ASTRO 3D Research Scientist in HI Galaxy Evolution Surveys

Perth, Australia
07 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

ASTRO 3D Research Scientist in HI Galaxy Evolution Surveys

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences 

School of Physics, Maths and Computing

International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)

  • 3 year appointment
  • Salary range: Level A $68,452 - $92,497 p.a. - plus 17% superannuation
  • Flexibility to undertake interstate and international travel

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

ASTRO 3D is a $40m Research Centre of Excellence led by Prof. Lisa Kewley. ASTRO 3D is funded over seven years by the Australian Research Council and supported by six collaborating Australian universities - ANU, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Western Australia and Curtin University. Other Australian partners in the Centre include CSIRO, the Australian Astronomical Observatory and National Computational Infrastructure. ASTRO 3D includes collaborations with world leading international institutions.

The ASTRO 3D mission is to produce a comprehensive picture of the evolution of matter, the chemical elements, and ionizing radiation in the Universe from shortly after the Big Bang to the present day. ASTRO 3D trains the next generation of scientific leaders and conducts nationwide education and public outreach programs.

About the opportunity

This ASTRO 3D research position will be based at ICRAR/UWA and will focus on the DINGO HI survey ( As a member of the DINGO team, the researcher will assist with deep spectral line integrations using the ASKAP telescope to understand the role HI has played in galaxy evolution over the past 4 billion years. This project is closely aligned with the GAMA survey (and in future WAVES), enabling a wide range of spectroscopic and multiwavelength analyses. The researcher will work with DINGO principal investigator, Dr Martin Meyer, and other members of the DINGO, ICRAR, and ASTRO 3D teams, to create the core survey data products for the survey and carry out early science analyses from this ground-breaking survey.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • PhD in radio astronomy or related discipline 

  • Experience in an area of astrophysics relevant to the ASKAP DINGO survey 

  • Experience in radio astronomy techniques and/or data intensive astronomy methods to assist in the processing and analysis of DINGO data
  • Good publication record as evidenced by international refereed publications 

  • Proficiency in verbal and written communication 

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in distributed scientific collaborations 

  • An understanding of equal opportunity principles and policies and a commitment to their application in a university context

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

Benefits: University offers 17% Superannuation and support for relocation to Perth if required.

Closing date: 17 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 demonstrates they meet the selection criteria listed in the position description.

Applicants should also arrange to have two letters of reference sent to Dr Martin Meyer ( by the application deadline of December 17th, 2018.

Please see the position description prior to applying:

  • ICRAR supports equity, diversity and flexible work arrangements and actively encourage applications from female candidates.
  • UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2016).
  • The University is also a proud member of the Athena SWAN/SAGE Pilot for Gender Equity.