ASTRO 3D Postdoctoral Research Associate in galaxy evolution and integral field spectroscopy

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Archive Date: 
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Sydney
Department Name: 
School of Physics
Job Announcement Text: 

Research position focused in galaxy evolution and integral field spectroscopy

Full-time/Part-time, 3 years Fixed Term Employment.

Academic Level A, Base Salary: AU$92,682 p.a. - AU$98, 940 p.a. (pro-rata if applicable) plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to undertake research on galaxy evolution and integral field spectroscopy using the new HECTOR multi-object integral field spectrograph to be commissioned in 2019 on the Anglo-Australian Telescope, as part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D), under the guidance of Prof. Scott Croom.   ASTRO 3D is a $40m Research Centre of Excellence led by Prof. Lisa Kewley. ASTRO 3D is funded over seven years by the Australian Research Council and supported by six collaborating Australian universities - ANU, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Western Australia and Curtin University. Other Australian partners in the Centre include CSIRO, the Australian Astronomical Observatory and National Computational Infrastructure. ASTRO 3D includes collaborations with world leading international institutions.  This position is based at the University of Sydney.

The ASTRO 3D mission is to produce a comprehensive picture of the evolution of matter, the chemical elements, and ionizing radiation in the Universe from shortly after the Big Bang to the present day. ASTRO 3D trains the next generation of scientific leaders and conducts nationwide education and public outreach programs.

ASTRO 3D supports the activities of around 200 researchers, administrative staff and students, provides a collaborative working environment and supports a flexible, family friendly working environment. Subject to visa restrictions, this opportunity is available as either a full-time or part-time position

With HECTOR we will be able to address key outstanding questions in the field of galaxy formation and evolution.  There will also be some opportunity to carry out science using the already completed SAMI Galaxy Survey, the precursor to HECTOR. We are seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate that will:

  • Have a PhD in Astrophysics or closely-related discipline
  • Observe using the HECTOR instrument at the AAT.
  • Analyze HECTOR Survey data, particularly with regard to galaxy kinematics.
  • Contribute to the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research students.
  • Lead aspects of HECTOR Survey infrastructure, such as targeting, observing, and/or pipeline processing of data.
  • Lead the publication of papers based on the HECTOR Survey.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 1879/0918F to apply.  Your application should include a CV with a full publication list, contact details for three referees that will be contacted if you are shortlisted, and direct responses to the selection criteria.
Closing date: 11:30pm, 8 November 2018 (Sydney Time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$67000.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$71000.00 (USD)
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Helen Efstathiou
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Attention To: 
Prof. Scott Croom