Research Associate, International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research

Perth, Australia
06 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Feb 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)

  • 3 year fixed term appointment
  • Salary range:  Level A $67,352 - $91,397 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.

About the team

ICRAR is a WA State funded high profile equal joint venture established in 2009 between Curtin University and The University of Western Australia (UWA). The Centre’s headquarters are located at UWA, with research nodes at both UWA and the Curtin. ICRAR is one of the lead Australian organisations participating in the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project. ICRAR has been further funded from 2014 to 2019 with $26 Million by the WA State Government and equal contribution from the Joint Venture Universities. ICRAR is one of the largest astronomy organisations in Australia.

The opportunity

We are in search for a qualified individual to join the wide-field spectroscopic survey group at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR).

The successful applicant will contribute towards the science exploitation of Galaxy and Mass Assembly Survey (GAMA), the observing of Deep Extragalactic VIsible Legacy Survey (DEVILS), the planning for Wide Area VISTA Extra-galactic Survey (WAVES) and assist in the development of the 4MOST redshift, continuum, and line measurement pipeline (4XP). In doing so, the applicant will become a core member of all three surveys with full data access and authorship rights to GAMA, DEVILS, and WAVES publications. The candidate will lead a research campaign, around these surveys, with a focus on galaxy evolution and dark matter constraints through the study of groups, mergers, star-formation, energy, and structure over all cosmic time. In addition to the above spectroscopic surveys, the group is also involved in a number of imaging programs with opportunities for involvement, these include: eROSITA, DINGO, WALLABY, EMU, TAIPAN, HECTOR, JWST, LSST, MSE, Euclid, and WFIRST.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • Have a PhD in a field relevant to optical extragalactic astronomy
  • Experience in extragalactic astronomy (esp. Galaxy evolution) attested by a good publication record
  • Experience in redshift determination (spectroscopic and/or photometric)

About you

You will be a highly motivated individual with an ability to work independently, show initiative and work productively as part of a team. Previous experience in observing in optical spectroscopy, in development of spectroscopic pipelines for redshifting and/or continuum/line- fitting, and in galaxy group finding using spectroscopic surveys will be highly desirable.

Closing date: Thursday 15 February 2018

This position is open to international applicants.

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

For information about the position or enquiries, please contact Professor Simon Driver, Chief Investigator ARC Discovery Project Grant, email:

Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria, along with names and contact details of three professional referees.

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