Call for nominations to AAL appointed Committee and Board Positions

Astronomy Australia Limited (AAL) is seeking nominations from members of the astronomy community from individuals willing to serve the community in one of several capacities. AAL will appoint:

Detailed descriptions of the positions can be found below.

If you wish to apply for any of these positions, please email AAL with a maximum three page application with:

  • the name of the position,
  • a brief CV,
  • a statement outlining your relevant expertise and addressing any selection criteria,
  • any relevant conflicts of interest.

Applications for all positions close at 5pm AWST on Friday the 2nd of November. Late applications will not be accepted.

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

Australian Representative to MWA Board​
Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL), on behalf of the Australian Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) Partners, 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, with one position 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 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 January 2019, with the possibility of renewal. The MWA Board meets twice per year in person, usually once in Australia and once overseas, with regular teleconferences in between. AAL will fund travel expenses associated with attending MWA Board meetings. 

For further details and the selection criteria see here.
Applications close at 5pm AWST on Friday the 2nd of November.

Three members of the AAL Astronomy Supercomputer Time Allocation Committee
The Astronomy Supercomputer Time Allocation Committee (ASTAC) is an AAL committee with the Chair and members appointed by the AAL Board. ASTAC members are usually appointed for two year terms, with the possibility of renewal. ASTAC meets and allocates time twice per year via videocon/telecon.

The purpose of ASTAC is to allocate time on the following supercomputer resources that has been reserved for astronomy access:

  • OzSTAR, Swinburne University of Technology
  • NCI National Facility; 
  • Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.  

Note: AAL will consider ASTAC allocating time on any other supercomputer resources that provides dedicated national astronomy access, where appropriate.

For further details and the selection criteria see here.
Applications close at 5pm AWST on Friday the 2nd of November.

Australian eROSITA Science Lead
eROSITA is a German X-ray telescope due to be launched on the Spectrum-Roentgen-Gamma satellite in 2019.

CAASTRO and the German eROSITA consortium signed a memorandum of understanding in 2013 to facilitate collaboration between Australian based astronomers and eROSITA researchers. 
AAL now has taken over responsibility for this relationship and is looking for an astronomer to lead the engagement and to provide strategic advice on eROSITA matters of interest to the Australian community.

The key focus for the science lead will be to encourage further collaboration between the two communities. The term of this appointment is two years. The minimum requirements of the role are participation in six monthly collaboration telecons  (with AAL and eROSITA), however the successful candidate is expected to be prepared to actively work with AAL to promote the collaboration within the Australian community.

For further details and the selection criteria see here.
Applications close at 5pm AWST on Friday the 2nd of November.

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