Postdoctoral Research Associate in Porous Materials for Hydrogen Storage

Sydney, Australia
Base Salary Level A $95K - $98K p.a. + 17% superannuation
17 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
20 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time 2-year fixed term, located on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Chemistry
  • Opportunity to make valuable contributions to research in porous materials for hydrogen storage and delivery
  • Base Salary Level A $95K - $98K p.a. + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a project relating to developing porous materials for hydrogen storage. The Research Associate will work under the supervision of Cameron Kepert and Lauren Macreadie and be part of the Rux Energy team in the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • undertake research in MOF and other porous material chemistry
  • publication of research papers
  • demonstrate research excellence
  • assist with grant writing and publishing original work
  • support the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney is a leading Chemistry department in the country, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research. Our more than 30 academic staff, 100 research staff, and 100 research students conduct research across the full spectrum of pure and applied chemistry. Our research excellence is recognised by numerous prizes and awards to individual staff members and the award of over $7 million in research funding each year. With the support of over 30 professional, technical and administrative staff, the School of Chemistry administers and delivers undergraduate teaching for about 2500 students. We are committed to creating a diverse workplace by improving equity, access and opportunity, and 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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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 PhD (or near completion) in Chemistry or Chemical Engineeringspecialising in Chemistry or a cognate discipline
  • synthetic organic chemistry skills
  • experience in the synthesis and structural characterisation of porous materials
  • experience in powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) characterisation
  • high level communication skills and ability to network effectively and interact with a diverse range of students and staff
  • demonstrated ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships.
  • evidence of highly developed interpersonal and organisational skills
  • highly proficient in the preparation of manuscripts for publication.

Desirable attributes:

  • use of software required for PXRD (ie. GSAS, TOPAS)
  • experience in single crystal X-ray diffraction and processing data to publishable formats
  • knowledgeable in the work-up of gas adsorption data for MOF materials
  • demonstrated experience working with industry
  • proficient in the preparation of reports for industry.

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Pre-employment checks

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EEO statement

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Wednesday 20 July 2022 11:59 PM

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