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, Australian National University, Swinburne University of Technology, Curtin University, The University of Western Australia and The University of Queensland. 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 Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics (RSAA) at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, is for a postdoctoral researcher to join the SAMI Galaxy Survey team. The SAMI Galaxy Survey is currently obtaining spatially-resolved spectroscopy for several thousand galaxies; more than 750 galaxies have already been observed. The successful applicant will join the very active SAMI survey research group at ANU led by Prof. Matthew Colless, Prof. Lisa Kewley and Dr Rob Sharp and will carry out integral field spectroscopic observations and analysis relating to the study of one or more of: galactic-scale outflows and galaxy chemical evolution, the kinematics of early-type galaxies and the Fundamental Plane, and cosmological simulations of galaxy formation and evolution. Applicants with expertise in integral field spectroscopic observations and analysis are particularly encouraged to apply, especially candidates with background in any of: galactic-scale outflows and galaxy chemical evolution, the kinematics of early-type galaxies and the Fundamental Plane, or cosmological simulations of galaxy formation and evolution. Before applying, prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Matthew Colless (email@example.com), Lisa Kewley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rob Sharp (email@example.com) for additional information.
The appointment is funded by CAASTRO for 3 years. CAASTRO supports a flexible working environment; subject to visa restrictions, this opportunity is available as either a fulltime or part-time position. Appointment will be at Academic Level A4 (AU$81,672pa) or B1 (AU$88,875pa), depending on experience. The initial deadline for applications is 13 October 2014; however the position will remain open until filled. Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy or physics prior to the position start date. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, publication list, and a 3-page research statement describing past research achievements and future plans. Three letters of reference should be sent independently to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline. The vibrant and diverse astronomical research community at the ANU has access to a broad array of facilities, including the Magellan, Gemini and Keck telescopes, and can contribute to the evolving science case for instrumentation for the 25m Giant Magellan Telescope.