AAL is issuing a Call for Nominations to the AAL Project Oversight Committee (APOC). Applications close on Friday 29th April 2022, 8 PM AEST. Late applications will not be accepted.
Astronomy Australia Limited (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 programmes 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.
In order to make informed decisions about the best way to invest in astronomy infrastructure, AAL relies upon strategic and technical advice from its advisory committees. The Australian astronomy landscape is undergoing significant change. In 2017 Australia signed a ten-year strategic partnership agreement with the European Southern Observatory. In 2018, the management of the AAT was transferred to a consortium of Australian universities, with AAL as the consortium manager. The Square Kilometre Array precursor telescopes are approaching full-scale operations, and AAL has increased its involvement with high-energy astrophysics facilities. In 2020, the Mid Term Review of the Astronomy Decadal Plan was delivered to the community.
APOC monitors and assesses the progress of AAL-funded projects and activities and assesses whether project plans are being efficiently implemented. The Committee reports on project progress to the AAL Board but is also be called on to provide feedback and guidance on the feasibility of new project proposals. For the current position available on APOC, AAL is seeking industry experts with experience in project management and assessment of highly technical and scientific infrastructure projects.
The purpose of APOC is to assist AAL by executing the following:
If you consider yourself well placed to contribute to APOC via your expertise, ideas, and experience, please email [email protected] with a maximum three-page application including:
Please do not hesitate to contact James Murray, AAL Director of Programs with any questions regarding these vacant committee positions.
AAL encourages applications from all interested candidates with the appropriate expertise and skills. AAL specifically considers gender balance across committee appointments and seeks to maximise the number of AAL member institutions involved with AAL committees.
Applications close on Friday 29th April 2022, 8 PM AEST. Late applications will not be accepted.