ASTRO 3D Postdoctoral Research Associate

Swinburne University of Technology

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Academic A6-B1: $87,603 - $98,744
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About the Job
For this role, the research will involve observational studies of the high-redshift intergalactic/circumgalactic medium using large optical/near-IR telescopes. Specific research outcomes arising from this appointment include the analysis and publication of data from a European Southern Observatory Large Project on high redshift quasars together with international collaborators. Measuring the evolution of metals across the history of the Universe is a key outcome for ASTRO 3D. The research will be in collaboration with A/Prof Emma Ryan-Weber. The appointee will be supported in their career development and encouraged to conduct independent research and work collaboratively within the ASTRO 3D Galaxy Evolution Project, including with Prof Kim-Vy Tran (UNSW), Prof Lisa Kewley (ANU), Prof Karl Glazebrook and Prof Darren Croton and other staff within the Centre of Astrophysics and Supercomputing.

Swinburne values its diverse work environment and is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and cultural diversity. The University has been recognised as a Workplace Employer of Choice for gender equality for the seventh year. Swinburne recognises the importance of providing career development and offers promotion opportunities for both continuing and fixed-term staff. The University also offers a range of employee benefits including maternity and partner leave, a 17% employer superannuation contribution, 4 weeks’ annual leave and discounted health insurance. Swinburne supports a flexible working environment; subject to visa restrictions, this position is available either full- or part-time.

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

The Swinburne Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing is part of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology. The Centre currently has over 20 academic staff, approximately 20 postdocs and 40 PhD students and is committed to excellence in basic research, public outreach and education and the commercial applications of supercomputing. Centre staff and postdocs have institutional access to the world-class 10-metre W.M. Keck telescopes. The Centre operates a national supercomputing facility, the Theoretical Astrophysical Observatory as well as access to state-of-the-art 3D visualization facilities.

About you
To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • 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
  • Experience and knowledge of high redshift galaxy and intergalactic/ circumgalactic medium astrophysics
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively and cooperatively with others in a team environment
  • Demonstrated research skills through publication track record in peer-reviewed journals

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.


  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Participate in regular staff and management development programs
  • Paid parental leave for primary caregivers and secondary caregivers
  • Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre (HALC) discounted memberships

To find out more about the extensive range of benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit Employee Benefits

How to apply and further information
Please submit your application by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link, and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description. A brief research statement may be appended to the Key Selection Criteria response. Letters of reference will be sought for shortlisted candidates after the deadline. For further information about this position, contact A/Prof. Emma Ryan-Weber on

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr Walter Robles, on For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact

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Agency enquiries will not be accepted for this position.

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation. We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for women for 10 years in a row and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan. Equity and diversity are integral to our 2025 vision to be a world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

Applications close at 5pm on the 24th of January, 2020.

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