AAO Employment Opportunities

 The Australian Astronomical Observatory is a division of the Department of Innovation, Industry & Science.  Recruitment takes place through the Department's web pages.  The link to follow is:


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.

Please ensure that you check the information on the Career Centre website. Only applications submitted through the Career Centre will be accepted.


The AAO is awarded the ASA's Pleiades Silver Award

The Pleiades Award Silver logo 2014

The ASA has set up the Pleiades Awards to "recognise organisations in Australian astronomy that take active steps to advance the careers of women through focused programs and strive for sustained improvement in providing opportunities for women to achieve positions of seniority, influence and recognition."

The AAO is one of two Australian organisations to be awarded the Silver Pleiades in 2014, the awards' inaugural year. This "recognises organisations with a sustained record of at least two years monitoring and improving the working environment. It also recognises leadership in promoting positive actions as examples of best practice to other organisations in the astronomy community."

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.



For more details on our diversity and equity work go to our diversity committee's page.