Katie Auchettl

Katie Auchettl

Associate Professor in Astrophysics

University of Melbourne

My research focuses on understanding the physical processes and observational signatures related to the extreme death of stars, and how these processes influence, and are influenced by their surrounding environment. In particular, I use space- and ground-based instruments to study tidal disruption events, black holes, supernovae, and their diffuse and compact objects.

I am a member of the Uni Melbourne Astrophysics Group and a Chief Investigator of the ARC Center of Excellence OzGrav 2.


University of Melbourne
Associate Professor in Astrophysics
January 2023 – Present Melbourne, Australia
University of Melbourne
Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics
June 2020 – December 2022 Melbourne, Australia
University of California Santa Cruz
Assistant Adjunct Professor
January 2019 – Present Santa Cruz, California, USA
DARK Cosmology Center & Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
Assistant Professor
September 2018 – May 2020 Copenhagen, Denmark
The Center for Astro-particle Physics and Cosmology, The Ohio State University
CCAP Postdoctoral Fellow
August 2015 – August 2018 Columbus, Ohio, USA


Monash University
PhD in Physics
August 2012 – July 2015 Melbourne, Australia
University of Waterloo & Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
MSc in Physics (Perimeter Scholars International)
October 2011 – September 2012 Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Monash University
BSc (Honors) in Physics and Mathematics
October 2007 – September 2010 Melbourne, Australia


You can find all my publications on Google Scholar.