Australian SKA Fellowships Programme


The 2017-18 Australian SKA Fellowships Programme applications are now being considered.

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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. 

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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. 

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Step 1: EOI call
The call for expressions of interest closed on 20 November 2017, and applications are now being considered. During this time, please direct any queries 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, etc.

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 Jerry Skinner

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