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Research Associate, Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project job with SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

  • Center for Astrophysics & Supercomputing
  • Full time, fixed-term position until July 2024 at our Hawthorn campus
  • Academic Level A6-A8: $89,355 – $95,774 plus 17% superannuation

About the Role

As the Research Associate, you will have the opportunity to work on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project, “Precision cosmic expansion in the era of gravitational-wave astronomy”, led by Swinburne University of Technology. This exciting project aims to address the current disagreement in the size of the cosmic expansion rate between measurements from local galaxy indicators and predictions from the early Universe.

The focus of the position is to optimize expansion measurements from the standard sirens discovered by gravitational-wave astronomy, by accurate modeling of the cosmic velocity field using modeling of cosmological large-scale structure. Related, independent research is also encouraged.

You will perform fundamental research in the Center for Astrophysics & Supercomputing, in the area connecting cosmological large-scale structure with gravitational-wave astrophysics and will work closely with collaborators at Monash University, the University of Queensland, and with collaborators within the ARC Center of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery.

About You

To be suitable for this role you will need to have experience in the below key accountabilities:

  • Experience in cosmological physics or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated track record of refereed research publications.
  • Demonstratable knowledge of statistical techniques and computational methods.
  • High level of interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Prior research experience in large-scale structure modeling or analysis will be highly regarded.


  • A PhD in physics/astrophysics, with research interests in cosmological physics or a closely related field

About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

  • Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience
  • Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
  • Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution
  • Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

To Apply

In order to be considered for this position, please submit the following with your job application:

  1. Your current CV (please include names and e-mail contacts of three referees)
  2. cover letter addressing why you believe you are suitable for this position
  3. A research statement (max. 2 pages) describing your experience in the field and future plans

For further information about this role and to review the position description; please click apply or click onto it at the bottom of the advert.

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Applications Close: Friday, 19th August 2022 at 5 pm

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Diversity and Inclusion

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organization and we are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives. For further information on all our initiatives visit our equity and diversity website

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact Maree NordenDiversity & Inclusion Manager at

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

For any support please contact our Aboriginal Employment Coordinator at or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan

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