Australian SKA Fellowships Programme

 

Australian SKA Fellowships Programme

 

Expressions of Interest for the 2018-2019 SKA Fellowships Programme are now open

  
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Expressions of Interest for the 2018–2019 SKA Fellowships Programme are now open. The Fellowships Programme aims to establish stronger links between Australian organisations and the SKAO Headquarters. It provides an opportunity for individuals and the organisations they represent to contribute directly to the design and development of the SKA.

Previous SKA Fellows have included SKA scientists and business operations specialists. The opportunity is open to any individual based in Australia with skills relevant to the design and implementation of a major science/infrastructure project including in astronomy, science, engineering, management, mission assurance, communications, or other relevant area.

Please learn more about the Australian SKA Fellowship Programme below, and follow the links to provide your Expression of Interest. EOIs for the first round of SKA Fellows for 2018-2019 will close on 9 September 2018.

Read about our most recent SKA Fellows, Dr Shi Dai and Dr Jack Line, on our News and Updates page.

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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 2–3 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. Projects may cover any of the work of the SKA Organisation as they develop a final design and move to construction of Phase 1. Fellowships are expected to be taken up between September and December 2018.

This opportunity is open to anyone based in Australia 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 is now open for 2018/19. Interested applicants can register their interest now by completing this form and submitting it, along with their CV, to the Australian SKA Office via email (ska@industry.gov.au) by 9 September 2018. 

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.

Full terms and conditions for the Australian SKA Fellowships Programme are available here.

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