Postdoctoral Researcher in Microlensing Exoplanets

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
University of Tasmania
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Work Arrangement

Job Description

The optical astronomy group in the physics discipline at the University of Tasmania is seeking to appoint an early-career researcher to a postdoctoral position to undertake original scientific investigations in the area of detection and characterization of exoplanets via gravitational microlensing. The successful candidate will work in our small but accomplished team under the direction of Professors Andrew Cole and Jean-Philippe Beaulieu. A particular focus will be on the use of the University's 1.3m and 0.5m telescopes at near-infrared wavelengths to follow-up on microlensing alerts in the central areas of the Galactic bulge, preparatory to space-based lensing surveys of the highly dust-obscured areas by NASA missions launching within the next few years.

The appointment will be for an initial term of 2.5 years, with the possibility of extension subject to funding availability. The position is funded by the Australian Research Council through the Discovery Project "Lifting the Veil on Cold Planets in the Inner Galaxy", led by Professors Cole and Beaulieu. The successful candidate will work towards the key scientific objectives of the Discovery Project, and may pursue their own research in closely-related topics.

The ideal candidate should have a good track record of observational research in gravitational microlensing or a closely-related area of astrophysics, supported by publications in leading scientific journals. They will also have experience in scientific programming. Ideally the candidate would be able to take up their duties as soon as possible, and before 1 October 2024. Candidates should have submitted their PhD thesis before commencing the position.

The University of Tasmania School of Natural Sciences is primarily located in Sandy Bay, a suburb of Hobart. Applications should be submitted via the link below before 3 March 2024 (AEDT).

Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

The University of Tasmania offers employer contributed superannuation of 17% and can offer flexible working arrangements to fit in with your family's requirements or personal wellbeing. Relocation assistance and visa sponsorship will be considered for successful applicants. 

Compensation Notes

Salary and benefits at Academic Level B

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2024 Jan 22
Application Deadline
2024 Mar 03
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Andrew Cole