We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (appointable at Academic Level A or B) to work with A/Prof Jeff Cooke at the Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) headquartered at Swinburne, along with OzGrav members at other nodes and OzGrav international Partner Investigators, on the detection and study of electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational waves.
The Research Fellow will help provide efficient electromagnetic follow up of LIGO/Virgo/GEO gravitational wave events by OzGrav facilities holding LSC consortium Memorandums of Understanding. In addition, the Fellow will help conduct and progress the Deeper, Wider, Faster (DWF) program, a program involving multi-wavelength (radio through gamma-ray) observatories worldwide to detect and characterize, in real time, fast transients that encompass many theoretical gravitational wave sources. The appointee will help produce scientific returns from electromagnetic follow-up observations and the DWF data, and is encouraged to collaborate on joint OzGrav projects and conduct their own independent research.
Skills and Experience
To be successful in this role you will require a PhD in observational astrophysics with research interests in time domain astronomy. Demonstrable research skills in transient astronomy as evidenced by publications and/or technical skills through community code development is also essential.
OzGrav has been awarded $31.3M by the Australian Research Council over the next seven years. OzGrav aims 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.
How to Apply: See the full position description here and follow the instructions to apply online. Applications must include:
· A cover letter, including your explanation for why the position is of interest.
· A full CV, with publications and skills listed. Please note: any “in preparation” papers will need to be supplied upon request.
· A 2-page research plan that describes the work you would like to pursue as part of OzGrav.
In addition, submit the names of two or three referees and have their letters submitted independently to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1st December 2017.
Applications Close: 5:00PM AET Friday 1st December 2017