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.
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 (www.mwatelescope.org). 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 (www.skatelescope.org).
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.
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.