OzGrav Postdoctoral Research Fellow in precision pulsar timing and gravitational wave detection

Swinburne University of Technology

Location
Centre for astrophysics and supercomputing
Reference #
0320_02/20_RTR
Closing Date
19-04-2020
Salary
Attractive benefits and competitive salary

In recent years, Swinburne has progressed to become one of the world’s leading universities, ranking as one of the top 500 universities in the world, as assessed by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, and one of the top 100 in the world in physics

About the job
The Australian Research Council is providing a significant amount of funding for the major new Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav, www.ozgrav.org) that commenced operations in early 2017. It is led by Professor Matthew Bailes, an expert in the search for gravitational waves and tests of general relativity using radio pulsars, and its activities also include LIGO and SKA instrumentation, data and astrophysics that span the gravitational-wave and electromagnetic spectrum. OzGrav’s headquarters are hosted at Swinburne University of Technology.

We are seeking a scientist who can contribute to one or both of the following research objectives: 1) Perform observations of radio pulsars using the SKA pathfinder telescopes and existing facilities to enable the discovery of gravitational waves and test of General Relativity, 2) Undertake searches of these next generation pulsar timing data sets for gravitational waves and interpret the resulting detections or constraints in the context of predictions based on models of the nanohertz-frequency gravitational wave sky.

About you
To be successful in the role, you will have:
  • An earned doctoral qualification in gravitational waves, pulsar and neutron star science, computational astrophysics, or a closely-related data science field where advanced computing and statistics were essential
  • A sound knowledge of pulsar astronomy
  • Demonstrated ability to write high-impact papers
  • Advanced knowledge of high-level computing languages (e.g., python, C, C++, cuda) in a Unix environment

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description

What we offer
Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation. We are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives such as our Charter of Cultural Diversity, Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan, Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan. Equity and diversity are integral to our 2025 vision to be a world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

Swinburne University provides generous superannuation (typically 17%), paternity, maternity, annual, and sick leave provisions. OzGrav is committed to encouraging a balanced workforce, by providing family-friendly policies and work practices, part-time roles, and working to solve “two-body” problems where possible. OzGrav also has dedicated Career Development, Equity & Diversity, Outreach, and Research Translation programmes.

To find out more about the extensive benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/about/jobs/why-work-at-swinburne/

As we are a Child Safe Organisation, all appointments are subject to a valid Working with Children’s Check, therefore it will be a mandatory requirement to have and maintain a current Working with Children Check.

How to apply and further information
Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link. Note that applications must include:
  • A cover letter, including your explanation for why the position is of interest.
  • A full CV, with publications and skills listed. Please note: any “in preparation” papers will need to be supplied upon request.
  • A 2-page research plan that describes the work you would like to pursue as part of OzGrav.

In addition, please submit the names of at least two, maximum three referees and have their letters submitted independently to rshannon@swin.edu.au.

For further information about the position, please contact Dr Ryan Shannon on +613 9214 5205.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Position number: 0320_02/20_RTR

Applications close at 5pm, 19 April 2020

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