Postdoctoral Research Associate in Catalytic Reaction

Sydney, Australia
23 Jan 2020
End of advertisement period
04 Feb 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity to perform laboratory-based research in catalytic reaction
  • Located on the Darlington Campus, at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Full-time, 2 years fixed-term, Level A with a base salary of $94,629 p.a. - $101,018 p.a., plus annual leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

Reporting to Associate Professor Jun Huang, this position contributes to a research project funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery scheme. The Postdoctoral Research Associate is expected to provide technical knowledge and expertise in developing metal complex based heterogeneous catalysts such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for catalytic reaction of industrial importance.

The focus of this role is performing laboratory-based research; predominantly working to design, discover, and develop new catalysts for solid-gas phase catalytic reactions as well as design operando experiments to reveal the underlying small molecules activation pathway and thus the mechanism of the catalytic reaction.

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 are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who has:

  • completed  Ph.D. in chemistry or chemical engineering
  • significant experience in:
  • synthesis and characterization of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)
  • techniques such as X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, gas chromatography, and infrared spectroscopy
  • developing and working on research projects, including expertise in using research protocols, experimental design, ethics submissions and grant applications
  • a history of research activity and publications in high quality journals
  • well-developed communication, interpersonal and consultative skills and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from a multidisciplinary background

About us

The School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering was the first school in Australia to offer a university-level chemical engineering program. Since then, we have been committed to excellence in both teaching and research in chemical engineering; biochemical engineering and biotechnology; energy and environment; green product and process design; minerals processing; process systems engineering and sustainability.

To learn more about the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering  click here

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 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.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description 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 120/0120F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, 4 February 2020

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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