Research Associate in Astronomy

Sydney, Australia
22 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
22 Feb 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The School of Physics operates within the UNSW’s Faculty of Science. We have a strong teaching and research culture and our staff is conducting research in astrophysics, physics, theoretical physics, acoustics, and biophysics. Currently the School has some 30 permanent academic staff, approximately 50 research staff and 15 support staff.

About the role

  • $75K-$100K plus 17% superannuation and leave loading
  • Fixed Term 2.5 years
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)>

The role of Research Associate will work in an Australian Research Council-funded position in the science of Intracluster light in galaxy systems. The Research Associate will work with Associate Prof. Sarah Brough to measure the proportion and origin of Intracluster light in Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) survey group systems.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will:

  • A PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics or related discipline prior to starting the position.
  • Demonstrated experience in analysing low surface brightness features in astronomical images or
  • related astronomical data analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research and publish in international scientific journals.
  • A research track record (relative to opportunity) in the discipline area as evidenced by conference
  • presentations and publications.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a research team and to contribute to the broader intellectual
  • environment of the School of Physics.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed. References will be requested at a later stage.


Sarah Brough


Applications close: February 22nd 2019

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