Postdoctoral Researcher in Gravitational Lensing

Camperdown, Australia
$105,350 - $112,462 p.a. + 17% superannuation
22 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
24 Nov 2023
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time, two years fixed term. Located on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Physics
  • Exciting opportunity to work with Prof Geraint F. Lewis at the vibrant Sydney Institute for Astronomy
  • Base Salary, level A $105,350 - $112,462 p.a. + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The School of Physics currently have an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Gravitational Lensing to work with Professor Geraint F. Lewis on the development and implementation of numerical approaches to reconstruct strong gravitational lens systems using multiwavelength data with the goal of uncovering the nature of dark matter.

Your key responsibilities will be to:


  • undertake the development of numerical gravitational lens reconstructions
  • take advantage of supercomputing resources to optimize the extracted science
  • incorporate multiwavelength data to achieve the optimal model construction
  • contribute to our ongoing international collaboration on gravitational lensing.

In this project, you will also be working in close collaboration with Profs Karl Glazebrook and Deanne Fisher (Swinburne) and will incorporate the reconstruction of HST images of strongly lensed systems as part of an ongoing SNAP program.

The School of Physics at the University of Sydney is the leading Physics department in the country, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research. Our 114 academic staff and 157 postgraduate students conduct research across a vast range of interests from nanoparticles to clusters of galaxies and from theoretical modelling to laboratory experiments. With the support of 20+ professional, technical and administrative staff, the School of Physics teaches to a cohort of approximately 274 equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) undergraduate students. With access to supercomputers, modern laboratory facilities and observatories, locally, nationally and internationally, the School of Physics is the premier environment for physics education and research. The School of Physics is committed to creating a diverse workplace by improving equity, access and opportunity. We want to create an environment where individuality is welcomed and celebrated. We are continuously working to identify and remove biases and barriers in an effort to make our workplace open, supportive and safe for everyone.

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About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who has:

  • a PHD in physics/astrophysics
  • expertise in numerical modelling of galactic-scale gravitational lens reconstruction
  • understanding of the data qualities and limitations across wavelengths and facilities
  • expertise in high-performance computing
  • expertise in Bayesian approaches is desirable.

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