Research Associate, Catalysis

Newcastle, Australia
22 Oct 2018
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19 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Key Research role with UON's Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
  • Work with a team lead by Australia's leading nanotechnologist
  • Full time, 2 Year Fixed Term role at GICAN

Conduct research into the fabrication of highly ordered nanostructured materials.

About Us

At the University of Newcastle, our staff are curious. We think big, see opportunity and are open to ideas and ask why. We share wisdom and partner with colleagues in Australia and around the globe to create an enduring impact. And we're courageous - bold thinkers who have the confidence to take risks and to inspire change. The University has an international reputation for research excellence and we continue to build on our research strengths, engagement with industry and partnering with outstanding international universities.

Global Innovative Centre for Advanced Nanomaterials (GICAN) is a newly established centre at the University of Newcastle, headed by Professor Ajayan Vinu who is a globally acclaimed material scientist and Australia's leading nanotechnologist. GICAN is based within the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment and the University's flagship institute Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER). Located on the leafy Callaghan campus where you can find open spaces and great coffee

Is NEW for you? 

You will contribute to the research effort of GICAN and develop your expertise through strategic basic and applied research projects. Specifically, they will be responsible for undertaking research into the fabrication of highly ordered nanostructured materials including nanoporous carbon nitride materials with different nitrogen contents and functional groups for CO2 adsorption and its conversion into value added products and the spectroscopic characterization of the functionalized nanostructures. The functionalized nanoporous carbon and carbon nitrides for adsorption, sensing, and catalytic applications to make a substantial research contribution towards the goals of the University of Newcastle and GICAN. 

You will require specialised skills in the synthesis of nano(porous) materials and their application  in adsorption, electro, photo and redox catalysis. The position also has teaching responsibilities and requires to conduct tutorials in the characterization of nanomaterials and catalysis for the newly established Master of Materials Science and Engineering programme and student supervision responsibilities in the fields of catalytic nanomaterials.

About you 

  • A PhD in Chemistry or Physics or materials science and relevant research experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of synthesis of nanoporous materials and their application in catalysis.
  • Synthesis of nanostructured materials with focus on metal functionalized nanoporous materials and application of these materials for catalytic research related fields.
  • Synthesis of nano/meso-pores confined targeted functionalities for further desired applications.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply.

What NEW can offer?

From a flexible working environment to discounts in private health insurance and gym memberships, we offer access to a wide range of employee benefits including salary packaging. You can learn more about these at
We provide opportunities for all people regardless of their background and experience, and this philosophy is reflected across all that we do.
The remuneration is from $95,351 - $113,231 + 9.5% super and is commensurate with experience.

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