Postdoctoral Research Associate in galaxy evolution with lensing

Swinburne University of Technology

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Full time (2 year) position based at our Hawthorn campus

About the Role 
We have an exciting 2-year Postdoctoral Research Associate opportunity (PDRA) at Swinburne.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will conduct research on galaxy evolution. This will involve observational studies of the high-redshift universe using a new large sample of lensed galaxies observed and leveraging the ALMA sub-mm telescope in Chile and the new adaptive optics capabilities being commissioned on the Keck telescopes in Hawaii. 

The observations will probe the sub-kpc scale astrophysics of early galaxies with a focus on the distribution of molecular and ionized gas and how it compares to the distribution of stars and star-formation rate. It will also evaluate the underlying physics drives the overall morphological evolution of galaxies. 

This position is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant and is in collaboration with Prof. Geraint Lewis at the University of Sydney where there will be another funded PDRA working on next generation lens modeling. International institutions collaborating on this grant are the Universities of Portsmouth (Prof. Tom Collett), Durham (Dr James Nightingale) and Auckland (Dr Brendon Brewer).

About You  
To be suitable for this role you will need to have experience in the below key accountabilities: 

•    Conduct research activities and contribute to research output of the Centre, both individually and as part of a team 
•    Publish astronomical research in international refereed journals.
•    Attend national and international meetings to present research results
•    Conduct research collaboration with other universities, organisations and involvement in relevant professional activities.
•    Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research students as required.
•    Actively contributes to a team environment that fosters and develops effective working relationships in both the Swinburne University and the wider ASTRO 3D membership.

•    A PhD in observational astrophysics, with research interests and experience in high redshift galaxy or intergalactic/circumgalactic medium observations using large optical/near-IR telescopes.

About Swinburne University of Technology 
Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

•    Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience
•    Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
•    Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution
•    Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

To Apply 
Please submit your CV and cover letter addressing your suitability for this position.  

In addition, we require a two-page research proposal relevant to the position.

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Applications Close: November 24th at 5pm.

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through key initiatives.  For further information on all our initiatives visit our Equity & Diversity website.

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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