Research Associate

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Curtin University
Department Name: 
Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy
Western Australia
Job Announcement Text: 

Research Associate - Cosmic Rays

3 year, fixed term contract - Full time

CIRA comprises over 80 staff and PhD students, primarily focused on radio astronomy research, but also spanning many other aspects of observational astronomy, radio astronomy engineering, applications of high-performance computing in astronomy, and astrophysics theory.
CIRA forms part of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), a joint venture with The University of Western Australia and the West Australian State Government.  CIRA researchers maintain excellent linkages with these and other national and international groups, and make extensive use of the nearby Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. CIRA is located in Perth, Western Australia, which has recently been ranked amongst the top twenty most liveable cities in the world (The Economist, 2019). 
CIRA is at the forefront of low frequency radio astronomy research as the manager and operator of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA;, and a contributor to the international SKA project (
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Your new role

Research Associate – radio-detection of cosmic rays
The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) is seeking a Research Associate to contribute to the project “Detecting cosmic rays using precision radio imaging”, funded by the Australian Research Council. The role involves:

The acquisition and interpretation of MWA data at nanosecond time-scales,

Event reconstruction using simulations of radio emission from extensive air showers, and

Commissioning an array of low-RFI scintillation detectors to be used for triggering.

The successful applicant will take a lead role within the MWA cosmic rays group. They will enhance the MWA’s capabilities for cosmic ray detection by working with the MWA’s engineering and operations team, the Square Kilometre Array’s High Energy Cosmic Particles Focus Group, and CIRA research groups in high-energy astrophysics. They will produce peer-reviewed publications, take advantage of grant opportunities, and apply for observation time with the MWA.

Essential criteria:

A doctoral qualification in a relevant discipline is essential for appointment, as is the ability to work in Western Australia.

Demonstrated relevant subject/discipline knowledge and knowledge and experience in relevant research techniques.

Demonstrated competency in a range of qualitative and quantitative research tasks.

Emerging research track record/potential to conduct quality research and contribute productively to research teams under supervision.

Next steps
Please apply on-line with a cover letter and resume to enable us to assess your suitability for the role. You are also encouraged to respond specifically to the selection criteria.  The selection criteria can be found of the Academic Role Statement.  If you require reasonable accommodation to participate in the recruitment process please advise in your cover letter.

To view a copy of the role’s Academic Role Statement, please copy and paste the following link into your browser:

Applications close: 9:00 PM, Monday 15th March 2021 

Please note, screening and interviews may take place prior to the advertised close date.

Contact details

If you have a query in relation to the application process please contact our careers team on or call Natalie Munro on 08 9266 2280.

If you would like to speak to a technical specialist please contact Dr Clancy James - 08 9266 9473

Inclusion and Diversity at Curtin

We are committed to ensuring that Curtin has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued and welcome.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.


Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$55575.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$74983.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

AUD $71,230 - AUD $96,105 plus 17% superannuation

20 days annual leave per year (pro rata)

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, April 16, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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