Postdoctoral Research Associate in Optoelectronic Devices

Sydney, Australia
$73,420 p.a. - $92,682 p.a.
03 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term

School of Chemistry

Faculty of Science

  • Opportunity to research in Optoelectronic Devices
  • Full time / Part-time, 12 Months, Fixed term position, Camperdown location, with a possible 12 months extension subject to funding
  • Academic A, Base Salary: $73,420 p.a. - $92,682 p.a. (pro-rata if applicable) plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation. Visa sponsorship is available if required. Flexible working arrangements will be considered for this role.

About the opportunity 

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate, who has recently graduated with a PhD degree, to undertake research in the development of next-generation optoelectronic devices, in particular, organic solar cells. The appointee will join a multidisciplinary research team, with strong interactions with other research groups and institutions working under the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (ACEx). Key tasks of the appointee include fabrication and characterisation of organic solar cells. Responsibilities also include contributing to the milestones of the research themes within the ACEx, liaise and have frequent discussions with collaborators and prepare reports on research progress. The successful applicant is expected to be involved in supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects and take on a leadership role in the development and day-to-day operations of the device fabrication laboratory. The ability to work both as part of a team, and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organisational and problem-solving skills is required.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence and are seeking to recruit for a Postdoctoral Research Associate with:

  • PhD in physical chemistry, applied physics, electrical engineering or equivalent discipline
  • Demonstrated contemporary knowledge in organic solar cells
  • Hands-on experience in the use and maintenance of glovebox, spincoater and thermal evaporator within a cleanroom environment to fabricate devices
  • Hands-on experience in various device characterisation techniques including current-voltage and EQE/IQE measurements, spectroscopic ellipsometry and AFM
  • Demonstrated research experience through published peer-review papers and presentation of seminars
  • Ability to conduct research/scholarly activities independently and train and supervise students at the undergraduate level.

About us

The Faculty of Science is one of six faculties operating within the University and includes the Schools of Chemistry, Geosciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics, Psychology, the Sydney School of Veterinary Science and the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science. The Faculty stewards a range of research entities including the Sydney Institute of Agriculture and the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics, and partners with University-wide research centres including the Charles Perkins Centre (CPC), the Brain and Mind Centre (BMC) and the University of Sydney Nano Institute (Sydney Nano).

The School of Chemistry is one of the largest Chemistry Schools in Australia. Undergraduate enrolments (Year 1 to 3) average 2,500 each semester, while there are more than 35 students enrolled in the Honours program and over 100 post graduate students studying either Masters of PhD degrees, including a large cohort of International students. The Intermediate Chemistry program averages 700 enrolments a year, while the Senior program averages over 450 enrolments. The School of Chemistry has 36 academic staff heading research groups and over 60 research fellows/post-doctoral staff.  Some 40 administrative, technical and professional staff members provide teaching and research support to the School.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. 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.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack 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 1731/0918F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm 11 November 2018 (Sydney Time)

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.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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