[ASA] PhD positions at Macquarie University

Joanne Dawson joanne.dawson at mq.edu.au
Thu Sep 19 14:05:23 AEST 2019

Dear all,

The Centre for Astronomy, Astrophysics and Astrophotonics at Macquarie University (MQAAAstro) invites Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified domestic candidates to complete their PhD or MRes in astronomy. Expressions of Interest submitted by 15th October 2019 will receive full consideration.

MQAAAstro is one of the largest and fastest-growing astronomical centres of research excellence in Australia, committed to investing in the next generation of researchers. At MQAAAstro we offer a uniquely wide range of opportunities for collaborations in observational astronomy, theoretical astrophysics, astrophotonics, instrumentation, and education. MQAAAstro has about 70 members, including teaching and research staff, postdoctoral research fellows, postgraduate students, research associates and honorary associates. Macquarie University has recently acquired the lead node of the new Australian Astronomical Optics (AAO-MQ) whose staff are engaged in astronomical instrumentation design and construction as well as astronomical research. We are also located in close proximity to CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science (CASS), with outstanding opportunities for co-supervised projects using current and next-generation radio telescopes including the Australian SKA Pathfinder.

Entry requirements:

For PhD:

Completion of a Master of Research (MRes) with a grade of at least a Distinction level (75% or greater in the second year) or
A two-year Masters degree with a major research component at Distinction level (75% or greater).

For MRes:

Completion of a 3-year undergraduate degree in physics, astronomy or a related discipline,
A GPA of 4.38 overall (on Macquarie 7 point scale)
A GPA of 5.25 at 300 level

* Peer-reviewed research output may be taken into consideration for admission to the programme.
* Students who have completed an honours degree may apply for direct entry to Year 2 of the MRes programme


Scholarships are available on a competitively awarded basis ($28,092 for MRes year 2 and PhD) and $4000 per semester for MRes year 1. Project-specific scholarships may also be available.

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants should visit the following web-page to identify projects/areas of interest, prior to emailing prospective supervisors with an Expression of Interest that includes your CV and transcript of undergraduate and any Masters’ (or Honours) studies. https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/lwSxCwVLQmi60Ap1uVwAIE?domain=mq.edu.au

The deadline for email expressions of interest is 15th October 2019 for a University-wide application deadline of 31st October 2019.

For any further general queries, please contact Dr. Joanne Dawson (joanne.dawson at mq.edu.au<mailto:joanne.dawson at mq.edu.au>) and/or Dr. Matt Owers (matt.owers at mq.edu.au<mailto:matt.owers at mq.edu.au>), Higher Degree Research Advisors in astronomy.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Macquarie University is strongly committed to diversity and equity and welcomes applications from qualified candidates of any gender, orientation, nationality and background. See this link for details:

Useful Links:
Macquarie University Application Portal: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/AkD8CyoNVrcD60nMFQ5Kg6?domain=mq.edu.au
MQAAAstro homepage: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/1hs2CzvOWKiD8xL2FKFnwY?domain=mq.edu.au

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