Postdoctoral Research Associate in Astrophysics

Boroondara, Australia
13 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
15 May 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing
  • Academic Level A or B, depending on qualifications
  • 3 year post-doctoral research position

About Swinburne

Swinburne is a progressive university that aims to increase Australia’s capacity in science, technology and innovation as the drivers of modern, internationalised economies and workplaces. Our university is focused on high-impact global research, high-quality teaching and active engagement with both industry and the community.

About the job

We are looking for a suitably qualified candidate to fulfill a three year post-doctoral research position for the purpose of conducting research in collaboration with Prof. Karl Glazebrook. Our research will involve observational studies of high-redshift galaxies, in particular gravitationally lensed systems, using large optical/near-IR telescopes in order to accomplish the goals of the ‘Galaxy Evolution’ project with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence “ASTRO 3D”.

You will be expected to also conduct independent research and work collaboratively with the investigators of ASTRO 3Ds well other staff within the Centre of Astrophysics and Supercomputing. Furthermore, you may be required to supervise both postgraduate and undergraduate students.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • A PhD in observational astrophysics
  • A strong track record of research in galaxy evolution as demonstrated by publication
  • Experience in handing data from optical/IR imaging cameras and spectrographs

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description


The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2016 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. Swinburne has also received the Victorian “High Commendation” Multicultural Excellence Award (Business Category).

At Swinburne we recognise the need to support the work/life balance and flexible needs of our staff. As such a range of flexible working arrangements including paid maternity/partner leave, onsite childcare, working from home and part time options are available. 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 discounts on annual Myki cards, private health insurance and movie tickets. 

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Further information, contacts and support

To start an application click on 'apply' at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description.

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

For further information about the position, please contact Karl Glazebrook (Director, Centre for Astrophysics) on +613 9214 4384. 

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

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr. Walter Robles, on, or our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Officer, Sherrin Trautmann on

Applications close at 5 pm on Tuesday 15th May 2018

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