The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) and associated Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) play key roles in the development, construction and operation of new radio astronomical facilities, in particular the SKA precursor Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope, as well as making major contributions to Australia’s contribution to the Square Kilometre Array, SKA-LOW. CIRA, comprising well over fifty staff and PhD students, is at the forefront of low frequency radio astronomy research. Presently, several SKA-LOW prototypes are in the process of being commissioned on the Murchison Radio-Astronomy Observatory (MRO) site.
As a lecturer at CIRA, you will be involved in our research program in the field of radio astronomy instrumentation, working within the Engineering Research group led by Prof David Davidson and working closely with A/Prof Randall Wayth.
Within the last year, two SKA-LOW prototypes have been deployed on the MRO site: the Engineering Development Array Version 2.0, and the Aperture Array Verification System Version 2.0. Each comprises 256 low frequency dipole-like elements, working largely in the VHF frequency band. Early commissioning of these prototypes, and developing suitable calibration routines, are an urgent priority for our work, as well as continuing work on the MWA with expectations that the successful applicant will be expected to focus primarily on these instruments.
There is also scope for an independent research component, where the candidate can develop his or her own research programs appropriately. There are also be expectations to assist with undergraduate teaching, contribute to supervising postgraduate research students, participate in competitive grant applications, maintain strong collaborative links with international partners (in particular the SKAO), and promote industry engagement.