First listed on: 17 May 2018

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Dark Magnetism 

  • Launch your research career with this prestigious fellowship.
  • Be mentored by world-leading scientists.
  • Join CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science.

The position

This Research+ Postdoctoral Fellowship represents an outstanding opportunity to develop your research skills in the field of radio astronomy.   In this position you will design and undertake an observing programme using the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) facility, both through the allocated GASKAP project and through submitting proposals and undertaking Principal Investigator observations. Specifically, you will conduct observations of our Galaxy at 724 MHz to detect and characterise the polarimetric properties of carbyne in the Milky Way, including developing an expert-level understanding of the polarisation properties of the array.

You will have responsibility for compiling and processing data (inputting to pipeline development) and analysing the resultant data products.  You will collaborate with the ASKAP team, contributing project leadership and your expertise in polarimetry and the interstellar medium. You will additionally collaborate with efforts to explore Radio Frequency Interference mitigation with purpose built SKA pathfinder technology on the Parkes radio telescope (potentially providing complimentary data to the ASKAP data).  You will lead the scientific research, be responsible for the delivery of the science, work with theoreticians and global collaborators, to publish and disseminate the results of the study to national and international markets, in doing so raising the profile of the science and CSIRO in the SKA community.

Location:           Sydney, NSW or Perth, WA, Australia
Salary:               AU$83K - AU$88K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:              Specified term of 3 years
Job reference:  57060

To be successful you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in astronomy, astrophysics or a closely related discipline.

          Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of relevant postdoctoral experience.

  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including at national and international conferences.
  • A record of publications in quality, peer reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated research interest and expertise in spectral line radio astronomy
  • Demonstrated experience of scientific (unix-based) computing
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

Before you apply please view the full position details and selection criteria here:  Position description document

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

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We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you.
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CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) is our provider of technology and services for radio astronomy, spacecraft tracking and space sciences. It includes the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder telescope and contributing to the international development of the Square Kilometre Array telescope. The Business comprises the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF), NASA operations at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) Tidbinbilla, and radio astronomy and space related research activities. Key capability areas include radio astronomy, astrophysics, space science coordination, and national/international facilities management. The ATNF comprises a number of world-class radio astronomy observatories.

How to apply:  If you wish to apply for this position, please upload 1 document only containing your cover letter responding to the selection criteria and your resume/CV that best demonstrates your ability to meet the requirements of the role as defined in the Position description document 

Applications close:  11:59pm AEDT, 30 Jun 2018

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