Postdoctoral Fellow in Astronomy & Astrophysics

Canberra, Australia
$75,297 - $ 86,646
14 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level A, Full-Time (part-time arrangements may be negotiated with the successful candidate) 
Salary package: $75,297 - $ 86,646 plus 17% superannuation
Type: Continuing Contingent Funded

  • Based at the picturesque Mount Stromlo Observatory
  • Work with a leading research facility
  • Undertake cutting edge research in Astronomy and Astrophysics

The Australian National University (ANU) College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences 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 Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics (RSAA) invites applications for an early career researcher to join the Taipan team. Starting in mid-2017, the Taipan survey will use a new fibre spectrograph on the UK Schmidt Telescope to obtain redshifts for about 1,000,000 galaxies and peculiar velocities for up to 100,000 galaxies. These observations will be used to measure cosmological parameters in the local universe and study the properties of the present-day galaxy population.

The position is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Projects grant (DP160102075) for an initial term of 2 years, with a third year possible subject to funding availability. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work under Professor Matthew Colless at RSAA as part of the Taipan survey team, which includes astronomers from over a dozen Australian and international institutions. Applicants are sought who have expertise in at least some of the following areas: spectroscopic observations & analysis, large galaxy surveys, the measurement of Fundamental Plane distances & peculiar velocities, the cosmological analysis of redshift & peculiar velocity surveys.

The vibrant and diverse astronomical research community at RSAA has access to a broad array of facilities, including the Magellan, Gemini and Keck telescopes, and is engaged in the Giant Magellan Telescope project. ANU offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, a relocation allowance, generous superannuation, salary packaging arrangements including child care, and the potential to support dual-career arrangements.

Application information

The initial deadline for applications is 31 January 2017; the position will, however, remain open until filled. Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy or physics prior to the position start date.

Before applying, prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Matthew Colless ( for additional information.

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

  • A cover letter
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) including an up to date publication list
  • A statement addressing the selection criteria
  • A three (3) page research statement describing past research achievements and future plans

Important note: Three (3) letters of reference should be sent independently to by the deadline.

Closing date: 11.55pm, Tuesday 31 January 2017.

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on

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