Australian SKA Fellowships Programme


Australian SKA Fellowships Programme


2017-18 SKA Fellowships Programme (Round 2) have been finalised

SKAO Headquarters.jpgThe 2017-18 Australian SKA Fellowships Programme applications have now been finalised. Two applicants have been selected to travel to Manchester in the first half of 2018 - Dr Shi Dai and Dr Jack Line.

Dr Shi Dai from CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science will be in Manchester from February 2018 to April 2018.

Dr Dai will be working with colleagues on SKA pulsar survey and timing strategies and SKA high precision pulsar timing strategies. Dr Dai will also be working with the pulsar working group on possible projects for the SKA data challenges coming soon. Dr Dai also has an interest in education and outreach programs.

Dr Jack Line from the University of Melbourne will travel to Manchester from May 2018 until June 2018.

Dr Line plans to continue and expand on work already done in investigating the effect of maximum baseline on Epoch of Reionization science goals. Dr Line proposes to not only add to the discussion on the maximum baseline length, but also to create a suite of simulated data that can be used for other investigations.

There will be future fellowship opportunities at the SKA Headquarters in 2018/19. To register your interest in future rounds please email us at -

About the Programme

The Australian SKA Fellowships Programme will facilitate Australia-based scientists, engineers and people with other relevant expertise to spend a period of 2 – 4 months at the UK-based SKA Headquarters, contributing to the delivery of the Phase 1 design work. The Programme is supported by the Australian SKA Office in conjunction with the international SKA Organisation in line with their strategic priorities.

Applicants will have the opportunity to suggest short projects or nominate areas of work they could contribute to as part of the process. Fellowships are expected to be taken up between November 2017 and April 2018. Projects may cover any of the work of the SKA Organisation as they develop a final design and move to construction of Phase 1.

This opportunity is open to any Australia-based person with skills relevant to the design and implementation of a major science/infrastructure project including in astronomy, science, engineering, management, mission assurance, communications, etc.

To ensure that the programme establishes stronger links between Australian organisations and the SKAO Headquarters, Fellows are expected to work with Australian colleagues both before and after the SKAO visit to build expertise and to disseminate information. Fellowships must be undertaken with the support of the Fellow’s home organisation.

The Programme is an opportunity for individuals and the organisations they represent to contribute directly to the design of a global mega-science project while developing new skills, experiences and networks that will benefit participants into the future. The number of fellowships allocated over time will depend on the number of opportunities identified and the availability of appropriate personnel to fill them. 

Collapsed - Financial Support

The SKAO Headquarters will meet the cost of accommodation during the Fellow’s time working in the Headquarters, and return travel to the UK will be provided by the Australian SKA Office and relevant SKA affiliated organisations. The Fellow’s employer will be expected to pay the Fellow’s salary during the period of the Fellowship and their support is a prerequisite to application. UK visa requirements will depend on the Fellow’s personal circumstances and reasonable visa costs will be met by the Commonwealth. Any additional travel costs, e.g. to other institutes or partners during the visit, will be met by the Fellow or their employer. 

Collapsed - The Process

Step 1: EOI call
The call for expressions of interest have closed for 2017/18. Round 3 applications will open early in the 2018/19 financial year. Please direct any queries regarding the Fellowship to the Australian SKA Office

Step 2: Prioritisation of projects
The Australian SKA Office and SKA Headquarters will consider all expressions of interest and identify those that match the project's strategic priorities and for which Australian SKA Fellowships will be awarded. Note that priorities may change as the project progresses.

Step 3: Applications & Finalisation
Selected candidates will be invited to submit a formal application working in consultation with the Australian SKA Office to confirm details of travel dates, scope of work to be undertaken and associated activities. 
A Secondment and Intellectual Property agreement will need to be signed before commencing the Fellowship.
Where necessary, the Australian SKA Office may make further calls for applications to seek candidates with specific skill sets.

Step 4: Fellowship Phase
The tenure of a Fellowship includes a pre-travel briefing with the Chair of the Australian-New Zealand SKA Coordination Committee (ANZSCC) Science Advisory Committee (SAC). The Fellow will also report back on project outcomes to the ANZSCC SAC, and present at the annual science conference.

For any further queries, please contact Australian Square Kilometre Array Office

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