Postdoctoral Position in Computational Astrophysics

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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
Australian National University
Australian Capital Territory
Job Announcement Text: 

The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) at the Australian National University (ANU) invites applications for a 3-year postdoctoral position in computational astrophysics in Dr Christoph Federrath's research group.

Dr Federrath’s group is developing innovative techniques for star and cluster formation, molecular cloud evolution, and turbulent plasmas, with applications to star, planet and galaxy formation and evolution, first stars, interstellar medium, and cosmic structure formation. For this postdoctoral position we are especially looking for excellent early career researchers. The position is open to excellent applicants from all fields, and applicants with previous experience in computational hydrodynamics (grid-based and/or SPH), galaxy, star or planet formation, are especially encouraged to apply. This position further involves collaboration with P. Hopkins (Caltech), N. Schneider (Cologne), J. Kainulainen (MPIA), and V. Ossenkopf (Cologne).

RSAA has a long history of world-class research at the forefront of astronomy and astrophysics and is Australia's top astrophysics research institution. Federrath's group is embedded in a stimulating and vibrant environment consisting of a large number of faculty, postdocs, and PhD/Master students working on related topics. Our Distinguished Visitor Program attracts world-class astronomers for long-term visits every year. Astronomers at RSAA have access to supercomputing facilities at ANU, and to Keck. Dr Federrath’s group has additional access to world-class international supercomputing facilities and to observational data through established collaborations.

This 3-year position has a negotiable starting date around mid 2017. The starting salary is $75,297-$86,646 p.a., depending on experience, plus superannuation contribution of 17%.

In order to apply please upload the following documents submitted through :

  1. A cover letter
  2. A current curriculum vitae (CV) with an up to date publication list
  3. A two (2) page description of your previous research
  4. A three (3) page statement describing your future research plan
  5. A statement addressing the selection criteria
  6. Applicants should arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be sent directly to

Application deadline is 15th February 2017. For more information please contact Dr Christoph Federrath <>.

Included Benefits: 

We 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: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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