Lecturer or Associate Lecturer
3-year fixed term contract, full time
The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) is a multi-disciplinary research institute engaged in a range of projects involving or motivated by radio astronomy. CIRA’s activities draw together academic research and professional staff from a variety of science, engineering, and computing disciplines to tackle unique and demanding challenges in radio astronomy. CIRA is the lead organisation and operator of the Murchison Widefield Array, and a key participant in the international Square Kilometre Array project.
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Your new role
As a lecturer at CIRA, you will be involved in our research program in the field of radio astronomy all-sky measurements and modelling, working within the Engineering Research group led by Prof David Davidson and working closely with the Astronomical Instrumentation and Epoch of Reionisation science teams. Recently, two SKA-LOW prototypes have been deployed to the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory: the Engineering Development Array Version 2.0, and the Aperture Array Verification System Version 2.0. Each comprises 256 low frequency dipole-like elements, working largely in the VHF frequency band. Along with the Murchison Widefield Array, CIRA has access to an impressive suite of low frequency radio telescopes.
The successful applicant will be expected to focus primarily on these instruments and build upon recent work out of CIRA in building all-sky images using the m-mode technique. M-mode analysis is a Fourier-like technique that allows the sky to be reconstructed in a spherical harmonic basis using data from a transit interferometer. There is also scope for an independent research component, where the candidate can develop their own research programs appropriately. They will also be expected to assist with undergraduate teaching, contribute to supervising postgraduate research students, participate in competitive grant applications, maintain strong collaborative links with international partners (in particular the SKAO), and promote industry engagement.
- Doctoral qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. astrophysics, radio astronomy or electrical engineering).
- Demonstrated ability to conduct leading-edge research and publish high-quality papers is essential, as are excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to travel interstate and / or overseas.
- Hold or be able to obtain the right to work in Australia.
Applicants with expertise in spherical harmonics and/or statistical data modelling, e.g. through CMB cosmology or Galactic surveys, are also encouraged to apply, with a broad mathematical skillset being highly valued.
To apply, please complete the online application form via the link below, noting we cannot accept resumes sent to the below email address.
Please provide a cover letter and resume that includes sufficient information and examples relating to the relevant selection criteria (outlined above) to allow us to assess your suitability for the role.
Applications close: 10pm AWST, Sunday July 17th 2022.
If you have any queries in relation to the application process, please contact our careers team at [email protected].
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