Applications are invited for a 2-year ASTRO 3D Postdoctoral Research Associate position. The appointee will conduct research within the Galaxy Evolution Project of ASTRO 3D, in collaboration with Prof. Karl Glazebrook and A/Prof. Glenn Kacprzak, involving observational studies of the high-redshift universe using a new large sample of lensed galaxies observed with optical/near-IR telescopes. Specific research outcomes arising from this appointment include the observation, analysis and publication of a large dataset from Keck and European Southern Observatory spectroscopic observations of high-redshift galaxy lenses, including the intergalactic/circumgalactic medium and resolved galaxy metallicities/kinematics.
Measuring the evolution of metals and galaxy mass assembly across the history of the Universe is a key outcome for ASTRO 3D. The appointee will be supported in their career development and encouraged to conduct independent research and work collaboratively within the ASTRO 3D Galaxy Evolution Project, including with distinguished international collaborators.
This appointment is for 24 months Full Time Equivalent. The appointee will report to Prof. Glazebrook and A/Prof. Kacprzak. The Academic Level of the appointment (A or B) will depend on the years of postdoctoral experience, all are encouraged to apply. ASTRO 3D supports a flexible working environment.
Skills and Experience
To be successful in this role you will require a PhD in observational astrophysics, with research interests and experience in high redshift galaxy or intergalactic/circumgalactic medium observations using large optical/near-IR telescopes. Demonstrable research skills are essential, as evidenced by peer-reviewed journal publications. The successful applicant will have experience with high redshift galaxy evolution with a focus on intergalactic/circumgalactic medium astrophysics, galaxy kinematics or galaxy metallicity.
Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
The Centre, located in Melbourne, ranks among the best in the world and is one of Australia’s largest astronomy research institutes, hosting over 20 faculty, 20 post-doctoral researchers, 50 PhD students and many visiting international researchers. Swinburne is one of the few universities in the world with guaranteed access to the W.M. Keck Observatory telescopes in Hawaii and our astronomers have access to ESO and Australian telescopes, and regularly obtain time on HST, VLT, Magellan, AAT, ATCA, Parkes, ASKAP and state-of-the-art 2D and 3D visualisation facilities.
Living in Melbourne
Melbourne is top ranked for its quality of life and as a destination for working abroad (ranked #1 or #2 in the world since 2010). Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city with a mild climate and plenty of sunshine, with ocean, mountains, and wildlife nearby. The city offers a diverse range or nightlife, restaurants, entertainment, festivals, and culture, while featuring numerous parks, open spaces and excellent public transportation.
How to Apply: See the full position description via the application link and follow the instructions to apply online. Applications must include a cover letter, CV with publications and skills listed. A brief research statement may be appended to the Key Selection Criteria response.