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Radio afterglows of Gravitational Waves PhD Scholarship Stipend


$26,694 per annum

(Funds will be available for conference travel and attendance to telescope observing trips)

3 years





A PhD scholarship is available to work with Dr. Martin Bell at the University of Technology Sydney in the department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. The student will be co-supervised by Professor Tara Murphy at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy at the University of Sydney (a short walk away from UTS). This PhD will concentrate on detecting radio counterparts from gravitational wave events and there will be a significant focus on data science. The student will analyse data from a range of radio telescopes located in Australia and they will develop cutting edge data science techniques to identify transient signals associated with cataclysmic gravitational events e.g. binary neutron star mergers. The student will also have access to radio telescope facilities at CSIRO Astronomy Space Science in Epping, Sydney. The student will be expected to undertake observations with these telescopes.

Who is eligible?

  • Australian citizens or permanent Australian residents, or New Zealand citizens.
  • Applicants must have one of the Australian or UTS recognised international equivalent degrees in Astronomy / Physics / Data Science:
    BSc with First Class or Second Class Div. 1 Honours; or
    MSc Research or MSc Coursework with a min. 6 month research thesis.
  • Applicant must have completed previous academic degree in English, or have met English entry language requirements (for example IELTS, TOEFL)

Selection process

  • Experience programming in Python and Linux (preferable) with additional data science packages such as Pandas, is a plus;
  • Experience with radio telescope data reduction desirable.

How to apply

Email your expression of interest to Dr Martin Bell. Include a CV and cover letter listing two academic referees. Closing date for applications are 1st April. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted with further instructions on how to apply for Spring 2019.

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Indigenous and underrepresented groups in STEM encouraged to apply.