First listed on: 14 January 2020

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Radio Astronomy Techniques for Space Situational Awareness 

The Opportunity
  • Do you have an interest in Radio Astronomy?
  • Use your skills to track objects in and crossing earths orbit. 
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science and technology research organisation

CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow in Radio Astronomy Techniques for Space Situational Awareness.

As the successful candidate, you will explore new algorithms for identification, characterisation and tracking of objects in earth orbit (low up to high earth orbit) and objects crossing earth orbit (near earth objects such as asteroids). You will demonstrate the algorithms using data collected from existing radio astronomy instruments, or instruments developed to demonstrate space situational awareness.

Your duties will include
  • Demonstrate the capability to identify and characterise objects in earth orbit using existing techniques and CSIRO radio telescopes.  
  • Develop algorithms to identify and characterise objects in earth orbit with measurable improvement in sensitivity to enable smaller objects to be identified and tracked.  
  • Demonstrate improvement in sensitivity on concept demonstrator or existing radio telescope.
  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes. 

Location:      Marsfield NSW preferred. Perth WA may be considered. 
Salary:          AU$83k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation  
Tenure:         Specified term of 3 years 
Reference:    64478

To be successful you will need

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as physics, astrophysics or electrical engineering.
  • Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience
  • Knowledge of radio systems, radar systems or radio astronomy instrumentation.
  • Demonstrated experience with computer programming and/or scripting, in languages such as matlab or python.
  • A record of impact from effective collaborations with researchers in other organisations.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.

For more information about this role please view the Position Description

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


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment.

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Applications Close

Sunday, 16th February 2020 at 11.59pm AEST

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