ASTRO 3D Research Scientist in HI Surveys

Perth, Australia
13 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
16 Oct 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences 

School of Physics and Astrophysics

International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)

  • 3 year appointment, with a further year available, depending on performance and availability of funding
  • Salary range: Level A/B $67,352 - $114,250 p.a.
  • 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.

The team

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D), headed by Professor Lisa Kewley, spans six Australian universities, three national infrastructure facilities, and seven international partner institutions and conducts world-leading observational and theoretical research focused on the main Centre scientific programs:

  1. The Epoch of Reionization: This program will use the Murchison Wide-field Array in Western Australia to detect the sources at the epoch of reionization using rest-frame 21cm emission and to compare with the predictions of detailed theoretical simulations.
  2. First Stars: This program aims to discover the oldest and most metal-poor stars in and around the Milky Way using ANU's SkyMapper telescope and determining their chemical compositions by means of high-resolution spectroscopy with telescopes like Keck and Magellan to shed light on their formation, evolution and nucleosynthesis.
  3. First Galaxies: This program aims to discover the first galaxies in the universe with JWST and to reveal their chemical and star formation properties.
  4. Galaxy Formation and Evolution: This research program, suitable for both theorists and observers, combines rest-frame UV, optical, and infrared Keck spectroscopy with large-scale numerical simulations to understand chemical evolution, mass build-up, and the accumulation of angular momentum in galaxies across cosmic time, gas transport through galaxies and in galactic outflows, and how chemical elements are incorporated into stars.
  5. ASKAP Surveys: The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder is conducting three large surveys (FLASH, WALLABY, and DINGO) to measure the mass and angular momentum through neutral hydrogen gas of hundreds of thousand galaxies over the past 6 billion years.
  6. SAMI: the SAMI Galaxy Survey is providing data on the kinematics, morphology and stellar populations of more than 3000 galaxies. This project will use these data to explore the role of angular momentum in determining the morphologies and star formation histories of galaxies. It will compare observations to simulations of galaxy formation to test models of angular momentum evolution during galaxy assembly.
  7. GALAH: The GALactic Archaeology with HERMES (GALAH) survey is an ambitious spectroscopic survey on the Anglo-Australian Telescope with the ultimate goal of determining the detailed chemical composition of a million stars in the Milky Way to unravel the full assembly, dynamical, chemical, star formation and merger history of the Galaxy.
  8. Data Intensive Science: the Centre is reliant on the efficient collection, processing, storage and curation of vast amounts of data from the Centre’s scientific programs, requiring novel techniques and advanced algorithms to accomplish.

ASTRO 3D host institutions are: the Australian National University, the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Western Australia, and Curtin University.   ICRAR is one of Australia’s top astronomical research institutes. Established in 2009 as a high profile equal joint venture between Curtin University and UWA, ICRAR is a leading organization in the international Square Kilometre Array project.  This position is based at the UWA node of ICRAR, which has a broad range of expertise, including the overall research themes of Gas and Feedback, Multiwavelength and Spectroscopic Surveys, Computational Theory and Modelling, and Data Intensive Astronomy.

About the opportunity

This ASTRO 3D research position will be based at ICRAR/UWA and will focus on the DINGO HI survey ( As a member of the DINGO team, the researcher will carry out deep spectral line integrations with the ASKAP telescope to understand the role HI has played in galaxy evolution over the past 4 billion years.  This project is closely aligned with the GAMA survey (and in future WAVES), enabling a wide range of spectroscopic and multiwavelength analyses.  The researcher will work with DINGO principal investigator, Dr Martin Meyer, and other members of the DINGO, ICRAR, and ASTRO 3D teams to processes data, and carry out early science, from this ground-breaking survey. 

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • A PhD in radio astronomy or related discipline 

  • Experience in an area of astrophysics relevant to the ASKAP DINGO survey 

  • Experience in data intensive astronomy to assist in the processing and analysis of DINGO data
  • Proficiency in verbal and written communication 

  • A good publication record as evidenced by international refereed publications 

  • The ability to work effectively in distributed scientific collaborations 

  • An understanding of equal opportunity principles and policies and a commitment to their application in a university context 

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description.

Benefits: University offers 17% Superannuation benefits and support for relocation to Perth if required.

Closing date: 16 October 2017

This position is open to international applicants.

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

  • ICRAR supports equity, diversity and flexible work arrangements and actively encourage applications from female candidates.
  • UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2016).
  • The University is also a proud member of the Athena SWAN/SAGE Pilot for Gender Equity.