Research Associate in Physics

Kensington, New South Wales, Australia
22 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
20 Dec 2016
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The School of Physics operates within UNSW’s Faculty of Science, and is one of the leading Physics departments in Australia. We have a strong teaching and research culture and our staff are conducting cutting edge research in exoplanetary science, astrophysics, condensed matter physics, theoretical physics, acoustics and biophysics. 

About the role

  • Salary $89,051-$95,248 plus 17% superannuation and leave loading
  • The position is full-time and initially for 2.5 years (i.e. 30 months), with a possibility of extension by a further 6 months depending on funding availability.

The Exoplanetary Science at UNSW research group within the School of Physics at the University of New South Wales invites applications for an Australian Research Council-funded postdoctoral Research Associate in exoplanet detection using precision Doppler spectroscopy. The Research Associate will work with Prof. Chris Tinney to develop a data analysis system for use with the new Veloce precision Doppler instrument at the Anglo-Australian Telescope, and then utilise that system and Veloce to study transiting exoplanets detected by NASA’s TESS and K2 missions. The successful candidate will have experience in exoplanetary science, data processing, and a grounding in the techniques of precision Doppler spectroscopy.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you wil have:

  • A PhD in Astronomy, Astrophysics or related discipline.

  • Demonstrated potential to carry out research in exoplanetary science (relative to opportunity), as evidenced by conference presentations and publications.

  • Experience in data processing for precision Doppler spectroscopy.

  • Preferably have experience in data processing pipeline development.

  • Be able to work effectively as part of a research team and to contribute to the broader intellectual environment of the School of Physics.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.


Professor Chris Tinney


T: (61 2) 9385 5168

Applications close: Jan 31, 2017