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Postdoctoral Fellow

Fixed Term
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Academic
Classification: Level A

Classification: Postdoctoral Fellow (Level A)Salary package: $78,107 - $88,446 plus 17% superannuationTerms: Full time, fixed term (3 years)
Work at one of the top universities in the world
Undertake cutting-edge research in astronomy and astrophysics
Collegial and stimulating working atmosphere in a beautiful and family-friendly environment

Position overview
The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) at Australian National University invites applications for a 3-year Postdoctoral Fellowships in stellar physics and Galactic archaeology in the research group of Prof. Martin Asplund.
We particularly welcome excellent and enthusiastic early career researchers becoming involved in any of the major internationally leading research programs spearheaded within the group: 1) 3D hydrodynamical stellar convection and atmosphere modelling; 2) 3D and non-LTE stellar spectroscopy; 3) Stellar evolution, nucleosynthesis, and asteroseismology; 4) Galactic archaeology of the Milky Way disk, bulge, halo, and globular/open clusters; 5) The oldest and most metal-poor stars in the Milky Way and dwarf galaxies; and 6) Stellar chemical signatures of planet formation and extrasolar planets. The work of the Postdoctoral Fellow can be either observational, theoretical or computational in nature. The successful applicants will have the freedom to pursue an independent research program and have access to a generous travel budget.
The successful candidate will be part of the Galactic Archaeology and Stellar Physics research group at ANU, headed by Prof. Martin Asplund. The group currently consists of four professors, three ARC Future Fellows, five postdocs and eight PhD/MSc/undergraduate research students, and has an extensive network of national and international collaborators. The group is simultaneously one the largest user of 6-10m telescopes and supercomputing facilities in Australia. ANU astronomers have direct access to ESO telescopes at Paranal and La Silla, the Magellan telescopes, and the 4m Anglo-Australian Telescope in addition to telescopes owned by ANU (SkyMapper, 2.3m). ANU is a member of the Giant Magellan Telescope consortium. ANU scientists have priviliged partner access to the world-class NCI supercomputing facilities. ANU was recently ranked in the top-10 of all universities worldwide in the field of astronomy and space sciences.
The funding for this 3-year fellowship is in place from early 2018 with a negotiable starting date.
For more information, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Prof. Martin Asplund E:
ANU College of Science overview
The Australian National University (ANU) College of Science covers all areas of scientific endeavour, from astrophysics to climate change, epidemiology to theoretical chemistry. Scientists at ANU use their skills to contribute to advancing science for the future of the world, integrating high level research and educational excellence.
The ANU College of Science (CoS) comprises: the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Research School of Biology, the Research School of Chemistry, the Research School of Earth Science, the Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Mathematical Sciences Institute, the Research School of Physics and Engineering, and the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science. Staff and students within the ANU College of Science conduct research and delivers a research-led education program that encompasses the entire breadth of the sciences, supported by extensive international networks and by world-class facilities. The College has a strong tradition of research excellence that has fostered distinguished Nobel Laureates and Kyoto Prize winners and that trains scientific leaders in disciplines in which the ANU is consistently ranked in the top twenty in the world.
The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant via: 
ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit
Application information
In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:
Cover letter
Curriculum vitae (CV) with publication list
Two page description of previous and present research
Three page future research plan
Statement addressing the selection criteria.
Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Prof. Martin Asplund (
To be considered for this position, please ensure that the application and reference letters are submitted no later than 2 February 2018 (AEDT).
All applicants will be automatically considered also for the corresponding ASTRO-3D postdoctoral fellowship in Galactic Archaeology with the GALAH survey advertised contemporaneously; only one application and set of reference letters need to be submitted.
Position Description & Selection Criteria

Advertised: 03 Jan 2018 09:00:00 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 06 Feb 2018 11:55:00 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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