Director’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Astrophysics

Hawthorn, Australia
Thursday, 26 March 2020
End of advertisement period
Friday, 24 April 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Conduct high quality research for our Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
  • Full time, 3-year fixed term position at our Hawthorn campus
  • Academic Level A or B $69,722 - 116,904 + 17% superannuation

About the Job

We are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic Post-Doctoral Fellow to be responsible for conducting research in collaboration with incoming Director, Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Professor Jean Brodie. The successful applicant will work on research involving observational studies of extragalactic star clusters, galaxies and clusters of galaxies, using large ground-based optical/near-IR telescopes and observatories in space.

Your work will directly support the goals of the ‘SAGES’ project ( As the Postdoctoral Research Fellow, you will conduct independent research and work collaboratively with other staff within the Centre of Astrophysics and Supercomputing as well as with outside collaborators, and progress towards building an independent research career.

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.

Swinburne’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology is at the forefront of the university’s focus on developing innovative solutions to real-life problems. If you’re interested in working on today’s most exciting challenges, collaborating with leaders in their discipline and being supported by some of the best technology and facilities in the country, then you should be at Swinburne.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • PhD qualification in observational astrophysics
  • Proven track record of research in galaxy formation and evolution as demonstrated by publications
  • Experience in handling data from optical/IR imaging cameras and spectrographs
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work within a diverse team

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


  • Onsite childcare
  • Onsite health services
  • Weekly yoga and Pilates classes
  • Discounted annual Myki cards are available to Swinburne staff

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.

For further enquires please contact Professor Jean Brodie, Director of Swinburne’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing via email at

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.

As such, we strongly encourage and welcome applications from suitably qualified female candidates.

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Applications close at 5 pm on 24 April 2020