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Research Associate in Space Domain Awareness

Adelaide, Australia
$83,500 - $101,192 p.a.
Closing date
17 Mar 2024

Position Details

  • Fixed term | Full-Time
  • Academic Level A | $83,500 - $101,192 p.a.
  • Location: Bedford Park / Kaurna Country
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About the College of Science and Engineering

At the College of Science and Engineering we believe in the power of science and engineering to solve real world problems. We strive to advance fundamental science, to create new technologies, and to work across discipline boundaries. Our interests scale from the sub-atomic through to entire oceans, forests and beyond. We seek to understand the past, but also to create the world of the future. Our College is an exciting place to research, study, and work, supported by best practice teaching methods, practical work-related learning, and advanced facilities.

About the Evaluation of State Uncertainty for Resident Space Objects

Traditional Methods for informing situational awareness of space objects struggle to account for complex factors like perturbations from external forces, non-spherical Earth effects and uncertainties in initial state estimates. The Evaluation of State Uncertainty for Resident Space Objects project will incorporate these factors into its estimation process, resulting in a more realistic and adaptable representation of uncertainty.

About the Role

Flinders University is seeking a Research Associate in Space Domain Awareness to undertake research in Centre for Defence Engineering Research and Training (CDERT)

In collaboration with a research team, the Research Associate will assist in leading the design and execution of the research project and be responsible for developing innovative methodologies for estimating and propagating uncertainties in orbital parameters.

The Research Associate, will also be responsible for:

  • Contributing to the planning and execution of research by offering new ideas, reviewing relevant literature and other sources of information, actively participating in the production of data and attending seminars, meetings and conferences.
  • Contributing to ethical, high quality and innovative research and evaluation through activities such as scholarship, quality publication, external grant acquisition and presentations that aligns with the College areas of research strength and focus.
  • Establishing and maintain collaborations within the University, and at State, national and international levels in order to improve research outputs, patents and publications.

About You

The Research Associate will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate and engage with a diverse range of stakeholders and industry partners. Your organisation and time management skills will be the key to your success as you demonstrate your ability to deliver project targets on time.

The successful Research Associate, will also demonstrate:

  • Completion of a PhD in physics, engineering or applied mathematics or significant progress towards completion of a PhD in physics, engineering or applied mathematics.
  • Emerging research experience in terms of publications and presentations at a national and/or international level in a relevant field.
  • Experience in qualitative research methodology.

Life at Flinders

We're transforming and investing in people and facilities to create contemporary, stimulating, and satisfying learning and work environments that reflect our core values of excellence, innovation, courage, and integrity. Flinders is refocusing its strategic priorities with the aim of elevating its performance to be a top ten Australian university, and amongst the top 1% in the world.

Reaching beyond the limits of buildings, borders, and backgrounds, ours is an inclusive culture that believes absolutely in equality and opportunity for all. We don't just accommodate differences; we embrace and celebrate them. So, why work at Flinders?

  • 17% Superannuation + salary packaging options
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Wide range of professional development activities and services
  • We embrace diversity and promote equity and inclusion for all students and staff
  • Vibrant campus life and amenities including on campus health care servicesgym and childcare centre (Bedford Park, South Australia).

Our Commitment to Reconciliation and Indigenous Employment

Flinders University is proud to be an organisation that is committed to our Reconciliation Action Plan and Indigenous Workforce Strategy. Our vision is to be a preferred employer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  We are committed to progressing Indigenous advancement in education, research, employment, and wellbeing, and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for all Flinders vacancies.

Prescribed Conditions for Employment

  • A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.
  • Please note that you may be required to provide evidence that you are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, in line with the Flinders University COVID-19 Vaccination Policy 

How to Apply and Information

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.


Applications to be submitted before 10:00 pm:

17 Mar 2024

At Flinders we embrace and celebrate diversity and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and people of all ages, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Flinders. Fearless

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