Postdoctoral Research Associate in Integrated Photonics in Optical Communications

Sydney, Australia
25 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
17 Jan 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity to contribute to the research and development of a key research programme in Integrated Photonics in Optical Communications
  • Located on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Physics, join a community of world-class scientists
  • Full-time Level A, 12 months fixed term (with a further extension, subject to funding) with a base salary of $93K - $103K p.a., plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation 

About the opportunity 

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join our successful program within the School of Physics, here at the University of Sydney. The research group currently engages in experimental research to explore novel effects associated with stimulated Brillouin scattering, particularly optical telecommunication and carrier recovery. The successful candidate will contribute to the research and development of the project, collaborating with other universities and with industry experts and end-users.

This is an opportunity to conduct research in a collaborative research team. You will be based at the School of Physics, working closely with and mentored by Professor Benjamin Eggleton. The role will require carrying out scientific research and preparing and presenting scientific results in papers and conferences, co-supervising undergraduate and graduate research students, assisting in the recruitment of research students and continuously working towards attracting new funding. Additionally, you will help to coordinate the research of different researchers.

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:

  • a BSc (Honours) or equivalent and PhD in Physics (or a closely-related discipline)
  • experience in experimental photonics, nonlinear optics and opto-electronics
  • demonstrated knowledge in coherent telecom systems
  • an understanding of the theory and formalism of nonlinear optics, desirably Brillouin scattering and multi-wave nonlinear interactions
  • demonstrated experience in microwave photonics and link performances characterization
  • demonstrated experience with numerical simulation of nonlinear optical-acoustic interaction and nonlinear optical pulse propagation
  • extensive experience in experiment automation and equipment interfacing
  • excellent interpersonal skills suited to working in a small but extremely enthusiastic research group
  • proven commitment to producing high-quality work
  • demonstrated excellence in research through published research in refereed journals
  • demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication in scientific English.

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.

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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 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 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.

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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 1398/1120F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is only available for this position for candidates who are currently located within Australia.

Closing date: 11:30pm Sunday, 17 January 2021

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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