Postdoctoral Fellow in Galactic Archaeology

Canberra, Australia
05 Nov 2019
End of advertisement period
06 Dec 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level A
Salary package: $73,309 - $92,015 plus 17% superannuation 
Term: Full time, Fixed term (3 years)

  • Work at one of the top universities in the field of Galactic archaeology
  • Undertake cutting-edge research within the ASTRO-3D Centre of Excellence
  • Collegial and stimulating working atmosphere in a beautiful and family-friendly environment

Position overview

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3-Dimensions (ASTRO-3D) ( and the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) at the Australian National University (ANU) invite applications for a 3-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Galactic archaeology and the GALAH survey ( The successful candidate will work with Professor Martin Asplund and other members of the GALAH and ASTRO3D teams to study the history of the Milky Way, origin of the elements, and stellar physics.

ASTRO-3D spans six Australian universities, three national infrastructure facilities, and seven international partner institutions. ASTRO-3D combines Australia's leading optical, infrared and radio telescope technologies with sophisticated theoretical simulations and ambitious new data intensive science techniques to build a comprehensive picture of the evolution of matter, the chemical elements, and ionizing radiation in the Universe from the Epoch of Reionization to the present day.

The GALAH survey is an unprecedented stellar spectroscopic survey aimed at determining the chemical composition of one million stars to unravel the assembly, dynamical, star formation, and chemical history of the Milky Way. The GALAH survey is one of the main research projects of ASTRO-3D, which has been awarded AU$40M over 2017-2024. The GALAH survey is an international collaboration led from ANU and Sydney. We are now looking for an energetic and collegial early career researcher to join the ANU node to participate in any aspect of the GALAH survey: observations, spectroscopic analysis, scientific exploitation for Galactic archaeology and/or numerical simulations of the chemo-dynamical evolution of the Milky Way. Both observational, theoretical and computational candidates are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will be part of the Galactic Archaeology and Stellar Physics research group at ANU, headed by Professor Martin Asplund. The group currently consists of four professors, three ARC Future Fellows, five postdocs and ten PhD/MSc/undergraduate research students, and has an extensive network of national and international collaborators. The group is simultaneously one the largest user of 6-10m telescopes and supercomputing facilities in Australia. ANU astronomers have direct access to ESO telescopes at Paranal/La Silla in addition to Australian-owned telescopes (e.g. 4m AAT, SkyMapper, 2.3m, ASKAP, Parkes). ANU is a member of the Giant Magellan Telescope consortium. ANU scientists have privileged partner access to the world-class NCI supercomputing facilities.

The position is offered for three years, with anticipated starting date around September 2020. The successful applicant will have a fraction of the time (~20%) available for independent research and have access to a generous travel budget.

College 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 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.

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For further information please contact Professor Martin Asplund T: +61 2 6125 0223 E:

Closing date: 6 December 2019

Position description: Postdoctoral Fellow.pdf

Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents no later than 6 December 2019:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) with publication list
  • Description of research interests and plans
  • Statement addressing the selection criteria.

Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Prof. Martin Asplund ( by the deadline.

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

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