Research Fellow position in optical transients - JRID48551

Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
September 30, 2014
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
September 15, 2014
Job Details
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution/Company Name: 
Monash University
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Submission Address for Resumes/CVs
Attention To: 
Duncan Galloway
Monash University
Street Address Line 1: 
Wellington Rd.
Zip/Postal Code: 
+61 3 99054422
Contact Information For Inquiries About Job
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Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for a full time research fellow (Level A/B) in the School of Physics at Monash University. The successful candidate will be working on the Gravitational-wave Optical Transient Observer project (GOTO) in collaboration with members of the Monash Centre for Astrophysics (MoCA) and its partners . GOTO is a planned wide-field robotic telescope that will be able to rapidly search large areas of the sky for transient optical sources. Its design is optimized to respond to gravitational wave events expected to be detected in the near future with the advanced LIGO and VIRGO arrays.

The candidate will be expected to

  • contribute to the deployment of a prototype \ and conduct extensive tests in order to critically evaluate the design components
  • contribute to the development of a data processing pipeline that can process the data stream from GOTO and allow for rapid characterisation of candidate sources

The GOTO project is supported via a Major Initiative of the Warwick-Monash Alliance. This 3-year position is one of two that will be advertised simultaneously, the other based at Warwick University. Regular travel will be required, both to the prototype site and Warwick (UK). Candidates wishing to be considered for both positions will need to apply to both opportunities. The link for the Warwick position is attached.

The successful candidate must hold, or be about to obtain, a Ph.D. degree in a relevant discipline.  Experience with optical instrumentation and/or time-domain optical data analysis is highly desired.

To apply for this post, follow the link provided to the job listing at Monash (job no. 525947). Enquiries should be directed to Dr Duncan Galloway (; +61 3 9905 4422)

Closing date for applications is Monday 15 September 2014, 11:55pm Australian. Eastern Standard Time

Included Benefits: 

See the provided link. Salary appropriate for experience level, plus 9.25% employer superannuation