|Bärbel S. Koribalski|
CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility
Job Title: Senior Research Scientist
She is an Astronomer: How many years since you got your maximum degree?
Bärbel Koribalski: 15 years.
SIAA: What is the most senior position you have achieved?
BK: Deputy Astrophysics Group Leader
SIAA: What drove you into an astronomy career?
BK: The chance to investigate interesting problems using physics and maths.
SIAA: Do you feel it was more difficult for you to get a job or a promotion in comparison with male astronomers?
BK: Yes: theDirector, Deputy Director and four Assistant Directors are all male; secretaries all female.
SIAA: Are women under-represented in your institution?
BK: Yes. Approximately 30% are women.
SIAA: What is your family status?
BK: Partner, one child (now 10), parents overseas.
SIAA: Have you had any career breaks?
BK: Maternity leave.
SIAA: How difficult did you find the return to work?
BK: It waseasy – I had the full support from the Director at the time.
SIAA: How many hours per day do you normally dedicate to work?
BK: 8 hours.
SIAA: What would most help you advance your career?
BK: Building up a research group to work directly with more postdocs and students.
SIAA: What recommendation would you make to young women starting their career in astronomy?
BK: Go for it !
SIAA: What have been your career highlights so far?
BK: (1) organizing my own international symposium was amazing; (2) observing with telescopes around the world is always a great experience, (3) meeting people from around the world and exchange ideas, start and enhance collaborations, etc.