PhD positions in Astrophysics at University of New South Wales Canberra, Australia

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Pre-doctoral/Graduate Positions
Institution Classification/Type: 
University of New South Wales Canberra
Department Name: 
School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences
Australian Capital Territory
Job Announcement Text: 

The Astrophysics group in the School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra campus is seeking applicants for the PhD program in areas related to binary star evolution, nucleosynthesis and supernovae. 

UNSW Canberra campus is located on the grounds of the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra, Australia’s national capital. Applicants with high academic standing are eligible to apply for a UNSW international or domestic competitive scholarship** to undertake study towards a Doctor of Philosophy. International candidates must meet the UNSW English Language requirements. UNSW Canberra does not support requests for English waivers.

** Scholarships are for on-campus study and successful applicants must be prepared to relocate to Canberra.

Applicants with an interest in code development/data analysis/theoretical work in the following research areas are encouraged to apply:

-supernovae (progenitors and remnants)

-late stages of stellar evolution

-accreting white dwarfs 

-stellar/explosive nucleosynthesis 

-binary star interactions

-binary stars as gravitational wave sources 

-Galactic archaeology (with GALAH)


Successful applicants will have access to Australia's high-performance computational facility, the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI). However, projects of a more observational nature are also possible and encouraged. Successful applicants  and their supervisors will be able to apply for telescope time on world-class telescope facilities in Australia and abroad, including state-of-the-art facilities located at the European Southern Observatory in Chile. 


With all the amenities and attractions of a modern capital city, Canberra has many nature reserves and offers plenty of opportunity for bush walking, viewing Australian wildlife, mountain biking, camping, boating, wine tours, and winter sports. More information about Canberra can be found here: 


Prior to submitting an application prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Dr Ashley Ruiter (ashley.ruiter at  Website: ) and/or Dr Ivo Seitenzahl (i.seitenzahl at to discuss potential research projects, and to confirm supervision availability. 


Applications should be submitted no later than 11:59 PM 12 October, 2018, Australian Eastern Daylight Time, and must be submitted through the apply online portal (see below). All supporting documentation must be uploaded by the above closing date. Incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible and requests for submission of a late application will not be supported. The outcome of admission/scholarship will be released from 6 December 2018. Please refer to key dates at

 Commencement Dates:

-2019, 18 February  (Domestic applicants [Australian/New Zealand citizens] and on-shore international applicants).

-2019, 3 June (off-shore international applicants).

Refer to links below for further information. 


*UNSW English Language Requirement Policy


*Document Submission Guidelines for a full list of supporting documents (pdf download).


*PhD in physics program at UNSW Canberra:


*UNSW International Scholarships:


*UNSW Domestic Scholarships:


*Application process:

Included Benefits: 

On top of their full scholarship, PhD candidates receive funding for research/conference-related travel. For Scholarship leave types and entitlements, refer to Appendix A of the Higher Degree Research Scholarship Procedure

Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 12, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Elvira Berra
UNSW Canberra at ADFA
Department Name: 
Student Administrative Services
Australian Capital Territory
Zip/Postal Code: 
+61 2 6268 8112
+61 2 6268 8666
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Dr Ashley Ruiter