Research Fellow in Gravitational Wave Discovery

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Archive Date: 
Saturday, February 6, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Melbourne
Department Name: 
School of Physics
Melbourne (Parkville)
Job Announcement Text: 

School of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne

Salary: Level A: AUD73,669 pa to AUD99,964 pa (PhD entry level - AUD93,130 pa) or Level B: AUD105,232 pa to AUD124,958 pa, plus 9.5% superannuation. Level of appointment is subject to qualifications and experience.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has invested $31.3 million of funding into a major new Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery, known as OzGrav, which started operations in 2017. OzGrav conducts research in instrumentation, data analysis, and astrophysics across the gravitational wave spectrum utilizing major international facilities including the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the Square Kilometer Array (SKA).

OzGrav’s mission is to capitalise on the historic first detections of gravitational waves to understand the extreme physics of black holes and warped space-time and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers through this new window on the Universe.  As well as fundamental research, OzGrav pursues a vigorous outreach agenda, which includes working with students from low socio-economic areas and encouraging the participation of minorities in science at all levels.  OzGrav also pursues research translation and commercialisation, generating opportunities for staff to experience secondments to industry during their postdoctoral terms.

The Research Fellow position is in any area of gravitational wave science relevant to OzGrav’s discovery mission, with an emphasis on data analysis, source astrophysics, detector characterization, and computing.  The Research Fellow will conduct their own independent research and collaborate with other members of OzGrav on joint projects. This role is full-time.

About you

  • PhD (or near completion) or equivalent in physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, or a related discipline
  • A demonstrated aptitude for research, with a sound publication record in relevant areas, commensurate with experience and opportunities
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare research reports and manuscripts for publication
  • Strong evidence of ability and desire to build an academic research career trajectory
  • Experience in gravitational wave data analysis, astrophysics, or instrumentation
  • The ability to attract external funding through grant applications and/or support in funded joint projects with others internal or external to the university
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, administer and see through to completion appropriately designed research projects with limited supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Position Description:

To apply: applications are preferred online via the University site at

Applications close: 7 Feb 2021 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$62575.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$106139.00 (USD)
Compensation Notes: 
Salary includes 9.5% superannuation
Included Benefits: 

Full details of University benefits are located at:



Application Deadline: 
Sunday, February 7, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Andrew Melatos
University of Melbourne
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