Research Associate in Optical, Space Research Program

Canberra, Australia
08 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

UNSW Canberra is a campus of the University of New South Wales located at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. UNSW Canberra endeavours to offer staff a rewarding experience and offers many opportunities and attractive benefits, including:

  • One of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities
  • Australian bush land setting with FREE parking
  • FREE Onsite GYM, pool and Indoor Sports Centre
  • A strong commitment to staff development and learning
  • A strong commitment to work life and family balance
  • Generous superannuation and salary packaging opportunities
  • Location: Canberra, Australia

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work

UNSW Canberra Space sits within the School of Engineering and Information Technology and is becoming the trusted Australian go-to partner for agile Research and Development, Education and Thought leadership in local and global space transformation. It is achieving this by building the capability within the group to rapidly deliver game-changing space missions and payloads underpinned and driven by a programme of academic space science research and technology development. The portfolio of missions in development is rapidly expanding in application areas such as Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Quantum communication, Atmospheric trace-gas measurement and Remote Sensing.

About the role

  • Level A: $93k to $100k pa (+17% super and leave loading)
  • Fixed Term (4 years)
  • Full-time

The Space Team at UNSW Canberra has an opportunity for a Research Associate – Optical. Your new role will be situated within the UNSW Canberra Space Research Program. You will work on projects for the development, modification and operation of optical instruments, processing of imaging data, and description of optical phenomena.

This is an exciting opportunity to join an established and internationally renowned team.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will need to have:

  • A PhD degree in engineering, optics, physics or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop experimental programs and conduct experimental research in optical science for remote sensing and/or communications; and the ability to undertake technology development in the field of optical science for satellite applications
  • Proven in optical technology research and development in a systems-engineering-driven multidisciplinary context
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and the ability and capacity to implement required UNSW health and safety policies and procedures.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.


Professor Russell Boyce, Chair for Space Engineering


T: 02 6268 8056

Eugene Aves, Talent Acquisition Consultant


T: (61 2) 9385 3475

Applications close: 11:30 pm (AEST), 6th December 2018

Please note this is an urgent requirement so interviews will commence the week following the application close date.

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