RESEARCH ASSOCIATE | REF: 492744 | COMPUTATIONAL ASTROPHYSICS |
INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR RADIO ASTRONOMY RESEARCH (ICRAR)
• 3 year appointment
• Salary range: $82,818* p.a minimum starting salary for appointee with PhD
• Plus 17% superannuation
The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) is funded by the State Government of Western Australia and is a joint venture between The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Curtin University. ICRAR is playing a key role in Australia's participation in the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project. ICRAR is a highly regarded international Centre with over 120 staff and students delivering world-class outcomes for astronomical science, engineering and high performance computing. ICRAR offers a very vibrant and innovative research culture and supportive environment.
ICRAR is looking for a highly motivated scientist to investigate the potential of satellite galaxies around the Milky Way and Andromeda as probes of dark matter and cosmology. Recent observations indicate that the satellite populations orbit their host galaxies in narrow planes, appearing to be at odds with our understanding of how galaxies form in the favoured Cold Dark Matter (CDM) model. The successful applicant will use state-of-the-art supercomputer simulations, innovative statistical analysis and the latest observational data to understand the implications of these observations for the CDM (or alternative, e.g. WDM) model and to establish their power to discriminate between our models for dark matter and cosmology.
It is essential that applicants have a PhD in computational astrophysics or related discipline.
The selected candidate will be based at the ICRAR headquarters at the beautiful Matilda Bay campus of UWA. The University of Western Australia is one of the world’s top 100 universities according to the Shanghai ranking of 2012 and Perth is in the Economist's 2012 top-ten list of the world's most liveable cities.
Benefits include generous superannuation and leave provisions and fares to Perth (if applicable) for appointee and dependants along with a removal allowance. These and other benefits will be specified in the offer of employment.
Contact: Associate Professor Chris Power by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date: Friday, 31 January 2014
Application Details: Applications must be submitted online. Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria.
Please see the position description prior to applying:
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