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Research Associate - ICRAR

Job no: 503316
Work type: full-time
Location: Crawley
Categories: Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the team

ICRAR is a WA State funded high profile equal joint venture established in 2009 between Curtin University and The University of Western Australia (UWA). The Centre’s headquarters are located at UWA, with research nodes at both UWA and Curtin. ICRAR is one of the lead Australian organisations participating in the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project.

About the opportunity

ICRAR is looking for a highly motivated and suitably qualified candidate to join the local and distant Universe groups. The appointee will work on multiwavelength observations of galaxies (primarily optical integral-field spectroscopic and HI spectral-line studies), aimed at understanding the physical processes driving galaxy transformation and affecting the star formation activity and angular momentum of galaxies. The appointee will work under the supervision of Dr. Luca Cortese, join one of the most active and rapidly growing research institutes in Australia and will be able to contribute to the scientific exploitation of state-of-the-art multiwavelength surveys, including SAMI, MANGA, HECTOR, xGASS and WALLABY.

ICRAR astronomers have access to a wide range of observational facilities (including ESO facilities, the AAT, ATCA and ASKAP), as well as the nearby Pawsey supercomputing centre. The PDRA will be based at the ICRAR headquarters at the beautiful Matilda Bay campus of UWA. Perth (Western Australia) is listed as one of the world's most liveable cities and offers an excellent ocean-side lifestyle.

The appointment will be for three years, and will include adequate funding to attend international conferences.

As the appointee with a PhD in a field relevant to extragalactic astronomy, you will demonstrate:

  • Experience in extragalactic astronomy (esp. galaxy evolution) research, attested by a good publication record.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, show initiative and work productively as part of a team.
  • Experience in the analysis of optical spectroscopic data.
  • Experience in the analysis of HI spectral line observations.
  • Experience in leading observing proposals.
  • Experience in either spectral energy distribution or velocity field reconstruction.

Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description.

Why ICRAR at The University of Western Australia?

ICRAR astronomers have access to a wide range of observational facilities (including ESO facilities, the AAT, ATCA and ASKAP), as well as to the nearby Pawsey supercomputing centre. The PDRA will be based at the ICRAR headquarters at the beautiful Matilda Bay campus of UWA. Perth, Western Australia, is listed as one of the world's most liveable cities and offers an excellent ocean-side lifestyle.

Closing date: 11:55pm on Thursday, 24 October 2019

This position is open to both domestic and international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Applicants should clearly demonstrate that they meet the selection criteria. Applications must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a publication list, and a brief (3 pages maximum) statement of research interests that includes a brief summary of relevant experience and a research plan.

Applicants should also arrange to have two letters of reference sent to Dr. Luca Cortese (luca.cortese@uwa.edu.au) by the application deadline of Thursday, 24 October 2019.

Please see the position description prior to applying: Download File Position Description - Research Associate - ICRAR.pdf

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.
  • UWA has been awarded Platinum Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2019).

 

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