First listed on: 31 May 2018

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in low-frequency radio astronomy and cosmology 

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

The position

CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science (CASS) is looking for an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Fellow to conduct research to better understand how measurements of the Epoch of Reionisation (EoR) with low-frequency radio arrays are impacted by the Earth’s ionosphere. As a Fellow, you will improve Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) EoR measurements by developing techniques to limit or reverse ionospheric contamination, and investigate how these techniques can be extended for the low-frequency component of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), Australia’s largest science project and a priority for radio astronomy globally.

You will join the software and computing group at CASS and the MWA EoR collaboration, and be supported by leading researchers in ionospheric calibration and senior members of the MWA and SKA EoR communities. You will also be part of the vibrant community at the Australia Telescope National Facility, which operates facilities such as ASKAP, the Compact Array, and the Parkes Radio Telescope.

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:  57113

To be successful you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as physics, radio astronomy, or related area.
    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 expertise in radio interferometry.
  • Proven understanding of calibration in radio astronomy.
  • Experience with algorithm and software development in C++, Python, Java, or other modern languages (including at the university level).
    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.  Find out more here!  Balance

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, 19 Aug 2018

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