AAO Employment Opportunities

This page lists recently-advertised positions available within the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO), plus information to help applicants frame their applications. The AAO supports equal employment opportunity and diversity in the recruitment of all employees. Applications from a diverse pool of qualified candidates are welcome. For the AAO's mission statement in diversity matters, please see our Diversity pages

Currently Advertised Positions


Closing Date

Research Astronomer

31st March 2015

Mechanical Engineer

31st March 2015

 Database Engineers

9th April 2015

To apply, please follow this link, or navigate to http://www.industry.gov.au/AboutUs/Careers/Pages/default.aspx then click on careers, select Australian Astronomical Observatory and search AAO positions.

The department takes a pro-active and innovative approach in creating a flexible and inclusive employment environment that values and utilises the contribution of people of different backgrounds, experiences, perspectives and abilities. We recognise that the diversity of our people is, and rightly should be, one of our greatest strengths.

Many of our staff at AAO make frequent use of the flexible working arrangements we offer, which includes part-time appointments. The AAO strongly encourages applications by underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

For information relating to a current vacancy please contact the officer specified in the position description. 

Please ensure that you check the information on the Career Centre website. Only applications submitted through the Career Centre will be accepted. If you still have an issue submitting your application you may contact Rajni Prasad on + 61 2 9372 4863 between 9.00am to 5.00pm EST, or you can send your query to rajni.prasad@aao.gov.au. Any application submitted to this email address will be disregarded. Please note that we will respond during business hours.

The AAO wins 2013 AHRI Gender Equity Award

The AAO has won the 2013 AHRI Gender Equity Award, which recognises "excellence in gender equity initiatives and programs in the workplace".

In their announcement, the judging panel stated:

"AAO clearly demonstrates that gender equity initiatives can benefit the organisation as a whole and are a sustainable, long-term option. AAO have taken an isolated issue of attraction and retention of women and they have developed a holistic solution aimed at benefiting the organisation as a whole."

The AAO aims to be at the forefront of gender equity in astronomical research environments internationally.