ASTRO 3D Postdoctoral Research Associate

Sydney, Australia
AU$95,000 - AU$105,000 per annum + Super
Tuesday, 13 July 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 15 August 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
  • Research position focus in galaxy evolution and integral field spectroscopy
  • Located on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Physics. Join a community of world-class scientists
  • Full time/Part-time, Level A fixed term, 2 years, offering a base salary of $95K - $105K p.a. pro-rata, plus leave loading and generous employer's contribution to superannuation

About the Opportunity

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (Level A) to undertake research on galaxy evolution and integral field spectroscopy using the new Hector instrument to be commissioned in 2021 on the Anglo-Australian Telescope, as part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D), under the guidance of Prof. Scott Croom, Prof. Joss Bland-Hawthorn and A. Prof Julia Bryant. ASTRO 3D is a $40m Research Centre of Excellence led by Prof. Lisa Kewley. ASTRO 3D is funded over seven years by the Australian Research Council and supported by six collaborating Australian universities - ANU, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Western Australia and Curtin University. Other Australian partners in the Centre include CSIRO, the Australian Astronomical Observatory and National Computational Infrastructure. ASTRO 3D includes collaborations with world leading international institutions.

The ASTRO 3D mission is to produce a comprehensive picture of the evolution of matter, the chemical elements, and ionizing radiation in the Universe from shortly after the Big Bang to the present day. ASTRO 3D trains the next generation of scientific leaders and conducts nationwide education and public outreach programs.

This position, within the school of physics at the University of Sydney, is for 2 years (with a possible extension of up to 1 year). The research focus is on exploiting data from the new multi-object integral field spectrograph Hector, being deployed on the Anglo-Australian telescope in mid-2021. There will also be opportunities to conduct research on other related integral field surveys. The specific science program will focus on analysis of the emission line data from the Hector survey. This will include using the high spectral resolution of Hector to identify and quantify galactic scale outflows. The successful candidate would also be expected to contribute to the operation of the Hector survey, for example, through observing and/or support of pipelines.

ASTRO 3D supports the activities of around 200 researchers, administrative staff and students, provides a collaborative working environment and supports a flexible, family friendly working environment. Subject to visa restrictions, this opportunity is available as either a full-time or part-time position.

The School of Physics at the University of Sydney is the leading Physics department in the country, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research. Our 114 academic staff and 157 postgraduate students conduct research across a vast range of interests from nanoparticles to clusters of galaxies and from theoretical modelling to laboratory experiments. With the support of 20+ professional, technical and administrative staff, the School of Physics teaches to a cohort of approximately 274 equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) undergraduate students. With access to supercomputers, modern laboratory facilities and observatories, locally, nationally and internationally, the School of Physics is the premier environment for physics education and research. The School of Physics is committed to creating a diverse workplace by improving equity, access and opportunity. We want to create an environment where individuality is welcomed and celebrated. We are continuously working to identify and remove biases and barriers in an effort to make our workplace open, supportive and safe for everyone.

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About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for an ASTRO 3D Postdoctoral Research Associate who has:

  • a PhD in astrophysics or a related discipline
  • a high level of self-motivation and independence
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • a strong track record of publishing their research
  • a demonstrated ability to carry out research based on optical spectroscopic data, especially from integral field spectrographs
  • A high level of computational skills including data analysis, data reduction and/or visualization.

Please outline your relevant skills and experience in your cover letter and attach to your online application.


Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

Visa sponsorship is only available for this position for candidates who are currently located within Australia.

How to Apply

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The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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