Super Science Fellows Coming to Physics

19 April 2010

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The Super Science Fellowships funding aims to attract and retain the best and brightest early-career researchers from within Australia and around the world. The Rudd Government acknowledges that researchers are critical to Australia's knowledge economy saying they are the entrepreneurs of the future. More than $27.2 million will be spent over four years to help ensure Australia stays at the forefront of global research and ensure it remains internationally competitive.

In Round One Professor Elaine Sadler, Dr Tara Murphy and Professor Bryan Gaensler were awarded three three-year postdocs to work on surveys with the Australian SKA Pathfinder (SKA). ASKAP is a technology demonstrator in the mid-frequency range that will achieve instantaneous wide-area imaging through the development and deployment of phased-array feed systems on parabolic reflectors.

In Round Two, Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Dr Scott Croom and Professor Geraint Lewis were awarded two three-year postdocs to work on emission from OH molecules and its suppression for more accurate measurements of galaxies.

Across astronomy and space physics at Sydney a total of 17 postdocs in Round One and 16 postdocs in Round Two were awarded. This includes three for Professor Iver Cairns and Professor Bryan Gaensler to work with the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), being built in Western Australia, on transient sources and on studies of the Sun, space weather, and the effects of Earth's ionosphere.

Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, says the aim is to support exceptional domestic and international researchers to establish and maintain careers in Australia. "Providing opportunities for our most promising early-career researchers to work in areas of importance to all Australians is critical, especially as we move through the global recession."

"These Super Science Fellowships will not only enable vital research in the areas of space and astronomy; marine and climate; and future industries, they will foster our brightest young minds to start or further their research careers in Australia."

Twenty Australian institutions, including the University of Sydney, are being awarded fellowships that will begin a process of competitive national and international recruitment to fill the positions.

The scheme is administered by the Australian Research Council and is part of the Australian Government's $1.1 billion Super Science Initiative, which is helping to build a stronger higher education and innovation system for the 21st century.

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