Research Associate, Gravitational Wave Astronomy

Perth (Suburb), Western Australia (AU)
20 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
19 Jan 2022
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Associate

Department of Physics

  • Join UWA’s department dedicated to exploring and addressing fundamental questions from the tiniest particles to the great cosmos
  • Two-year fixed term full-time roles available
  • Salary range: Level A $72,780- $97,946 (pro rata) plus 17% superannuation

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 gravitational wave astronomy group at the UWA Department of Physics is currently an active member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration as part of the Australian Consortium for Interferometric Gravitational Astronomy, and a member of the 2017 ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery. The SPIIR gravitational wave pipeline developed at the group has contributed directly to online detections of gravitational waves and sending public alerts.  The group is also part of the international LISA Consortium, the International Space Centre at UWA, and is a member of Parkes Pulsar Timing Array that aims to detect nanohertz gravitational waves.      

The gravitational wave astronomy group is currently expanding its effort to  astrophysics of gravitational waves and joint gravitational wave and electromagnetic observations as well as using machine learning for rapid gravitational wave detection.  

About the opportunity

A rare opportunity exists for two research focussed individuals to join the team that played a significant role in the momentous discovery of the first gravitational wave events in 2015.

As a Research Associate you will provide high-level research and publications in the area of gravitational wave detection and multi-messenger astronomy, working in collaboration with the international LIGO-Virgo Collaboration (LVC).

You will also help with testing, deployment and online runs of the GW searches for the upcoming LVK sciences runs, with the potential to get involved in multi-messenger observations of extraordinary events.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • PhD in physics or astronomy
  • Experience and demonstrated excellence in research in the fields of gravitational wave data analysis, multi-messenger astronomy and astrophysics in general.
  • Publications in high impact journals
  • Ability to establish international collaborations with leading international experts
  • Highly developed written and verbal communicational skills

About you

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description. Please see the position description prior to applying: PD 507687.pdf

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria

Closing date: Applications received by Tuesday 1 March 2022 will be considered with higher priority, however applications will remain open until the position is filled.

This position is open to international applicants.

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

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 Bronze Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2021).
  • UWA has also been awarded Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation in 2020.