Research Officer in Laser Diagnostics, Fluid Dynamics and Pharmaceutics

Sydney, Australia
24 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Faculty of Engineering & Information Technologies

  • Work with internationally recognized researchers in pharmaceutical sciences, two-phase flows, laser diagnostics and computational methods
  • Join a highly multidisciplinary team working on translational research with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to advance inhaler device design.
  • Full time fixed term for 2 years. Initially 1 year contract, extendable by another year subject to performance and satisfactory reporting to the FDA. Renumeration includes base salary of $84k p.a plus up to 17% superannuation.

About the opportunity 

The School of Pharmacy and School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering collaborate together on projects which focus on improving oral inhalation drug delivery systems. This particular 2 year project, funded by the United States Food and Drug Administration aims to significantly enhance current abilities to predict the performance of inhaler devices. Research focuses will be:

  • Particle Engineering
  • Pharmaceutical Powders
  • Laser and optical diagnostics
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Computational Methods

The position open is for a research-oriented candidate with significant expertise in experimental (laboratory) work who will be involved in technical aspects of experimental design and development, but also take active part in leading and generating research output. The role will involve experimentation and analysis of flowing pharmaceutical powders using both in-house designed experiments but also commercial inhaler devices. Experimental tools and facilities available to both Schools of Pharmacy and School of AMME are state of the art. The project is also in collaboration with UNSW and Macquarie University, providing significant opportunities for the candidatre to expand their research network and skills.

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 we are looking for a Research and Technical Officer who has:

  • Significant experience in experimental design and development (at PhD level) with an emphasis on laser and optical techniques
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting quality research in one or more of the following areas: Particle Engineering, Laser and Optical Diagnostics, Fluid Dynamics, Pharmaceutical Powders and Dry Powder Inhalers
  • A record of high quality research output
  • High level of written and oral communication and demonstrated ability in the preparation of reports, synthesis and analysis of data, and preparation of manuscripts for publication
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a successful research team with focus on collaborative and participative research practices

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led the research and teaching 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 7600 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 1999/1018F to apply.

To be considered for this position it is essential that you address the online selection criteria and include your Scopus ID.

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.

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