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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Exciton Science

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

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    The School of Physics is one of the leading Physics schools in Australia. It offers a world class undergraduate physics degree, as well as a postgraduate PhD research program for over 50 students. 33 academic staff conduct theoretical and experimental research in quantum physics, astrophysics, fundamental physics; and condensed matter physics. The School is involved with three ARC Centres of Excellence, including the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (ACEx). The primary mission of ACEx is to manipulate the way light energy is absorbed, transported and transformed in advanced molecular materials, with the aim of improving the way energy is generated and used. ACEx is a large multi-institution research centre, comprising 15 Chief Investigators at 5 institutions.

    This position is part of a strategic effort by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science to develop and implementing an exciton-based logic device. To achieve this goal, the UNSW Physics based Postdoctoral Research Associate will develop a collaborative effort across the five nodes of the ARC Centre of Excellence (University of Melbourne, Monash, Sydney and RMIT). This will require long term visits (up to one month, three times per year) to the Centre’s nodes in Melbourne (primarily the group of Prof. Trevor Smith at the University of Melbourne). Specific activities likely to be involved include design of a logic device, procurement of required materials, spin and optical characterisation, and demonstration of a functioning logic element.

    About the role

    • $96K - $103K plus 17% superannuation and annual leave loading
    • Fixed Term – 24 months
    • Full-time (35 hours per week)

    The role of the Postdoctoral Research Associate reports to Prof. Dane McCamey, and has no direct reports.

    Specific responsibilities for this role include:

    • Conduct research collaboratively and individually in exciton science with the aim of developing excitonic logic systems.
    • Develop collaborative links across the nodes of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science with the aim of developing excitonic logic systems.
    • Identify, synthesise or procure materials for implementing an exciton logic system.
    • Publish and contribute to publication of research results in leading scientific journals.
    • Provide mentoring to graduate students and Honours students in the project area where required.
    • Participate in and/or present research results in national and international conferences, forums and other venues.
    • Be an active participant in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science.
    • Report results to the group leader and Centre management regularly, and to assist in preparation of research proposals.
    • 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 or close to completion of a PhD in Physics or Physical Chemistry or a related area.
    • Demonstrated track record of research publications in high quality journals (relative to opportunity).
    • Demonstrated knowledge of current problems in exciton science.
    • Demonstrated experience in excitonic materials and applications.
    • Demonstrated capacity to deliver high quality project outcomes in a timely manner.
    • Demonstrated experience with a materials synthesis or characterisation.
    • Demonstrated familiarity with spin or optical based characterisation of optically or electrically active materials.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently in a research environment with people from diverse backgrounds.
    • Demonstrated experience in presenting research outcomes to audiences such as at seminars and international conferences.
    • Willingness and capacity to co-supervise honours or postgraduate research students.
    • 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.

    Dane McCamey
    Applications close: June 1st, 2020

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