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					                         POSITION DESCRIPTION
Job Title:                 Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Cosmology

Organisation               School of Mathematics and Physics
Reference                  3010564
Type of                    Fixed term, full-time for 2 years
Classification:            Research Academic Level A

Remuneration:              Gross salary package from:
                           $73,484 to $78,881 per annum

                           A salary package consisting of:
                           Salary range from:
                           $64,063 to $68,769 per annum, plus employer superannuation of up to

                           For staff entitled to 17% employer contributions, UniSuper does not
                           mandate a level of member contribution to superannuation. However, in
                           order to receive the full standard range of benefits under UniSuper, the
                           member must pay 7% contribution from their salary (or a salary sacrifice
                           equivalent contribution of 8.25%). It will be assumed that a 7% member
                           contribution will apply unless the member formally notifies UniSuper of a
                           decision of pay a lesser member contribution (or no member contribution).

                           Other options for salary sacrifice include a motor vehicle, laptop computer,
                           campus car parking and "in-house" benefits.

Closing Date:              30 April 2010

Further                    Dr Tamara Davis
Information:               Telephone +61 7 3346 7961; Email:


Organisational Environment
The University of Queensland Astrophysics group is jointly leading the WiggleZ Dark Energy Survey
( on the Anglo-Australian Telescope. Now in its final year of observations, and
with a total of over 200,000 galaxy redshifts anticipated by the end of 2010, we would like to appoint a new
postdoctoral fellow to take part in the cosmological analysis of this magnificent data set.
There are currently 16 full time academic staff, 19 research fellows, and 46 PhD students in the Discipline of
Physics at the University of Queensland. The current Head of the Discipline of Physics is Professor Michael
Drinkwater. The Discipline teaches a comprehensive undergraduate program in physics as well as service
teaching for students in engineering and life sciences.
Astrophysics is a rapidly growing research area at the University of Queensland, with two new faculty
members and a new postdoctoral fellow already appointed in 2010. Details of the research interests of
academic staff may be found at

Information for Prospective Staff

Information about the University, State of Queensland, living in Brisbane and employment at the University
is at the University’s web site. ( For a comprehensive guide to family friendly work
practices and services visit the Work and Family web site at

The University of Queensland Enterprise agreement (Academic Staff) outlines the position classification
standards for Levels A to E.

                                             DUTY STATEMENT

Primary Purpose of Position:

To extract the best possible cosmological results from the WiggleZ Dark Energy Survey.

You will join the Astrophysics group at UQ to work on the analysis of large-scale structure and cosmology
using data from the WiggleZ Dark Energy Survey. Some fraction of your time will also be free to pursue
your wider research interests.

The WiggleZ Survey is one of the largest existing galaxy redshift surveys, spanning 1000 square degrees up
to redshift z=1. The primary scientific goal of the survey is to test cosmological models using baryon
acoustic oscillations, but there is a wealth of other information in the data set that can be extracted using other
tracers, such as the growth of structure, the shape of the power spectrum, redshift-space distortions, the
Alcock-Paczynski effect, and higher-order statistics. Acquisition of data at the Anglo-Australian Telescope is
almost complete.

The successful applicant will work with Dr Tamara Davis, Professor Michael Drinkwater, Dr Chris Blake,
and the rest of the WiggleZ survey team. They will also have the opportunity to work with our collaborators
around Australia, notably at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne).

Reporting Relationships

The position reports to Professor Michael Drinkwater.


Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

The appointee will be expected to:

             Actively contribute to an internationally recognized research program in the area of cosmology,
              large-scale structure, and baryon acoustic oscillations.
             Become part of the WiggleZ collaboration and participate actively in collaboration activities.
             Generate new cosmological results using the data from the WiggleZ survey.
             Publish the results of his/her research in international journals and other appropriate refereed
           Present the results of his/her research at international and national meetings.
           Participate in the academic life of the School of Mathematics and Physics, including presenting
            regular seminars on his/her research.
           Comply with the University’s Code of Conduct (see the University’s web site at

Occupational Health and Safety:
    Comply with requirements of Queensland occupational health and safety (OH&S) legislation and
       related OH&S responsibilities and procedures developed by the University or School.

                                    SELECTION CRITERIA
     Applicants will possess (or be in the process of obtaining) a PhD or equivalent in astrophysics.

         Research experience in astrophysics/cosmology. This may be demonstrated through their
           PhD thesis and/or postdoctoral research and/or published papers and conference

           Demonstrated experience in large-scale structure, large surveys, cosmological theory
            and/or observations.
           Demonstrated ability to collaborate with experimentalists/theorists.

Knowledge and Skills
         Demonstrated expert knowledge in the area of cosmology.

           Ability to supervise postgraduate students.

Personal Qualities
         A vision for your own research agenda.
         Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.
         High level of inter-personal and communication skills.

Applications must consist of the following:

   1. Covering Letter. The covering letter should include the vacancy reference number,
      your contact address and telephone number. It is an opportunity in not more than one
      page to introduce yourself and highlight the key reasons you should be considered for
      the role.
   2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae. A resume is a brief history of your employment and
      experience that covers the following areas:
           Educational qualifications and professional affiliations that detail the full title
              of the qualification, the year awarded and the title of the institution attended;
           Employment history in chronological order, starting with current position and
              specifying dates of employment, title of each position, name of employer,
              main duties or accountabilities and achievements;
           Publications (full list with three most significant marked with an asterisk) and
              research grants awarded; and
           Contact details of the three referees who will be sending letters of reference.
   3. Selection Criteria. A statement addressing how each of the selection criteria have
      been met is required to assist the Selection Committee determine whether you have
      the relevant qualifications, knowledge/skills, experience and personal qualities.
   4. Research Proposal. A statement of no more than three pages describing your research
      fields and current interests.
   5. Letters of Reference. The applicant should arrange to have three letters of reference
      be sent independently of their application before the advertised closing date.

Applications and reference letters are to be emailed to:

Ms Joanne Ryan

School of Mathematics and Physics
The University of Queensland
Brisbane QLD 4072

Please note:
    Emailed applications are sufficient, there is no need to send a hard copy;

A Selection Committee will consider all applications and shortlist candidates for interview
who appear to meet the selection criteria at the highest levels.

The reference letters form part of the Selection Committee’s initial shortlist process. The
purpose of reference letters is to obtain, in confidence, factual information about your past
work history, as well as opinions regarding the quality of your work, behaviour in the work
place and suitability for the position. Referees should normally include current supervisors or
and/or managers. A referee must be able to comment on your work experience, skills and
performance with respect to the selection criteria.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview and the remaining unsuccessful
applicants will be notified accordingly.

An invitation to attend an interview provides an opportunity to provide further information to
the Selection Committee to substantiate your claims against the selection criteria or
demonstrate your capabilities. Please note that for some positions interviews may be
conducted by teleconference in the first instance.

If you are the preferred candidate, you will receive a written offer of appointment to the
position. Do not take any action, such as resigning from your current position, before you
receive a written offer of appointment.

           The University of Queensland is an equal opportunity employer.

                            Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings.


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