ASTRO 3D Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Swinburne University of Technology

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Full time, 3 year fixed term position at our Hawthorn campus

As part of our plan to increase the participation of women in our STEM academic workforce, Swinburne is now offering Research Fellowships through our Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship scheme - “Women in STEM”.

Pursuant to a Special Measure under Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic), we will only consider applications from suitably qualified female candidates for these positions (includes all people who identify as women).

About the Job
We are currently looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join Swinburne to conduct research within the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3-Dimensions (ASTRO 3D). The position is open to female researchers in any aspect of ASTRO 3D science including optical, infrared and radio astronomy directed towards understanding the evolution of matter, the chemical elements, and ionizing radiation in the Universe from the Epoch of Reionization to the present day. The appointee will be expected to conduct independent research and work collaboratively with Prof Darren Croton, A/Prof Deanne Fisher and A/Prof Emma Ryan-Weber as well other staff within the Centre of Astrophysics and Supercomputing.

Swinburne University of Technology seeks to increase the diversity of the workforce and the representation of women in areas where they have been traditionally under-represented. Consistent with this, the School of Physics is seeking to increase the representation of women in the academic workforce across physical science disciplines. Pursuant to a Special Measure under Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic), the School will, therefore, only consider applications from suitably qualified female candidates for this position.

About the School/Department and Position Context
The ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D) is a research partnership between The Australian National University, the University of Sydney, The University of Melbourne, Swinburne University of Technology, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia. It is also collaborating closely with the Australian Astronomical Observatory, CSIRO and other Australian and International partners. ASTRO 3D aims to solidify Australia as a world-leader in wide-field optical and radio astronomy. ASTRO 3D is answering fundamental questions about the nature of the Universe, is developing innovative ways of processing enormous data sets, and is helping Australian scientists and engineers develop and use high-technology instruments that will be crucial for the next generation of giant optical telescope around the world, such as the Giant Magellan Telescope, as well as radio telescopes such as the Square Kilometre Array.

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 astronomy, astrophysics or related area, with a track record of independent in research astronomy or astrophysics as evidenced but publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences.
• Expertise in at least one of the following areas: Galaxy Evolution, theoretical simulations, the Epoch of Reionization, the First Galaxies, and/or Data Intensive Astronomy Infrastructure
• Experience in undertaking research projects with the potential to develop a research program of high international standing.
• An ability and commitment to contribute to bids for competitive external funding to support individual and collaborative research activities.

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

We support a flexible working environment, to find out more about the extensive range of benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit Careers at Swinburne.
How to apply and further information
To view the position description or to start an application please click on 'apply' or ‘begin’ and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description. A brief research statement detailing the indepedant research program and its relation to ASTRO 3D science should be appended to the Key Selection Criteria response. Reference checks will be sought for shortlisted candidates after the deadline. Please list two referees on the resume.
For further information about this position, contact A/Prof. Emma Ryan-weber via email on

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on

As a member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program, Swinburne is taking positive steps to effect change and we are committed to advancing gender equality in academia and in particular in STEM disciplines. While women comprise almost half of the nation’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) PhD graduates, less than 20% of senior academics in STEM disciplines at Australian universities are women. We understand that to attract and retain the best scientists and ensure research excellence and impact, it is important that we commit to providing diverse, secure, exciting and rewarding career paths to our best researchers who will be our future STEM academic leaders.

To find out more about how we support women in STEM, please visit:

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact Maree Norden, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact
Agency enquiries will not be accepted for this position.

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation. We are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives such as our Charter of Cultural Diversity, Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan, Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) 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 AEDT 5pm, Friday 22 January 2021

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