Laureate Fellowship Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing

Boroondara, Australia
21 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Apr 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
  • Academic Level A, $64,501-$87,280 + 17% super
  • 3 year fixed term contract, Hawthorn location

About Swinburne

Swinburne is a progressive university that aims to increase Australia’s capacity in science, technology and innovation as the drivers of modern, internationalised economies and workplaces. Our university is focused on high-impact global research, high-quality teaching and active engagement with both industry and the community.

About the job

We currently have a Laureate Fellowship available in our Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing. The purpose of this position is to perform fundamental research in pulsar astronomy and fast radio bursts as part of a team funded by the Australian Research Council as part of Professor Matthew Bailes’ Laureate Fellowship programme.

Bailes’s team works closely with the University of Sydney on a massive upgrade of the old Mills Cross array, on pulsar timing with the PPTA, on the new MeerKAT telescope (Swinburne plays a leading role in the pulsar timing consortium MeerTime) and the use of Parkes for FRBs and SETI.

His team often adapts instruments to do new science by building instrumentation or developing new signal processing techniques for CPUs/GPUs. Current team members are Dr. Adam Deller (UTMOST 2-D), Dr. Ryan Shannon (Timing and FRBs), Dr. Chris Flynn (Molonglo FRBs), Dr. Stefan Oslowski (Molonglo FRBs and Pulsar timing), Dr. Danny Price (SETI & FRBs), Dr. Daniel Reardon (Pulsar Timing) and Bailes is also the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery – OzGrav.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • An earned doctoral qualification in pulsar, Fast Radio Burst or radio astronomy or a closely-related data science field where computing and statistics were very important.
  • A sound knowledge of radio astronomy and techniques.
  • Advanced knowledge of high level computing languages (e.g. C, C++, python, cuda) in a Unix environment.

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description.


The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2016 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. Swinburne has also received the Victorian “High Commendation” Multicultural Excellence Award (Business Category).

At Swinburne we recognise the need to support the work/life balance and flexible needs of our staff. As such a range of flexible working arrangements including paid maternity/partner leave, onsite childcare, working from home and part time options are available. You will have access to many benefits such as career development opportunities including 50% study reduction and staff and management development programs. You will receive up to 17% employer contributions (pension) and various discounts on annual Myki cards, private health insurance and movie tickets. 

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Further information, contacts and support

To start an application click on 'apply' at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description. Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Matthew Bailes (ARC Laureate Fellow/OzGrav Director) on +61 (0)3 9214 8782. 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 (0)3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr.. Walter Robles, on, or our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Officer, Sherrin Trautmann on 

Applications close at 5 pm on Friday the 30th of April 2018

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