Research Associate, Galaxy Evolution

Perth, Australia
May 08, 2020
End of advertisement period
Jun 07, 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time and fixed term appointment for 2 years
  • Salary range: Level A, $70,936 - $95,464 plus superannuation

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities. With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the team

ICRAR is a WA State funded high profile equal joint venture established in 2009 between Curtin University and The University of Western Australia (UWA). The Centre’s headquarters are located at UWA, with research nodes at both UWA and Curtin. ICRAR is one of the lead Australian organisations participating in the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project.

About the opportunity

In this role you will to undertake research in galaxy evolution in dense environments. This Post-Doctoral position at the UWA node of ICRAR will lead numerical simulations of galaxies in groups/clusters of galaxies as part of a collaborative project with Swinburne University and the University of Queensland (UQ).

The Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) will perform cosmological and/or constrained simulations of galaxy formation and evolution and analyse the simulated galaxy properties with machine learning techniques to uncover details on the environment-driven galaxy evolution. The PDRA at UWA/ICRAR will work under the supervision of Professor Kenji Bekki.

This collaborative project is motivated by recent significant advances in research on photometric, spectroscopic, and morphological evolution of galaxies in clusters of galaxies (in particular, Fornax).

As the appointee with a PhD in Astrophysics, you will demonstrate:

  • Expertise in computational astrophysics (e.g., excellent HPC skills)
  • The ability to interact and collaborate with observational researchers
  • Reliability and effectiveness in distributed scientific collaborations
  • A strong publication record evidenced by refereed publications
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • The ability to work productively with students and/or contribute to outreach programmes.

Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description.

Why ICRAR at The University of Western Australia?

ICRAR astronomers have access to a wide range of observational facilities (including ESO facilities, the AAT, ATCA and ASKAP), as well as to the nearby Pawsey supercomputing centre. The PDRA will be based at the ICRAR headquarters at the beautiful Matilda Bay campus of UWA. Perth, Western Australia, is listed as one of the world's most liveable cities and offers an excellent ocean-side lifestyle.

Closing date: Sunday, 7 June 2020

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Applicants should clearly demonstrate that they meet the selection criteria. Applications must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a publication list, and a brief (3 pages maximum) statement of research interests that includes a brief summary of relevant experience and a research plan.

Applicants should also arrange to have two letters of reference sent to Professor Kenji Bekki ( by the application deadline.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.
  • UWA has been awarded Platinum Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2019).