The University of Western Australia (UWA) node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) invites applications for a fully funded PhD scholarship to work with Professor Simon Driver as part of the Hubble Space Telescope SKY-SURF project.
The SKY-SURF project will use data from the Hubble Space Telescope to measure and model the radiation incident on the Earth from the Cosmos. This energy has been generated by the galaxy population over the entire history of the Universe and its accurate measurement will be used to build a model of energy production in the Universe over all time.
The SKY-SURF project is a collaborative effort between Australian and US institutions including Arizona State University (lead-node), the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute, and NASA. Additional goals of the project are to improve our understanding of Zodiacal Light and Diffuse Glactic Light, as well as improve our measurement and modelling of the Extra-galactic Background Light from x-ray to radio wavelengths.
ICRAR is one of Australia’s top astronomical research institutes. Established in 2009 as a high profile equal joint venture between Curtin University and UWA, ICRAR is a leading organization in the international Square Kilometre Array project.
ICRAR/UWA hosts a vibrant and friendly research environment where PhD students carry out cutting-edge projects in observational and theoretical astrophysics, often including work in "Big Data" methodologies and technologies.
Situated on the Swan River, UWA is one of Australia’s most picturesque campuses. Its open courtyards lush and verdant, are a place to study and relax, taking advantage of Perth’s beautiful climate.
ICRAR/UWA is committed to equity and diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates of any nationality.
Applications should have an undergraduate degree which includes Astronomy, and should provide a cover letter, CV, and two letters of reference to Prof Simon Driver by the 3rd of June.