Pulsars and Fast Transients - Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Archive Date: 
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Curtin University
Western Australia
Job Announcement Text: 
  • 4 years fixed term, full-time - Teaching & Research (ALA/ALB) position
  • $86,832 - $93,178 (ALA) plus 17% Superannuation
  • $98,059 - $116,369 (ALB) plus 17% Superannuation
  • Reasonable relocation expenses for the successful candidate and their family may be available, subject to negotiation

The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) concentrates its research effort into a range of projects in radio astronomy, including aspects of next generation telescopes. The institute has played a leading role in contributing high-impact engineering and science to the international Square Kilometre Array project.

Your new role

We are seeking a new Lecturer or Associate Lecturer, funded by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), to contribute to Curtin’s ongoing teaching and research work in the area of high time resolution astrophysics. The research program will be focused on scientific exploitation of the high-time resolution capabilities of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA; http://mwatelescope.org/); a low-frequency radio telescope for which Curtin University is the lead and managing organisation.

You will use your in-depth subject matter knowledge of radio pulsar and/or fast radio burst (FRB) astronomy to enable and deliver high-quality scientific publications from the MWA telescope. We particularly welcome applications from candidates with expertise in one or more of the priority science areas: pulsar emission mechanisms; fast radio bursts; millisecond pulsars; using pulsars to probe the interstellar medium; searching and timing pulsars at low radio frequencies.

In addition to the scientific exploitation of the low-frequency capabilities of the MWA, you will also have the opportunity to leverage other major world-class facilities for pulsar or FRB astronomy, including but not limited to the Australian Parkes radio telescope, the Australian SKA Pathfinder, the refurbished Molonglo telescope (UTMOST), the Giant Metre-wave Radio Telescope, and the South African MeerKAT.

You will work closely with the MWA high time resolution team, complementing their skills with your experience and scientific credentials, and actively contributing toward technical development that will enhance the high time resolution science capabilities of the MWA. You will initiate or lead new research that leverages both the capabilities and resources available within CIRA, thus contributing toward raising the visibility of CIRA in the field of pulsar/FRB astronomy.

You will work openly and in close collaboration with a rapidly growing MWA collaboration, involving members from MWA partner institutions and associate members, to further scientific exploitation of the MWA for low-frequency high time resolution astronomy.

You will work closely with students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, supervising research projects and contributing to the delivery of appropriate teaching units within the University. You may also have the opportunity to engage with sectors outside academia to translate astronomical skills and tools into end user-facing applications.

This position will be based at the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA), located on the Bentley Campus of Curtin University. The position will involve liaising with collaborators at MWA partner institutes both in Australia and overseas, and may involve regular travel between these institutes.

CIRA is committed to equity and diversity, and encourages applications from all qualified candidates who share these values, including those who have taken career breaks.

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Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 8, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, February 8, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
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Dr Jean-Pierre Macquart, Senior Lecturer, Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy
Pulsars and Fast Transients - Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA)