Postdoctoral Research Associate in Functional Thin Films and Surfaces

Sydney, Australia
07 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
07 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

  • Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in research excellence
  • Full-time fixed term for three years
  • Remuneration package: $92,682 p.a. plus leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity

A Postdoctoral position is available immediately in the area of functional thin films and surfaces, in particular functional polymeric/organic surfaces. The position is full-time fixed term for three years, subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. There is also the possibility of further offers of employment subject to performance, need and funding. Membership of a University approved superannuation scheme is a condition of employment for new appointees.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate’s research focus will be on the development of novel plasma surface modifications for biomedical applications. An ideal candidate would be capable of developing and characterising novel plasma processes for functionalizing materials for use in a wide range of applications with a focus on implantable biomedical and biosensing devices.

The primary responsibilities of this position will include the development and diagnostics of plasma processes (PVD, PIII/PIII&D etc) to modify the surfaces of a wide range of materials; full surface characterization (i.e. ATR-FTIR, XPS, variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry (including IR-VASE), UV-VIS spectrophotometry, EPR, SEM, etc); working effectively in large multidisciplinary teams; training of post-graduate and undergraduate students, collaborators and new staff in laboratory techniques, experiment planning and data analysis; monitoring usage of chemicals and ordering new chemicals and lab consumables as required; trouble-shooting when equipment is malfunctioning and liaison with manufacturers and appropriate professional staff to resolve technical problems. In all cases, mentors will be working with the researcher on a regular basis and all work is performed in a collaborative team environment.

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. We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who has:

  • A doctoral degree in material science or engineering or equivalent is required.
  • Prior research experience in surface modification, thin film synthesis, chemical and biological functionalization, and surface characterization.
  • Ability and desire to learn new methods and techniques as required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent multitasking and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated success in the publication of high-impact work in internationally recognized peer- reviewed journals.
  • Ability to work in a complex and challenging environment.

About us

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 9 campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 47,000 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

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 2102/1018F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm 7 December 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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