The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3-Dimensions (ASTRO-3D) and the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) at ANU invite applications for a 3-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Galactic archaeology and the GALAH survey. The successful candidate will work with Prof. Martin Asplund and other members of the GALAH and ASTRO3D teams to study the history of the Milky Way, origin of the elements, and stellar physics.
ASTRO-3D spans six Australian universities, three national infrastructure facilities, and seven international partner institutions. ASTRO-3D combines Australia's leading optical, infrared and radio telescope technologies with sophisticated theoretical simulations and ambitious new data intensive science techniques to build a comprehensive picture of the evolution of matter, the chemical elements, and ionizing radiation in the Universe from the Epoch of Reionization to the present day.
The GALAH survey is an unprecedented stellar spectroscopic survey aimed at determining the chemical composition of one million stars to unravel the assembly, dynamical, star formation, and chemical history of the Milky Way. The GALAH survey is one of the main research projects of ASTRO-3D, which has been awarded AU$40M over 2017-2024. We are now looking for an energetic and collegial early career researcher to join the ANU node to participate in any aspect of the GALAH survey: observations, spectroscopic analysis, scientific exploitation for Galactic archaeology and/or numerical simulations of the chemo-dynamical evolution of the Milky Way. Both observational, theoretical and computational candidates are encouraged to apply.
The successful candidate will be part of the Galactic Archaeology and Stellar Physics research group at ANU, headed by Prof. Martin Asplund. The group currently consists of four professors, three ARC Future Fellows, five postdocs and ten PhD/MSc/undergraduate research students, and has an extensive network of national and international collaborators. The group is simultaneously one the largest user of 6-10m telescopes and supercomputing facilities in Australia. ANU astronomers have direct access to ESO telescopes at Paranal/La Silla in addition to Australian-owned telescopes (e.g. 4m AAT, SkyMapper, 2.3m, ASKAP, Parkes). ANU is a member of the Giant Magellan Telescope consortium. ANU scientists have privileged partner access to the world-class NCI supercomputing facilities.
The position is offered for three years, with anticipated starting date around September 2020. The successful applicant will have a fraction of the time (~20%) available for independent research and have access to a generous travel budget. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Prof. Martin Asplund for further information (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
ANU and ASTRO3D value diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities.
Applicants should upload the following documents by 6 December 2019 (AEDT) through the ANU application website:
Curriculum vitae (CV) with publication list
Description of research interests and plans
Statement addressing the selection criteria.
Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Prof. Martin Asplund (email@example.com).