Post-Doc Research Fellow in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Randwick, Australia
03 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
13 May 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
  • 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 Astronomy Group in the School of Physics at UNSW invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Dr. Sarah Martell in the field of Galactic archaeology. The successful applicant is expected to collaborate with Dr. Sarah Martell on projects of mutual interest and pursue their own related research. They will have access to proprietary data from the GALAH survey and the ability to participate other survey projects such as 4MOST and FunnelWeb. Expertise with stellar spectroscopy, chemical tagging, and data mining in large data sets is preferred.

Australia is a strategic partner of 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 is 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 2.5 years with the possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance and the continued availability of external funding. Research and travel support are provided. 

About the role

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

Key duties and responsibilities include

  • Perform research on chemical tagging and Galactic archaeology using large survey data sets.
  • 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 using large spectroscopic data sets for Galactic archaeology.
  • 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 from 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 two 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. Sarah Martell


T: (+61 2) 9385 6547

Applications close: 13 May 2018

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