Job reference: 840686
Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU
2018 and QS World University Rankings 2019), and is placed 20th in the world
for universities less than 50 years old (QS Top 50 Under 50 2019). Curtin is
WA's most preferred university, with highly engaged industry-facing partners.
Curtin University is a major global player, with well-integrated campuses in
Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.
The Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) concentrates its research
effort into a range of projects in radio astronomy, including aspects of next-
generation telescopes. The institute has played a leading role in contributing
high-impact engineering and science to the international Square Kilometre
CIRA comprises one half of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy
Research (ICRAR) Joint Venture with the University of Western Australia, as
well as being a node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics
in 3D (ASTRO-3D).
Your new role
CIRA is seeking a Research Associate/Research Fellow to support their research
and teaching programs in the field of radio astronomy engineering, working
within the Engineering Research group.
The position will work on the interface between engineering and science,
calibrating and commissioning low frequency (largely VHF band) radio
telescopes. The preferred candidate will possess an end-to-end understanding
of radio astronomy instrumentation, and knowledge of appropriate engineering
methods. Ideally this would include experience with array and RF system
design, simulation, analysis, and metrology, as well as the digital back-end,
interferometry, and calibration. Applications from candidates with experience
in some of these fields and a willingness to learn about the others will also
be seriously considered. Some experience of an observatory would also be
The successful applicant will work primarily within established research
programs, in particular on SKA1-Low bridging and Early Production Array
activities. They are expected to contribute to undergraduate teaching in
relevant fields and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research
students. They will be encouraged to participate in competitive grant
applications to develop their own research programs and become involved in
demand-driven research. Active engagement with new and upcoming facilities is
strongly encouraged, including but not limited to the SKA and its precursor
facilities, including ASKAP, HERA, the MWA and MeerKAT.
Applicants will require a PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. Electronic
Engineering) and a demonstrated ability to conduct research and publish high-
quality papers. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are
What you will bring to the role
A doctoral qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. Electronic
Demonstrated ability to conduct research and publish high-quality papers.
Demonstrated ability to capture, process and image raw data from a radio
Demonstrated ability to solve and correct for the delay calibration of a
Ability to derive the sensitivity of a radio telescope from astronomical
Ability to generate model skies and model visibilities for a radio
Ability to generate polarisation maps from radio telescope data.
Demonstrated ability to assist in undergraduate teaching, particularly the
supervision of student research projects and contributing to the delivery
of appropriate teaching units.
What we offer you
Working at CIRA, Curtin University will offer a competitive remuneration and
benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous
leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, generous superannuation,
salary-packaging arrangements including childcare, and the potential to
support dual-career arrangements.
Please apply on-line with a cover letter and resume to enable us to assess
your suitability for the role.
Application Close: 9:00pm AWST, Tuesday 8th February 2022
Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Curtin
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from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel
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enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment,
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Voted one of Australia's Inclusive Employers by the Diversity Council of
One of the first Universities to receive accreditation for an ‘Elevate'
Reconciliation Action Plan.
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Curtin University has a bold vision to be one of the leading institutions in
the Asia-Pacific region. Curtin is now entering an exciting phase as it
focuses on further building its research capacity, and improving its already
strong reputation for innovation in learning and teaching.
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