Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Gravitational Wave Discovery - Electromagnetic Detection

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
Swinburne University of Technology
Department Name: 
Physics and Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
H11
Street Line 2: 
PO Box 218
City: 
Hawthorn
State/Province: 
Victoria
Zip/Postal: 
3122
Country: 
Australia
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

The Position

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.

About OzGrav

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 jeffreycooke@swin.edu.au by 1st December 2017.

Applications Close: 5:00PM AET Friday 1st December 2017

Included Benefits: 

Swinburne University provides generous superannuation (typically 17%), paternity, maternity, annual, and sick leave provisions.  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.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 1, 2017
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, December 22, 2017
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Jeffrey Cooke
Title: 
Associate Professor
Institution/Company: 
Swinburne University of Technology
Street Line 1: 
H11
Street Line 2: 
PO Box 218
City: 
Hawthorn
State/Province: 
Victoria
Zip/Postal Code: 
3122
Country: 
Australia