With 25 research faculty staff, over 20 postdoctoral researchers and 35-40 current PhD students, CAS is one the largest astrophysics research centres in Australia.
Our strengths cover all major areas of astronomy, from cosmology and the large-scale structure of the Universe, to quasars and the most distant known galaxies, extreme phenomena (including supernovae, hypernovae, fast radio bursts and gravitational waves), to clusters and groups of galaxies, down to our own Milky Way, its structure and fascinating contents: stars, planets, pulsars, neutron stars and globular clusters.
As the home of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery, OzGrav, and also a node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3D, Astro3D, CAS is undeniably one of Australia's leading research institutes in the field of astronomy and astrophysics.
Our PhD contingent is vibrant and diverse, with more than half of our students coming to CAS from overseas. Our PhD students play a central and vital role in the life of the centre, as they conduct a large fraction of our cutting-edge research.
With expertise in observational astronomy at just about all wavelengths (especially optical, infrared and radio astronomy) as well as many different facets of computational and theoretical astrophysics, CAS astronomers have many and diverse ways to discover, measure, understand, imagine, and simulate the most exciting astrophysical phenomena in our universe.