Post Doctoral Research Fellow

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Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Macquarie University
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Job Description

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We’ve helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia’s first female vice-chancellor.

At Macquarie you’ll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives, all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by a beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door.

In Macquarie’s Faculty of Science and Engineering you’ll join passionate researchers and educators blazing new trails in the spirit of discovery and exploration. Encouraged to think boldly, and supported by some of Australia’s most outstanding facilities, brilliant minds converge in our faculty to create incredible new possibilities: the world’s first attempt to synthesize complex life, the creation of Wi-Fi, the discovery of dancing dwarf galaxies, and the development of blue LED light. Inspired by challenge and opportunity, we look forward to welcoming you as we imagine a new future together.

Join us and start seeing the world in a different light.

The Role
Within the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Research Centre for Astronomy, Astrophysics and Astrophotonics is currently seeking a suitably qualified postdoctoral researcher. In close collaboration with Professor Richard de Grijs you will use observations obtained as part of the VISTA Survey of the Magellanic Clouds (VMC), one of six large public surveys undertaken by the international VMC team in partnership with the European Southern Observatory, to pursue a research portfolio that addresses aspects of:

  • Star cluster formation and evolution;
  • Hierarchical star-formation properties;
  • Resolved stellar population synthesis.

You will also be encouraged to pursue a competitive, independent research programme alongside your collaborative duties.

Selection Criteria
To be considered for this position, applications must respond to the selection criteria below and attach their responses as a separate document in the application process.


  • A PhD in Astronomy, Astrophysics, or a closely related field.
  • A strong background in a related scientific subdiscipline and an excellent track record in peer-reviewed publications.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to academic life, administrative tasks of the Centre and a commitment to diversity in the workplace.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a member of an effective team.



  • Ability to secure research grant funding, relative to experience.
  • Experience in successful research supervision.
  • Ability to develop independent external collaborative partnerships.
  • Demonstrated academic knowledge in the discipline and a capability to deliver high quality learning and teaching, including the delivery of programs, lectures and tutorials.

Salary Package: Ph.D. holders: from AUD $88,420 (level A, step 6) to AUD $94,760 p.a. (level A, step 8), plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading. Candidates in the final stages of submission of their Ph.D. theses will be considered as appropriate.

Appointment Type: full-time, 3 years fixed-term

Specific Role Enquiries: Professor Richard de Grijs on [email protected] or +86 186 181 92 119.

Applications Close: Sunday 4 March 2018 at 11:55pm EST

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2018 Jan 18
Application Deadline
2018 Mar 04
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