Research Associate, John de Laeter Centre, ALA

Perth, Australia
Friday, 6 March 2020
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 14 April 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
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Job Number 230805

Faculty of Science and Engineering

12 month fixed term contract with the possibility of a further 12 month extension

ALA $88,135 plus 9.5% superannuation

Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2019), and is placed 20th in the world for universities less than 50 years old (QS Top 50 Under 50 2019). Curtin is WA’s most preferred university, with highly engaged industry-facing partners. A major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.

About us

The Faculty of Science and Engineering at Curtin University is recognised internationally as a leader for the quality of its research higher degree programs. Underpinning our research endeavours are strong partnerships with industry, business and government, which result in outcomes that greatly benefit the broader community locally, nationally and globally.

The John de Laeter Centre (JdLC) is the analytical instrument hub for Curtin University and houses over $35M in stare-of-the-art microscopes, mass spectrometers and other instrumentation.

Your new role

This position is a post-doctoral fellowship as part of collaborative project funded by the Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) to develop new quantum technologies. The project will deliver a portable cold-atom quantum clock with a performance that matches that of the best clocks on the globe. The project will involve close collaboration with partner institutions including University of Adelaide, Griffiths University, University of Queensland, DSTG and the US Air Force Research Lab.

The primary purpose of the role is to develop nanofabrication methods using focused ion beam (FIB) technology in order to synthesise an optical grating structure for the grating magneto-optic trap (GMOT) component of a cold atomic clock. You will develop new or advanced research skills and competencies prepare publications in peer-reviewed academic journals and other scholarly dissemination.

The project will be undertaken in the JdLC at Curtin University with close collaboration with the researchers in the Physics. Professor Charlie Ironside and Dr William Rickard are the Curtin University Chief Investigators. Professor Andre Luiten from The University of Adelaide is the project lead.  

Principal Responsibilities

  • Conduct a specified programme of research and scholarship under the supervision and direction of your Chief Investigator(s).
  • Support your Chief Investigator and research group in the design and development of the research programme for the nanofabrication of optical grating using a FIB instrument.
  • Take part in training and professional development opportunities as required
  • Participate in the dissemination of the results of the research.
  • Engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of your research group.
  • Mentor and assist research graduate students when required.
  • Administration work associated with your programme of research.

You will bring to the role

  • PhD in Physics or Engineering or cognate discipline.
  • Demonstrated understanding of operational requirements for a successful research project and managing resources.
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with FIB and Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM).
  • Demonstrated Nanofabrication experience.
  • Identify and fulfil academic writing requirements for target publications
  • Troubleshoot and customise experimental tools to respond to research questions.
  • Understand relevant scientific literature.
  • Ability to support a wide range of projects using FIB-SEM or other nanofabrication methods.

What we offer you

  • Agile and flexible working environment with great work life balance
  • The opportunity to grow, develop and diversify your own skill set
  • Competitive remuneration package
  • Extensive learning and development available

Next steps

Curtin University requires you to provide a cover letter and resume to include sufficient information and examples to allow us to assess your suitability for the role.  Please attach a document outlining your suitability for the role against the selection criteria

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Valuing Diversity and Inclusion

At Curtin, we are committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation, diversity and social justice and aim to create an inclusive environment where our staff and students are valued and inspired. This includes a supportive recruitment process should you require any access assistance.  

Contact details

To apply complete the application form below, or for more specific information please contact:

Dr William Rickard

If you are experiencing issues with uploading your documentation, please contact Natalie Munro on 08 9266 2280.

Please apply via the attached link; we cannot accept resumes sent to the above contact.

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Applications close: 9:00 PM Tuesday 14 April 2020


Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.