2023 RTP round - GLEAM-X: Exploring the Universe in Radio Colour
Applications open: 8/07/2022
Applications close: 18/08/2022
About this scholarship
The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) is a low-frequency (80 — 300 MHz) radio telescope operating in Western Australia and the only precursor telescope to the low-frequency part of the Square Kilometer Array, which will be the world’s largest radio telescope. One of the largest science programs for the MWA is the GaLactic and Extragalactic All-sky MWA (GLEAM) survey, which has surveyed the entire visible sky for two years since the MWA commenced operations. GLEAM has enabled studies of dying radio galaxies, supernova remnants, clusters of galaxies, and the Earth’s ionosphere. It also brought a colourful radio view of the sky to public attention; see e.g. this TED talk: http://bit.ly/nhwted or this public website: https://gleamoscope.icrar.org
The MWA has now been upgraded to double the resolution, and the new GLEAM-eXtended (GLEAM-X) survey has successfully observed half of the sky, with the final data to be obtained in late 2022. The increased resolution enables images 10x deeper to be created, potentially revealing millions of new radio sources over the next few years. Combining the GLEAM and GLEAM-X datasets will create the most sensitive wide area survey output from the MWA ever. The wide bandwidth of the MWA makes possible in-band spectrum measurements of many objects, which directly informs us of their astrophysics.
Aims of the project:
- Process GLEAM-X data to generate widely useful images and catalogues;
- Undertake a focused research project that utilizes the data. This could include (but is not limited to): studies of transient or variable radio sources, scintillation, the ionosphere, continuum or polarisation studies of objects such as radio galaxies, galaxy clusters, supernova remnants, and pulsars, or synthesis of wide-area measurements to investigate cosmological effects;
- Publish the results in scientific papers and at conferences.
An Internship opportunity may also be available with this project.
- Future Students
Faculty of Science & Engineering
- Science courses
- Engineering courses
- Higher Degree by Research
- Australian Citizen
- Australian Permanent Resident
- New Zealand Citizen
- Permanent Humanitarian Visa
- Merit Based
The annual scholarship package (stipend and tuition fees) is approx. $60,000 - $70,000 p.a.
Successful HDR applicants for admission will receive a 100% fee offset for up to 4 years, stipend scholarships, valued at $28,854 p.a. for up to a maximum of 3.5 years, are determined via a competitive selection process. Applicants will be notified of the scholarship outcome in November 2022.
For detailed information, visit: Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships | Curtin University, Perth, Australia.
All applicable HDR courses
The position involves processing a large quantity of data on supercomputers and analysing the results, so an analytical and organised mindset is essential. Programming experience, especially in python, is strongly desirable. The applicant should have a good grounding in astronomy, an interest in radio astrophysics, and willingness to learn interferometric techniques.
If this project excites you, and your research skills and experience are a good fit for this specific project, you should contact the Project Lead (listed below in the enquires section) via the Expression of Interest (EOI) form.
Eligible to enrol in a Higher Degree by Research Course at Curtin University by March 2023
To enquire about this project opportunity that includes a scholarship application, contact the Project lead, Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker via the EOI form above.