or part-time position.
For more information on how to apply for this position (and others within CAASTRO), go to http://caastro.org/jobs and follow the links.
CLOSING DATE: 31 October 2013 (11:30pm Sydney time)