VLBl Scientist and Lecturer in Radio Astronomy

November 26, 2021

Job Location: Hobart
Employer: University of Tasmania

VLBI Post-Doc Scientist / Lecturer in Radio Astronomy

  • Full time, fixed term position for 2 years (with potential to extend to 3 years)
  • Based in Hobart  
  • Contribute independently and innovatively to the VLBI operations and their integration into the University’s teaching.

The University of Tasmania operates three geodetic radio telescopes across the Australian continent, the AuScope VLBI array. These telescopes regularly take part in global observations, in coordination with the International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry (IVS). Besides managing daily operations, guaranteeing good results from our observatories is the most important criteria by which these facilities are judged. Furthermore, the three 12m telescopes are currently being upgraded to VGOS standards, with multiple new systems being tested and implemented.

The Opportunity

The VLBI Post-Doc Scientist / Lecturer in Radio Astronomy will dedicate 50% of their time to VLBI operations and 50% to a balanced academic workload including research and teaching. This position will advance UTAS Physics through dedicated research and publications on VLBI operations and its geodetic products, teaching at the honours and undergraduate levels, and supervision of research higher degree students.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Undertake high-quality research of national and increasingly of international standing, to meet the University’s research performance expectations for Level A, including securing external competitive funding and supervision of higher degree students.
  • Take responsibilities and a forward-thinking role in the AuScope VLBI project, including representing the project internationally and coordinating with the IVS, the Asian-Oceania VLBI group (AOV) and other partners.
  • Play a role in defining and testing new methods and techniques for international geodetic VLBI observations, data recording and transport, and equipment upgrades. ­
  • Undertake scholarly undergraduate (and if relevant postgraduate) coursework teaching of a high quality.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of productive links with the University and wider community.

Your Application

To be successful in the role, your application will need to demonstrate:

  • A good record of, and continuing commitment to, research that has achieved national recognition and made worthwhile contributions to the field of space geodesy or radio astronomy and a record of quality publications, presentations at conferences and preferably success in securing external competitive and other funding.
  • A record of building and maintaining productive links with the national discipline and wider community.
  • Willingness and capacity to work in a team environment.
  • A PhD or equivalent in Geodesy, Radio Astronomy or in a relevant field.
  • Experience in University-level teaching and learning.


Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level A and will have a total remuneration package of up to $110,239 comprising base salary within the range of $72,861 to $94,221 plus 17% superannuation.

How to Apply

  • To apply online, please provide your CV and 1-2-page cover letter outlining your interest in the role, skills, capabilities and experience.  You do not need to separately address the selection criteria.
  • For further information about this position, please contact Doctor Lucia McCallum, AuScope VLBI project Scientist via [email protected] or (03) 6226 2446
  • Please visit https://www.utas.edu.au/jobs/applying for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Applications close Wednesday, 15 December 2021, 11.55pm

 Position Description – VLBI Post-Doc Scientist and Lecturer in Radio Astronomy.pdf

To be eligible for this position, you are required to have Australian citizenship, permanent residence or a current valid visa that allows you to fulfil the requirements of this role.

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