Postdoctoral Positions Available for 2019

Position Description

The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Australian National University invites applications for 1-2 postdoctoral fellows to work with Professor Mark Krumholz's research group in the area of the interstellar medium, star formation, and galactic structure. Theorists, simulators, and observers are all invited to apply.

The positions are for 3 years, with a flexible starting date between March and December 2019. Applicants should have completed a PhD in astronomy, physics, or a closely related area prior to commencing.

RSAA is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive workplace. Female applicants and appliants from underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Applications should be received by 15 December 2018 for full consideration, and should be submitted at Applications should include the following:

  • Cover letter addressing the selecton criteria
  • CV and publication list
  • 2 page description of previous research
  • 3 page statement of future research interests and plans

Applications should also arrange for at least 3 letters of recommendation to be submitted following the instructions at the application site.

Salary and Benefits

This is a level A4 position, with a salary (as of July 2019) of AU$92,015. ANU offers a competitive benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible and family-friendly working arrangements, a dual career hiring policy, and generous superannuation and salary packaging arrangements including child care.

Potential Projects

Applicants will have a choice of possible projects, and will help define the direction of the project along with other members of the research group. Some possible projects are as follows:

  • Galaxy simulations with self-consistent production and transport of chemical elements. The fellow will help carry out simulations of galaxies following multiple elements, in order to determine the statistical properties of elemental distributions in both the gas phase and stars, as a function of element origin site and cosmic time. Recent references: Armillotta, Krumholz, & Fujimoto (2018), Fujimoto, Krumholz, & Tachibana (2018), Krumholz & Ting (2018)
  • Metal loading of galactic winds. This project aims to understand the metal content of galactic winds, driven by supernovae and other mechanisms. The goal is to understand to what extent galactic winds are overabundant in metals compared to the mean of their host galaxy as a result of imperfect mixing in the ISM, and how this varies depending on both galaxy type and element. Recent references: Gentry, Krumholz, Madau, & Lupi (2018), Krumholz, Thompson, Ostriker, & Martin (2017), Forbes, Krumholz, Burkert, & Dekel (2014)
  • Machine learning for metallicity measurement (collaboration with Professor Lisa Kewley's group). Many IFU-based surveys are now reporting measurements of metal abundance patterns in the ISM based on ionised gas emission, but far less attention has been paid to understanding the uncertainties in these measurements, or to developing robust statistical tools, than for the analogous problem of analysing stellar metal abundancs. This goal of the project is to develop new statistical methods based on ideas from machine learning to provide more robust and accurate measurements of ISM abundances. Recent references: Ashworth, Fumagalli, Adamo, & Krumholz (2018), Krumholz et al. (2015)