ASTRO 3D Postdoctoral Research Associate

Swinburne University of Technology

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Full time, 2 year fixed term position at our Hawthorn campus

About the Job
Applications are invited for a 2-year ASTRO 3D Postdoctoral Research Associate position. The appointee will conduct research within the Galaxy Evolution Project of ASTRO 3D, in collaboration with Prof. Karl Glazebrook and A/Prof. Glenn Kacprzak, involving observational studies of the high-redshift universe using a new large sample of lensed galaxies observed with optical/near-IR telescopes. Specific research outcomes arising from this appointment include the observation, analysis and publication of a large dataset from Keck and European Southern Observatory spectroscopic observations of high-redshift galaxy lenses, including the intergalactic/circumgalactic medium and resolved galaxy metallicities/kinematics.

Measuring the evolution of metals and galaxy mass assembly across the history of the Universe is a key outcome for ASTRO 3D. 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 Emma Ryan-Weber and Prof Darren Croton and other staff within the Centre of Astrophysics and Supercomputing. Key overseas collaborators include Asst. Prof. Tucker Jones (UC Davis, Prof. Sebastian Lopez (Universidad de Chile) and Dr Tom Collett (University of Portsmouth).

This appointment is for 24 months Full Time Equivalent. The appointee will report to Prof. Glazebrook and A/Prof. Kacprzak. The Academic Level of the appointment (A or B) will depend on the years of postdoctoral experience, all are encouraged to apply. ASTRO 3D supports a flexible working environment.

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. To find out more about ASTRO 3D, please visit

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 evolution with a focus on intergalactic/circumgalactic medium astrophysics, galaxy kinematics or galaxy metallicity
  • Proven research skills through publication track record in peer-reviewed journals
  • Ability to work productively and cooperatively with others in a team environment

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

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.

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 Prof. Karl Glazebrook via email at

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Applications close at 5pm on Friday, 31 October 2020

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