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CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astrophysical Masers and Interstellar Medium Science with GASKAP-OH

Date: 26-Jul-2022

Location: Sydney, NSW, AU Perth, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD in Astronomy or Astrophysics?
  • Contribute to the GASKAP-OH project
  • 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.


The successful candidate will work with incoming data from the GASKAP-OH project, one of nine approved Survey Science Projects on the Australia Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP). GASKAP-OH is observing all four 18-cm ground state lines of hydroxyl (OH) at unprecedented resolution and sensitivity, across the Southern Galactic Plane and Large Magellanic Cloud, and pilot data is in hand.


You will work with the ASKAP software team to finalise the imaging pipeline for the full GASKAP-OH survey and have the opportunity to lead the publication of early science results and data release papers. You will be supported by the expertise of a dispersed project team in Sydney, the SKAO (Perth & Manchester, UK), and many other institutes across the world. 

Your duties will include:


  • Leading a high-impact science programme using GASKAP-OH data
  • Working closely with the ASKAP software team to test and finalise the GASKAP-OH imaging pipeline
  • Developing and applying source-finding algorithms to extract masers and absorption line sources
  • Collaborating with local and international colleagues to develop scientific theory on high-mass star formation masers, evolved stellar masers, and/or OH absorption
  • Publishing and promoting high-impact science results from the GASKAP-OH survey
  • Enhancing and supporting the Australia Telescope National Facility.


Location: Sydney, NSW (Perth, WA considered)

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

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 86209

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, Astrophysics, or similar. 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 in radio interferometry techniques, data reduction and analysis.
  • Demonstrated aptitude to undertake spectral line astrophysics research.
  • Demonstrated record of publication in reputable astronomy/astrophysics journals and effective presentation of results at national and/or international conferences.
  • Demonstrated record of effective teamwork, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by 31 January 2023.


Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide your CV as a single document including (i) a cover letter, (i) your statement of how you fulfil the selection criteria, and (iii) one page outlining up to 3 research project ideas that you might carry out with GASKAP-OH data.

Applications Close

31 August 2022, 11:00pm AEST