Research Fellow

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Archive Date: 
Thursday, October 28, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Monash University
Department Name: 
Faculty of Science
Street Line 1: 
Wellington Rd
Job Announcement Text: 

Job No.: 621606

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 2-year fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: $70,789 - $96,074 pa Level A (plus 17% employer superannuation)

  • Be inspired, every day
  • Drive your own learning at one of the world’s top 80 universities
  • Take your career in exciting, rewarding directions

Everyone needs a platform to launch a satisfying career. At Monash, we give you the space and support to take your career in all kinds of exciting new directions. You’ll have access to quality research, infrastructure and learning facilities, opportunities to collaborate internationally, as well as the grants you’ll need to publish your work. We’re a university full of energetic and enthusiastic minds, driven to challenge what’s expected, expand what we know, and learn from other inspiring, empowering thinkers.

The Opportunity

The Faculty of Science at Monash University has a strong research reputation. The faculty’s research spans the theoretical to the applied, contributes to new knowledge and technologies, and challenges how we interact with the world. Within the Faculty is the School of Physics and Astronomy, we aim to position ourselves as one of the top physics and astronomy research and teaching departments in Australia. We are committed to teaching and research of the highest quality in astronomy, astrophysics, experimental physics, and theoretical physics. We are also strongly committed to improving the diversity of our staff and students, and promoting a culture of equality, fairness, respect and openness.

In collaboration with the Chief Investigator, this newly created Research Fellow opportunity will conduct research within the Galactic Archaeology and/or First Stars Projects of ASTRO 3D. The research involves theoretical modelling of stellar and/or chemical evolution, in order to study the origin of elements over cosmic time and aid in the interpretation of Galactic Archaeology measurements from, for example, the Galah project. Specific research outcomes include the calculation, analysis and publication of theoretical models of stars and/or the chemical evolution of galaxies.  Predictions from stellar models will be used as input into Galactic chemical evolution simulations or chemo-dynamical models, or be used for comparison to observations of very metal-poor stars from the First Stars project. Understanding the origin of matter and the periodic table of elements is a fundamental outcome for ASTRO 3D.

About You

As the successful candidate you will have doctoral qualifications in Astrophysics or Astronomy or a closely related field, with research interests and experience in theoretical modelling of stars or galaxies.  You will also have experience with stellar evolution, nucleosynthesis and/or Galactic chemical evolution modelling. 

You will be expected to conduct high quality research on the evolution of stars and their nucleosynthesis (including but not limited to metal-poor stars, low and intermediate-mass stars, post AGB stars and compact objects, binary stars, massive stars), or the chemical evolution of galaxies (single zone, inhomogeneous, chemo-dynamical models) under limited supervision either as a member of a team or, where appropriate, independently.

This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

There is a possibility that this role will be extended for a further 12 months.

At Monash University, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation. This position at the University will require the incumbent to hold a valid Working with Children Check.

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Associate Professor Amanda Karakas, School of Physics and Astronomy, +61 3 9905 4446

Closing Date

Wednesday 20 October 2021, 11:55pm AEDT

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$50000.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$69000.00 (USD)
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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