Postdoctoral Research Associate in Lens Modelling

Hawthorn, Australia
05 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • PostDoctoral Research Associate - Astrophysics
  • Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing
  • Academic Level A or B depending on experience

About the job

This is a 3 year postdoctoral position at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia to undertake research on gravitational lensing as part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D), under the guidance of Prof Karl Glazebrook and within the ‘Galaxy Evolution’ project of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence “ASTRO 3D”.

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. 

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. For more information on how to apply for this position (and others within the Centre) go to and follow the links.

About Swinburne

Swinburne is a progressive university that aims to increase Australia’s capacity in science, technology and innovation as the drivers of modern, internationalised economies and workplaces. Our university is focused on high-impact global research, high-quality teaching and active engagement with both industry and the community.

Swinburne houses an active astronomy group, and is one of Australia's largest astronomy centres. Swinburne astronomers have institutional access to W.M. Keck telescopes in Hawaii, and regularly obtain observing time on the AAT, ESO telescopes, HST, Magellan, ATCA and Parkes telescopes. The Centre has OzSTAR, the Australian GPU Supercomputer for Theoretical Astrophysics, available in-house, as well as access to state-of-the-art 3D visualisation facilities.

About the job

We are looking for a suitably qualified candidate to fulfil a three year postdoctoral research position for the purpose of conducting research in collaboration with Prof. Karl Glazebrook. Our research will involve modelling of new gravitational lens systems discovered in deep imaging surveys, with a focus on the Dark Energy Survey, in order to constrain cosmology and the properties of dark and stellar matter in galaxies.

You will be expected to also conduct independent research and work collaboratively with the investigators of ASTRO 3D as well as other staff within the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing. Furthermore, you may be required to supervise both postgraduate and undergraduate students.

About you

The appointment will be at Level A6 (currently AUD 84,201 p.a. salary) or Level B1 (currently AUD 94,910 p.a.) depending on prior experience. 

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • A PhD in astronomy or astrophysics
  • A strong track record of research in astronomy as demonstrated by publication
  • Experience in the modelling of gravitational lens systems
  • Prior post-doctoral experience (for a Level B appointment)

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

Swinburne and ASTRO 3D are committed to the principles of equity, fairness and inclusivity to providing a workplace which is supportive and free from discrimination. We value diversity and encourage under-represented groups to apply.


Swinburne values its diverse work environment and is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and cultural diversity. The University has been recognised as a Workplace Employer of Choice for gender equality for the seventh year. Swinburne recognises the importance of providing career development, and offers promotion opportunities for both continuing and fixed-term staff.

The University also offers a range of employee benefits including maternity and partner leave, a 17% employer superannuation contribution, 4 weeks’ annual leave and discounted health insurance. Swinburne supports a flexible working environment; subject to visa restrictions, this position is available either full-or part-time.

Swinburne University of Technology is a Child Safe Organisation and as part of this commitment, all appointments are subject to a valid Working with Children Check.

More information:

Applications close at 5 pm on Friday 30th November 2018 (AEST)