Lecturer - Space Situational Awareness (SSA)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
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: 
  • 3 years fixed term
  • US $67,260.65 - $84,261.73 (ALA -ALB) plus 17% superannuation
  • Agile and flexible working environment

(Curtin Job Reference: 741188)

Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2019), and is placed 20th in the world for universities less than 50 years old (QS Top 50 Under 50 2019). Curtin is WA’s most preferred university, with highly engaged industry-facing partners and is major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.

Curtin University has a bold vision to be one of the leading institutions in the Asia-Pacific region. Curtin is now entering an exciting phase as it focuses on further building its research capacity, and improving its already strong reputation for innovation in learning and teaching.

About us

The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) concentrates its research effort into a range of projects in radio astronomy, including aspects of next generation telescopes. The institute has played a leading role in contributing high-impact engineering and science to the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

CIRA comprises one half of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) Joint Venture with The University of Western Australia, as well as being a node of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics in 3D (ASTRO-3D).

Your new role

The Curtin University node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) is seeking to appoint an Associate Lecturer or Lecturer to undertake research and development in the area of Space Situational Awareness (SSA), using passive radar techniques at low radio frequencies.  In particular, the position will involve the development of these techniques via the utilisation of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA: an SKA precursor telescope that is operated by the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA)) and MWA technologies, by translating radio astronomy methods to SSA.  The position will also potentially involve the provision of assistance in the design and development of a dedicated low frequency passive radar system for SSA.  Some involvement in undergraduate teaching activities will be required and the opportunity to develop other research interests aligned with ICRAR science programs is available.
What you will bring to the role

  • Advanced progress toward, or award of, a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline;
  • Demonstrated understanding of data processing from low frequency radio telescopes (imaging and calibration);
  • Demonstrated understanding of passive radar techniques;
  • Demonstrated understanding of orbit estimation techniques;
  • A strong publication record in high-quality refereed journals, relative to career opportunity;
  • An emerging research track record/potential to conduct quality research and contribute productively to research teams.


  • Experience with the processing of data from the Murchison Widefield Array (imaging and calibration);
  • Demonstrated ability to teach effectively as well as a commitment to reflective improvement in teaching delivery;
  • An understanding of pedagogical theory and contemporary educational practice relevant to the discipline;
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to curriculum review and renewal;
  • Experience in aspects of undergraduate teaching.

What we offer you

Working at CIRA, Curtin University will offer a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, generous superannuation, salary-packaging arrangements including childcare, and the potential to support dual-career arrangements.

What we need from you

You are encouraged to respond to the elements and requirements of the role as they are outlined, providing examples that demonstrate your understanding of our needs and your capacity to fulfil them. Please note, screening and interviews may take place prior to the advertised closing date.

Valuing Diversity and Inclusion

At Curtin, we are committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation, diversity and social justice and aim to create an inclusive environment where our staff and students are valued and inspired. This includes a supportive recruitment process should you require any access assistance.

Application Close: 10:00pm Perth AWST (1300 UT), Monday 19th July 2021

To learn more about us visit the below websites:


To apply complete the application form at http://staff.curtin.edu.au/job-vacancies/?ja-job=316757. 

If you have a query in relation to the application process please contact our careers team on curtincareers@curtin.edu.au.

If you would like further details about the role please contact Professor Steven Tingay at s.tingay@curtin.edu.au

Please only apply via the link.  Please do not send your resume direct to the above contact.

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.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$67260.65 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$84261.73 (USD)
Included Benefits: 
  • AUD $89,638 - AUD $112.277 (ALA-ALB) plus 17% Superannuation
  • 20 days annual leave per year (pro-rata)
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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Curtin University
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Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy
Western Australia
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