First listed on: 27 July 2022

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Practical Applications of Pulsars


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The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Mathematics, Computer Science, or Engineering?
  • Contribute to the development of practical applications of radio pulsars
  • 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 purpose of this project is to develop practical applications of radio pulsars.  Pulsars are themselves extreme objects and they are used for astrophysical purposes such as searching for gravitational waves, studying the interstellar medium and testing theories of gravity.

The successful candidate will develop practical applications of pulsars that may be related to navigation, positioning and timing, solar system studies, random number generation and cryptography, time synchronisation, atomic clocks or other similar applications. During this work you will have the opportunity to continue your own research with the cutting-edge instrumentation available at CSIRO.

Your duties will include:

  • Carrying out innovative research of importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific and/or technical outcomes in collaboration with senior research scientists and engineers in CSIRO Space & Astronomy and Data61.
  • Enhancing and supporting the Australia Telescope National Facility.
  • Carrying out research investigations requiring originality, creativity and innovation.
  • Recording, managing, and analysing data/information using relevant domain data science techniques.
  • Proactively undertaking development to grow effective researcher capabilities to support career goals.  

Location: Sydney, NSW
Salary: AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 86208

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as such as Astronomy, Astrophysics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, 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.
  • Ability to develop and implement new algorithms (in Python, Julia, C, C++, MatLab or related languages) that can analyse large-volume data sets.
  • A record of innovation and creativity, plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, 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

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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

31 August 2022, 11:00pm AEST

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