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Research Associate - Physics

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Work type: Fixed term / Full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Post doctoral research fellow

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At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The School of Physics operates within the Faculty of Science, UNSW, and is one of the leading Physics departments in Australia. We have a strong teaching and research culture and our staff is conducting cutting edge research in astrophysics, condensed matter physics, theoretical physics, acoustics, and biophysics. The School also hosts the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology and is a key participant in the ARC Centre for Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies and the ARC Centre for Exciton Science. Currently the School of Physics has some 30 permanent academic staff, approximately 50 research Staff, and 15 support staff.

The aim of the project is to perform theoretical research that provides substantial new insight into condensed matter systems, with a particular focus on theoretical problems relevant to the development of solid-state quantum information processing devices. The role of Research Associate is to do creative cutting-edge research on topics with direct relevance to experiments on interesting condensed matter systems.

About the role

  • $76K - $102K plus 17% superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 3 years
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The role of Research Associate will report to Prof. Susan Coppersmith and will have no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Ensure research is carried out consistent with the project’s aims.
  • Collaborate with other members of the research group including PhD and Honours students and other experimental and theoretical groups in the School.
  • Document thoroughly the work performed.
  • Contribute to and draft research papers and reports for publication reporting on original research undertaken.
  • Share results at national and international conferences.
  • Undertake interstate and international travel for collaborative visits as required.
  • Participate in the department seminars and colloquia.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in consultation with the supervisor.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A PhD in the relevant discipline and an appropriate level of relevant publications.
  • Demonstrated experience in condensed matter physics and/or quantum information science.
  • Demonstrated experience in theoretical techniques and scientific communication.
  • Demonstrated capability to produce high quality research publications.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a research team and to contribute to the broader intellectual environment of the School of Physics.
  • Willing to travel overseas for conferences or collaborative research.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.

Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

Susan Coppersmith
Applications close: October 24th, 2019

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