Postdoctoral Research Associate in Solid State Chemistry

Sydney, Australia
Tuesday, 4 February 2020
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 3 March 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Chemistry

University of Sydney

  • Opportunity to be part of a grant-funded research project in solid-state chemistry
  • Located at our CBD Campus, Camperdown. Conduct research for The School of Chemistry
  • 2-year, fixed term, full-time contract. Level A, step 6+ - base salary: $94k-$101k, plus annual leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation.

About the opportunity 

The University of Sydney welcomes applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate with expertise in the synthesis, structural and physical property characterisation of metal oxides.

Following the award of an Australian Research Council grant we are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate working in the research groups of Profs Chris Ling, Brendan Kennedy and Thomas Maschmeyer. The project focuses on the design, synthesis and characterisation of metal oxides for photocatalytic water-splitting.

In addition to our in-house facilities, the project will make extensive use of the neutron and X-ray scattering beamlines at Australia’s OPAL research reactor in Sydney and the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne, respectively. Some travel to other major facilities may also be required. Sample preparation, analysis, and physical property characterisation will be conducted at The University of Sydney.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who possesses experience in the following areas:

  • A PhD in chemistry, physics or materials science
  • Demonstrated skills in the synthesis and characterisation of transition metal oxides
  • Demonstrated research ability in materials chemistry
  • Experience in relevant scattering and/or spectroscopic methods
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Experience in research record keeping and the preparation of research papers for publication.

About us

The School of Chemistry is a very large research-active school comprising over 30 full-time academic staff and approximately 100 research staff, 100 research students and 34 technical, professional and administrative staff. We administer and deliver undergraduate teaching for approx. 2500 students.

The School uses services provided by the Faculty as support in safety. However, roles described within this position focus on local chemical knowledge and associated documentation that require continual review and updating, with audits and inspections to ensure compliance.

We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 245/0220F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, 11:30pm, 03 March 2020 (Sydney Time)

Routine pre-employment probity checks will be carried out for this position.

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.