Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ferroelectric Material Characterisation

Sydney, Australia
Base Salary Level A $95,047 - $105,305 + 17% superannuation
16 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
11 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full-time, fixed term until February 2024, Located at the Madsen Building, Camperdown Campus
  • Exciting opportunity to work with Professor Julie Cairney's research group at the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis
  • Base Salary Level A $95,047 - $105,305 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

We are seeking a motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the group led by Professor Julie Cairney, housed within the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis. The post-doc will undertake work on an exciting research project funded by the DMTC entitled "Characterisation of Relaxor Ferroelectric Single Crystals in Support of Crystal Growth, Utilisation and Compositional Development". The focus of this position will be on developing macroscale and microstructural characterisation methods that give new insights into the unique properties of relaxor ferroelectric single crystals. To undertake this project successfully, a strong background in materials engineering or microscopy would be ideal.

Relaxor-ferroelectrics are fascinating next-generation materials, but the mechanism of relaxor-ferroelectricity has been puzzling the scientific community for more than 70 years. This project, performed in partnership with Australian Defence researchers and UNSW, has a specific interest in understanding how the piezoelectric properties can be applied to underwater sonar applications. The local structural disorder coupled with the nano-scale domain formation creates a unique multi-length-scale system that requires a range of analytical methods to correctly characterise. Aligning with the deep experience of research groups at USyd and collaborators at UNSW, the post-doc will develop new characterisation standards for assessing relaxor ferroelectric properties. This will be achieved by utilising a world-class array of advanced microscopy infrastructure, including an aberration corrected transmission electron microscope (the highest resolution microscope available) and in-situ holders that allow direct observations of the microstructure as the sample is exposed to stress, strain or electrical stimuli.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we are looking for Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ferroelectric Material Characterisation who has:

  • a PhD in materials engineering, chemistry, physics, or equivalent; applicants who have submitted their PhD for examination or will do so in the near future will also be considered
  • proven skills and experience in characterisation of functional materials using microscopy techniques
  • an ability to work independently and to communicate effectively with team members
  • high-level verbal and written communication skills, especially in scientific communication and the preparation of reports and manuscripts with minimal guidance

To apply for this role, please submit a cover letter addressing the above criteria.

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Due to the nature of this research project, only current citizens of Australia, are eligible to apply.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

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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