Engage with us

Engage with us

Macquarie University’s Research Centre for Astronomy, Astrophysics and Astrophotonics (AAAstro) has a bold and ambitious research program that has a global reach through our collaborations with national and international institutions at an academic and student level.

Nationally, we have strong links with CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) and the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO). Many of our students are pursuing PhDs, joint degrees and cotutelle agreements with universities around the world.

MQ AAAstro has a rich school and public outreach programme that engages our local community and supports the work of school teachers throughout the Sydney basin.

Visit the observatory

Observatory at nightWe invite you to come to our on-campus observatory run by students as well as our planetarium which run regular sessions throughout the year.

For more information visit the link below:


Book the planetarium

" You can book our inflatable planetarium to visit your school". For more information visit the link below:

Other Activities

Find more information on the Department of Physics and Astronomy events.

Employment opportunities

Macquarie University’s Research Centre for Astronomy, Astrophysics and Astrophotonics engages casual staff for a range of on-site roles.

For academic and professional roles at MQAAAstro and Macquarie Univeristy, please visit the employment section to find out more.

Laboratory demonstrator

From time to time vacancies become available for staff to help teach in our 100-level Physics laboratory classes, on a casual basis. These positions usually start at the beginning of our semesters, which commence each February and August. Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons, including postgraduate students, honours students and final year undergraduate students, as well as other appropriately qualified individuals.

Selection criteria:

  • Completion of two years of study (full-time equivalent, with credit average) toward a relevant degree or equivalent qualifications, training and experience.
  • Good understanding of relevant unit subject content as demonstrated by academic achievement and/or professional competency.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have completed three years of study (full-time equivalent, with credit average) toward a relevant degree.
  • Preference will be given to applicants enrolled in honours or a postgraduate degree at Macquarie University and to applicants with teaching experience at tertiary level.
  • Applicants with teaching experience should supply teaching evaluations to support their claims.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with students and to apply adult learning principles.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

Please contact us for more information.

Observatory & Planetarium Staff Positions

Casual employment is available working with the portable planetarium and observatory. A sound knowledge of basic astronomy is essential and experience is preferred, although not required – we provide training. The observatory and planetarium are run on a regular basis and many day and night shifts are available, which vary from week to week. These activities may be at Macquarie or at other schools and events around the city or state. Staff typically comprise undergraduate, honours, or postgraduate students in astronomy or astronomy related areas, but anyone with a sound knowledge of astronomy, including amateurs, are welcome to apply. This is a great way to hone your presentation, communication and outreach skills – something that is very useful for all astronomy students!  Staff are also paid well for their work, although all staff are occasionally required to volunteer at special events.

Our inflatable planetarium is already in high demand and we need plenty of staff to cover a range of shifts and activities. The observatory has been running for years and always draws in large crowds, so work opportunities are plentiful.

To apply, simply send a CV and a one-page letter highlighting your experience, interests, availability, and contact details for two references to starinfo@mq.edu.au.

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