Postdoctoral Fellow in Astronomy and Astrophysics

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

Classification: Academic Level A, Full-Time
Salary package: $ 75,297 - $ 86,646 plus 17% superannuation
Type: Continuing Contingent Funded (initial funding is for four (4) years)

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

Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (CAASTRO 3D) spans six universities and is led from the ANU Mount Stromlo facilities in Canberra.

Headed by Professor Lisa Kewley, the newly formed Centre of Excellence is seeking four (4) early career researchers to join a dynamic team for the following research programs:

  1. Galaxy formation and evolution: this research program, suitable for both theorists and observers, combines rest-frame UV, optical, and infrared Keck spectroscopy with large-scale numerical simulations to understand chemical evolution in galaxies across cosmic time, gas transport through galaxies and in galactic outflows, and how chemical elements are incorporated into stars.
  2. The SAMI galaxy survey: the SAMI survey is providing data on the kinematics, morphology and stellar populations of more than 3000 galaxies. This project will use this data to explore the role of angular momentum in determining the morphologies and star formation histories of galaxies. It will compare observations to simulations of galaxy formation to test models of angular momentum evolution during galaxy assembly.
  3. GALactic Archaeology with HERMES (GALAH): the GALAH survey is a hugely ambitious spectroscopic survey on the AAT with the ultimate goal of determining the detailed chemical composition of a million stars in the Milky Way to unravel the full assembly, dynamical, chemical, star formation and merger history of the Galaxy.
  4. The First Stars: this research program is aimed at discovering the oldest and most metal-poor stars in and around the Milky Way using ANU's SkyMapper telescope and determining their chemical compositions by means of high-resolution spectroscopy with telescopes like Keck and Magellan to shed light on their formation, evolution and nucleosynthesis.

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.

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

ANU values diversity and inclusion and believes employment opportunities must not be limited by socio-economic background, race, religion or gender. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

Application information

In order to apply for this role please ensure that you upload the following documents.

  • A cover letter
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • An up to date publication list
  • A 2-page description of your previous research
  • A 3-page statement describing your future research plans
  • Applications should arrange 3 letters of recommendation be sent to by the deadline.

Closing date: 11.55pm, Friday 6 January 2017


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