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




AAL nomination to the GMT SAC

Applications close on Thursday 1st June 2017 at 5pm AEST.

The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) is a next generation optical/infra-red telescope. At 24.5 metres in diameter, it will have over six times the collecting area of the largest telescopes currently in existence. GMT is being developed by the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO) on behalf of an international consortium of universities and science institutions, including Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL) and the Australian National University (ANU).

AAL is entitled to nominate an astronomer to serve on the GMT Science Advisory Committee (SAC), with AAL's nomination to be ratified by the GMTO Board. The GMTO Board will seek to ensure that the GMT SAC has an appropriate balance of skills to maintain the required breadth of research expertise on the SAC.

Written applications are solicited from 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 the GMT. Significant experience serving on groups such as science advisory committees, involvement with international projects, and a demonstrated ability to consult widely with Australian astronomers, would also be highly relevant.

The GMT SAC meets in-person three times per year, usually in the USA, and three times per year via teleconference. In addition, the Australian GMT SAC representative is also a member of the Australian GMT Committee. This committee usually meets in Canberra three times a year. AAL will fund travel expenses associated with attending these meetings. GMT SAC members are not remunerated for their service.

The AAL GMT SAC representative will be appointed for a 2 year term, commencing in June 2017. The next in-person meeting of the GMT SAC will be on the 31st July – 4th August 2017, in Pasadena, California.


If you consider yourself well placed to contribute to the GMT SAC via your expertise and ideas, and share AAL's vision for Australian astronomers having access to the best research infrastructure, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., AAL Senior Program Manager, 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 has a target of 25% female participation across its elected and appointed positions on its Board, committees and working groups, including on its international appointments and strongly encourages applications from women.

Queries can be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Chief Executive Officer, 03 9214 8036.

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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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