Senior Research Fellow (ALC) - Physics and Astronomy
Job No: CURTIN333
Location: Bentley, Perth
4 years fixed term, full-time
$120,028 - $138,340 (ALC) plus 17% superannuation
Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% universities worldwide (ARWU 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2019), and is placed 20th in the world for universities less than 50 years old (QS Top 50 Under 50 2019). Curtin is WA’s most preferred university, with highly engaged industry-facing partners. Curtin University is a major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.
Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy
The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) concentrates its research effort into a range of projects in radio astronomy, including aspects of next generation telescopes. The institute has played a leading role in contributing high-impact engineering and science to the international Square Kilometre Array project.
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Your new role
We are seeking a new Senior Research Fellow, funded by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, to work on scientific exploitation of new survey data from the recently-upgraded Murchison Widefield Array (MWA; http://mwatelescope.org/); a low-frequency radio telescope for which Curtin University is the lead and managing organisation.
You will use your in-depth subject matter knowledge of extragalactic radio astronomy to enable and deliver new scientific publications from MWA data products. We particularly welcome applications from candidates with expertise in one or more of our priority science areas: life cycles of radio galaxies, physics of galaxy clusters, detection and characterisation of the cosmic web, and radio source population studies.
In addition to data from the MWA, the candidate will have the opportunity to leverage the numerous multi-wavelength surveys Australian astronomers have access to (e.g. Skymapper, ASKAP, GAMA, Taipan) and to exploit Australia’s partnership with the European Southern Observatory (ESO; http://www.eso.org) to conduct novel research exploiting the synergies between MWA and other multi-wavelength facilities.
You will work closely with our established MWA science team, complementing their skills with your experience in radio and multi-wavelength astronomy and obtaining follow-up multi-wavelength observations to understand the nature of MWA radio sources.
You will work openly and in close collaboration with existing teams from across the 21 MWA partner institutions in following-up new MWA surveys. You will be widely respected for your collaborative qualities.
This position will be based at the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA), located on the Bentley Campus of Curtin University. The position will involve liaising with collaborators at MWA partner institutes both in Australia and overseas, and may involve regular travel between these institutes.
You will bring to this role
A doctoral qualification relevant to Physics or Astronomy.
An excellent research track record of both leading and enabling scientific publications in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, with demonstrated research impact.
The technical skills to successfully obtain and exploit relevant data from the MWA and other world-class facilities in pursuit of original science goals.
Demonstrated experience in analysing and integrating complex multi-wavelength data with radio imaging to understand the astrophysics of extra-galactic radio sources.
Evidence of having developed a significant independent research program.
Demonstrated ability to lead and successfully obtain nationally competitive, peer-reviewed grants.
Demonstrated success in providing mentoring and supervision of Higher Degree Research students (MSc, PhD).
A commitment to open and supportive collaboration and the development of a collegial and supportive working environment.
Demonstrated high level communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to interact with students and staff with cross cultural sensitivity.
Prior experience in undergraduate physics or astrophysics teaching, including developing and delivering lectures, laboratory programmes, and group teaching exercises.
Prior experience in working with industry, Government, community, or not-for-profit organisations to deliver creative solutions to demand driven research problems or support the core mission and goals of your employer.
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What we offer you
Curtin University offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, a relocation allowance, generous superannuation, salary-packaging arrangements including childcare, and the potential to support dual-career arrangements.
What we need from you
You are encouraged to respond specifically to the selection criteria.
Applications close: 5 pm, Wednesday 31 October 2018
Please note, screening and interviews may take place prior to the advertised close date.
Valuing Diversity and Inclusion
At Curtin, we are committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation, diversity and social justice and aim to create an inclusive environment where our staff and students are valued and inspired. This includes a supportive recruitment process should you require any access assistance.
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