Research Associate/Fellow (ALA/ALB) - Physics and Astronomy

Location: Perth
Job Type: Full time
Contact: Dr Jean-Pierre Macquart, Senior Lecturer, CIRA
Email: email Dr
Reference: CURTIN38


Job No: CURTIN38
Location: Perth
Fixed term, full-time until 30 June 2021
$68,768 - $93,178 (ALA) + superannuation
$98,059 - $116,369 (ALB) + superannuation

Curtin University is ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide (ARWU 2017), and in the top 50 in the world for universities under the age of 50 (QS World University Rankings 2017). In recent years, Curtin has climbed significantly in global league tables and in the 2016 Nature Index results, Curtin was named as a rising star, the most collaborative of the Australian universities, and the biggest Australian mover. Curtin is industry-facing, highly engaged with relevant partners, and a major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, and Dubai.

The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) concentrates its research effort into a range of projects in radio astronomy, including aspects of next generation telescopes. The institute has played a leading role in contributing high-impact engineering and science to the international Square Kilometre Array project.

Help us build Curtin's Future

Your new role

An extraordinary Research Associate/Fellow opportunity funded by the Australian Research Council is available to carry out work on the localisation of Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) with the ASKAP survey for fast transients, CRAFT. 

You will be involved in the interpretation of FRB dispersion measures and redshifts to determine the intergalactic baryon density and the effect of galaxy feedback on the IGM, and in developing models of the intergalactic baryon distribution. 

  • Contribute to the analysis of the properties of FRB host galaxies
  • Contribute to the detection and localisation of FRBs in high time resolution data
  • Be involved in most aspects of the data pipeline, from observations to data processing to statistical analysis, and work with other members of the CRAFT team
  • Augment the scientific return from CRAFT by interacting with other Curtin University staff and CRAFT members in the interpretation of survey results and in the pursuit of multi-messenger follow-up of FRB detections 

Position Description

You will bring to this role
  • A doctoral qualification relevant to Physics or Astronomy.
  • Possess an excellent track record, with potential for attracting competitive grant funding.
  • Previous experience in radio interferometry is highly desirable.
  • Experience in high-time resolution data processing or pulsar astronomy is advantageous. 

This position will be based at the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA), located on the Bentley Campus of Curtin University. The position will involve liaising with collaborators at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Sciences (CASS) and at Swinburne University, and may involve regular travel between these institutes. 

What we offer you

The salary ranges presented are those which are contained within the University's Enterprise Agreements; as are the employee benefits which include employer superannuation contribution at the rate of the current Government Superannuation Guarantee amount up to 17 percent, study assistance, a comprehensive salary packaging and wellness programs and flexible and family friendly work practices.

What we need from you

You are encouraged to respond specifically to the selection criteria.

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

Valuing diversity and affirmative action

Curtin University embraces diversity and inclusion and invites applications from women, men and intersex individuals who share the University's values, ethics, international outlook, value diversity and have an informed respect for indigenous people. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive workplace, therefore, if you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application. We will then work with you to identify the best way to assist you through the recruitment process. All personal information will be kept confidential in compliance with relevant privacy legislation.

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.
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Contact details

To apply complete the application form below. Applications close: 5 pm, Monday 30 April 2018

For more information contact

Dr Jean-Pierre Macquart, Senior Lecturer, CIRA

Phone:  9266 9248



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.