ASTRO 3D Postdoctoral Researcher in HI Absorption-line Surveys

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University of Sydney
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ASTRO 3D Postdoctoral Researcher in HI Absorption-line Surveys

Full-time/Part-time, 3 years Fixed Term Employment.

Academic Level A, Base Salary: AU$92,682 p.a. - AU$98, 940 p.a. (pro-rata if applicable) plus leave loading and a generous employer contribution to superannuation

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to undertake research on HI absorption studies of distant galaxies as part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D), under the guidance of Prof. Elaine Sadler.

ASTRO 3D is a $40m Research Centre of Excellence led by Prof. Lisa Kewley. ASTRO 3D is funded over seven years by the Australian Research Council and supported by six collaborating Australian universities - ANU, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Western Australia and Curtin University. Other Australian partners in the Centre include CSIRO, the Australian Astronomical Observatory and National Computational Infrastructure

The ASTRO 3D mission is to produce a comprehensive picture of the evolution of matter, the chemical elements, and ionizing radiation in the Universe from shortly after the Big Bang to the present day. ASTRO 3D trains the next generation of scientific leaders and conducts nationwide education and public outreach programs.

ASTRO 3D supports the activities of around 200 researchers, administrative staff and students, provides a collaborative working environment and supports a flexible, family friendly working environment. Subject to visa restrictions, this opportunity is available as either a full-time or part-time position

This position, based at the University of Sydney, is for three years. The researcher appointed to this role will be part of the ASTRO 3D First Large Absorption Survey in HI (FLASH) project team, and will analyse HI spectral-line data obtained with the new Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope. ASKAP's radio-quiet site, large spectral bandwidth and wide field of view open up a completely new parameter space for large-area HI absorption-line surveys in the redshift range 0 < z < 1.  The FLASH team use measurements of the redshifted 21cm HI absorption line to detect and study the neutral gas in distant galaxies, and work with members of the ASTRO 3D Genesis Simulations team to test current galaxy and mass assembly models across a wide range in redshift.

We are seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate with a PhD in Astrophysics or a closely-related discipline, to work on the observations, analysis, modelling and interpretation of HI absorption-line data from ASKAP. 

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 1881/0918F to apply. Your application should include a CV with a full publication list, contact details for three referees, and direct responses to the selection criteria.
Closing date: 11:30pm, 8 November 2018 (Sydney Time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2018 Oct 04
Application Deadline
2018 Nov 08


Elaine Sadler