Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Galactic Seismology

Sydney, Australia
Level B AU$110,000 - AU$131,000 per annum + 17% Super
Thursday, 9 September 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 10 October 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time 12 months fixed term employment, located on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Physics
  • Opportunity to contribute to research focused on stability and equilibrium of galactic discs
  • Base Salary Level B $110K - $131 p.a. + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The University of Sydney is welcoming applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. The successful applicant will be working with supercomputer simulations at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • participate in a research programme investigating supercomputer simulations of the stability and evolution of galactic discs
  • demonstrate research excellence
  • assist with grant writing and publishing original work
  • support teaching activities and the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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 a Postdoctoral Research Fellow who has:

  • a PhD (or near completion) in Physics
  • the ability to supervise students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • primary research interests in Milky Way physics and dynamics
  • proven research excellence in supercomputer simulations: fluid, MHD, action-space dynamics
  • experience in research record keeping, preparation of research papers and presentation of seminars
  • demonstrated excellence in written and oral communications skills, interacting with a variety of researchers and stakeholders.

Closing date for applications

11.59pm, Sunday 10 October 2021

Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

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

Pre-employment checks

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.

EEO statement

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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