Postdoctoral Fellow, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Canberra, Australia
Tuesday, 12 October 2021
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 10 November 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level A
Salary package: $74,775 - $93,855 per annum plus 17% Superannuation
Term: Full-time, Fixed Term, 3 years

  • Excellent employer superannuation contributions
  • On campus childcare facilities
  • Support network and mentoring program for early career academics

The Area

The ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) is the leading research school in Australia in the field of astronomy and astrophysics.

Our staff and students have made major contributions to astronomy, mapping the structure and formation of the Milky Way, discovering planets orbiting other stars, measuring dark matter both within our Galaxy and in the wider Universe, and discovering the accelerating expansion of the Universe.

Our astronomers include winners of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science and the Nobel Prize.

At our administrative home at the Mount Stromlo Observatory we host the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre which is a national facility established to support the development of the next generation of instruments for astronomy and space science.

The vibrant and diverse astronomical research community at RSAA has access to a broad array of facilities, including optical telescopes operated by ANU at Siding Spring Observatory, located in the Warrumbungle region of New South Wales and national radio telescopes (ATCA, Parkes, ASKAP, MWA). RSAA has access to excellent computational facilities through the National Computational Infrastructure supercomputer and in-house compute clusters.

Position overview

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow. ASTRO 3D spans six universities and is led from the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. ASTRO 3D is seeking an early career researcher to join a dynamic team at RSAA working on research programs led by ASTRO 3D CI, Dr Emily Wisnioski.

The successful applicant will work as part of the MAGPI survey team ( to explore the physical processes driving galaxy kinematic, morphological, and chemical evolution. This position is focused in particular on making evolutionary connections from early galaxy formation and subsequent evolution during the cosmic decline of star-formation to local galaxies including the Milky Way. The research will require working with optical integral field spectroscopic data, multi-wavelength data products, as well as designing and carrying out follow-up observing campaigns. However, applications interested in making theoretical connections or using mock observations are also encouraged to apply.

The appointee will work under the supervision of Dr. Emily Wisnioski, joining one of the most active research institutes in Australia with access to state-of-the art instrumentation and computing facilities.

The Australian National University is a world-leading institution and provides a range of lifestyle, financial and non-financial rewards and programs to support staff in maintaining a healthy work/life balance whilst encouraging success in reaching their full career potential. For more information, please click here.

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For more information about the position please contact Dr Emily Wisnioski on T: +61 (02) 6125 7020 or E:

Closing date: 10 Nov 2021

Position Description: Download FilePD - Postdoctoral Fellow_Final (1).pdf

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Application information

In order to apply for his role, please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria
  • Cover letter
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) with publication list
  • Research statement (3 pages maximum)
  • Reference letters from at least 3 referees to be sent to
  • Other documents, if required

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.