Two early-career astrophysicist researchers will join Swinburne University of Technology after they were awarded more than $1.3 million in prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowships funding.
Dr Adam Deller from the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy and Dr Edward Taylor from the University of Melbourne will both continue their astronomy research at Swinburne in 2016.
Dr Deller, who completed his undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications at Swinburne, will return after spending the last seven years researching overseas.
He will further his research into Fast Radio Bursts, seeking to pinpoint where they originate from, while also shedding light on the nature of the cataclysmic events which cause them.
Dr Taylor’s fellowship will see him focus on a radical new approach to measuring the dark matter in galaxies, which will extend Australia's international reputation as a leader in the fields of observational cosmology and galaxy formation.
Professor Aleksandar Subic, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) at Swinburne says that the ARC Future Fellowships funding would allow Swinburne to build on its strong astronomy research.
‘We are pleased to have Dr Deller and Dr Taylor join the university in 2016. Swinburne was recently ranked ERA 5 (well above world standard) for its astronomical and space sciences research and we believe that these Future Fellowships will allow us to continue with our discoveries in this important field of science,’ Professor Subic said.
The fellowships were announced today by Minister for Education and Training, the Honourable Simon Birmingham.
A total of 50 ARC Future Fellowships were awarded to researchers from Australian universities and other research organisations valued at more than $38 million over five years. The Future Fellowship Scheme aims to support and encourage mid-career researchers to conduct their research in Australia.