An ASKAP antenna at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory. Image Credit: Ant Schinckel, CSIRO.





Call for nominations to the Murchison Widefield Array Board

Applications closed

On behalf of the Australian Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) Consortium, Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL) is inviting applications from suitably qualified Australian-based astronomers to represent Australia on the MWA Board.

Australia currently has 4 positions on the MWA Board, one of which is intended to be filled through this open call for nominations. The successful applicant will be expected to work with the Australian MWA Partners and AAL to understand Australian perspectives on, and represent Australian interests in, the MWA project.

The successful applicant must be an Australian-based astronomer with an active and successful research career of direct relevance to the MWA. The successful applicant should have demonstrated ability to represent the interests of the broad Australian astronomy community. Experience serving on groups such as Boards and advisory committees, and previous involvement with international projects, would also be highly relevant.

The term of this appointment is 1 year, commencing December 2016*, with the possibility of renewal. The MWA Board meets twice per year, usually once in Australia and once overseas. Board members are encouraged to attend in person, or may participate remotely by video/teleconference. AAL will fund travel expenses associated with attending MWA Board meetings. The next meeting of the MWA Board will be held on 6th December 2016 in Pasadena, USA. Applicants are encouraged to be available to participate in this meeting, either in person or remotely.

About MWA: The MWA is a low-frequency radio telescope located at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in Western Australia, the planned site of the future Square Kilometre Array (SKA) lowband telescope. The MWA has been developed by an international collaboration, including partners from Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, and the United States. MWA has been funded from partner contributions and national funding agencies, including the Australian Government’s Australian Research Council (ARC) and National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).


If you consider yourself well placed to contribute to the MWA Board via your expertise, ideas, and experience, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a maximum three page application with:

  • a brief CV,
  • your relevant expertise,
  • any relevant conflicts of interest.

AAL is committed to equity and diversity and encourages applications from everyone with the appropriate expertise and skills.

Applications close on Thursday 24th November 2016 at 5PM AEDT.

Applications will be evaluated by a panel comprising members of the Australian MWA Consortium and chaired by an AAL representative. This panel will nominate a candidate for appointment to the MWA Board, with the nomination to be ratified by the Australian MWA partners.

Queries can be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. AAL Chief Operating Officer, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., MWA Director.

* Note: the term will commence on 31 December 2016 and the successful applicant will be invited to attend the next meeting on 6 December 2016 as a non-voting observer, with a view to facilitating the transition to the Board.



































































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