The Australian Research Council recently announced $31.3M of funding for a major new Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery, known as OzGrav, which commenced operations in 2017. OzGrav's research activities include integrated programmes in LIGO and SKA instrumentation, data analysis, and astrophysics that span the gravitational-wave and electro-magnetic spectrum.
OzGrav - www.ozgrav.org - is a partnership between six Australian universities: Swinburne University of Technology (led by OzGrav Director Matthew Bailes), the Australian National University (led by OzGrav Deputy Director David McClelland), Monash University (led by Eric Thrane), the University of Melbourne (led by Andrew Melatos), the University of Adelaide (led by Peter Veitch) and the University of Western Australia (led by David Blair). The Centre has funding for seven years. Its aims are encapsulated in its mission statement:
OzGrav’s mission is to capitalise on the historic first detections of gravitational waves to understand the extreme physics of black holes and warped spacetime, and to inspire the next generation of Australian scientists and engineers through this new window on the Universe.
The School of Physics at the University of Melbourne invites suitably qualified applicants to apply for two Postdoctoral Research Fellow positions in OzGrav to conduct research in gravitational wave data analysis, source astrophysics, detector characterization, and computing. The appointees will conduct their own independent research and collaborate with other members of OzGrav on joint projects. Each postdoc will have a generous travel budget and access to state-of-the-art videoconferencing to facilitate OzGrav-wide large-scale projects. OzGrav is also home to a new $3.5M supercomputer custom designed to support gravitational-wave astrophysics.
In addition to fundamental research, OzGrav will pursue a vigorous outreach agenda that will include working with students from low socio-economic areas and encouraging the participation of minorities in science at all levels. OzGrav will pursue research translation and commercialisation opportunities, generating opportunities for staff to experience secondments to industry during their postdoctoral terms.
For more details and to apply, please visit: http://jobs.unimelb.edu.au/caw/en/job/891564/postdoctoral-research-fellow-in-gravitational-wave-discovery-up-to-2-positions-available. Applications should include a CV, research statement (3 pages), and contact details of three referees.
Close date: 5 Nov 2017
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 will have dedicated Career Development, Gender Equity, Outreach and Research Translation programmes. Australian Universities provide generous superannuation and maternity leave provisions.