Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational Nanoscience

Sydney, Australia
AU$98,000 - AU$105,000 per annum + Super
Tuesday, 20 July 2021
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 17 August 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
  • Exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (ACEx)
  • Located on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Chemistry
  • Full time/Part time 2 years fixed term offering a base salary of $98K - $105K p.a. (Level A), and generous employer's contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity

We are currently seeking to appoint a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational Nanoscience to work on Australian Research Council funded projects together with Dr Asaph Widmer-Cooper and collaborators as part of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (ACEx)

ACEx is a major research Centre linking five Australian universities together with a large network of national and international partners. The Centre's mission is to examine and manipulate the way light energy is absorbed, transported and transformed in advanced molecular materials, with program goals including new technologies for solar energy conversion, energy-efficient lighting, security labelling and optical sensors. Members benefit from extensive collaboration across Centre nodes, regular scientific meetings, and family-friendly workplace practices. ACEx is underpinned by a commitment to equal opportunity and diversity and has a comprehensive Equity Statement.

As part of the Centre, you will work on problems including:

  • controlling the distribution and orientation of light-harvesting molecules and nanoparticles within polymer films (Platform 1.1)
  • biasing the nucleation and growth of crystals in solution-processed photovoltaics (Platform 1.2)
  • characterising the alignment of light-harvesting molecules and other ligands on the surface of nanoparticles (Platform 2.2).

This is an opportunity to be involved in innovative research that could revolutionize our ability to harness and use energy in a renewable and sustainable way. Key tasks will include liaising with collaborators, assisting with the preparation of papers and research reports, and contributing to the supervision of research students.

To learn more about ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (ACEx), click here

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 in Computational Nanoscience who has:

  • a PhD in theoretical chemistry, computational physics or a related field
  • demonstrated ability to apply statistical mechanics and computer simulation to the study of self-assembly, crystal nucleation and growth, or a related problem
  • the ability to conduct research/scholarly activities under limited supervision
  • experience in research record keeping, preparation of research papers and presentation of seminars
  • published research as sole author or in collaboration
  • proficiency in the use of molecular dynamics or Monte Carlo simulation methods
  • strong familiarity with the linux operating system and the use of high-performance computing facilities
  • the ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team involving experimental collaborators
  • good organisational and administrative skills with attention to detail
  • excellent communication and analytical skills, with an interest in scientific outreach
  • proficient in writing scientific code (in C++, Python, or another modern programming language).


Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is only available for this position for candidates who are currently located within Australia.

Closing time: 11:30 pm, Sunday 22nd August 2021

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