Postdoctoral Fellow, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Canberra, Australia
09 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
07 Feb 2022
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level A
Salary package: $76,271 - $95,732 per annum plus 17% Superannuation
Term: Full-time, Fixed Term, 3 years

  • Excellent employer superannuation contributions
  • On campus childcare facilities
  • Support network and mentoring program for early career academics

The Area

The ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) is the leading research school in Australia in the field of astronomy and astrophysics.

Our staff and students have made major contributions to astronomy, mapping the structure and formation of the Milky Way, discovering planets orbiting other stars, measuring dark matter both within our Galaxy and in the wider Universe, and discovering the accelerating expansion of the Universe.

Our astronomers include winners of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science and the Nobel Prize.

At our administrative home at the Mount Stromlo Observatory we host the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre which is a national facility established to support the development of the next generation of instruments for astronomy and space science.

The vibrant and diverse astronomical research community at RSAA has access to a broad array of facilities, including optical telescopes operated by ANU at Siding Spring Observatory, located in the Warrumbungle region of New South Wales and national radio telescopes (ATCA, Parkes, ASKAP, MWA). RSAA has access to excellent computational facilities through the National Computational Infrastructure supercomputer and in-house compute clusters.

The Position

The Postdoctoral Fellow will undertake internationally competitive research in magnetic fields and/or atomic hydrogen in the Magellanic System or Milky Way using the Australia SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) and will work with Professor Naomi McClure-Griffiths as a member of the ASKAP surveys GASKAP and/or POSSUM. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be part of the rapidly growing radio astronomy group at RSAA. This position will operate in partnership with other academic researchers within the School, CSIRO Space & Astronomy, and other Australian and international Universities.

The Person

To excel in this role you will have:

  • A PhD (or awarding of a PhD within six months of appointment commencement) in astronomy and astrophysics.
  • Ability to deliver high-quality research output
  • Expertise in radio interferometry and/or large survey management
  • Excellent oral and written English language skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate and interact effectively with a variety of staff and students in a cross-disciplinary academic environment

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For more information about the position please contact Professor Naomi McClure-Griffiths on T: +61 02 6125 4158 or E:

Position Description: Download FilePD and PEWER - Academic Level A.pdf

Closing Date: 7 February 2022

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Application information

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

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • A short (maximum 3 pages, excluding references) summary of past research accomplishments and future research interests.
  • Other documents, if required.

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

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.