Research Associate, School of Physics, Mathematics and Computing

Perth, Australia
03 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
02 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • 3 year fixed term appointment
  • Opportunity for a researcher in gravitational wave physics
  • Salary range: Level A $69,308 - $93,653 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

School of Physics, Mathematics and Computing

Department of Physics

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 UWA Gravitational Wave Astronomy group in the Department of Physics is an active member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration ( that aims to detect gravitational waves in the audio band and is a member of the 2017 ARC Center of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav, The group participated directly in the discoveries of gravitational wave signals since 2015. The SPIIR search pipeline developed at the group has made several new online detections of gravitational wave events shortly after the LIGO-Virgo collaboration restarted science run in April 2019.

About the opportunity

You will undertake research duties in the area of gravitational wave search pipeline development and testing, high-performance computing by smart algorithm design and hardware acceleration using Graphics Processing Units. You will also help develop strategies to enable prompt electromagnetic follow up observations and extract astrophysical information using data from detected gravitational wave events.

 To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • A Ph.D. in astrophysics, computer science, or engineering
  • Experience and demonstrated excellence in signal processing
  • Strong track record of research publication relative to opportunity
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills in the preparation of high-quality reports, presentations and publications
  • An ability and willingness to direct and supervise students
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and conduct research

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria.

Position remains open until filled. Applications will be reviewed monthly.

This position is open to international applicants who require visa sponsorship.

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).