Research Associate/Research Fellow Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy

Curtin University of Technology


February 8, 2022


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.

About us

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 Array project.

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 valuable.

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 essential.

What you will bring to the role


  • A doctoral qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. Electronic Engineering).
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research and publish high-quality papers.
  • Demonstrated ability to capture, process and image raw data from a radio telescope.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve and correct for the delay calibration of a radio telescope.
  • Desirable:

  • Ability to derive the sensitivity of a radio telescope from astronomical observations.
  • Ability to generate model skies and model visibilities for a radio telescope.
  • 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.

    Next steps

    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

    We are committed to ensuring that Curtin has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued and welcome.

    We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.

    We have received recognition in this area:

  • Voted one of Australia's Inclusive Employers by the Diversity Council of Australia.
  • One of the first Universities to receive accreditation for an ‘Elevate' Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation
  • 16th best workplace for new dads in Australia (HBF - Direct Advice for Dads, 2019)
  • 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.

    To learn more about us visit the below websites:

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    Contact details

    If you have a query in relation to the application process please contact our careers team on

    If you would like further details about the role please contact Associate Professor Randall Wayth at

    Please only apply via the link. Please do not send your resume direct to the above contact.


    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. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.

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    Curtin University (formerly known as Curtin University of Technology and Western Australian Institute of Technology) is an Australian public research university based in Bentley, Perth, Western Australia. It is named after John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia from 1941 to...