Research Associate

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Curtin University
Department Name: 
Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy
Western Australia
Job Announcement Text: 

Research Associate


Opportunity for career development

3 year, fixed term contract – Full time or Part time
AUD $71,230 - AUD $96,105 plus 17% superannuation 
Job Reference: 635066

Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy 

The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) comprises more than 80 staff and HDR students, primarily focused on radio astronomy research, but also spanning many other aspects of observational astronomy, radio astronomy engineering, applications of high-performance computing in astronomy and astrophysics.

CIRA comprises one half of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) Joint Venture with The University of Western Australia, and is a node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in All-Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions, ASTRO-3D. CIRA researchers maintain excellent linkages with these and other national and international groups, and, in addition CIRA has excellent access to the nearby $80M Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.

CIRA is at the forefront of low frequency radio astronomy research as the Lead Organisation and operator of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA; The MWA is an SKA precursor; it has been fully operational since 2013, undertaking a number of important science programs.

CIRA is one of Australia’s leading contributors to the SKA program (, via design and prototyping activities for the low frequency SKA, participation in SKA science activities, and in helping to position Australia internationally within the SKA landscape.

CIRA has active research groups working in pulsars and fast radio bursts, accretion physics, the epoch of reionisation, and extragalactic radio astronomy.

For more information on CIRA: &


ASTRO 3D is a $40m Research Centre of Excellence led by Prof. Lisa Kewley. ASTRO 3D is funded over seven years by the Australian Research Council and supported by six collaborating Australian universities - ANU, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Western Australia and Curtin University. Other Australian partners in the Centre include CSIRO, the Australian Astronomical Observatory and National Computational Infrastructure. ASTRO 3D includes collaborations with world leading international institutions. 

The ASTRO 3D mission is to produce a comprehensive picture of the evolution of matter, the chemical elements, and ionizing radiation in the Universe from shortly after the Big Bang to the present day. ASTRO 3D trains the next generation of scientific leaders and conducts nationwide education and public outreach programs. 

ASTRO 3D supports the activities of around 200 researchers, administrative staff and students, provides a collaborative working environment and supports a flexible, family friendly working environment. Subject to visa restrictions, this opportunity is available as either a full-time or part-time position. 

Your new role

We have an exciting position available for a Research Associate to join the Murchison Widefield Array Epoch of Reionisation (EoR) project within the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D).  This role will triage and process the cleanest existing data from the MWA project toward the most stringent limits on brightness temperature fluctuations from the Epoch of Reionisation.

The ideal candidate will use the existing data quality database, and augment it with new metrics, to identify and extract the cleanest subset of existing MWA EoR data for science, using the 2000 hours of raw data acquired during the six-year experiment. The incumbent will then apply estimation techniques to extract information about the reionisation epoch. This position will require the incumbent to develop, test and apply existing and new data quality metrics to radio interferometric data and calibration products, and measure the improvement in data quality achieved with different choices of datasets. They will compare these with simulations of the effects of different systematics on the final data products. The incumbent will harness the improvements in the data calibration pipeline afforded by current research work in ASTRO 3D, including an improved sky model, improved instrument models, and enhanced understanding of the ionosphere.

The position will be based at the Curtin University (Bentley campus) node of ASTRO 3D, in the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR). This position can be undertaken full-time or part-time (subject to visa restrictions).
Essential criteria:

A doctoral qualification in a relevant discipline is essential for appointment as a Research Associate.

Previous experience in radio interferometric data, Epoch of Reionisation observations or Epoch of Reionisation estimators

Desirable criteria:

Experience working with low-frequency radio interferometric data with aperture array telescopes

Experience with radio data calibration and processing

Experience with signal extraction, estimators and statistics

Experience working with Epoch of Reionisation simulated or real datasets  

Next steps 
Please apply on-line with a cover letter and resume to enable us to assess your suitability for the role. You are also encouraged to respond specifically to the selection criteria.  If you require reasonable accommodation to participate in the recruitment process please advise in your cover letter.

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Applications close: 9:00 PM, Friday 4 December 2020

Please note, screening and interviews may take place prior to the advertised close date.

Contact details 

If you have a query in relation to the application process please contact our careers team on or call Natalie Munro on 0061 8 9266 2280.

If you would like to speak to a technical specialist please contact Associate Professor Cathryn Trott on 0061 8 9266 1306, Email:

Inclusion and Diversity at Curtin

We are committed to ensuring that Curtin has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued and welcome.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.


Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert. 

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$50211.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$67746.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

17% superannuation

Flexible working hours

Full time or part time work


Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 4, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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