Research Assistant, Space Physics

Melbourne, Australia
20 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
14 Apr 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full-time, fixed-term opportunities
  • Work on the next generation space weather forecast project funded by the ARC
  • Research collaboration with industry partner (Bureau of Meteorology) in Sydney
  • Report directly to the ARC Linkage Project Lead Chief Investigator
  • Strategically located Melbourne CBD campus
  • Competitive salary packaging + 17% superannuation

Our Organisation

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

RMIT was named as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) in 2018 based on significant progress made in 2017, and Gold Employer status in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) in recognition of our commitment to celebrating the diverse genders, sexes and sexualities (DGSS) of our community.

The School of Science, one of RMIT's top-performing research schools, we deliver research that addresses the 'real life questions' essential to Australia's innovation agenda. Our high-quality teaching programs inspire students to pursue careers in a range of industries including health, materials technology, food, geospatial and surveying, environmental analysis, banking and commerce, as well as computing and IT roles and research and development across a wide range of areas.

Details about the College may be found at

Position Summary

As a Research Assistant, you will work on the Australian Research Council Linkage Program Project "Next generation space weather forecasts"; a joint project between RMIT University, the Bureau of Meteorology and Boston College. You will be responsible to conduct research work in the areas of space and ionospheric physics that is focused on obtaining better understanding of the impact of space weather on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) applications. Coming into this position, you will be require to analyse a range of ionosphere/magnetosphere observation data and its techniques, and also the use of advanced models of the near-Earth space environment. In addition, you will be responsible to lead, manage and deliver in the day-to-day operation of research work as well as participate in project reporting, preparation of project meeting and etc.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Work independently as well as collaboratively with the team in contributing to quality research showcasing research areas outputs publications, development of new research initiatives, presentation of research findings at conferences and forums and contribute to competitive research funding applications
  • Manage research project timelines and also ensure research reports meet compliance requirements
  • Initiate and contribute in various research development strategies to ensure that they align to University and School research objectives
  • Assist in the supervision of higher degree by research candidates

Skills and Experience Required

  • PhD or equivalent in space physics area or related field and/or relevant working experience in the field of ionospheric and space physics work
  • Demonstrated technical competency in the field ionospheric and space physics, and a solid understanding of the various space science instrumentation, observation techniques i.e. GNSS Radio Occultation and knowledge of other space data and state-of-the-art space environment models
  • Excellent numerical analysis and experience in operating software in both Windows and Linux environment as well as other software development skills using Fortran, IDL, Python, Matlab or C/C++
  • Ability to manage and plan time effectively and efficiently to conduct innovative research
  • Proven experience in competitive grant application and project management
  • Passion and ability to build strong relationships across all levels of professional staff within the organisation, and equip with strong technical report writing and verbal communications


Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices


  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Be part of RMIT's academic life and attend various events and workshops
  • Free access to RMIT staff gym
  • 2% salary increase each year and annual leave loading of 1.35%
  • MYKI pass discount
  • Additional annual leave

To find out more, please visit our website: RMIT Employee Benefits

To Apply

For further information, please contact Dr Brett Carter on 03 9925 0356 or to view the position description, please click on the link and search using job reference number 575383.

Applications close on Sunday 14th April 2019

Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description.

This role will require satisfactory confirmation of a Working with Children Check.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to be a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.