CAASTRO-3D Postdoctoral Fellowships in Australia

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Archive Date: 
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
The Australian National University
Job Announcement Text: 

Six (6) prestigious CAASTRO-3D Postdoctoral Fellowships in Australia are available for outstanding early career researchers within the Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3-Dimensions.

Work type: Fixed term and externally funded research only positions for four years.  CAASTRO-3D supports a flexible working environment; subject to visa restrictions, this opportunity is available as either a full-time or part-time position

Locations: The Australian National University, The University of Sydney, The University of Melbourne, Swinburne University of Technology, The University of Western Australia, and Curtin University

Salary package: $75,297 - $107,381 plus superannuation

  • Undertake cutting edge research in Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Work with a leading research facility
  • Flexibility in location and science program

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3-Dimensions (CAASTRO-3D) spans six (6) Australian universities, three (3) national infrastructure facilities, and seven (7) international partner institutions. CAASTRO-3D combines Australia's leading optical, infrared and radio telescope technologies with sophisticated theoretical simulations and ambitious new data intensive science techniques to build a comprehensive picture of the evolution of matter, the chemical elements, and ionizing radiation in the Universe from the Epoch of Reionization to the present day.

Headed by Professor Lisa Kewley at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics the newly formed Centre of Excellence is offering six (6)  externally funded prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowships to outstanding early career postdoctoral scientists to conduct independent, world-leading observational, computational, or theoretical research focused on the main Centre scientific programs:

The Epoch of Reionization: This program will use the Murchison Wide-field Array in Western Australian to detect the sources at the epoch of reionization using rest-frame 21cm emission and to compare with the predictions of detailed theoretical simulations.  Host institutions: Curtin University, contact: Cathryn Trott or University of Melbourne, contact: Rachel Webster.

First Stars: This program aims to discover the oldest and most metal-poor stars in and around the Milky Way using ANU's SkyMapper telescope and determining their chemical compositions by means of high-resolution spectroscopy with telescopes like Keck and Magellan to shed light on their formation, evolution and nucleosynthesis.  Host institution: Australian National University, contact: Martin Asplund or University of Sydney, contact: Joss Bland-Hawthorn.

First Galaxies: This program aims to discover the first galaxies in the universe with JWST and to reveal their chemical and star formation properties.  Host institutions: University of Melbourne, contact: Michele Trenti or University of Western Australia, contact: Chris Power.

Galaxy Evolution: This research program, suitable for both theorists and observers, combines rest-frame UV, optical, and infrared Keck spectroscopy with large-scale numerical simulations to understand chemical evolution, mass build-up, and the accumulation of angular momentum in galaxies across cosmic time, as well as gas transport through and out of galaxies. Host institutions: Australian National University, contact: Lisa Kewley or Swinburne University, contact: Karl Glazebrook or University of Western Australia, Contact: Chris Power.

ASKAP Surveys: The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder is conducting three large surveys (FLASH, WALLABY, and DINGO) to measure the mass and angular momentum through neutral hydrogen gas of hundreds of thousand galaxies over the past 6 billion years. Host institutions: University of Sydney,  contact: Elaine Sadler or University of Western Australia, contact:  Lister Staveley-Smith.

SAMI: the SAMI survey is providing data on the kinematics, morphology and stellar populations of more than 3000 galaxies. This project will use this data to explore the role of angular momentum in determining the morphologies and star formation histories of galaxies. It will compare observations to simulations of galaxy formation to test models of angular momentum evolution during galaxy assembly. Host institutions: University of Sydney, contact: Scott Croom or Australian National University, contact: Lisa Kewley.

GALAH: The GALactic Archaeology with HERMES (GALAH) survey is an ambitious spectroscopic survey on the Anglo-Australian Telescope with the ultimate goal of determining the detailed chemical composition of a million stars in the Milky Way to unravel the full assembly, dynamical, chemical, star formation and merger history of the Galaxy. Host institutions: University of Sydney, contact: Joss Bland-Hawthorn  or Australian National University ANU, contact: Martin Asplund.

Data Intensive Science: the Centre is reliant on the efficient collection, processing, storage and curation of vast amounts of data from the Centre’s scientific programs, requiring novel techniques and advanced algorithms to accomplish. Host institutions: University of Western Australia, contact: Lister Staveley-Smith or Swinburne University, contact Karl Glazebrook.

The vibrant and diverse Australian astronomical research community has access to a broad array of facilities. These include the optical/IR Anglo-Australian Telescope, Magellan, Gemini and Keck telescopes as well as the new MWA and ASKAP radio telescopes.  Australia is also strongly engaged in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) projects.

The Fellowships are tenable at one or more Australian CAASTRO-3D host institutions of the Fellows’ choice, subject to a maximum of one Fellow per host institution per year.  Fellows are appointed by their host institution, and are subject to the enterprise agreement conditions of the host institution.  Fellows may spend up to two 2 years visiting at another CAASTRO-3D host institution or partner institution of their choice, and are encouraged to conduct research within more than one scientific program or to conduct collaborations across more than one host or partner institution.  

CAASTRO-3D host institutions are:

CAASTRO-3D partner institutions are:

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, The Anglo-Australian Observatory, The National Computational Infrastructure, The California Institute of Technology, The University of Washington (Seattle), The University of Toronto, Oxford University, The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, The Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, The Chinese Academy of Sciences.

CAASTRO-3D actively encourages applications from Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, we value diversity and inclusion and believe employment opportunities must not be limited by socio-economic background, race, religion or gender.

Application information

In order to apply for this role please ensure that you upload the following documents to the Australian National University ONLINE recruitment portal:

  • A cover letter which describes your first, second, and third choice host institution
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) with an up to date publication list
  • A two (2) page description of your previous research
  • A three (3) page statement describing your future research plans
  • A statement addressing the selection criteria
  • Three (3) letters of reference should be sent independently to by the deadline ( 16 January 2017)
Included Benefits: 

The host institutions offer a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, a relocation allowance, generous superannuation, salary packaging arrangements including child care, and the potential to support dual-career arrangements.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 16, 2017
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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