Associate Lecturer in cosmic ray studies with the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
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: 

The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to perform cosmic ray studies with the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope. The role involves:

  • the acquisition and interpretation of MWA data at nanosecond time-scales,
  • event reconstruction using simulations of radio emission from extensive air showers, and
  • commissioning an array of low-RFI scintillation detectors to be used for triggering.

About us
CIRA is located in Perth, Western Australia, which is ranked amongst the top twenty most liveable cities in the world (The Economist, 2018). CIRA comprises over 80 staff and PhD 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 theory.

CIRA forms one half of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) Joint Venture with The University of Western Australia. CIRA researchers maintain excellent linkages with these and other national and international groups, and make extensive use of the nearby Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.

CIRA is at the forefront of low frequency radio astronomy research as the manager and operator of the MWA ( The MWA is a fully-operational SKA precursor facility, undertaking science programs spanning Galactic and extragalactic radio astronomy, pulsars, transients, the Epoch of Reionisation, solar and ionospheric physics, as well as radio astronomy engineering. The results of these programs contribute to the design process for SKA_LOW (

Valuing Diversity and Inclusion

Curtin University embraces diversity and inclusion and invites applications from women, men and intersex individuals who share the University's values, ethics, international outlook, value diversity and have an informed respect for indigenous people. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive workplace, therefore, if you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application. We will then work with you to identify the best way to assist you through the recruitment process. All personal information will be kept confidential in compliance with relevant privacy legislation.

Application details

Applicants should apply though the Curtin University Job Vacancies portal:

See the Position Overview and Academic Role Statement contained therein for further details.

Closing date for applications: 9pm Perth WA (1300 UT), Tuesday 14 January 2020

Interested applicants are invited to discuss further with Dr Clancy W. James.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$60372.10 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$64784.16 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including those who have taken career breaks, or would benefit from working part-time (subject to any applicable visa conditions). Reasonable relocation expenses for the successful candidate and their family may be available, subject to negotiation.

The salary ranges presented are those which are contained within the University's Enterprise Agreements; as are the employee benefits which include employer superannuation contribution at the rate of the current Government Superannuation Guarantee amount up to 17 percent, study assistance, a comprehensive salary packaging and wellness programs and flexible and family friendly work practices.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, February 14, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Clancy James
Curtin University
Department Name: 
Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy
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Attention To: 
Dr Clancy James
270233 - Associate Lecturer