Associate Lecturer - Fast Radio Bursts

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Curtin University
Department Name: 
Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy
Bentley, Perth
Western Australia
Job Announcement Text: 

About us
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.

Your new role
As an Associate Lecturer at CIRA, you will play a key role in our fast radio burst (FRB) program and contribute to teaching activities.
CIRA is a leading institute in the Commensal Real-time ASKAP Fast Transients Survey (CRAFT) with the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope. A new detection system is currently being commissioned on ASKAP, which will increase the rate of FRB discoveries ten-fold. You will play a key role in commissioning this system and interpreting the resulting localised FRB data in the context of FRB emission mechanisms, progenitors, host galaxies, and/or cosmological studies.
As part of the CRAFT Collaboration, you will work with local undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers throughout Australia, and international colleagues. There is an expectation to contribute to CIRA’s teaching responsibilities in the field of astronomy, physics, mathematics and/or statistics.

Essential Criteria:

  • Doctoral qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g., astrophysics, radio astronomy).
  • Ability to contribute to the scientific goals of fast radio burst science in the context of the CRAFT collaboration.
  • Demonstrated ability in oral and written scientific communication.
  • Hold or be able to obtain the right to work in Australia.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Computational experience in supercomputing, analysis pipelines, and programming.
  • Ability to work as a member of a distributed scientific research team.
  • Experience in high-time-resolution radio astronomy.
  • Experience in radio or optical extragalactic astronomy.
  • Experience in supervising or working with post- and under-graduate students.
  • Demonstrated initiative in improving the workplace environment in terms of equity, diversity, sustainability, or other relevant axis.

Join us
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 below) to allow us to assess your suitability for the role. 

If you have any queries in relation to the requirements of the role please contact Senior Lecturer, Dr Clancy James at [email protected]
To learn more about CIRA, please visit the below websites:
Applications close: Friday, 12 August 2022 at 10pm (Australian Western Standard Time)
Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, undergo character, integrity, and reference checks, and provide evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination and booster (if eligible).

About Curtin

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.Curtin University offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, generous superannuation, and salary-packaging. Our vibrant campus also includes an art gallery, gym, childcare, medical centre, and endless food options.
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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: 
$61524.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$65963.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

AUD $91,431 - AUD $98,028 (ALA6-ALA8) plus 17% superannuation

20 days annual leave (pro-rata)

Application Deadline: 
Friday, August 12, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, September 12, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
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