Vanessa Moss

CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science
Head of ASKAP Science Operations
CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science
Telescope operations
CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science

Sydney, NSW

Contact me for

  • Mentoring
  • Sitting on boards or committees
  • Providing an expert opinion
  • Outreach activities
  • Conference presenting
  • Opportunities to collaborate


Dr Vanessa Moss is an astronomer based at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science. She has studied cosmic phenomena across the universe, from the hidden structure of the Milky Way halo to dense gas casting shadows against distant black holes. In 2019, she returned to Australia after working overseas at ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy. While there, she served as Head of Apertif Telescope Operations for the newly-upgraded Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope and also worked with LOFAR, a telescope spanning across Europe.

In her position at CSIRO, she is Head of Science Operations for the groundbreaking Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder and leads training of the next generation of radio astronomers in their work with the Australia Telescope Compact Array. She is a core member of FLASH (First Large Absorption Survey in HI), a global team searching for absorption towards black holes, and engages in outreach whenever she can to share the excitement of exploring the universe.