Call for nominations – AAL Committees

Astronomy Australia Limited (AAL)

AAL is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee whose members are all Australian universities and research organisations with a significant astronomy research capability. Its core business is to manage programs which provide astronomers with access to national astronomy infrastructure, including data and computing infrastructure.

AAL finances a portfolio of infrastructure projects and facilities from Australian Government funding. AAL oversees the progress of these projects and reports regularly on them to the Government.

AAL is seeking nominations from members of the astronomy community and other suitably qualified individuals keen to serve in one of several capacities.

AAL is looking to appoint:

  • Four members of the AAL Science Advisory Committee (ASAC)
  • Four members of the AAL Project Oversight Committee (APOC)
  • Six members of the AAL Industry Engagement Advisory Committee (IEAC) – new committee
  • Two members of the AAL-eROSITA_DE Management Committee
  • Three members of the AAL Astronomy Supercomputer Time Allocation Committee (ASTAC)
  • Two members of the AAT Time Allocation Committee (ATAC)
  • A Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) Science Lead
  • A member of the Gravitational Wave Data Centre (GWDC) Advisory Panel
  • A Science Lead for Australia’s engagement with the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST)

Detailed descriptions of all the available positions can be found by clicking on the blue bolded links in the list above. If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Programs, Dr James Murray.

Why serve on an AAL Committee?

Do you share AAL’s vision of wanting Australian astronomers to have access to the best research infrastructure? There are many benefits of serving on AAL Committees, including:

  • Influence the strategic direction of AAL: Engage in meaningful discussions on strategic goals and priorities and report back so that the AAL Board can make informed decisions about the best way to invest in astronomy infrastructure.
  • Be the voice of your community: Committee members ensure that AAL’s programs, advice and advocacy are field-informed and reflective of the astronomy community as a whole.
  • Grow your network: Opportunity to benefit from the exchange of ideas and perspectives with other committee members.
  • Professional development: Hone your current skills and develop new skills by serving on a committee or in a role that reports directly to the executive management and Board of AAL – a great opportunity to build your resume.
  • Travel reimbursement: Where travel is required, AAL will reimburse you for attendance at national and international meetings, workshops or other events related to your position. AAL will also support you to attend and participate virtually where possible – the choice is yours.

See more about AAL’s committees here.

While serving on an AAL committee, you’ll have the chance to make connections with other members of the astronomy community – including some that you may not meet any other way! It is an opportunity to share your valuable expertise and experience, while influencing the direction of Australian astronomy.

Professor Orsola De MarcoChair of the AAL Board

AAL encourages you to serve your profession and the astronomy community by nominating yourself and/or a colleague for the positions available. Anyone with the appropriate skills and expertise will be considered.

To apply, please email AAL at [email protected] with a maximum three-page application that includes:

  • The name of the position
  • A brief CV
  • A statement outlining your relevant expertise and addressing the selection criteria
  • Any relevant conflicts of interest.

Applications for all positions close on Monday 30th October 2023, 8:00 PM AEDT.

If openings remain after all applications received and completed by the deadline have been considered, late applications will be accepted.

AAL is committed to equity and diversity and endeavours to provide a flexible and supportive environment for its committee members.

We offer general and case-specific support to those whose personal circumstances may otherwise limit their ability to participate in AAL’s committees, including those with caring responsibilities and people living with disability. This support includes flexible travel allowances, enabling AAL’s committee members to defer membership if required, or participate in committee activities while on parental leave.

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