Well-qualified students of any nationality are invited to apply to the PhD program at Curtin University's Institute of Radio Astronomy based in Perth, Australia, to work with Dr Gemma Anderson on rapid radio follow-up of transients. This scholarship attracts a tax-free stipend of AUD$27,082 p.a. (2018 rates). In this project, you will use data from the world's leading radio telescopes (including, but not limited to the Australia Telescope Compact Array and the Murchison Widefield Array) to investigate the early-time radio properties of transients, such as gamma-ray bursts and flare stars.
Curtin University’s Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) forms one half of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), a joint venture between Curtin University and The University of Western Australia. Curtin operates the Murchison Widefield Array, the precursor to the low frequency component of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), and supports a large research group spanning transient astronomy, accretion physics, radio astronomy (galactic, extragalactic), pulsars, the Epoch of Reionisation, and radio astronomy engineering research including significant participation in developing systems for the SKA.
Interested applicants are requested to send an Expression of Interest (EOI) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your EOI must include a detailed CV, transcripts of undergraduate (and any Masters) studies, contact details for two academic professional referees and/or previous supervisors along with a 1-2 page statement of your research motivation. Students who have not completed their formal degree studies in English must submit an IELTS transcript that meets the University’s minimum entrance criteria. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
All valid EOIs will be assessed after the closing. Selected candidates will be interviewed and successful applicants will then proceed to develop a research plan to fulfil the University entry requirements. Applicants must not commence the University application process until they have been formally notified of the award.
CIRA is committed to equity and diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.