CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science Student Program: benefits and requirements

This page describes the benefits and requirements for being part of the CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) student program for honours, masters or PhD students. Students interested in being part of the CASS undergraduate vacation scholarship program should click here.

The tables below list the requirements and benefits for students, their CASS co-supervisor and the university co-supervisor for the different types of project (i.e., PhD in Australia, PhD overseas, Masters at Australian institute or Honours at Australian institute).

Note that these requirements and benefits may change.

Working at CSIRO

All CASS students are considered "visiting CSIRO students" and must read and agree to CSIRO’s code of conduct.  When the student first visits CSIRO it is required that the student completes the online code of conduct training course and any other necessary courses such as health and safety training. The student will have both the academic CSIRO supervisor who will support the research as well as a “line manager” who is responsible for ensuring that the student and CSIRO supervisor have both completed all the necessary training and provides another person for the student to speak to on any matter that may arise.

CSIRO is committed to provide a healthy and safe work environment through eliminating and preventing all forms of workplace discrimination and bullying. CSIRO:

  • will not tolerate workplace bullying;
  • will not tolerate discrimination – direct or indirect; 
  • is committed to the prevention of bullying and discrimination in the workplace;
  • is committed to providing support to staff impacted by bullying and discrimination;
  • requires staff to report any incidents of workplace bullying; and
  • will provide staff with education about appropriate behaviour in the workplace.

All students and supervisors should be familiar with the following:

CSIRO has Equity and Diversity Contact Officers available to assist any individual who believes that they have witnessed an incident of, or been subjected to, inappropriate behaviours, including harassment or discrimination. The following people relating to CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science may be contacted:

Vicki and Malte are there to listen to staff concerns, and advise on the appropriate actions and procedures that should be followed, as well as advise the Leadership Team of issues with existing procedures and practices.  Andrew is the CASS Human Resources manager and you can speak to him if you have any HR issues at all.

PhD at Australian institute

Student requirements Student benefits CASS supervisor requirements University supervisor requirements
At least 10 working days spent at CASS per year Up to $5000 overseas travel grant Agreement with line manager Short email to student coordinator each year describing the student's progress
Must provide electronic copy and hard copy of thesis to CASS Office space at Marsfield At least three years contract remaining or at discretion of the student coordinator Invite CASS co-supervisor to any university student reviews
Two weeks national facility support Up to 3 months free accommodation at lodges in Marsfield, ATCA and Parkes with the possibility of staying at the Robert Menzies college in Marsfield if the lodge is full Provide a short email to student coordinator each year describing the student's progress Provide a copy of any part relevant to the CASS co-supervision of the student review to the student coordinator.
Give a colloquium at Marsfield after completing thesis Up to $500 towards page charges   Must agree that the university will remain legally responsible for the student's welfare and progress
If project requires observations with ATNF telescopes then must carry out at least one set of observations per year at the observatory or SOC (it may be possible for the remainder to be carried out remotely) Access to CASS student webpages/email lists etc.   CASS co-supervisor should be formally accredited recognition by the University for the purpose of this program
Annual ~200 word write up on work being carried out Access to CSIRO computing resources    
Present in at least one student symposium Possibility for applying for top-up scholarships    
Must include CASS affiliation on papers that include CASS co-supervisor      

PhD overseas

Student requirements Student benefits CASS supervisor requirements University supervisor requirements
Visit Marsfield at least twice during PhD Up to 3 months per year free accommodation in the Marsfield lodge Agreement from line manager Short email to student coordinator each year describing the student's progress
Give at least one colloqium or take part in a student symposium Possibility of travel support on request At least 3 years contract remaining or at the discretion of the student coordinator Ability to fund at least two trips for the student to visit Marsfield (or prior agreement on funding)
Annual ~200 word write-up describing research Office space at Marsfield when required Strong existing collaboration with the overseas university or information must be provided on how this student will lead to stronger links Must agree that the university will remain legally responsible for the stuednts welfare and progress
Provide electronic copy of thesis on completion Access to CASS computing resources Provide a short email to student coordinator each year describing the student's progress CASS co-supervisor should be formally accredited recognition by the University for this purpose
Must include CASS affiliation on papers that include CASS co-supervisor Access to CASS student webpages/email lists etc.    

Masters at Australian Institute

Student requirements Student benefits CASS supervisor requirements University supervisor requirements
Project must be based on research carried out by CASS staff or make major use of ATNF instrumentation Free accommodation on site or, for observing, at the SOC Agreement from line manager Short email to student coordinator during the project describing the student's project
Ability to interact sufficiently with CASS co-supervisor throughout the project Possibility for travel support on request Contract at CASS that spans the expected duration of the Masters project Must agree that the university will remain legally responsible for the students welfare and progress
Annual ~200 word write-up describing research Office space at Marsfield as necessary Provide a short email during the project to the student coordinator describing the student's progress CASS co-supervisor should be formally accredited recognition by the University for the purpose of this program
Must include CASS affiliation on papers that include the CASS co-supervisor Access to CASS student webpages/email lists etc.    
  Access to CASS computing resources    

Honours at Australian Institute

Student requirements Student benefits CASS supervisor requirements University supervisor requirements
Project must be based on research carried out by CASS staff or make major use of ATNF instruments Free accommodation on site or, for observing in the SOC, at Marsfield Agreement from line manager Short email during project to student coordinator describing progress
Ability to interact sufficiently with CASS co-supervisor Possbility for travel support on request Contract at CASS that spans the expected duration of the honours project Must agree that the university will remain legally responsible for the students welfare and progress
Annual ~200 word write-up describing research Access to CASS student webpages/email lists etc. Provide a short email to student coordinator describing progress CASS co-supervisor should be formally accredited recognition by the University for the purpose of this program
Must include CASS affiliation on papers that include CASS co-supervisor Access to CASS computing resources    

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