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.