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Postdoctoral Fellow at Australian National University

Australian National University is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a postdoc position in astrophysics. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for 6 months in Australia. Candidates are welcome before October 28, 2018.

The Australian National University (ANU) College of Science covers all areas of scientific endeavour, from astrophysics to climate change, epidemiology to theoretical chemistry. Scientists at ANU use their skills to contribute to advancing science for the future of the world, integrating high level research and educational excellence.

The Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics (RSAA) invites applications for an early career researcher to join the Taipan team for a short-term position starting in 2019. The Taipan survey will be using a new fibre spectrograph on the UK Schmidt Telescope to obtain redshifts for more than 1,000,000 galaxies and peculiar velocities for up to 100,000 galaxies. These observations will be used to measure cosmological parameters in the local universe and study the properties of the present-day galaxy population.

The position is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Projects grant (DP160102075) for an initial term of 6 months, with an extension possible subject to funding availability. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work under Professor Matthew Colless at RSAA as part of the Taipan survey team, which includes astronomers from over a dozen Australian and international institutions. Applicants are sought who have expertise in at least some of the following areas: spectroscopic observations & analysis, large galaxy surveys, the measurement of Fundamental Plane distances & peculiar velocities, the cosmological analysis of redshift & peculiar velocity surveys.

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

Before applying, prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Matthew Colless (matthew.colless@anu.edu.au) for additional information.

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

The deadline for applications is 28 October 2018. Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy or physics prior to the position start date.

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

Important note: Three (3) letters of reference should be sent independently to matthew.colless@anu.edu.au by the deadline.


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