Postdoctoral position at the University of Sydney to undertake research on low-frequency extragalactic radio astronomy as part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), under the guidance of Professor Bryan Gaensler.
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 at the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia is aimed at using the newly commissioned Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) to study diffuse extragalactic synchrotron emission at low radio frequencies. The initial focus will be to detect or constrain the synchrotron emission from the relativistic cosmic web, through deep MWA observations of the extragalactic sky at a range of frequencies. Through such efforts we aim to provide a direct image of the large-scale structure of the Universe, to develop a unique laboratory for understanding the acceleration of particles in low-density shocks, and to directly discriminate between competing models for the origin of cosmological magnetic fields.
This appointment will initially be for 2 years, with the possibility of an extension for a third 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://www.caastro.org/jobs and follow the links.
CLOSING DATE: 31 October 2013 (11:30pm Sydney time)