[ASA] 2015 Postdoctoral Fellowships and PhD Scholarships at the University of Sydney

John O'Byrne john.obyrne at sydney.edu.au
Mon Sep 29 14:33:19 AEST 2014

2015 Postdoctoral Fellowships and PhD Scholarships at the University of Sydney

The Sydney Institute for Astronomy (SIfA) is a leader in Astronomy and Astrophysics, comprising 100
staff and students engaged in frontier theoretical and observational research and the application of new
technology to the next generation of instruments and telescopes. SIfA is the home of CAASTRO - the
ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (http://www.caastro.org).

SIfA is the leader on several high-profile new surveys, including the SAMI Galaxy Survey, the Kepler
K2 Galactic Archaeology Survey with a leadership role in the HERMES Galactic Archaeology
(GALAH) survey. SIFA is a leader on major radio surveys using the SKA precursor telescope,
ASKAP, a network of 36 radio telescopes armed with focal plane arrays. Australian astronomers have
access to first-rate facilities at the AAT, Gemini, Magellan, and ATCA compact array, with Keck time
under negotiation. Australia is also a member of the Giant Magellan Telescope consortium.

As well as being a research leader, SIfA is committed to excellence in postgraduate training and
research-led undergraduate training. SIfA has first-rate optics and photonics labs for instrumentation
development (shared with the AAO), excellent access to supercomputers and facilities for processing
big data from numerical simulations. SIfA is currently leading the development of the PRAXIS OH
suppression and Hector multi-object IFS spectrographs. SIfA facilities include the Molonglo
Observatory radio telescope and the Sydney University Stellar Interferometer (SUSI).

The SIfA Director, Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn, has recently been awarded an Australian Research
Council (ARC) Laureate Fellowship that includes funding for 6 Postdoctoral Fellowships (3-5 yrs)
and 6 PhD scholarships over the next two years. We are particularly interested in the following
science fields:
* near-field cosmology & galactic archaeology (GALAH, RAVE, Kepler, Gaia surveys)
* The Local Group, chemical evolution, first stars and dwarf galaxies
* galaxy evolution, accretion and feedback (SAMI, GAMA, ASKAP surveys)
* next-generation astronomical instrumentation (astrophotonics)
* software development (advanced linear programming, statistical methods)

The University of Sydney is one of Australia’s premier institutes for higher learning, and occupies a
beautiful campus in the heart of one of the world’s great cities. Rated as having one of the highest
standards of living in the world, Sydney offers warm weather, great food, and a vibrant and diverse
cultural community.

Expressions of interest should be sent to jbh at physics.usyd.edu.au .
For more information on SIfA, see www.physics.usyd.edu.au/sifa .

Applications close 30 November 2014 so early circulation of this announcement at your institution
would be appreciated.


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