Research Associate

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, February 5, 2021
Archive Date: 
Friday, March 5, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Curtin University
Department Name: 
Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy
Western Australia
Job Announcement Text: 

Research Associate

3 year, fixed term contract 

CIRA comprises over 80 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.

CIRA forms one half of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), a 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 located in Perth, Western Australia, which has recently been ranked amongst the top twenty most liveable cities in the world (The Economist, 2019). 

CIRA is at the forefront of low frequency radio astronomy research as the manager and operator of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA;, and a contributor to the international SKA project (
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Your new role
The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) is seeking a Research Associate to contribute to the project “Solving the mystery of ultra luminous fast radio burst emission”, funded by the Australian Research Council. The role will involve working within the Commensal Real-time ASKAP Fast Transients Survey (CRAFT) collaboration, using high-time-resolution FRB data recorded by the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP).
ASKAP will shortly be upgraded to allow a fully coherent real-time detection system, which will dramatically increase the number of FRBs with nanosecond time resolution data and arcsecond localisation. The successful applicant will use this and existing data to study the underlying FRB emission mechanism, and the properties of the interstellar, and intergalactic, gas through which they propagate. They will work closely with other members of the CRAFT collaboration, in particular those at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s Astronomy and Space Science division.

Essential criteria:
The successful applicant will have a demonstrable ability to contribute towards the goals of the project. A doctoral qualification in a relevant discipline is essential for appointment, as is the ability to work in Western Australia. An applicant with sufficient experience may be offered a position at the higher level of Research Fellow.

Next steps
Please apply on-line with a cover letter and resume to enable us to assess your suitability for the role. You are also encouraged to respond specifically to the selection criteria.  The selection criteria can be found of the Academic Role Statement.  If you require reasonable accommodation to participate in the recruitment process please advise in your cover letter.

To view a copy of the role’s Academic Role Statement, please copy and paste the following link into your browser:

Applications close: 9:00 PM, Thursday 4th March 2021

Please note, screening and interviews may take place prior to the advertised close date.

Contact details

If you have a query in relation to the application process please contact our careers team on or call Natalie Munro on 08 9266 2280.

If you would like to speak to a technical specialist please contact Dr Clancy James - 08 9266 9473

Inclusion and Diversity at Curtin

We are committed to ensuring that Curtin has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued and welcome.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.


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. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$54303.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$73267.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

AUD $71,230 - AUD $96,105 plus 17% superannuation

20 days annual leave per year (pro rata)

Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 5, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, April 4, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Dr Clancy James
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