Pawsey is strengthening its long-term collaborations with the astronomy community

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, as part of Astronomy Data and Computing Services (ADACS), is launching a new uptake program to enhance the support for large scale astronomy projects by embedding technical staff within research groups.

ADACS is a collaboration between Swinburne University, Curtin University, and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, funded by Astronomy Australia Ltd, via the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy, that aims to provide focused astronomy training, support and expertise to assist astronomers to maximise the scientific return from data and computing infrastructure.


A call for proposals for astronomy researchers from across Australia is now open for projects that will benefit by having a Pawsey technical staff member embedded in their astronomy project, free of charge, for at least 12 months (starting from 1 July 2019). This program aims to add value to existing investments and to assist in the optimisation of existing workflows, software and processes.


Astronomy researchers are invited to propose projects that can demonstrate where their research can be enhanced by the inclusion of a technical staff member (at least 0.5 FTE effort for a duration of 12 months). Each project will be assessed by an independent panel and selected based on technical and scientific merit. Consideration will also be given to how this investment could maximise the return on funding provided to each project and whether the expected outcome of the project could be used or re-used by other relevant projects.


Applications will close on 31 May 2019, and successful projects will be announced in the second week of June to commence work on 1 July 2019.  Please submit all applications online here.  All questions should be addressed to Dr Jenni Harrison, ADACS Project Director (Pawsey):