Director’s Research Fellow, Astrophysics

Hawthorn, Australia
07 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Nov 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Conduct high quality research for our Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
  • Full time, 3-year fixed term position at our Hawthorn campus
  • Academic Level A6 $87,603 - Level B2 $102,378 + 17% superannuation

About the Job

Applications are invited for the position of Director's Research Fellow at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology to work in collaboration with the Centre Director, Professor Jean Brodie. The Director's Research Fellow may be appointed at a level between A6 and B2. An appointment at level B is equivalent to Lecturer but with no requirement to teach units in the Centre. The appointment is for a fixed term of three years.

The Fellow is expected to pursue a vigorous independent research program in an area closely aligned with the interests of Professor Jean Brodie’s research group whose chief focus is on galaxy formation and evolution. The origins and evolution of various types of star clusters, and extragalactic globular cluster systems, are a part of the group’s core program as are comparisons of observationally derived constraints with state-of-the-art-simulations of galaxy formation in a cosmological contest. The successful candidate will have a proven track record in the area of galaxy formation and should be familiar with photometric and spectroscopic data acquisition and analysis, including IFU and multi-object observations. The Director’s Research Fellow may take up to 20% of their time for their personal research. 

The Director's Fellow is expected to assist with the management of Professor Brodie’s research group. The appointee will join an active research group in Australia's most rapidly growing astronomy department. Swinburne astronomers regularly obtain national observing time on the ESO, AAT, Magellan, ATCA and Parkes telescopes. They have Swinburne-specific institutional access to the W.M. Keck telescopes in Hawaii (10-12 nights per year). The Centre has OZSTAR, a Supercomputer, available in house, as well as access to state-of-the-art 3D visualization facilities.

About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

Swinburne’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology is at the forefront of the university’s focus on developing innovative solutions to real-life problems. If you’re interested in working on today’s most exciting challenges, collaborating with leaders in their discipline and being supported by some of the best technology and facilities in the country, then you should be at Swinburne.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • PhD qualification in observational astrophysics
  • Proven track record of research in galaxy formation and evolution as demonstrated by publications
  • Experience in handling data from optical/IR imaging cameras and spectrographs
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work within a diverse team

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


  • Onsite childcare
  • Onsite health services
  • Weekly yoga and Pilates classes
  • Discounted annual Myki cards are available to Swinburne staff

To find out more about the extensive range of benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit Employee Benefits

How to apply and further information

Please submit your application by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link, and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description. Applications must also be supported by 3 reference letters. Please instruct referees to email their references direct to Professor Brodie at by the deadline.

For further enquires please contact Professor Jean Brodie, Director of Swinburne’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing via email at

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Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation. We are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives such as our Charter of Cultural Diversity, Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan, Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan. Equity and diversity are integral to our 2025 vision to be a world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

As such, we strongly encourage and welcome applications from suitably qualified female candidates.

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