(Level A) $88,286 plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation may apply
Fixed-term position available for three years
Post-doctoral position in High Energy Gamma-Ray Astrophysics with the H.E.S.S. and CTA observatories – Studies of Extreme-Energy Particle Accelerators
The candidate will join the H.E.S.S. collaboration and be involved in improving H.E.S.S. analysis pipelines using a variety of methods including machine learning, working closely with Prof. Gavin Rowell, Dr. Sabrina Einecke and also A/Prof. Martin White. Intimately related radio and X-ray astrophysical studies will also be possible with collaborator Prof. Miroslav Filipovic at Western Sydney University utilising world-leading facilities such as the ASKAP and MWA radio telescopes and the recently-launched eROSITA X-ray space mission.
The candidate will utilise the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.) of gamma-ray telescopes located in Namibia to study sources of the Milky Way’s extreme-energy cosmic-ray particles known as “PeVatrons”. Recent upgrades to H.E.S.S. enable new aspects to be fully exploited (such as event timing) and promise exciting discovery potential in the next few years. H.E.S.S. leads the field of ground-based gamma-ray astronomy and has discovered the majority of astrophysical sources in this energy range.
The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is the next generation multi-national facility for ground-based gamma-ray astronomy. The University of Adelaide leads a group of six Australian institutions involved in CTA. The candidate will be able to join the Australian team developing CTA’s highest energy telescopes which are expected to produce their “first light” in the next 2 to 3 years. The candidate will thus further strengthen Australia’s contribution to CTA.
To be successful you will need:
- A PhD, or equivalent higher degree awarded or equivalent research experience in the areas of experimental astrophysics or experimental physics,
- Advanced computational skills, including demonstrated ability to develop computer code for the analysis of data from astrophysics and/or physics experiments.
- A commitment to develop an innovative research programme in high energy gamma-ray astrophysics with the H.E.S.S. and CTA observatories.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and critically analyse data, in addition to working effectively as a member of a research team
- An ability and willingness to take on responsibilities in the development of data analysis pipelines.
Enjoy an outstanding career environment
The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs – including significant industry, government and community collaborations – offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.
It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work’s cutting-edge nature – not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour – provides a constant source of inspiration.
Our core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity. We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills of our staff.
In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.
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Your faculty’s broader role
The Faculty of Sciences is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research in: agriculture; food and wine; animal and veterinary sciences; biological sciences; and physical sciences. It develops future science leaders, and actively partners with innovative industries to solve scientific problems of global significance.
Learn more at: sciences.adelaide.edu.au
If you want to change tomorrow, act today
Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to be taken through to our online application form.Please ensure you address and upload your responses to all of the selection criteria as outlined in the selection criteria document (link below). Applications close 11:55pm, 1 March 2020.
For further information
For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:
Professor Gavin Rowell
School of Physical Sciences
P: +61 (8) 831 38374
For a confidential discussion regarding the recruitment process for this position, contact:
HR Coordinator, Faculty of Sciences
P: +61 (8) 831 39271
The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.
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