Information for Research Students

Information for Research Students

The Australian Astronomical Observatory not only operates the largest optical/infrared telescope in Australia, but is also the home of one of the country's most vibrant and dynamic astronomical and instrumentation research groups.  AAO astronomers collaborate with astronomers across the globe, are recognized leaders in many areas of research, and are some of Australia's most published astronomers. The AAO's instrument scientists produce some of the world's most innovative and ground-breaking new instrument technologies.

While the Observatory is itself not a degree-granting institution, there are numerous opportunities for students to undertake both short-term and long-term research projects under AAO scientists in observational astronomy, theoretical astronomy and astronomical instrumentation.

  •  AAO Student Fellowships - opportunities exist for science and engineering students with at least two years undergraduate experience to carry out 10 - 12 weeks of paid research at the Australian Astronomical Observatory.
  •  Australian Gemini Undergraduate Summer Studentships - opportunities exist for science and engineering students with at least two years undergraduate experience to carry out 10 - 12 weeks of paid research at the Gemini South Observatory in Chile.

  •  PhD and Honours Research at the AAO - opportunities exist for undergraduate students in their final honours year, and for graduate students in PhD or MSc programs, to undertake research jointly supervised by AAO astronomers, and the faculty of their home institution. The AAO offers both AAO/Macquarie University Honours Scholarships as well as the AAO PhD Scholarship Scheme. Students can work with AAO astronomers in any of the areas of research interest ranging from extra-solar planets and brown dwarfs, to the large-scale structure & cosmology of the universe as revealed by the largest galaxy and quasar surveys yet undertaken, to the development of ground-breaking new instrumentation technologies.

Further information about these student programs can be found at the links above. For more details, please feel free to contact A.Prof. Andrew Hopkins  about AAO Student Fellowships, PhD, or Honours Research in Astronomy at the AAO; Dr Jon Lawrence for PhD and Honours Research in Instrument Science at the AAO; or Dr Stuart Ryder about Australian Gemini Undergraduate Summer Studentships.

Observing_proposals.ppt: a Powerpoint presentation (598Kb) on how to present your brilliant research ideas in the best possible light.

AAO Observational Techniques Workshop: a workshop on optical/infrared techniques was held 1-2 April 2014.