Postdoctoral Researcher, Radio Astronomy And Compact Object...

Applications are invited for a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship researcher position in the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (CAS) at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. The successful applicant will conduct research astrophysics of mergers of compact objects (neutron stars and black holes) under the guidance of A/Prof Adam Deller, comparing high angular resolution radio observations from Very Long Baseline Interferometry to hydrodynamic simulations to infer properties of the merging systems. Opportunities to supervise postgraduate students and to conduct independent research will be available. The position is funded by an Australian Research Council grant and the applicant will work with both local collaborators (including in the co-located OzGrav Centre of Excellence) and international partners.

About Swinburne
Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

About CAS
CAS is one of Australia's largest astronomy research centres, with 24 academic staff, 17 postdoctoral researchers and 40 PhD students. Swinburne hosts the headquarters of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave discovery (OzGrav; and the OzSTAR supercomputer, and Swinburne researchers have access to large optical telescopes (ESO, guaranteed Keck access) as well as an enviable record in obtaining time in open-access facilities at all wavelengths.

About you
The successful applicant will have:

  • A PhD in astrophysics or a related field
  • Experience in observational or theoretical radio astronomy
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake research both independently and collaboratively
  • Strong record of research achievement with high-quality publications

Preferred (but non-essential) qualities include:
  • Experience with Very Long Baseline Interferometry

How to apply
View the Position Description and apply via the "Apply here" link below. Applications must be submitted online. For technical support, email the Swinburne recruitment team (

Applications must comprise
1. A cover letter which includes direct responses to the selection criteria;
2. A curriculum vitae including publication list; and
3. A statement describing prior research achievements and future research interests (2 pages max).

Please direct any enquiries about the position to A/Prof Deller. Applications must also be supported by 3 reference letters. Please instruct referees to email their references direct to A/Prof Adam Deller at by the deadline.

Applicants not presently based in Australia should familiarise themselves with current Australian border restrictions that could impact their potential commencement date to the position.

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact Jessie Macintyre, Director (Employee Experience) at For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact

Inquiries about job
Attention to: A/Prof Adam Deller
Subject: Postdoctoral position (Swinburne Jobs)

Included Benefits
Swinburne values its diverse work environment and is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and cultural diversity. Swinburne has been recognised as a Workplace Employer of Choice for gender equality. It also supports a flexible working environment; subject to visa restrictions, this position is available either full or part-time. CAS is an ASA Silver Pleiades Award holder. We value diversity and encourage members of under-represented groups to apply.

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Applications close at 5pm, 19 October 2020.