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, or come to campus for a tour of the universe. 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.

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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