Research Associate in Astrophysics

Hawthorn, Boroondara, Australia
17 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
  • Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
  • Academic level A: $78,903 plus 17% superannuation
  • Full-time (or part time) , fixed-term until August 2019, based at the Hawthorn campus

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Position in cosmological large-scale structure in the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University (Melbourne, Australia), to work with Prof Chris Blake and the Taipan Galaxy Survey collaboration.

Taipan is a new galaxy redshift survey starting in early 2017 that will obtain spectra for over 1 million galaxies across the southern sky, using the refurbished UK Schmidt Telescope at Siding Spring Observatory. The main science goals are to measure the present-day expansion rate of the Universe with 1% precision using the baryon acoustic peak in the galaxy correlation function, test gravitational physics using peculiar velocity measurements, and understand the role of mass and environment in the evolution of galaxies.

The successful applicant will be an expert in the analysis of cosmological large-scale structure who will lead key science projects within the Taipan collaboration and contribute to the survey observational effort. A fraction of time is available for independent research.

The Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University is one of Australia's foremost astronomy groups, containing more than 80 staff and students pursuing research across a wide range of topics in observational and theoretical astrophysics, outreach and education. The strong Swinburne cosmology group includes several postdocs and students; as well as playing a leadership role in Taipan, we are also members of international projects such as DESI and 4MOST. Excellent local supercomputing facilities are available.

Skills and Experience

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • A PhD in astrophysics, with research interests in cosmology
  • Strong research skills and a demonstrated publication track record in peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience with cosmological large-scale structure data analysis
  • Excellent communication skills

A full list of the selection criteria is available in the position description for this position


As a Swinburne staff member you will have access to many benefits such as career development opportunities including 50% study reduction and staff and management development programs. You will receive up to 17% employer contributions (pension) and various voluntary salary packaging options. Other discounts include annual Myki cards and private health insurance. We also recognise the need to support the work/life balance and flexible needs of our staff. As such a range of flexible working arrangements including negotiable removal expenses for Academic staff, paid maternity/partner leave, working from home and part time options are available.

To find out more about the extensive benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit:

The diverse culture within Swinburne is our strength and our success lies within the inclusive working environment built of employees from a variety of backgrounds. Swinburne celebrates and respects the strength that difference creates. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and generally the capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people; varying age workers; people with disabilities; people who identify as LGBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the WGEA as the Employer of Choice of Gender Equality 2015, and of key initiatives such as Pride @ Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2020 vision – to become Australia’s leading university in Science, Technology and Innovation.

How to apply

To start an application click on 'begin' at the bottom of the page and submit three documents: a cover letter, CV/resume, and a document up to 3 pages in length that includes a research statement and addresses the key selection criteria. Applicants must also arrange for three letters of reference to be emailed directly to Prof Chris Blake at

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information, please contact Prof Chris Blake,, +61 3 9214 8624.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties submitting your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Refer to position number: 32344
Applications close: 5pm on January 31, 2017 (AEDT)