Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Radio Transients

Sydney, Australia
$113,184 p.a. + 17% superannuation
13 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
12 Oct 2022
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time 4 years fixed term, located on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Physics
  • Opportunity to make valuable contributions to research in time domain radio astronomy
  • Base Salary Level B $113,184 p.a. + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Radio Transients to work on a project relating to the ASKAP Variables and Slow Transients survey (VAST). The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Professor Tara Murphy and will take a leadership role in this research group.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • participate in a research programme investigating radio transient phenomena with ASKAP
  • demonstrate research excellence in time domain radio astronomy
  • assist with grant writing and publishing original work
  • help run Professor Murphy's research group
  • supervise students at the undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • contribute to successful applications for competitive research grants and/ or funding to deliver research impact
  • develop your research profile through conferences and seminars
  • take a leading role in the ASKAP VAST collaboration.

The School of Physics at the University of Sydney is the leading Physics department in the country, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research. Our 114 academic staff and 157 postgraduate students conduct research across a vast range of interests from nanoparticles to clusters of galaxies and from theoretical modelling to laboratory experiments. With the support of 20+ professional, technical and administrative staff, the School of Physics teaches to a cohort of approximately 274 equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) undergraduate students. With access to supercomputers, modern laboratory facilities and observatories, locally, nationally and internationally, the School of Physics is the premier environment for physics education and research. The School of Physics is committed to creating a diverse workplace by improving equity, access and opportunity. We want to create an environment where individuality is welcomed and celebrated. We are continuously working to identify and remove biases and barriers in an effort to make our workplace open, supportive and safe for everyone.

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About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Radio Transients who has:

  • a PhD, in astrophysics, with at least one year of postdoctoral experience
  • the ability to supervise students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • experience in supervising or mentoring others and/or coordinating team activities
  • proven research excellence in time domain radio astronomy
  • demonstrated evidence of independent research ability, and publication of results
  • strong organisational skills, with experience in research record keeping and data management
  • good programming skills in the Python programming language
  • excellent in written and oral communications skills, interacting with a variety of researchers and stakeholders.

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EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

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Wednesday 12 October 2022 11:59 PM

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