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

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Pre-doctoral/Graduate Positions
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of New South Wales Canberra
Street Line 2: 
Northcott Drive
Job Announcement Text: 

The Astrophysics group in the School of Science 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 thermonuclear supernovae/transients. 

UNSW Canberra campus is located on the grounds of the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra, Australia’s national capital. The scholarship** towards a Doctor of Philosophy (program code 1892) includes a tuition waiver and a $35,000 AUD annual stipend for the full duration of the degree (nominally 3.5 yrs). 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 live in Canberra, ACT, Australia. 

Prospective applicants with high academic standing and an interest in code development/data analysis in any of the following research areas are encouraged to apply:

  • supernovae (progenitors and remnants)
  • late stages of stellar evolution
  • stellar/explosive nucleosynthesis
  • binary stars (evolution and gravitational wave detections (with LISA))
  • accreting and merging white dwarfs 
  • Galactic archaeology (with GALAH)

Successful applicants will have access to Australia's high-performance computational facility, the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI). Projects of a more observational nature are also encouraged. Students 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 of a modern capital city, the Canberra region has many nature reserves and offers plenty of opportunity for bush walking, viewing Australian wildlife, cycling, hiking, camping, wine tours, museums, and winter sports. More information on Canberra is available:

Prior to submitting an application, prospective candidates should first contact either: 

to discuss potential research projects, confirm supervision availability and confirm application submission deadline date (January 2020; see below for Key Dates).

All applications must be submitted through the UNSW online portal. All supporting documentation (including scholarship application materials) must be uploaded by the closing date; incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible. Visit the Key Dates page for up-to-date information. 

Please refer to links below for scholarship application and program details: 

*UNSW English Language Requirement Policy 

*UNSW International Scholarships:

*UNSW Domestic Scholarships (Australia and New Zealand):

*PhD physics program (info about the program; astrophysics is part of ‘physics’ in the School of Science, Faculty of UNSW Canberra):

*Application process - proceed to Step 3 (meeting the entry requirements):

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Elvira Berra
UNSW Canberra
Department Name: 
Student Administrative Services