Postdoctoral Fellow at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Stellar or Galactic Astronomy

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Australian National University
Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Number of Positions Available
3 Years
Could the duration be extended?
Work Arrangement
In-Person Location(s)

Weston Creek ACT

Job Description

The Institute 

The ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) is a leading research school in Australia in the field of astronomy and astrophysics. Our staff and students have made major contributions to astronomy, mapping the structure and formation of the Milky Way, discovering planets orbiting other stars, measuring dark matter both within our Galaxy and in the wider Universe, and discovering the accelerating expansion of the Universe. Our astronomers include winners of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science and the Nobel Prize.

The vibrant and diverse astronomical research community at RSAA has access to a broad array of facilities and  RSAA leads the GALAH and SkyMapper surveys. ANU is a partner in the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) project and has a leading role in developing the MAVIS instrument to be installed on the ESO Very Large Telescope UT4. RSAA hosts the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre, which is a national facility established to support the development of the next generation of instruments for astronomy and space science. We have access to excellent computational facilities through the National Computational Infrastructure supercomputers, as well as in-house computer clusters. Australia has access rights to the LSST survey and is a strategic partner of ESO, an arrangement that provides access to all ESO telescopes at Paranal and La Silla. 

The Opportunity

This is a research-focused postdoctoral position for a three year term, working in the area of galactic archaeology with Professor Melissa Ness. 

Candidates with experience in any of the following are encouraged to apply: stellar spectroscopy and stellar abundances, stellar structure and stellar evolution, chemical evolution modelling, large survey data, statistics and machine learning, galaxy formation and simulations, integral field unit observations. Applications are encouraged from researchers who wish to undertake novel and collaborative research as part of their program. 

Starting salary is from $80,914 - $101,560 AUD per annum plus 17% superannuation.

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

    Compensation and Benefits

    Compensation Range
    $61,773USD to $77,538USD
    Included Benefits


    • Relocation expenses will be provided for applicants relocating to Canberra
    • Generous paid parental leave entitlements of up to 32 weeks. We are one of the leading employers in Australia for parental leave entitlements,
    • Flexible working arrangements
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    Compensation Notes

    Salary in USD is approximate, based on exchange rates at the time of job posting. Salary listed includes superannuation contribution.



    Application Details

    Application Instructions
    To be considered for this position, please upload the following documents at the link provided below:
    A cover letter (1 page)
    A curriculum vitae (up to 4 pages)
    A research statement describing past research achievements and future plans (up to 4 pages)
    Name and contact details of 3 referees
    Applicants are welcome to include a description of achievements relative to opportunity if they have experienced periods of academic interruption or other significant events (1 page)
    Publication Start Date
    2024 May 01
    Application Deadline
    2024 May 30


    Melissa Ness