OzGrav Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Melbourne, Australia
29 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
30 Sep 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

In recent years, Swinburne has progressed to become one of the world’s leading universities, ranking as one of the top 500 universities in the world, as assessed by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, and one of the top 100 in the world in physics

About the job

The Australian Research Council is providing a significant amount of funding for the major new Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav, www.ozgrav.org) that commenced operations in early 2017. It is led by Professor Matthew Bailes, an expert in the search for gravitational waves and tests of general relativity using radio pulsars, and its activities will also include LIGO and SKA instrumentation, data and astrophysics that span the gravitational-wave and electromagnetic spectrum. OzGrav’s headquarters are hosted at Swinburne University of Technology.

We are seeking a scientist who can contribute to the following research objectives:

  • performing observations of radio pulsars using the SKA and its pathfinder telescopes and existing facilities to enable the discovery of gravitational waves and tests of General Relativity, and
  • using the information provided from gravitational wave observations and pulsar surveys to make astrophysical insights into the relativistic universe using N-body simulations and binary evolution codes.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • An earned doctoral qualification in gravitational waves, pulsar and neutron star science, computational astrophysics, or a closely-related data science field where advanced computing and statistics were essential
  • Advanced knowledge of high level computing languages (eg C, C++, python, cuda) in a Unix environment
  • A sound knowledge of pulsar astronomy
  • Demonstrated ability to write high-impact papers

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description

What we offer

The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2015 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. Swinburne is committed to advancing gender equality in academia, particularly in STEM disciplines. Swinburne was one of the first Australian universities to join the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot to improve the promotion and retention of women and gender minorities in STEM. We also welcome applications from Indigenous people; varying age workers; people with disabilities; people who identify as LGBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Swinburne University provides generous superannuation (typically 17%), parental, annual, and personal leave provisions. OzGrav is committed to encouraging a balanced workforce, by providing family-friendly policies and work practices, part-time roles, and working to solve “two-body” problems where possible. OzGrav will also have dedicated Career Development, Gender Equity, Outreach, and Research Translation programmes.

To find out more about the extensive benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/about/jobs/why-work-at-swinburne/

As we are a Child Safe Organisation, all appointments are subject to a valid Working with Children’s Check, therefore it will be a mandatory requirement to have and maintain a current Working with Children Check.
Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

Note that applications must include:

  • A cover letter, including your explanation for why the position is of interest.
  • A full CV, with publications and skills listed. Please note: any “in preparation” papers will need to be supplied upon request.
  • A 2-page research plan that describes the work you would like to pursue as part of OzGrav.

In addition, please submit the names of at least two, maximum three referees and have their letters submitted independently to director@ozgrav.org.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Matthew Bailes (ARC Laureate Fellow/OzGrav Director) on +613 9214 8782.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Position number: 33172
Applications close at 5pm on Saturday 30th September 2017