Up-to 5 PhD scholarships in Astrophysics at the University of Western Australia

Job Summary

Pre-doctoral / Graduate Positions
University of Western Australia
International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The University of Western Australia (UWA) node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) invites applications for up-to five fully-funded PhD scholarships to start in mid-2024. Scholarships are currently available in a number of different research areas, with details of each possible scholarship outlined below.  All scholarships cover tuition fees, living allowance support and research/travel expenses. For details about ICRAR/UWA's PhD program, including eligibility requirements, visit the ICRAR/UWA webpage.

ICRAR is one of Australia’s top astronomical research institutes. Established in 2009 as a high profile equal joint venture between Curtin University and UWA, ICRAR is a leading organization in the international Square Kilometre Array project. ICRAR/UWA hosts a vibrant and friendly research environment where PhD students carry out cutting-edge projects in observational and theoretical astrophysics, often including work in "Big Data" methodologies and technologies. ICRAR/UWA researchers play leading roles in programs that exploit state-of-the-art radio telescopes, exquisite multi-wavelength datasets, and the latest galaxy formation models run on powerful HPC facilities. Situated on the Swan River, UWA is one of Australia’s most picturesque campuses. Its open courtyards, lush and verdant, are a place to study and relax, taking advantage of Perth’s beautiful climate. 

Currently available scholarships:

1. UWA Research Training Program (RTP) International PhD Scholarship (1 position available) - This scholarship is only available to international students (not an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen) but can be undertaken in any of the research areas at ICRAR-UWA. A full list of currently available postgraduate projects found here. Please contact named supervisors or [email protected] directly for further project information.

2. Simon Driver ARC Laureate Fellowship PhD Scholarships (1-2 positions available) - Prof Simon Driver is currently advertising 1-2 positions (depending on applicant suitability) to work on projects associated with his ARC Laureate Fellowship - “Unveiling the mass of the Universe: stars, gas, plasma and dark matter”. Projects will be focused on i) The space-density and properties of very low mass galaxies with LSST and Euclid, and/or ii) Mapping the Dark Matter and exploring methods for optimal halo-mass estimation. For further details of each project, please contact Prof Driver directly at [email protected]. Special consideration will be given to female Australian or Indigenous students to balance the existing team. 

3. Measuring Motions in the Local Universe with Next Generation Methods and SKA-VLBI (1 position available) - Drs Maria Rioja and Richard Dodson are currently offering 1 position to work on ultra-high precision astrometry with the next-generation radio facilities via a jointly-funded ARC and UWA position. The project will focus on development of the MultiView VLBI using the Australian Geodetic array (AuScope) with the University of Tasmania, which will provide the first high-precision astrometric measurements of Methanol Masers in the inner quadrants of our Galaxy. For further project details please see here and/or contact the supervisors directly.

4. Cosmic powerhouses: The birth, death, and legacy of black hole jets (1 position available) - Dr Tessa Vernstrom is currently offering 1 position to explore Active Galactic Nuclei from the EMU and POSSUM ASKAP surveys. The project will focus on the determination of AGN trigging mechanisms and the impact of AGN on their host galaxies. For further project details please contact Dr Tessa Vernstrom directly at [email protected]

Applicants interested in any of the above projects are requested to send: i) a 1-page cover letter including their proposed project of interest, ii) a CV, iii) academic transcripts, iv) proof of English Language proficiency (see below), and v) a copy of their masters or bachelor thesis, to [email protected] by Thursday 29th Febaruary 2024. Applicants are also requested to arrange for two reference letters to be sent directly to [email protected] by the deadline. Applicants should comply with the UWA's English language requirements and meet the eligibility requirements found here. Importantly, applicants are only deemed eligible for the award of a scholarship if they have a combined thesis plus coursework WAM average mark of above 75% in an existing qualifying degree. Further information can be found in the UWA advice for applicants.

ICRAR/UWA is committed to equity and diversity, and encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities.

If you have any questions regarding PhD applications at ICRAR/UWA or the selection process, please contact Dr Luke Davies at [email protected].  

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2024 Feb 01
Application Deadline
2024 Feb 29


Luke Davies