Senior Research Fellow in Accretion/Jet Physics

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

The ICRAR node at Curtin University, Perth, invites applications for the position of Senior Research Fellow for a term of up to four years, specializing in the area of accretion and jet physics, or radio transients. The new Fellow will be expected to establish an independent research program in an area complementary to the activities of the existing accretion physics group at the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA), which are focused on multi-wavelength observational studies of accreting stellar-mass compact objects (including X-ray binaries, cataclysmic variables and ultraluminous X-ray sources), as well as studies of radio transient sources.

To be successful, you will have a well-established track record, with extensive observational or theoretical expertise in this field of research. Collaborating with the accretion physics group, you will be expected to:

  • Conduct original research in accretion/jet physics
  • Lead competitive funding applications
  • Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Conduct appropriate service activities both within CIRA and the broader University

CIRA comprises more than 50 staff and PhD students, primarily focused on radio astronomy research, but also spanning many other aspects of observational astronomy, radio astronomy engineering, applications of high performance computing in astronomy, and astrophysics theory (including simulation).

CIRA forms one half of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) Joint Venture with The University of Western Australia. CIRA researchers maintain excellent linkages with these and other national and international groups (including the Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence CAASTRO and ASTRO-3D), and make extensive use of the nearby $80M Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.

CIRA is at the forefront of low frequency radio astronomy research as the manager and operator of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA - The MWA is a fully-operational SKA precursor facility, undertaking science programs spanning Galactic and extragalactic radio astronomy, pulsars, transients, the Epoch of Reionisation, solar and ionospheric physics, as well as radio astronomy engineering. The results of these programs contribute to the design process for SKA_LOW (

Full details for this position can be found in the Position Overview and Academic Role Statement, and interested applicants are invited to discuss further with Associate Professor James Miller-Jones.

Applications close: 5 pm, Monday 23 October 2017