First listed on: 13 May 2019

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Low Frequency Radio Astronomy

The Opportunity

  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO.
  • Prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship on offer - kick-start your research career.
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science & technology research organisation!

CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years relevant postdoctoral work experience. 

The CERC Postdoctoral Fellow will use new generation telescopes and innovative new techniques, involving the turbulence in the solar wind, to identify and study the most compact objects in our Universe via the effects of Inter-Planetary Scintillation. These compact objects will include pulsars and the most extreme extragalactic radio sources. These studies also provide a means of studying “space weather” and tracing explosive events in the solar wind. 

Your duties will include

  • Use telescopes including the Murchison Widefield Array, the Parkes radio telescope, and the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder to search for compact radio sources displaying Inter-Planetary Scintillation.
  • Make follow-up observations to determine the nature of the sources.
  • Develop skills in processing large data sets and making use of High Performance Computing facilities. 
  • Contribute to the operation of the Australia Telescope National Facility.

Location:      Kensington, Perth or Marsfield, Sydney 
Tenure:         Specified term of 3 years
Salary:          AU$83K – AU$94K + up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:    61693

To be successful you will need

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all selection criteria can be appointed.

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as astrophysics or computing.
    • Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • A knowledge of the principles and techniques of radio interferometry.
  • Demonstrated experience with computer programming and/or scripting, in languages such as python.
  • Experience with managing data products, and handling and management of large data volumes.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  • A sound history of publication in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

For more information please view the Position Description.

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Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

Apply Online

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close

11:59 AEST Wednesday, 19th June, 2019

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