Postdoctoral Position in Computational Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Australian National University
Department Name: 
Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
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 Dr. Christoph Federrath's computational astrophysics research group (

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, and first stars, are especially encouraged to apply.

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/Undergrad 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 Australia’s top supercomputing facilities at ANU. 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 2018. 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 this URL:

  • A cover letter
  • 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 recommendation to be sent directly to by the application deadline.

Application deadline is 15 December 2017 (AEDT). For more information please contact 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: 
Friday, December 15, 2017
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Christoph Federrath