Director’s Research Fellow, Astrophysics

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Publish Date: 
Monday, September 21, 2020
Archive Date: 
Monday, November 16, 2020
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Swinburne University of Technology
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John Street
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for the position of Director's Research Fellow at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia to work in collaboration with the Centre Director, Professor Jean Brodie. The Director's Research Fellow will be appointed at a level between A6 and B2, depending on the level of experience of the appointee. An appointment at level B is equivalent to Lecturer but with no requirement to teach units in the Centre. The appointment is for a fixed term of three years.


The Fellow is expected to pursue a vigorous independent research program in an area closely aligned with the interests of Professor Brodie’s research group whose chief focus is on galaxy formation and evolution. The origins and evolution of various types of star clusters, and extragalactic globular cluster systems, are a part of the group’s core program as are comparisons of observationally derived constraints with state-of-the-art-simulations of galaxy formation in a cosmological context. The successful candidate will have a proven track record in the area of galaxy formation and should be familiar with photometric and spectroscopic data acquisition and analysis, including IFU and multi-object observations. The Director’s Research Fellow may take up to 20% of their time for their personal research.


The Director's Fellow is also expected to assist with the management of Professor Brodie’s research group. The appointee will join an active research group in Australia's most rapidly growing astronomy department. Swinburne astronomers regularly obtain national observing time on the ESO, AAT, Magellan, ATCA and Parkes telescopes. They have Swinburne-specific institutional access to the W.M. Keck telescopes in Hawaii (10-12 nights per year). The Centre has OZSTAR, a Supercomputer, available in house, as well as access to state-of-the-art 3D visualization facilities. Melbourne is regularly ranked as the world's most live-able city by The Economist and is a cosmopolitan place with a mild climate and many cultural and sporting events. Mountains, ocean and wine growing regions are easily accessible. The Centre itself is located in the diverse inner-city suburb of Hawthorn with very good public transport connections.


Applications must include resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description. Please apply online at: where a full position description will be found.


Applications are due by 5.00pm on Sunday 15 November 2020 (Melbourne, Australia time). Applications must also be supported by 3 reference letters.  Please instruct referees to email their references directly to Professor Brodie by the deadline.

Pay Compensation
Compensation Notes: 
The salary scale is Level A6 $87,603 - Level B2 $102,378 (Australian dollars) per annum, depending on qualifications and experience.
Included Benefits: 

17% superannuation (pension), standard staff employment benefits including leave entitlements.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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Professor Jean Brodie
Director of Swinburne’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
Swinburne University of Technology
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