ASTRO 3D Scholarship

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ASTRO 3D Science Programs include First Stars, First Galaxies, Galaxy Evolution, ASKAP Surveys, SAMI, GALAH, Data Intensive Science. The Epoch of Reionization program uses the Murchison Widefield Array and future Square Kilometre Array in Western Australia to detect the sources at the Epoch of Reionization using rest-frame 21cm emission and to compare with the predictions of detailed theoretical simulations.

ASTRO 3D Ph.D. projects on offer include:

  1. Understanding ionospheric conditions in MWA EoR data (contact: Dr. Chris Jordan, )

Variations in the ionosphere are poorly understood, yet have a profound impact on most radio transmissions between Earth and space, and radio astronomy. MWA EoR is in a unique position to further study and understand how and why the ionosphere changes and behaves, which has huge implications for making radio transmissions more reliable into the future.

  1. Measuring the global EoR signal using the MWA and the Moon (contact: Dr. Ben McKinley, )

Tiny variations in the mean temperature of the sky across the low-frequency radio spectrum provide a means to test our theories describing the evolution of the early Universe. Traditionally, single-dipole antennas have been used to try to detect this weak signal in the presence of bright astronomical foregrounds. In this project, you will develop, test and improve techniques to measure this global temperature using a novel, alternative method, which aims to measure the signal with an interferometer, using the Moon as a thermal reference source.

  1. Eliminating the effect of the ionosphere in MWA EoR data (contact: Dr. Chris Jordan, )

The detection of the signature from the EoR is an ambitious project, and only by fully characterizing our instrument and all intervening signals between us and the EoR do we have a hope to reach it. The ionosphere, despite being in extreme proximity relative to traditional impediments to the EoR detection, affects us in both powerful and subtle ways. Detection and removal of ionospheric effects are thus critical to our detection of the EoR.


Nationality Eligible: Permanent Humanitarian Visa, Australian Permanent Resident, International students, New Zealand Citizen, Australian Citizen

Level of Study: Postgraduate

The institution of Study: Curtin University

ASTRO 3D scholarship Value: A stipend to support 3 years of Ph.D. study (current rate AUD27,082, tax-free, and is indexed annually) and Limited travel funding

Duration: 3 years


  • Have completed four years of higher education studies at a high level of achievement.
  • Hold or expect to obtain, First Class Honours or equivalent results.
  • Be enrolled in or accepted to enroll in a Higher Degree by Research as a full-time student at Curtin.

How to apply

To apply for ASTRO 3D scholarship, please send the following to the relevant project supervisor:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A brief description of your previous research and research interests
  • Full academic transcript
  • Details of three (3) referees who may be contacted.

Application Deadline: 13/07/2018


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