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The Australian National University

Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Astrophysics

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Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Academic

Classification: Level A

Classification: Academic Level A
Salary package: $70,107 – $88,446 plus 17% superannuation 
Type: Full time, Fixed Term Appointment of 3 years
  • Work at Australia’s leading research facility
  • Undertake cutting edge research in Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Based at the picturesque Mount Stromlo Observatory

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 Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) at ANU invites applications for a 3-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in computational astrophysics in Dr Christoph Federrath's research group (

Federrath’s group is developing innovative techniques for star and cluster formation, molecular cloud evolution, and turbulent plasmas, with applications to star, planet and galaxy formation and evolution, first stars, interstellar medium, and cosmic structure formation. For this postdoctoral position we are especially looking for excellent early career researchers. The position is open to excellent applicants from all fields, and applicants with previous experience in computational hydrodynamics (grid-based and/or SPH), galaxy, star or planet formation, are especially encouraged to apply. This position further involves collaboration within RSAA/ANU, Australia, and internationally.

RSAA has a long history of world-class research at the forefront of astronomy and astrophysics and is Australia's top astrophysics research institution. Federrath's group is embedded in a stimulating and vibrant environment consisting of a large number of faculty, postdocs, and PhD/Master/Undergrad students working on related topics. Our Distinguished Visitor Program attracts world-class astronomers for long-term visits every year. Astronomers at RSAA have access to Australia’s best supercomputing facilities, at ANU. Furthermore, researchers at RSAA have access to world-class observing facilities and Australia is member of ESO. Federrath’s group has additional access to world-class international supercomputing facilities and to observational data through established collaborations.

This 3-year position has a negotiable starting date around mid 2018.

For additional information, please contact Dr Christoph Federrath E:

ANU College of Science overview

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:

  • A cover letter.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) with an up-to-date publication list.
  • A two (2) page description of your previous research.
  • A three (3) page statement describing your future research plan.
  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • Applicants should arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be sent directly to

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.


To be considered for this position, make sure all documents including reference letters are submitted no later than 15 December 2017 (AEDT).

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