Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav)
The Australian Research Council recently announced $31.3M of funding for a major new Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery to be known as OzGrav that will commence operations in early 2017. It will be led by Professor Matthew Bailes, an expert in the search for gravitational waves and tests of general relativity using radio pulsars but its activities will include LIGO and SKA instrumentation, data and astrophysics that span the gravitational-wave and electro-magnetic spectrum.
OzGrav’s headquarters will be hosted by Swinburne University of Technology. Over 25 postdoctoral and technical positions will be created at Swinburne and its partner organisations: the Australian National University (led by OzGrav Deputy Director David McClelland), Monash University (led by Astrophysics leader Yuri Levin), 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).
OzGrav has funding for seven years and 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.
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.
In its first round of postdoctoral hires, OzGrav will be seeking to employ over 25 postdocs in its three main themes: Instrumentation - led by Professor David McClelland, Data - led by Professor Matthew Bailes and Astrophysics - led by Associate Professor Yuri Levin. These positions will be housed at the six partner institution campuses and postdocs are strongly encouraged to spend time visiting other nodes. Indeed, OzGrav CIs are committed to have a dynamic and flexible team that works across the gravitational-wave spectrum, from nanohertz to kilohertz frequencies, on a range of problems in gravitational-wave astrophysics. 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. Many members will be active participants in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.
For a complete listing of OzGrav positions, the OzGrav team and application deadlines please see http://ozgrav.org and follow the relevant links. Applications for round 1 hires will close on Dec 31, 2016.
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.