CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Galactic Astronomy with a Cryogenically cooled Phased Array Feed

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Perth, Australia

Job posting number: #7090454 (Ref:cj_79947)

Posted: December 10, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD in Astronomy or Astrophysics?
  • Want to conduct world class research and development with a team of dedicated professionals? 
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific 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 of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.


In this position you will undertake research to utilise the latest technology on the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, Murriyang, to monitor and study astrophysical masers associated with high-mass star formation. A major component will be the commissioning and early science of the cryogenically cooled phased array feed, or ‘CryoPAF’, due on the telescope in late 2022. The CryoPAF uniquely allows the simultaneous monitoring of multiple sites of high-mass star formation (each at a different phase of the process). Through a targeted observing campaign, the fellow can establish how these regions evolve and ultimately feed our Galaxy, and provide insight into the problem of high-mass star formation. The project will also utilise observations with the Ultra-Wide-bandwidth Low frequency receiver (‘UWL’) taken for the Maser Monitoring Organisation (‘M2O’). 

Your duties will include:

  • Design and initiate a hydroxyl maser monitoring programme utilising the CryoPAF receiver.
  • Assist scientific commissioning of the CryoPAF receiver and its spectral line observing modes.
  • Explore existing and ongoing maser monitoring data from the UWL receiver.
  • Collaborate with international colleagues to develop scientific theory on maser physics and high-mass star formation.
  • Enhance and support the Australia Telescope National Facility. 


Location:  Kensington, WA; Marsfield, NSW or Parkes, NSW

Salary:  AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years

Reference:  79947

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Astronomy or Astrophysics. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated aptitude to undertake spectral line research.
  • Demonstrated aptitude to commission scientific instrumentation, including testing and fault finding.
  • Demonstrated aptitude to work collaboratively across disciplines to deliver instrumentation functionality.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible for this role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by 30 June 2022.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

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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

30 January 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

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