[ASA] Director - Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing

Virginia Kilborn vkilborn at swin.edu.au
Tue Apr 16 13:33:22 AEST 2013

 Director - Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (Position Number :

   - Outstanding research leadership opportunity
   - Set the vision for one of Australia’s most dynamic astronomy research

The Director of the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing provides
academic and research leadership to one of the highest profile research
centres at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.

Swinburne’s vision is to be Australia’s leading university of science,
technology and innovation by 2020.  Relevant and internationally recognised
research is at the heart of that vision and the Academic Ranking of World
Universities already places Swinburne in the top 100 universities worldwide
for physics.

The Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing has a strong international
research profile in computational, theoretical and observational astronomy
which spans the entire electromagnetic spectrum.  Priority research areas
include galaxy evolution and cosmology, globular clusters, pulsars, star
and planet formation, Square Kilometre Array design and astronomy
visualisation.  The Centre currently supports over 35 staff (academic,
postdoctoral, technical and support), 30 PhD students and maintains a
vibrant international visitor program.  In the 2010 and 2012 Excellence in
Research for Australia assessments, Swinburne was given the highest
possible rating in both the specific field of Astronomical and Space
Sciences and in the broad field of Physical Sciences.

Swinburne is part of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence
for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO).  It operates a significant
supercomputing facility with over 400 Teraflops of processing capability
and has a formal, long-term collaborative agreement with Caltech which
provides Centre staff dedicated observing time on the 10-m Keck telescopes
in Hawaii.

The Centre is dedicated to inspiring a fascination in the Universe through
research and education, offering a Master of Science (Astronomy) online and
producing state-of-the-art 3D IMAX and outreach films which are shown in
our own virtual reality theatre and in theatres around the world.

*Skills and experience*
To be successful in this role, you must have:

   - Excellent academic and professional qualifications coupled with a
   proven track record in leading the development of research.
   - An international research reputation in astrophysics as evidenced by
   publications, research grants and other relevant outcomes.
   - A track record of successful supervision of higher research degree
   candidates and mentoring of early-mid career researchers.
   - Significant involvement at a senior level in professional
   organisations and societies or in national or international conferences.
   - A record of achievement in managing a research group or division of a
   larger organisation.

*Benefits *
An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated.   Swinburne is
recognised as an Employer of Choice for Women and offers carer’s, maternity
and partner leave entitlements.

For position information and to apply online go to:
www.swinburne.edu.au/jobs  and submit a cover letter, resume and a response
to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be
submitted online.

Further information can be obtained from George Collins, Deputy
Vice-Chancellor (R&D) at gacollins at swin.edu.au or +61 3 9214 5210.

*Refer to Position Number: 20776*
*Applications close 17 June 2013*

Virginia Kilborn
Deputy Director, Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing
Swinburne University of Technology
Ph (w) +61 (0)3 9214 4380
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