Research Training Program Scholarships

PhD Opportunities in Astronomy & Radio Astronomy Engineering at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), Curtin University node

The ICRAR node at Curtin University, Perth, invites applications to its PhD program from well-qualified students of any nationality. Please note the important dates for this two stage process. 


Step 1: 

The list of available projects covering radio astronomy and engineering are listed below along with the supervisors and email address. Only one student may be supported by a potential supervisor per project. Shortlisting for that one place will occur on 15th August 2020, hence prospective students should contact potential supervisors well before this date with a detailed CV, transcripts of undergraduate (and Masters’) studies and a paragraph on why they are interested in that project. Unfilled projects will remain open until the scholarship deadline. 


Step 2:

Once confirmed as the preferred choice for a given project by a supervisor, students may proceed with the scholarship application. Detailed instructions on how to apply for the Research Training Programme (RTP) scholarship may be found here. The deadline for the scholarship application is 1st September 2020

CIRA is committed to equity and diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. 

Please send general queries to:



List of ICRAR/Curtin PhD projects for 2021


Advances in Antenna Array Theory   (Professor David Davidson)

Metamaterials For Radio Astronomy Engineering   (Professor David Davidson)

Suppression of Instrumental Noise Coupling in Closely-Spaced Interferometer for Cosmology   (A/Prof Adrian Sutinjo)

Automatic Detection and Classification of Transients from SKA-Low Stations   (Dr. Marcin Sokolowski

Simultaneous RCS Reduction and Gain Enhancement Through Bianisotropic Omega Metasurfaces  (Dr Maria Kovaleva)



Accretion, Jets and Slow Transients:

Exploring the low-frequency properties of X-ray binaries with the MWA  (Dr Gemma Anderson, but contact Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker)

Real-time Radio Imaging of Black Hole Jets  (Professor James Miller-Jones)

Murchison Widefield Array Follow-up of High-Energy Flaring Stars  (Dr Paul Hancock)

High Precision Black Hole Astronomy Through the Lens of Gaia   (Dr Arash Bahramian)

Powerful Black Holes Accreting at Extreme Rates (Dr Gemma Anderson, but contact Professor James Miller-Jones)

Relativistic Jets from Feeding Black Holes  (Professor James Miller-Jones)


Epoch of Reionisation:

EoR Foreground Mitigation with the CRAM  (A/Prof Cathryn Trott)

Using the Moon to study the early Universe  (A/Prof Cathryn Trott)


Extragalactic Radio Astronomy:

GLEAM-X: Exploring the Universe in Radio Colour   (Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker)

Opening a Window on the Ionised Interstellar Medium of Nearby Galaxies  (Dr John Morgan)

The Impact of Powerful Radio Galaxies on Cosmic Evolution  (Dr Nick Seymour)

Determining the Jet-Accretion Connection in Radio Galaxies  (Dr Nick Seymour)

A Unique Astrophysical Laboratory in Our Extra-galactic Backyard: Centaurus-A   (Dr Ben McKinley)

Finding Ultra-High-Redshift Radio Galaxies using GLEAM   (Dr Jess Broderick)

Galaxy evolution of the powerful radio-quiet AGN population (Dr Guillaume Drouart)


Pulsars and Transients:

Discovering Binary and Millisecond Pulsars using Next-generation Low-frequency Radio Telescope  (Dr Ramesh Bhat)

Exploring the Frequency Dependence of Pulsar Emission Properties  (Dr Ramesh Bhat)

Detecting Cosmic Rays with the Murchison Widefield Array  (Dr Clancy James)

Resolving Pico-arcsecond Structures in Relativistic Plasmas Around Pulsars (Dr Sam McSweeney)


Stars and Stellar Evolution:

Searching the Skies for Supernova Remnants  (Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker)

Interplanetary Weather Forecasting with the Murchison Widefield Array   (Dr John Morgan)

Search for Bound Supernova Remnants  (Dr Adela Kawka)