Postdoctoral Researcher - Observational Extragalactic Astronomy

Swinburne University of Technology

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Academic Level A6 $87,603 + 17% superannuation
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Full time, 2-year fixed term position at our Hawthorn campus in Melbourne

About the job
Applications are invited for a 2 year postdoctoral researcher position in observational astrophysics at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (CAS) at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. The postdoc will work with Prof. Duncan Forbes and Prof. Warrick Couch, and collaborators in Australia on an Australian Research Council funded project to better understand galaxy formation and evolution. In particular, the focus will be the role of the cluster/group environment in shaping galaxies. The postdoc will work with both archive and new observations, including those of the Fornax cluster. Opportunities to supervise postgraduate students and to conduct independent research are foreseen.

About CAS
CAS is one of Australia's largest astronomy research centres, with 24 academic staff, 17 postdoctoral researchers and 40 PhD students. Swinburne astronomers have institutional access to the Keck telescopes (10-12 nights/year), and Australia recently began a 10-year partnership with ESO. CAS also hosts OzStar, the Australian GPU Supercomputer for Theoretical Astrophysics. Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city with a mild climate and many cultural and sporting events. Mountains, ocean and wine growing regions are easily accessible. CAS is located in the diverse inner suburb of Hawthorn with excellent public transport connections.

About you
The successful applicant will have:
  • A PhD in astrophysics or a related field
  • Experience in astronomical observations, data handling and the analysis of spectroscopy and/or imaging
  • Independent and collaborative research skills
  • Strong record of research achievement with high-quality publications

Preferred (but non-essential) qualities include:
  • Experience in the supervision of PhD students
  • Ability to work productively and cooperatively in a team

Included Benefits
Swinburne values its diverse work environment and is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and cultural diversity. Swinburne has been recognised as a Workplace Employer of Choice for gender equality. It also supports a flexible working environment; subject to visa restrictions, this position is available either full or part-time. More information:

Swinburne is committed to the principles of equity, fairness and inclusivity to providing a workplace which is supportive and free from discrimination. We value diversity and encourage members of under-represented groups to apply.

How to apply
View the Position Description and apply via the "Apply here" link below. Applications must be submitted online. For technical support, email the Swinburne recruitment team ( ). For further information about this position, contact Professor Duncan Forbes ( ).

Applications must comprise:
  • A cover letter which includes direct responses to the selection criteria and the names plus email addresses of three referees (2 pages max.);
  • A curriculum vitae, including publication list (preferably describing contributions to any non-lead-author publications); and
  • A statement describing prior research achievements and future research interests (2 pages max).

  • We will contact referees directly for shortlisted applicants.
    The salary is $AUD87,603 per annum, plus 17% superannuation (pension), 4 weeks annual leave entitlement, and discounted health insurance.

    Application Deadline
    May 30th 2020

    Selection Deadline
    June 30th 2020

    Attention To
    Duncan Forbes
    Title: Professor
    Subject: Postdoctoral Researcher – Observational Extragalactic Astronomy

    Related URLs 
    Center for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (CAS)
    Equity and Diversity at CAS

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