Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in observational extragalactic astronomy at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology to work with Dr. Jeff Cooke.
The appointee will be free to pursue their own research directions within the general research areas of supernovae, galaxy formation and evolution, and reionization. In addition, the appointee will have the opportunity to work on any of the following projects with Dr. Cooke, depending on skills and interests: detection and study of supernovae at z ~ 2-6 with a focus on superluminous supernovae and their host galaxies, the escape fractions of high redshift galaxies, and the investigation of high redshift galaxy interactions and environments.
The appointee will join an active research group in Australia's most rapidly growing astronomy department with over 80 staff and students. Swinburne astronomers have guaranteed access to 15 nights a year on the Keck telescopes and access to other facilities that include the AAT, Gemini, and Magellan telescopes. The Centre operates its own CPU/GPU hybrid supercomputing facility and has access to state-of-the-art 3D visualization facilities.
The Centre has a lively research culture with weekly discussion groups and international speakers comprise half of our colloquia. The campus is located in the cosmopolitan Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn. For the last three years, Melbourne has been ranked as the world's most livable city.
Essential criteria: PhD in astronomy and astrophysics; strong research skills and a demonstrated publication track record in peer-reviewed journals; excellent oral and written communication skills. Desirable criteria: experience with the reduction and analysis of optical and infrared imaging and spectroscopic observations. Appointment will initially be for two years, with funding available for a third year subject to performance. Applications must include a CV, bibliography, and a brief statement of research interests. Apply online at the above URL. Applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference sent to Dr. Cooke at the above address by the application deadline of January 15th 2014. A starting date by September 1st 2014 is preferred but is negotiable.
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