Fully-funded PhD Student Opportunity - Big Data from the Desert Fireball Network
Project Title: Big Data from the Desert Fireball Network
Principal Supervisor: Dr. Eleanor Sansom(Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia),
Application Deadline: 18th August 2022
The Space Science and Technology Centre at Curtin University has pioneered the development of large networked facilities using hardened autonomous observatories. The Desert Fireball Network (DFN) has autonomous stations across Australia. It has been observing ~2.5 million km2 of Australian skies since 2015. It provides a spatial context for meteorites - we can track a rock back to where it originated in the solar system, and forward to where it lands, for recovery by a field party. The database of >1400 meteoroid orbits is larger than the combined literature dataset for >70 years of observation, providing a unique window into the distribution of debris in the inner solar system. With 17 international partners, and facilitated by NASA, the project has recently expanded to a global facility. The Global Fireball Observatory (GFO) will cover x5 the observing area of the DFN, able to track debris entering our atmosphere 24 hours a day. These networks informed the development of a satellite tracking network - FireOPAL - with Lockheed Martin. Although designed for satellite observations, FireOPAL also happens to be a world-class astronomical transient observatory. The DFN, GFO, and FireOPAL are helping us answer fundamental questions in planetary science and astronomy. If you would like to be part of this team, and work with colleagues in universities around the world, at NASA, and in industry, contact us today.
Candidate Selection Criteria
How to Apply
To express your interest in this project, please complete the online expression of interest form as soon as possible, certainly before the application deadline 18 August 2022, 17:00 Australian Western Standard Time (GMT+8). Contact Eleanor.Sansom@curtin.edu.au for more information.
Scholarship descriptionSuccessful applicants for admission to PhD will receive a 100% fee offset for up to 4 years, stipend scholarships, valued at approx. AU$28,800 p.a. for up to a maximum of 3.5 years, are determined via a competitive selection process. Applicants will be notified of the scholarship outcome in November 2022.
Studying a doctoral degree at Curtin University gives you the opportunity to undertake research at a global university ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide* to pursue your passion for research. Curtin University is home to one of Australia's leading institutions for geoscience and planetary science research and has an excellent international reputation for quality research and extensive research infrastructure.
*Curtin is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide in the highly regarded Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2021.