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ASTRO 3D Scholarship - Closed

ASTRO 3D Scholarship is now closed.

Status: Closed
Applications open: CLOSED
Applications close: CLOSED

About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information

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. Other ASTRO 3D Science Programs include First Stars, First Galaxies, Galaxy Evolution, ASKAP Surveys, SAMI, GALAH, Data Intensive Science.

Student type
  • Future Students
  • Science
  • Engineering
Course type
  • Postgraduate Research

Non-gender specific

  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • International students
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Australian Citizen
Scholarship base
  • Merit Based
Maximum number awarded


  • A stipend to support 3 years of PhD study (current rate AUD27,082, tax free, and is indexed annually)
  • Limited travel funding
Eligibility criteria
  • 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 enrol in a Higher Degree by Research as a full-time student at Curtin.

How to apply

Application process

To apply for this position, please send the following to the relevant project supervisor:

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

Need more information?


Associate Professor Cathryn Trott,

Further information

PhD 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.


2. 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.


3. 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 characterising 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 is thus critical to our detection of the EoR.

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