Optical Space Surveillance - Research Associate


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Canberra, ACT 


Academic - Research Only

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Job Description:

UNSW Canberra is a campus of the University of New South Wales located at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. UNSW Canberra endeavours to offer staff a rewarding experience and offers many opportunities and attractive benefits, including:

  • One of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities
  • Australian bush land setting with FREE parking
  • Strong commitment to staff development and learning
  • Strong commitment to work life and family balance
  • Generous superannuation opportunities

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

As an Optical Space Surveillance Research Associate, you will work as a multidisciplinary team automating the detection of satellites in Low Earth Orbit using optical space domain awareness sensors. Within your time at UNSW Canberra you can expect to develop hardware and software for the automation and dynamic operation of a remote space domain awareness telescope, collect and calibrate high quality photometric light curves for resident space objects Rowe-Ackerman-Schmidt Astrograph optical space domain awareness telescope and including maintaining the telescope and instrumentation systems.

About the Role:

Role: Research Associate (Optical Space Surveillance)
Salary: $ 78,109 - $ 104,143 plus 17% Superannuation
Term: Fixed Term, until March 2023

About the Successful Applicants

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Hold a PhD Engineering, Physics (or relevant).
  • Be able to demonstrate you knowledge of optical imaging: optical telescopes, image processing, real-time control and space situational awareness
  • Champion your skills to work in a multidisciplinary research team being able to work independently and as a member of the wider team.

In your application you should systematically address the skills and experience outlined in the Position Description. In order to view the Position Description – please ensure that you allow pop-ups for [email protected] Portal.

An applicant will be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role. The position is located in Canberra, ACT. The successful candidate will be required to work from the UNSW Canberra campus.

For further information about UNSW Canberra, please visit our website: UNSW Canberra


Dr Melrose Brown, Lecturer and Space Program Coordinator
E:[email protected]
P: 02 5114 5129

This position currently does not have a closing date. All applications are being considered as they are submitted. Any applications submitted will be notified via email once the advertisement closes.

Find out more about working at UNSW Canberra

UNSW is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity

Any questions about the application process - please email [email protected]



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