Postdoctoral Fellow in Astronomy

Randwick, Australia
17 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Feb 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
  • One of the Asia-Pacific’s leading research intensive Universities
  • Strong regional and global engagement
  • Cutting edge facilities and equipment

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

The Astronomy Group in the School of Physics at UNSW invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Dr. Kim-Vy Tran in the field of galaxy evolution and formation at redshifts of z>1. The successful applicant is expected to collaborate with Dr. Kim-Vy Tran on projects of mutual interest and pursue their own related research.  All projects have exclusive access to multi-wavelength data-sets from the ZFOURGE and ZFIRE surveys as well as upcoming observations from Keck Observatory and the Very Large Telescope. Expertise with optical/near-infrared spectroscopy, mid-infrared imaging, and/or submm/radio observations is appreciated.

Australia has direct access to the European Southern Observatory and the successful applicant will be encouraged to apply for observing time. Australia is a founding partner in the Giant Magellan Telescope and building two of the first generation instruments. UNSW is located in the beautiful city of Sydney, and the Kensington campus is located in the prestigious Eastern Suburbs just 6km from the heart of the city, 2km from Coogee Beach and 8km from Sydney’s domestic and international airports.

The initial appointment is for 2 years with the possibility of extension of up to 2 years subject to satisfactory performance, appropriate external funding and there being an identified need for the position. Research and travel support are provided. Assistance towards relocation expenses and visa sponsorship will be available for the successful appointee if required.

About the role

  • $91,743 – $98,127 plus (17% superannuation and leave loading)
  • 2-year fixed term with the possibility of extension
  • Full-time or Part-time negotiable
  • The expected start-date is between April and September 2018

About the role

  • Perform research on galaxy evolution and formation using multi-wavelength observations and comparing to theoretical models.
  • Apply for telescope time and go observing as needed.
  • Write research papers and present results at conferences.
  • Contribute to overall Astronomy Group culture by helping to organise seminars, visitors, and events.
  • Collaborate with other members of the research group and help mentor PhD and Honours students.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics or related discipline prior to starting the position.
  • Experience in analysing multi-wavelength data including imaging and spectroscopy.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research and publish in leading international scientific journals.
  • A research track record (relative to opportunity) in the discipline area as evidenced by conference presentations and publications.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a research team and to contribute to the broader intellectual environment of the Astronomy Group and the School of Physics.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. To apply, please submit your CV, bibliography, summary of research accomplishments (2-page limit), and statement of research interests (3 page limit) as well as contact information for three references.  

Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

You may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role.


Dr. Kim-Vy Tran


T: (+61 2) 9385 7924

Applications close: 15 February 2018 (Please note that review will begin immediately; applications received by 15 February 2018 will receive full consideration)

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