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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Work type: 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. UNSW is an international leader in quantum computing research and hosts the ARC Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology. Major nodes of two other ARC Centres: Exciton Science; and Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies are also based at UNSW.

The role of Postdoctoral Research Fellow will be to fabricate and characterise devices based on atomically thin materials. The position is in the UNSW node of the ARC Centre for Future Low Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET) and the Quantum Electronics Device Group in the School of Physics. The position will be responsible for the operation of advanced device fabrication and measurement infrastructure valued at over $1M.

About the role

  • $108K - $127K plus 17% superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 3 years
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The role of Postdoctoral Research Fellow reports to Scientia Professor Alexander Hamilton and has no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Conduct research in the area of fabrication and measurement of atomically thin devices, independently and as part of a team, including leading some areas of the project where the opportunity arises and where appropriate.
  • Fabricate atomically thin devices of interest in the field of topological materials and excitonic condensation.
  • Develop and optimise infrastructure and techniques for atomically thin device fabrication.
  • Perform low temperature measurements and analysing data.
  • Disseminate research results through writing of scientific papers and reports for international journals and progress reporting to other researchers.
  • Participate in the definition of research directions and actively contributes to the coordination of research activities and research outputs to meet project milestones.
  • Independently seek and apply for external funding opportunities to grow and enhance the research project.
  • Participate in and/or present at conferences and/or workshops relevant to the project as required.
  • Joint supervision of honours and HDR students.
  • 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:

  • PhD in Science or related area.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated experience with assembly of van der Waals heterostructure devices in ambient and oxygen free environments.
  • Strong track record of publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity.
  • Proven ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders and students.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervisor undergraduate and/or postgraduate research students.
  • Demonstrated experience in clean room processing techniques.
  • Demonstrated experience in electron beam lithography techniques.
  • Demonstrated experience with low temperature and low noise electrical measurement techniques.
  • 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.

Alexander Hamilton
Applications close: October 26th, 2020

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