ARC Grant-Funded Researcher A - High Energy Gamma-Ray Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, January 24, 2020
Archive Date: 
Friday, February 28, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Pre-doctoral/Graduate Positions
Institution Classification/Type: 
Government Agency
University of Adelaide
Department Name: 
School of Physical Sciences
Job Announcement Text: 

Post-doctoral position in High Energy Gamma-Ray Astrophysics with the H.E.S.S. and CTA observatories – Studies of Extreme-Energy Particle Accelerators

The candidate will join the H.E.S.S. collaboration and be involved in improving H.E.S.S. analysis pipelines using a variety of methods including machine learning, working closely with Prof. Gavin Rowell, Dr. Sabrina Einecke and also A/Prof. Martin White. Intimately related radio and X-ray astrophysical studies will also be possible with collaborator Prof. Miroslav Filipovic at Western Sydney University utilising world-leading facilities such as the ASKAP and MWA radio telescopes and the recently-launched eROSITA X-ray space mission.

The candidate will utilise the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.) of gamma-ray telescopes located in Namibia to study sources of the Milky Way’s extreme-energy cosmic-ray particles known as “PeVatrons”. Recent upgrades to H.E.S.S. enable new aspects to be fully exploited (such as event timing) and promise exciting discovery potential in the next few years. H.E.S.S. leads the field of ground-based gamma-ray astronomy and has discovered the majority of astrophysical sources in this energy range.

The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is the next generation multi-national facility for ground-based gamma-ray astronomy. The University of Adelaide leads a group of six Australian institutions involved in CTA. The candidate will be able to join the Australian team developing CTA’s highest energy telescopes which are expected to produce their “first light” in the next 2 to 3 years. The candidate will thus further strengthen Australia's contribution to CTA.

To be successful you will need:

  • A PhD, or equivalent higher degree awarded or equivalent research experience in the areas of experimental astrophysics or experimental physics.
  • Advanced computational skills, including demonstrated ability to develop computer code for the analysis of data from astrophysics and/or physics experiments.
  • A commitment to develop an innovative research programme in high energy gamma-ray astrophysics with the H.E.S.S. and CTA observatories.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and critically analyse data, in addition to working effectively as a member of a research team.
  • An ability and willingness to take on responsibilities in the development of data analysis pipelines.

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Click on the link below for a copy of the selection criteria and to apply: (If no links appear, try viewing on another device)

Please ensure you address and upload your responses to all of the selection criteria as outlined in the selection criteria document (link below). Applications close 11:55pm, 1 March 2020.

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$60000.00 (USD)
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Professor Gavin Rowell
University of Adelaide
Department Name: 
School of Physical Sciences
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Inquiries About Job
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Michelle Carter