Senior Research Fellow in Radio Astronomy Engineering

Perth, Australia
04 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
23 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Fixed term, full-time. Until 31 October 2021
  • $118,914 - $137,117 (ALC) and 17% superannuation

The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) and associated Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) play key roles in the development, construction and operation of new radio astronomical facilities, in particular the SKA precursor Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope, as well as playing major parts in Australia’s contribution to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). CIRA, comprising more than fifty staff and PhD students, is at the forefront of low frequency radio astronomy research as the manager and operator of the MWA. The MWA has been fully operational since 2013, undertaking a number of important science programs whose results are contributing to the design process for SKA_LOW.

As Senior Research Fellow at CIRA, you will undertake an independent research program in the field of radio astronomy engineering, working within the Engineering Research group led by Prof David Davidson. Two topics of particularly high priority are the calibration issues specifically facing aperture array radio telescopes such as MWA and SKA LOW, and advanced RFI mitigation techniques for radio astronomy, including spatial filtering. The successful applicant will establish their own research program, focusing on one or both of these topics. He/she will be expected to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research students, participate in competitive grant applications and maintain strong collaborative links with international partners, in particular the SKAO and its relevant consortia. Active engagement with new and upcoming facilities is strongly encouraged, including but not limited to the SKA and its precursor facilities, the MWA and MeerKAT.

You will need a doctoral qualification in a relevant discipline (most probably electronic engineering or radio astronomy). A demonstrated ability to conduct leading-edge research and publish high-quality papers is essential, as are excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The ability to travel interstate and / or overseas is a requirement. Practical knowledge of antennas, radio interferometry, signal processing, RF electronics, digital systems and/or RFI mitigation would be highly desirable. Some observational skills and experience of an observatory would also be valuable.

Applications close: 5 pm, Monday 23 October 2017