Fieldwork Coordinator, Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy

Canning, Australia
26 May 2018
End of advertisement period
23 Jun 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

5 years fixed-term , full time

$ 79,627 - $ 84,541 (G06) + 17% Superannuation

Curtin University is ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide (ARWU 2017), and in the top 1% in the world for universities under the age of 50 (QS World University Rankings 2017). In recent years, Curtin has climbed significantly in global league tables and in the 2016 Nature Index results, Curtin was named as a rising star, the most collaborative of the Australian universities, and the biggest Australian mover. Curtin is industry-facing, highly engaged with relevant partners, and a major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, and Dubai. 

The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (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).

Your new role

A rare opportunity for you to be responsible for the coordination of the CIRA’s field work program at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO). CIRA’s field work program supports a range of radio astronomy activities including the international Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) and Aperture Array Verification System (AAVS) projects; and other instruments and experiments including the Engineering Development Array (EDA) and BIGHORNS.

This position will include specific training on first aid, remote driving, and system specific maintenance tasks.

  • Coordinate and lead field activities.
    • Manage planning and approvals for all field activities.
    • Procure goods and services required to support field activities.
    • Manage execution of field campaigns in accordance with approved plans.
    • Prepare post deployment field reports.
  • Manage CIRA’s field safety and logistics procedures and documentation.
    • Ensure ongoing compliance with relevant University policies.
    • Promote and coordinate continuous improvement.
  • Contribute to CIRA’s routine diagnostic, maintenance and repair programs for fielded instrumentation.
    • Perform basic fault finding and repair by replacement on fielded systems with guidance
    • Supervise contracted site and instrument maintenance activities
  • Support CIRA outreach activities.

You will bring to the role

  1. A relevant qualification with relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  2. Demonstrated organisational skills with experience in or the ability to manage the operational requirements of a scientific field station, including the planning of complex activities such as the application of risk assessment and management procedures.
  3. Demonstrated knowledge of, and commitment to ensuring, Occupational Safety and Health practices and regulations are followed.
  4. Demonstrated oral communication skills with the ability to interact effectively and professionally with multiple stakeholders.
  5. Demonstrated effective written communication skills with the ability to produce documents, correspondence, records, instructions and procedures which are clear, accurate and concise.
  6. Demonstrated interpersonal skills with proven ability to work collaboratively and effectively as part of a team as well as the ability to supervise the work of others.
  7. Proficiency in basic IT platforms including MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.

What we offer you

The salary ranges presented are those which are contained within the University's Enterprise Agreements; as are the employee benefits which include employer superannuation contribution at the rate of the current Government Superannuation Guarantee amount up to 17 percent, study assistance, a comprehensive salary packaging and wellness programs and flexible and family friendly work practices.

What we need from you

Curtin University does not require you to address the selection criteria, however your cover letter and CV should include sufficient information to allow us to assess your claims against the selection criteria.

Applications close: 5 pm on Monday 25 June 2018.

Please note, screening and interviews may take place prior to the advertised close date.

Valuing Diversity and Affirmative Action

Curtin University embraces diversity and inclusion and invites applications from women, men and intersex individuals who share the University's values, ethics, international outlook, value diversity and have an informed respect for indigenous people. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive workplace, therefore, if you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application. We will then work with you to identify the best way to assist you through the recruitment process. All personal information will be kept confidential in compliance with relevant privacy legislation.

Explore some more

Contact details

To apply complete the application form below, or for more information contact:

Tina Salisbury, Operations Coordinator, CIRA, School of Elec Eng, Comp and Math Sci (EECMS)

Phone:  08 9266 4968



Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time.