Postdoctoral/Research Fellow in Stellar Physics and Galactic Archaeology

Canberra, Australia
07 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level A / B
Salary package: $71,509 - $111,365 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Terms: Full time, Fixed term (36 months)

  • Work at one of the top universities in the world
  • Undertake cutting-edge research in stellar astrophysics and Galactic archaeology
  • Collegial and stimulating working atmosphere in a beautiful and family-friendly environment

Position overview

The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) at Australian National University invites applications for a 3-year Postdoctoral/Research Fellowship in stellar physics and Galactic archaeology in the research group of Prof. Martin Asplund.

We seek an enthusiastic early career researcher with an exciting research program in any field of stellar physics and Galactic archaeology. In particular we welcome candidates with expertise in stellar atmosphere modelling, stellar abundance analyses and/or large-scale Galactic spectroscopic surveys to complement and enhance our ongoing internationally leading programs in stellar astrophysics, origin of the elements, and the evolution of the Milky Way halo, disk, and bulge. The work of the Postdoctoral/Research Fellow can be either observational, theoretical or computational in nature. The successful applicants will have the freedom to pursue an independent research program and have access to a generous travel budget.

The successful candidate will be part of the Galactic Archaeology and Stellar Physics research group at ANU, headed by Prof. Martin Asplund. The group currently consists of four professors, three ARC Future Fellows, five postdocs and ten PhD/MSc research students, and has an extensive network of national and international collaborators. The group is simultaneously one of the largest user of 6-10m telescopes and supercomputing facilities in Australia. ANU astronomers have direct access to ESO telescopes at Paranal and La Silla, and the 4m Anglo-Australian Telescope in addition to telescopes owned by ANU (SkyMapper, 2.3m). ANU is a member of the Giant Magellan Telescope consortium. ANU scientists have privileged partner access to the world-class NCI supercomputing facilities. The group plays a leading role in the GALAH survey and is part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics in 3D (ASTRO3D).

The funding for this 3-year fellowship is in place from mid-2019 with a negotiable starting date.

ANU College of Science overview

The Australian National University (ANU) College of Science covers all areas of scientific endeavour, from astrophysics to climate change, epidemiology to theoretical chemistry. Scientists at ANU use their skills to contribute to advancing science for the future of the world, integrating high level research and educational excellence.

The ANU College of Science (CoS) comprises: the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Research School of Biology, the Research School of Chemistry, the Research School of Earth Science, the Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Mathematical Sciences Institute, the Research School of Physics and Engineering, and the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science. Staff and students within the ANU College of Science conduct research and delivers a research-led education program that encompasses the entire breadth of the sciences, supported by extensive international networks and by world-class facilities. The College has a strong tradition of research excellence that has fostered distinguished Nobel Laureates and Kyoto Prize winners and that trains scientific leaders in disciplines in which the ANU is consistently ranked in the top twenty in the world.

ANU offers a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible and family-friendly working arrangements, a dual career hiring policy, and competitive superannuation and salary packaging arrangements including for on-campus child care. The starting salary is $71,509 - $111,635, depending on experience, plus 17% superannuation.

For further information please contact Prof. Martin Asplund


Closing Date: 6 December 2018

Position Description: Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Fellow (Martin Asplund) (1).docx

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Application information

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

  • Cover letter addressing the selection criteria
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) with publication list
  • Description of previous and present research (max 3 pages)
  • Statement of future research plans (max 3 pages)
  • Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Prof. Martin Asplund

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