Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Diamond Lasers

Sydney, Australia
06 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
23 Jan 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Salary Package: From $90,188 to $96,655 p.a (level A), plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Appointment Type:  Full-time, Fixed Term (18 months) with the possibility of an extension to 3 years
  • Macquarie University (North Ryde) location

The Role

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is recruiting a graduate with a PhD to join a research program in the physics of diamond lasers in a regime of extreme power loadings. This new project seeks to understand the factors that dictate the behaviour of diamond lasers as power scaled to the multi-kilo Watt regime. The role requires the adaptation of an existing high intensity laser system to the next level of power, use of cryogenic cooled systems and thermal lens diagnostics. The project is expected to provide fundamental optical and physical insights into the properties of diamond at extreme power densities.

About You

You will have completed a PhD (or equivalent) within a discipline that is relevant to optics and photonics and experience in experimental research involving lasers. You will have an outstanding track record in academic achievements and publications. If you are an excellent communicator with a proactive nature, adaptive and someone who is energized by working in a productive team environment, then this is a role you will thrive in and a department you will enjoy working with.

About Us

The position is based within the Diamond Laser Group of the MQ Photonics Research Centre on the Macquarie University campus on the north shore of Sydney. With 25 research academics, approximately an equal number of research fellows and 50 PhD students, the Centre features largely on the Australian landscape in optics and laser research. It has an outstanding international reputation in fields including photonics, lasers and laser applications, nanophotonics, quantum optics and astrophotonics. Our research fellows and students gain a diverse range of skills in theoretical and experimental physics with discipline specific skills in optics and photonics. The Diamond Laser Group researchers novel optical material materials such as synthetic diamond and related materials to address future needs in the most demanding optical applications.

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To Apply

To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your cv and a separate cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria:


  • A PhD in optics, photonics or closely relevant discipline
  • Demonstrated skills in design and execution of optical experiments
  • Experience in high power lasers or cryogenic systems, or both
  • An outstanding track record in academic achievement and publications and science publications in quality, peer reviewed journals
  • The ability to work independently and interact positively within a diverse team including research students
  • The ability to effectively communicate research outcomes to peers and a scientific audience

Specific Role Enquiries: Professor Rich Mildren via email on

Applications Close: Wednesday, 23 January 2019 at 11:55 pm AEST

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