Senior Research Fellow in Accretion/Jet Physics at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), Curtin University node

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Archive Date: 
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Curtin University
Department Name: 
Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA)
Western Australia
Job Announcement Text: 

The ICRAR node at Curtin University, Perth, invites applications for the position of Senior Research Fellow for a term of up to four years, specializing in the area of accretion and jet physics, or radio transients. The new Fellow will be expected to establish an independent research program in an area complementary to the activities of the existing accretion physics group at the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA), which are focused on multi-wavelength observational studies of accreting stellar-mass compact objects (including X-ray binaries, cataclysmic variables and ultraluminous X-ray sources), as well as studies of radio transient sources.

The successful candidate will have a well-established track record, with extensive observational or theoretical expertise in this field of research. Collaborating with the accretion physics group, she or he will be expected to

  • Conduct original research in accretion/jet physics
  • Lead competitive funding applications
  • Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Conduct appropriate service activities both within CIRA and the broader University

CIRA comprises more than 50 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 (including simulation).

CIRA forms one half of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) Joint Venture with The University of Western Australia. 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 at the forefront of low frequency radio astronomy research as the manager and operator of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA). The MWA is a fully-operational SKA precursor facility, undertaking science programs spanning Galactic and extragalactic radio astronomy, pulsars, transients, the Epoch of Reionisation, solar and ionospheric physics, as well as radio astronomy engineering.

Full details for this position can be found in the Position Overview and Academic Role Statement, and interested applicants are invited to discuss further with A/Prof James Miller-Jones.

CIRA is committed to equity and diversity, and encourages applications from all qualified candidates who share these values, including those who have taken career breaks.

Closing date for applications: 5pm Perth WA (0900 UT), Monday 23 October 2017.

Pay Compensation
Compensation Notes: 
Fixed term, four-year position, full-time, AUD $118,914 - $137,117 per annum (ALC)
Included Benefits: 

The salary ranges presented are those which are contained within the University's Enterprise Agreements; as are the employee benefits which include employer superannuation contribution at the rate of the current Government Superannuation Guarantee amount up to 17 percent, study assistance, comprehensive salary packaging and wellness programs and flexible and family friendly work practices.  Reasonable relocation expenses for the successful candidate and their family may be available, subject to negotiation.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, October 23, 2017
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, November 27, 2017
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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James Miller-Jones
Associate Professor
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Senior Research Fellowship in Accretion/Jet Physics