Postdoctoral position at the University of Queensland to undertake research on Cosmology as part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), under the guidance of Associate Professor Tamara Davis.
The ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics ("CAASTRO") aims to establish Australia as a world-leader in wide-field optical and radio astronomy. CAASTRO is answering fundamental questions about the nature of the Universe, is developing innovative ways of processing enormous data sets, and is enabling a diverse set of opportunities for students and early career researchers. CAASTRO is a research partnership between The University of Sydney, The University of Melbourne, The Australian National University, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Queensland, Curtin University and The University of Western Australia, the latter two operating as the joint venture, ICRAR. CAASTRO is also collaborating closely with the Australian Astronomical Observatory, CSIRO, and other Australian and international partners. CAASTRO supports the activities of over 130 researchers, administrative staff and students.
This position, based at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, is aimed at performing the theoretical analyses necessary for precision cosmology with massive new surveys such as OzDES, SkyMapper, and the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP). This theoretical development could take a number of forms. Within the standard model of gravity, we need better modelling of observables, such as non-linear structure formation and peculiar-velocity effects. In addition, we can expand the predictions to include those made by models with non-standard gravity or particle physics. The theoretical predictions we make will focus directly on the measures that can be derived from observational data. In particular, we have recently been granted 100 nights on the Anglo-Australian telescope to get follow-up spectra for the Dark Energy Survey (OzDES), and the postdoc would get to work as part of this collaboration. In addition SkyMapper and ASKAP will be doing all-sky surveys in the near future, and theoretical development is needed in order to make the most of these fantastic data sets.
This appointment will be for 3 years. CAASTRO supports a flexible working environment; subject to visa restrictions, this opportunity is available as either a full-time or part-time position.
For more information on how to apply for this position (and others within CAASTRO), go to http://www.caastro.org/jobs and follow the links.
CLOSING DATE: 31 October 2013 (11:30pm Brisbane time)