An ASKAP antenna at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory. Image Credit: Ant Schinckel, CSIRO.




AAL observer on the Magellan Scientific Advisory Committee

Applications close Monday 1 May 2017 at 5pm AEST

Australian astronomers have had access to fifteen nights per year on the Magellan telescopes since 2007. That access is purchased by Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL) via a contract with the Carnegie Institution for Science, with access to Magellan secure until 2020B inclusive.

The Magellan Council gives AAL the opportunity to appoint an observer to the Magellan Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). Written applications are solicited from Australian-based astronomers who are interested in undertaking that role. The successful applicant must be an Australian-based astronomer with an active and successful research career of direct relevance to Magellan. Significant experience serving on groups such as science advisory committees, involvement with international observatories, technical knowledge of telescope operations and instrumentation, as well as demonstrated ability to consult widely with Australian astronomers, would also be highly relevant.

The AAL Magellan SAC observer will be appointed for a two year term, commencing in May 2017. The Magellan SAC meets in-person once per year in the USA, and teleconferences are arranged as needed, around 3 times per year. AAL will fund travel expenses associated with attending these meetings. In addition, the Australian Magellan SAC representative holds an ex-officio position on AAL's Optical Telescope Advisory Committee, which meets quarterly (once in person, three times via videoconference per year). Magellan SAC members are not remunerated for their service.


If you consider yourself well placed to contribute to the Magellan SAC via your expertise and ideas, and share AAL's vision for Australian astronomers having access to the best research infrastructure, please email AAL with a maximum two A4 page application with:

  • a brief CV,
  • your relevant expertise,
  • any relevant conflicts of interest.

AAL encourages applications from everyone with the appropriate expertise and skills. AAL is pleased to have exceeded its target of 25% female participation on its international appointments and continues to strongly encourage applications from women.

Applications close Monday 1 May 2017 at 5pm AEST.

Queries can be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AAL Senior Program Manager, 03 9214 8012.

Latest News

11 April 2017: Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL) is inviting applications from suitably qualified Australian-based astronomers to represent Australia as an observer at meetings of the Magellan Scientific Advisory Committee. Applications close at 5pm AEST Monday 1st May 2017. Further details can be found on our website:

20 March 2017: Following a two-stage tender process, Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL) has signed contracts with Swinburne University of Technology and Curtin University/Pawsey Supercomputing Centre to collaboratively provide Astronomy Data and Computing Services (ADACS). The ADACS scope of services for 2017 is intended to include:

(1) Astronomy-focused expert training and support in software development, data management, HPC and advanced data analysis, in order to optimise the usage of, and increase value from, existing research infrastructure.

(2) Creating and/or enhancing astronomy data portals, including All-Sky Virtual Observatory(ASVO), to facilitate the management, sharing and reuse of data.

(3) Collaboration with national eResearch providers to help coordinate and maximise the computing and storage resources available to astronomers.

Further details can be found here.

20 March 2017: Proposals for Australian community access to the Magellan telescopes for Semester 2017B are due by 5pm AEST, Friday 7 April 2017. Details on how to prepare and submit an application can be found on the ITSO website: Australian access to these facilities has been enabled through the Australian Government's National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and other research infrastructure grants.


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