ASTRO 3D Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Fellow (Three Positions)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Archive Date: 
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
The Australian National University
Street Line 1: 
61 Mills Rd
Australian Capital Territory
Job Announcement Text: 

An exciting opportunity is available for early- mid career researchers within the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions.

Academic Level A/B, three positions available 

Full-Time and Part-Time arrangements will be considered

Salary package: $80,439AUD – $113,165AUD plus 17% superannuation

Type: Continuing Contingent Funded Level A, initial funding is for three (3) years, Level A/ B, initial funding is for four (4) years

  • Undertake cutting edge research in astronomy and astrophysics
  • Work with a world-class research facility
  • Based at the picturesque Mount Stromlo Observatory

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D) spans six universities and is led from the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

In line with the ASTRO 3D's goal of achieving equal numbers of male and female researchers by 2022, at least two of these three positions will be filled by women.

The University supports special measures to improve access, participation and inclusion of academic women who are under-represented in the field of Astronomy. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

ASTRO 3D is seeking two early career researchers to join a dynamic team at RSAA working on research programs led by ASTRO 3D Director, Prof. Lisa Kewley, and ASTRO 3D ANU node leader, Prof. Matthew Colless:

Position Information - Postdoctoral Fellow Level A position #1

Theoretical analysis of galaxy spectra (under Prof. Kewley): this research program will apply chemical evolution models and photoionization models to observations of local and high-z galaxies to understand the chemical history of galaxies. The PDRA will compare the resulting integrated picture of chemical enrichment of gas in galaxies directly with cosmological simulations performed as part of the Genesis project.

Position Information - Postdoctoral Fellow Level A position #2

Relating stellar populations and kinematics to environment (under Prof. Colless): this research program will connect integral field spectroscopy from the existing SAMI survey and the new Hector survey with other multi-wavelength and environmental data sets. The PDRA will use the 6dFGS redshift and peculiar velocity survey, the eROSITA X-ray survey, and the WALLABY HI survey to define physically motivated measures of environment and relate these to the resolved stellar populations and kinematics of thousands of galaxies observed by SAMI and Hector.

Position Information - ASTRO 3D Research Fellow Level A/B position #3

The ANU node is looking to hire an ASTRO 3D Research Fellow to carry out high-level, self-directed research relating to one or more of the scientific programs of the Centre of Excellence. ASTRO 3D conducts world-leading observational and theoretical research focused on the following programs:

The Epoch of Reionization: This program uses the Murchison Wide-field Array in Western Australia to detect the sources at the epoch of reionization using rest-frame 21cm emission and to compare with the predictions of detailed theoretical simulations.

First Stars: This program is discovering the oldest and most metal-poor stars in and around the Milky Way using ANU's SkyMapper telescope and determining their chemical compositions by means of high-resolution spectroscopy with 8-metre-class telescopes to shed light on their formation, evolution and nucleosynthesis.

First Galaxies: This program aims to discover the first galaxies in the universe with JWST and to reveal their chemical and star formation properties.

Galaxy Formation & Evolution: This research program, suitable for both theorists and observers, combines rest-frame UV, optical, and infrared spectroscopy with large-scale numerical simulations to understand chemical evolution, mass build-up, and the accumulation of angular momentum in galaxies across cosmic time, gas transport through galaxies and in galactic outflows, and how chemical elements are incorporated into stars.

ASKAP Surveys: The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder is conducting three large surveys (FLASH, WALLABY, and DINGO) to measure the mass and angular momentum through neutral hydrogen gas of hundreds of thousand galaxies over the past 6 billion years.

SAMI & Hector: The SAMI and Hector galaxy surveys are measuring the kinematics, morphology and stellar populations of more than 10,000 galaxies in order to understand the mass assembly and star formation histories of galaxies by comparisons to simulations of galaxy formation.

GALAH: The GALactic Archaeology with HERMES (GALAH) survey is an ambitious spectroscopic survey on the Anglo-Australian Telescope with the goal of determining the detailed chemical composition of a million stars in the Milky Way to unravel the full assembly, dynamical, chemical, star formation and merger history of the Galaxy.

Data Intensive Science: ASTRO 3D is reliant on the efficient collection, processing, storage and curation of vast amounts of data from the various scientific programs, requiring novel techniques and advanced algorithms to accomplish.

The ANU node of ASTRO 3D primarily focuses on the First Stars, Galaxy Formation & Evolution, SAMI & Hector, and GALAH research programs, but applications are welcome from candidates with experience in any of the ASTRO 3D research areas. The ASTRO 3D Research Fellow will have generous travel and research support.

The vibrant and diverse astronomical research community at RSAA has access to a broad array of facilities, including the ESO telescopes, and is engaged in the Giant Magellan Telescope project. ANU offers an excellent 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 childcare, and the potential to support dual-career arrangements.

Application information

Further information including selection criteria and position descriptions can be found at:

To apply for these roles, please ensure that you upload the following documents by 15 January 2021:

  • A cover letter outlining which position you are applying for
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • An up to date publication list
  • A 2-page description of your previous research
  • A 3-page statement describing your future research plans
  • Applicants should arrange 3 letters of recommendation be sent to (for positions #1 and #3) or to (for position #2) by the deadline.

All applications must be lodged via the ANU jobs page:

Closing date: 15 January 2021 - AEDT — Australian Eastern Daylight Time

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on

ANU values diversity and inclusion and believes employment opportunities must not be limited by socio-economic background, race, religion or gender. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$61274.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$86175.00 (USD)
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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ASTRO 3D Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Fellow (Several Positions)