Postdoctoral Research Associate in Integrated Photonics in Optical Communications

Sydney, Australia
Wednesday, 17 June 2020
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity to contribute to the research and development of a key research programme in Integrated Photonics in Optical Communications
  • Located on the CBD Campus, Camperdown – join a community of world-class scientists!
  • Full-time, 1 year fixed-term contract, potential for 1-year extension depending on funding. Basesalary: $94k-$101k (Level A,6+) plus annual leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation.

About the opportunity 

The University of Sydney is welcoming applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Integrated Photonics in Optical Communications to join our successful program within the School of Physics, here at the University of Sydney. The research group currently engages in experimental research to explore novel effects associated with stimulated Brillouin scattering, particularly optical telecommunication and carrier recovery. The successful candidate will contribute to the research and development of the project, collaborating with other universities and with industry experts and end-users.

This is an opportunity to conduct research in a collaborative research team. You will be based at the School of Physics, working closely with and mentored by Prof Ben Eggleton. The role will require carrying out scientific research and preparing and presenting scientific results in papers and conferences, co-supervising undergraduate and graduate research students, assisting in the recruitment of research students and continuously working towards attracting new funding. Additionally, you will help to coordinate the research of different researchers.

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 an appropriate area such as physics, electrical engineering, or another closely related scientific discipline
  • extensive experience in experimental photonics, nonlinear optics and opto-electronics
  • demonstrated knowledge in coherent telecom systems
  • demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the theory and formalism of nonlinear optics, desirably Brillouin scattering and multi-wave nonlinear interactions
  • demonstrated experience in microwave photonics and link performances characterization
  • demonstrated experience with numerical simulation of nonlinear optical-acoustic interaction and nonlinear optical pulse propagation
  • extensive experience in experiment automation and equipment interfacing
  • proven ability to conduct independent and rigorous research that contributes to theoretical and practical aspects of Brillouin noise in coherent telecom systems
  • excellent interpersonal skills suited to working in a small but extremely enthusiastic research group
  • proven commitment to producing high-quality work
  • demonstrated excellence in research through published research in refereed journals
  • demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication in scientific English

About us

The School of Physics at the University of Sydney is the leading Physics department in the country, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research. Our 114 academic staff and 157 postgraduate students conduct research across a vast range of interests from nanoparticles to clusters of galaxies and from theoretical modelling to laboratory experiments. With the support of 20+ professional, technical and administrative staff, the School of Physics teaches to a cohort of approximately 274 equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) undergraduate students. With access to supercomputers, modern laboratory facilities and observatories, locally, nationally and internationally, the School of Physics is the premier environment for physics education and research. The School of Physics is committed to creating a diverse workplace by improving equity, access and opportunity. We want to create an environment where individuality is welcomed and celebrated. We are continuously working to identify and remove biases and barriers in an effort to make our workplace open, supportive and safe for everyone.

We’re Australia's first university and have a 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 summary 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 774/0620F to apply.

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

Closing date: 11:30pm, Wednesday 15 July 2020

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

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