Research Associate in Astronomy

Perth, Australia
Level A, Step 8, $92,497 p.a. plus employer contributed superannuation of 17%  
02 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)

  • Amazing opportunity for a passionate and driven researcher to join a rapidly growing research institute in Australia and contribute to scientific exploitation of state-of-the-art multiwavelength surveys
  • Full time, 3 year appointment
  • Salary range: Level A, Step 8, $92,497 p.a. plus employer contributed superannuation of 17%  

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

The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) is a State-funded Centre established as a joint venture between The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Curtin University. The Centre, along with CSIRO, is playing a key role in Australia's participation in the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) effort.

About the opportunity

ICRAR is looking for a highly motivated and suitably qualified candidate to join the multiwavelength surveys group. The appointee will work on optical integral-field spectroscopic and HI spectral-line studies of nearby galaxies, 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, and 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, HECTOR and WALLABY.

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

  • Experience in extragalactic astronomy (e.g. galaxy evolution) attested by a good publication record
  • Experience in the analysis of optical spectroscopic data (either long-slit or integral field)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative and work productively as part of a team

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: Tuesday, 18 December 2018

This position is open to international applicants.

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

Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication list, a brief (2 pages max.) statement of research interests and a document that clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria listed in the position description. 

Applicants should also arrange to have two letters of reference sent to Dr. Luca Cortese ( by the application deadline of December 18th, 2018.

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