ARC Super Science Fellowship in Astronomy

The appointee will pursue a vigorous and significant research program on planetary nebulae under the direction of Professor Quentin Parker and within the rapidly expanding Macquarie University (MQ) in Astronomy and Astrophysics group.

There may be limited opportunities for teaching and the appointee is expected to participate in other academic activities within the Science Faculty.

The MQ Astronomy group enjoys very close links with the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) located nearby and the AAO is a partner institute on this proposal so the appointee would be expected to spend up to 1 third of their time at the AAO.

Project Summary : Planetary nebulae, the extended shrouds of dying stars, are a fascinating, brief period in the life of most stars. They are unique celestial laboratories thanks to their rich emission line spectra and are amongst the most beautiful and mysterious of objects.

Behind their beauty hides the mystery of how stars return carbon, one of lifes essential building blocks to interstellar space. This project will constitute the next major breakthrough in understanding these processes and addresses several significant astrophysical problems in the field via unique Australian data and instrumentation.

Enquiries :
Professor Quentin Parker,
Phone : +61 2 9850 8910,
E-mail : quentin.parker@mq.edu.au.

Package : From $90,145 per annum, including (Level B) base salary from $76,174 to $90,297 per annum, plus 17% employers superannuation and annual leave loading.

Additional support : A further $32K per year is attached to the project under the management of the project leader Prof. Parker to facilitate project support, observing trips, conferences etc.

In addition an MQRES PhD scholarship is associated with this SSF award and the appointee is expected to co-supervise this PhD student.

ARC Super Science Fellowship Applications Close : 30 July 2010

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