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

5th June 2017: AAL would like to congratulate Richard McDermid (Macquarie University) on his appointment to represent AAL and Australia as an observer to the Magellan Science Advisory Committee for a two-year term. The appointment was made following an open application process in April 2017.

26th May 2017: Astronomy Australia Ltd is advertising for a Program Manager to be responsible for overseeing research infrastructure projects. Further details about the job are available here. Applications close 9am AEST, 13th June 2017.

22nd May 2017: Congratulations to AAL non-executive director, Professor Karl Glazebrook, who has been elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. Further details can be found here


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