Research Associate/Research Fellow in Physics

Subiaco, Australia
17 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
28 Feb 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

School of Physics and Astrophysics 

  • 1 year, extendable to up to three years depending on funding situation and performance
  • 2 positions available
  • Level A/B (Depending on experience)

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 gravitational wave astronomy group at the School of Physics and Astrophysics ( is currently expanding its effort in gravitational wave signal processing, astrophysics of gravitational wave sources, and multi-messenger astronomy. The current research effort includes (1) low-latency detection of gravitational waves from coalescing binaries of compact object to enable prompt electromagnetic follow up observations, (2) supercomputing using Graphics Processing Units, (3) astrophysics of gravitational wave sources, and (4) detecting gravitational waves from binary supermassive black holes using pulsar timing arrays. The research effort is supported by ARC Discovery Project, and ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (

UWA offers a vibrant research environment for gravitational wave astronomy.  There is a long history of gravitational wave research at UWA.  One of the first cryogenic bar detector Niobe was developed at the UWA during the 1980s. The UWA gravitational wave astronomy group is currently an active member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration ( as part of the Australian Consortium for Interferometric Gravitational Astronomy (, and is also an active member for Parkes Pulsar Timing Array ( that aims to detect nanohertz gravitational waves.  In addition, the UWA currently operates a world-class gravitational wave experimental facility at Gingin, 80 km north of Perth that includes an 80-m prototype for interferometric GW detectors.  Located at Gingin is also the award-wining Gravity Discovery Centre ( for public outreach.  

About the opportunity

You will undertake research duties in the area of multi-messenger astronomy with gravitational waves.   This include searching for gravitational wave signals in detector data, analytical or numerical studies of various gravitational wave sources and their possible electromagnetic counterpart, strategies to enable prompt electromagnetic follow-up observations, test of Einstein’s theory of gravity using gravitational wave data, and astrophysics related to  joint gravitational wave-electromagnetic observations.

 To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • A Ph.D. in physics or astronomy.  
  • Experience and demonstrated excellence in research in the fields of gravitational wave data analysis and astrophysics. 
  • Publications in high impact journals
  • The ability to establish international collaborations with leading international experts

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. 

Closing date: Wednesday 28 February 2018

This position is open to international applicants.

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