Senior Research Fellow, Microsoft

Sydney, Australia
27 Feb 2020
End of advertisement period
29 Mar 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity to conduct experimental research and develop findings in Quantum Physics
  • Join the School of Physics at the University of Sydney - Australia’s leading Physics department!
  • Full-time, 2 year fixed-term contract. Base salary: $130,264-$150,204 (Level C) plus annual leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation.

About the opportunity 

The University of Sydney is welcoming applications for a Senior Research Fellow to join the School of Physics, in particular, the area of nanoscale quantum physics. The University of Sydney has a signed a multi-year quantum computing partnership with Microsoft. This position is an individual contributor role, supported by Microsoft Corporation. The primary activity involves academic research with intent to publish results in the academic literature. The candidate will carry out research broadly in the area of nanoscale quantum physics, with emphasis on the thermal properties of materials and mesoscale devices as investigated using high frequency techniques.

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 Fellow who possesses experience in the following areas:

  • A PhD in Physics (or a closely related discipline)
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting research in quantum nanoscience with an outstanding track-record relative to opportunity
  • A track record of having conducted research independently
  • Capacity to co-supervise PhD and other research students in quantum physics
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication
  • Demonstrated capacity to lead research programs in experimental quantum physics
  • Demonstrated capacity to engage with industry, government, or other external non-academic partners
  • Proven technical skills in nanofabrication, cryogenics, thermal properties of materials, low noise and microwave electronics and nanoscale quantum physics

About us

The School of Physics at the University of Sydney is the leading Physics department in the country, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research. Our 114 academic staff and 157 postgraduate students conduct research across a vast range of interests from nanoparticles to clusters of galaxies and from theoretical modelling to laboratory experiments. With the support of 20+ professional, technical and administrative staff, the School of Physics teaches to a cohort of approximately 274 equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) undergraduate students. With access to supercomputers, modern laboratory facilities and observatories, locally, nationally and internationally, the School of Physics is the premier environment for physics education and research. The School of Physics is committed to creating a diverse workplace by improving equity, access and opportunity. We want to create an environment where individuality is welcomed and celebrated. We are continuously working to identify and remove biases and barriers in an effort to make our workplace open, supportive and safe for everyone.

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 6000 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 academic position summary 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 382/0220F to apply.

Routine pre-employment probity checks will be carried out for this position.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Sunday 29 March 2020 (Sydney Time)

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.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.