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Research Fellow in Physics - Astronomy

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Work type: Full time
Location: Hobart
Categories: Research Focused

Research Fellow in Physics – Astronomy

  • Relocation and sponsorship assistance considered for ideal candidates
  • Perform high-quality research in observational and computational astrophysics in the Milky Way
  • Full-time, fixed-term (2.5 years) role based in Hobart

About the opportunity

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the area of Astrophysics in the School of Natural Sciences. The School is part of the College of Science and Engineering. The position is funded for 2.5 years by the Australian Research Council Discovery Program grant “Lifting the Veil on Cold Planets in the Inner Galaxy”.

As our ideal candidate, you will utilize a variety of techniques in observational astronomy at near-infrared and visible wavelengths to identify and analyze exoplanets using light curve analysis and advanced modelling techniques applied to gravitationally microlensed stars.

Join our dynamic and expanding team that utilizes the University of Tasmania’s local astronomical infrastructure to explore exoplanets between the Sun and the Galactic Centre. You will be responsible for characterizing their mass ratios and frequency as a function of stellar properties and Galactic neighbourhood. If you have a passion for astronomy and a strong background in observational techniques, we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity.

Using the University of Tasmania’s astronomical infrastructure, including 1.25 and 0.50 metre telescopes in Tasmania, and other telescopes around the world as needed, you  will gather and analyse combined infrared, optical, and high spatial resolution (adaptive optics or space telescope) observations with detailed models of the distribution of stars in the inner Milky Way to derive the planet and host star parameters for multiple targets, and create the statistical distributions of planet masses and separations as a function of host star mass and location within the Milky Way. You will combine the individual measurements to place limits on the frequency of free- floating planets as a function of mass. The project will focus on the areas of higher dust-obscuration and stellar density, paving the way for the NASA Roman Galactic Exoplanet Survey.

The investigation will be conducted in a cooperative setting, involving peers from the fields of Mathematics & Physics, as well as international project partners. The University of Tasmania is cultivating a vision of a locally-rooted institution with the aim of enriching Tasmania’s intellectual, economic, social, and cultural future, and leveraging Tasmania’s unique strengths to make global contributions. The University acknowledges that the realization of this vision relies on our employees and is committed to fostering a university environment that is centered around people, grounded in values, relationship-oriented, diverse, and focused on growth and development.

What you’ll do:

  • Make an effective and sustained contribution to the University in achieving its strategic objectives and fulfilling its operational responsibilities.
  • Carry out high-quality research in observational and computational astrophysics, with an emphasis on work relating to gravitational microlensing measurements in the Milky Way, publish research findings and present at scholarly meetings.
  • Contribute to the supervision of research higher degree students.
  • Develop and maintain productive links within the University and with the wider community.
  • Contribute to the academic well-being of the astronomy group and the broader physics discipline.

What we’re looking for:

  • A PhD or equivalent in a relevant field.
  • A good record of, and continuing commitment to, research that has achieved recognition and made worthwhile contributions to the field of astrophysics, demonstrated by a record of quality publications, presentations at conferences and preferably success in securing external competitive and other funding.
  • Experience in planning observational programs and the reduction and analysis of optical and/or near-infrared astronomical data obtained from telescopes of various sizes and capabilities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with other researchers and research students in the context of a major research initiative.
  • Experience in the supervision of student research.
  • Experience in scientific computing and preferably high-performance computing.
  • A record of contributing to building and maintaining effective and productive links locally and nationally with the discipline, profession, industry (where relevant) and wider community.

Salary details

Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level B and will have a total remuneration package of up to $147,083 comprising base salary within the range of $108,285 to $125,712 plus 17% superannuation.

Considering a move to Tasmania to take up this opportunity?

Offering a breath of fresh air, our island State’s wild landscapes, rugged coastlines, distinctive towns, and fascinating history have something for everyone. Tasmania has crafted a unique brand of creativity and adventure such as the world-famous MONA and the exceptional mountain bike tracks of Derby. Our acclaimed fresh food and beverage scene, family-run businesses, and diverse culinary experiences celebrate farm-fresh produce. From our island shores, our research extends to the great Southern Ocean and Antarctic and across the Asia-Pacific.

How to Apply

  • To apply online, please provide your CV and 1-2-page cover letter outlining your interest in the role, skills, capabilities and experience.  You do not need to separately address the success criteria.
  • For further information about this position, please contact Andrew Cole, Head of Discipline for Physics, Andrew.cole@utas.edu.au or 03 6226 2438.
  • Please visit https://www.utas.edu.au/jobs/applying for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.
  • Please refer to the attached Position Description Below for full details.

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Applications close Sunday, 3 March 2024, 11.55pm

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