OzGrav Postdoctoral Research Fellow in precision pulsar timing and gravitational wave detection

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Publish Date: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Swinburne University of Technology
Job Announcement Text: 

Based at Swinburne University, this successful OzGrav Postdoctoral Research Fellow in precision timing will work with Associate Professor Ryan Shannon, Professor Matthew Bailes, and the OzGrav Pulsar Timing Array project team, which is distributed between Swinburne University of Technology, The University of Melbourne, Monash University and the CSIRO.

You will collect and analyse data sets from new facilities, such as the MeerKAT array in South African and the new ultrawide-band system being deployed at Parkes, combine them with legacy and international data sets, and conduct the most sensitive searches for nanohertz frequency gravitational radiation.

To be successful you will need:

  • A doctoral qualification in gravitational waves, pulsar and neutron star science, computational astrophysics, or a closely-related data science field where advanced computing and statistics were essential
  • A sound knowledge of pulsar astronomy
  • Demonstrated ability to write high-impact papers
  • Advanced knowledge of high-level computing languages (e.g., python, C, C++, cuda) in a Unix environment

About OzGrav:

The Australian Research Council awarded $31.3M to support the Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) that commenced operations in early 2017. It is led by Professor Matthew Bailes and its activities include LIGO and SKA instrumentation, data, and astrophysics that span the gravitational-wave and electro-magnetic spectrum.


How to Apply:  Please see https://swinjobs.nga.net.au/cp/index.cfm?event=jobs.jati&returnToEvent=jobs.home&jobID=C81A5C99-8116-1533-F8ED-B61A8C0B2DD5&audienceTypeCode=EXT&UseAudienceTypeLanguage=1  and follow the instructions therein. Applications must include:

· A cover letter, including your explanation for why the position is of interest.

· A full CV, with publications and skills listed. Please note: any “in preparation” papers will need to be supplied upon request.

· A 2-page research plan that describes the work you would like to pursue as part of OzGrav.


In addition, please submit the names of at least two, maximum three referees and have their letters submitted independently to rshannon@swin.edu.au.

Included Benefits: 

Swinburne University provides generous superannuation (typically 17%), parental, annual, and sick leave provisions.  OzGrav is committed to encouraging a balanced workforce, by providing family-friendly policies and work practices, part-time roles, and working to solve “two-body” problems where possible. OzGrav has dedicated Career Development, Equity & Diversity, Outreach, and Research Translation programmes.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, April 19, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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OzGrav Postdoctoral Research Fellow in precision pulsar timing and gravitational wave detection