Postdoctoral Fellow in Pulsar Astronomy - CSIRO - ResearchCareer

First listed on: 21 January 2021

Postdoctoral Fellow in Pulsar Astronomy


The Opportunity

  • Immerse Yourself in an Inclusive Culture
  • Use your Skills and Make an Impact on CSIROs Astronomy and Space Sciences!
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's Premier Science and 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. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.

The Parkes 64-m radio telescope is one of the world’s premier pulsar instruments. In the last two years we have installed and commissioned an Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) receiver which operates between 700 and 4000 MHz with low system temperature. With this system we observe 260 pulsars on a monthly basis. In this Fellowship you will (a) collate, calibrate and analyse the data taken in the observational programme, (b) exploit the data to further our understanding of propagation effects in the interstellar medium and the polarization properties of pulsars, (c) work closely with the pulsar groups in Swinburne (Australia) and at the University of Oxford (UK). By the end of the Fellowship you will be a skilled pulsar researcher and positioned to play a leading role in the next generation of pulsar telescopes such as the SKA.

Your duties will include:

  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Recognising and exploiting opportunities for innovation and the generation of new theoretical perspectives, and progressing opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research.
  • Utilising design thinking methodology to plan and prepare research proposals, and applying non-academic impact methodology to research projects.
  • Carrying out research investigations requiring originality, creativity and innovation.
  • Recording, managing, and analysing data/information using relevant domain data science techniques.
  • Proactively undertaking development to grow effective researcher capabilities to support career goals.
  • Adhering to the spirit and practice of CSIRO’s Code of Conduct, Health, Safety and Environment procedures and policy, Diversity initiatives and Making Safety Personal goals. 

Location: Marsfield (Sydney), NSW  
Salary: AU$83K - AU$94K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified Term of 3 years (Full-time)
Reference:  71243

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Physics or Astronomy.

Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.

  • Demonstrated skills in observational pulsar radio astronomy.
  • Demonstrated skills in high-level programming languages (e.g. Python, C) and in pulsar specific software (e.g. psrchive, tempo2, dspsr).
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research 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 details about who to contact and for more information please view the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check as well as undertaking a pre-employment medical prior to commencement.

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

Diversity and Inclusion

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

23:59 AEDT 15th March 2021