Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellow at the MQ research centre in Astronomy Astrophysics and Astrophotonics (MQAAAstro) to work with Dr Mike Ireland and collaborators to develop a network of compact, single-mode spectrographs for radial velocity planet search and asteroseismology of giant stars. The aim of this project is to commission the spectrographs on an international network of small telescopes, and to begin science programs that can disentangle stellar pulsations from the radial velocity signals of exoplanets. Key collaborators in this project are Prof. Quentin Parker at Macquarie, and Prof. Tim Bedding at the University of Sydney.
- A PhD or equivalent in Astronomy or Optical Science
- Evidence of the ability to work co-operatively in a team environment
and communicate effectively.
At least one of:
- Experience in developing data reduction software, especially in python.
- Experience with optical instrumentation.
- Experience in exoplanet science or asteroseismology.
Tasks and Responsibilities
- Built and test spectrographs, based on the prototype already at
- Develop collaborations to place spectrographs on small telescopes.
- Interface spectrographs to telescopes, likely at remote locations.
- Develop reduction software.
- Schedule observing programs.
- Publish technical and/or astrophysical results.
As this is a team project, there is some flexibility in what tasks and responsibilities fall to the successful applicant, depending on their strengths. The position will be based Macquarie University in Sydney, and will involve several visits to observatories around the world.
Current salary range for level A postdoc positions is $71,597AUD to $76,801AUD, plus employer's superannuation and annual leave loading. The position is for 3 years with an anticipated start date of 1 June 2012. Later start dates possible by negotiation.