Applications are invited for an Australian Research Council (ARC)-funded postdoctoral
research position to work at Swinburne University with Professor
Jeremy Mould and the TAIPAN team. TAIPAN is a major new galaxy redshift
survey planned for the 1.2m UK Schmidt Telescope using innovative Starbug
fiber positioning technology that allows for a few hundred fibers to be placed
robotically across the UKST's focal surface. TAIPAN is intended to build on the
legacy of and extend the highly successful 6dF Galaxy Redshift Survey by
adding 4 times the number of new spectra to r ~17 over the entire southern
sky and amounting to ~500,000 additional redshifts.
Professor Mould has recently been awarded an ARC Linkage Award to prepare
the science plan for TAIPAN in consultation with all survey stakeholders. The
applicant should be able to take a leading role in the science and data archive
planning, and the writing of white papers on these subjects. Half time will be
available to pursue one's own related research program. The position is
funded for two years, and may be extended to a third year, if supplementary
funding is found. Extended visits to the Australian Astronomical Observatory,
the operator and developer of TAIPAN, in North Ryde, NSW, should be anticipated.
The appointee will be based at the Centre for Astrophysics and
Supercomputing at Swinburne University, working under the supervision of
Prof Mould. The Centre is one of Australia's largest astronomy groups, with
over 30 staff/postdocs and 30 PhD students from more than 20 different
countries. Swinburne has 15 nights per year on the 10m Keck telescopes and
operates its own GPU supercomputing facility. It has a lively research culture.
The campus is located in the cosmopolitan suburb of Hawthorn, in Melbourne.
Essential criteria: A PhD in observational extragalactic astrophysics; strong
research skills and a demonstrated publication track record in peer-reviewed
journals; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to work well
in a team and consultatively with a future user community. The appointee will
also be expected to help supervise research students.
Swinburne is a Federally-recognised "Employer of Choice for Women" and
encourages applications from indigenous people, people from culturally and
linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disabilities, women and men.
Applications should be sent by email and must include a CV, bibliography, and
a brief statement of research interests. Applicants should arrange to have
three letters of reference sent to Prof Mould at the above address by the
application deadline of 1st Nov. 2013. Applications in PDF format are
preferred. A starting date of 1st Feb 2014 is preferred, but is negotiable.