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IPAS members recruited for DSTG Cadetship

Congratulations to the following IPAS members who were successfully recruited to join DSTG in the future, following the completion of their Postgraduate Degree.

  • David McAfee, MPhil Student, will join the  Electro-Optic Processing & Exploitation group under the National Security & Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Division
  • Adam Gambell, MPhil Student, will join the  Laser Technology Group, under the Cyber and Electronic Warfare Division
  • Lily Taylor, Honours Student, will join the Cyber Surveillance/Information Integration Group.

The DST Cadetship Program is an entry-level employment pathway for high performing undergraduate students currently studying a relevant Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) degree. Should you have any questions regarding the DST Cadetship Program, please contact: DSTgroupSTEMcoordinator@dst.defence.gov.au

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Radiation Sensing and Optical Clocks Wins Support from DSTG

Dr Ruth Shaw (Institute for Minerals and Energy Resources) and Dr Chris Perrella (Precision Measurement Group) recently received funding from the Defence Science and Technology Group’s (DSTG) competitive evaluation research agreement (CERA) scheme.

Announced by the Minister for Defence Industry, the Honorable Christopher Pyne MP, CERA funding “allows us to draw on the expertise in Australian universities to initiate research into emerging technologies of interest to Defence,” Minister Pyne said.

The two successful projects from IPAS members were:

Chris Perella.Dr Chris Perrella (CI), Dr Fred Baynes, Dr Phil Light, Dr Ben Sparkes, Prof Andre Luiten & Belinda Pickett (DSTG)

High-Performance Optical Clock for Local Time References and UAV Applications

This project will develop an atomic, optical clock that will provide local timing signals used for navigation in the absence of global positioning systems (GPS) signals. The optical clock offers significant benefits over clocks currently used in GPS in terms of size, weight, power consumption, and their intrinsic performance. This kind of precision and high-stability timing signals are required for GPS and inertial navigation systems, and the optical clock will further minimise the risks of intentional jamming/spoofing or  other limitations in GPS access.

Ruth_Shaw2.jpgDr Ruth Shaw (CI), Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Prof Nigel Spooner, Dr Chris Kalnins, A/Prof David Ottaway and Carly Whittaker

Radiation-sensitive optical fibres for real-time distributed radiation sensing”

The project aims to characterise and use rare earth doped silica to develop sensitive fibre optic devices for the real-time monitoring of entryways associated with the transportation of radioactive material.

The media release from Christopher Pyne MP can be found here.