Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Theoretical/Computational Soft Condensed Matter

Adelaide, Australia
14 Feb 2021
End of advertisement period
14 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

ARC Grant-Funded Researcher (A) (Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Theoretical/Computational Soft Condensed Matter) 

(Level A) $88,286 per annum plus an employer contribution of 9.5% superannuation will apply

The University of Adelaide Enterprise Agreement 2017-2021 will apply to a successful candidate’s employment at the University. The University recently temporarily varied its Enterprise Agreement. Please be advised that the salary range, along with other conditions associated with this position, may change in accordance with the variation to the Enterprise Agreement.

Fixed-term position for 12 months, with possibility of extension of up to 18 months

The ARC Grant-Funded Researcher (A) (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) will conduct theoretical and computational research funded by the Australian Research Council on liquid transport in novel 2D membranes. 

We are seeking a theoretical chemist or physicist with advanced skills and experience in statistical mechanics, molecular simulations, and computational fluid dynamics to conduct research to predict concentration-gradient-driven liquid transport in novel membranes made from two-dimensional nanomaterials. The research is expected to facilitate the rational design of these highly promising membranes for diverse applications from desalination to power generation to chemical sensing.

The successful candidate will work within a research group in soft condensed matter theory and computation in the Department of Chemistry led by Associate Professor David Huang ( in close collaboration with an international team of experimentalists. The candidate is expected to take a leadership role within the team, conducting independent research, supervising research students, and engaging with collaborators.

To be successful you will need:

  • PhD in theoretical chemistry, condensed-matter physics, or a related discipline (or thesis submitted).
  • Demonstrated publication track record in leading scientific journals in soft condensed matter theory or computation.
  • Advanced mathematical and computational skills, including a demonstrated ability to perform numerical and symbolic calculations.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and to work effectively as a member of a research team.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and organisational skills.

Only applicants who hold valid Australian Working Rights will be considered for this position.

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The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity. We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills of our staff.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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Click on the 'Apply Now' button to be taken through to our online application form. Please ensure you address and upload your responses to all of the selection criteria. Applications close 11:55pm, 14 March 2021.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Associate Professor David Huang
School of Physical Sciences
P: +61 (8) 831 35580

For a confidential discussion regarding the recruitment process for this position, contact:

Michelle Carter
HR Coordinator – Faculty of Sciences
P: +61 (8) 831 39271

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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.