Grant-Funded Researcher A / B, School of Physical Sciences

Adelaide, Australia
$89,610 to $119,391 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation may apply
05 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
19 Aug 2022
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

(Level A) $89,610 to $96,007 or (Level B) $100,933 to $119,391 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation may apply.

Fixed term, full-time position for 2 years with possibility of extension.

This is a unique opportunity to join one of Australia’s most well-funded applied physics research groups with outstanding connections to end-users. If you have a passion to see your efforts translated into real-world solutions then this is the position for you.

The position will be appointed into one of Australia’s best funded research groups that is working at the leading edge of precision experimental physics. You will work closely with a growing team at the new facility for Atom Trap Trace Analysis (ATTA) - one of only four such facilities worldwide – in collaboration with the CSIRO Environmental Tracer Laboratory (ETL) at Waite Campus. The project will be undertaken in the positive, supportive and ambitious environment that exists within the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) at The University of Adelaide.

IPAS has an annual research budget of more than $15M p.a., a membership of more than 250 people, and is headquartered in a $100M bespoke research building on the CBD campus of The University of Adelaide. IPAS has available a superb range of optical diagnostic and manufacturing equipment, precision manufacturing (3D metal and plastics printing), glass and optical fibre manufacture and MBE semiconductor manufacturing. Equally important, IPAS provides strategic grants support, business development support and facility management through a high-performing and professional team. IPAS works to create new sensors that can measure the immeasurable, stimulate the creation of new industries, and improve productivity in existing industry.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the development of a new automated system for extraction and purification of the radioactive isotopes of the noble gases Ar and Kr from environmental samples geared towards complementary operation with ATTA. This is a key part of the sample supply chain which brings the ATTA to a mature project-readiness level. Typical environmental samples are sourced from groundwater, ocean water, air, and Antarctic ice. Experts at the CSIRO ETL derive the age of such samples to gain insight into the movement of groundwater or the Earth’s climatic history over hundreds of thousands of years.

The successful applicant will be trained across the entire ATTA system and be expected to also contribute to:

  • Developing the instrumentation for routine operation.
  • Developing protocols for handling of samples and storage of data and metadata.
  • Automation of measurement routines.
  • Development and maintenance of electronic equipment and vacuum systems.
  • Development and maintenance of optical systems.
  • Participate in field campaigns to collect environmental samples.

To be successful you will need:

  • PhD or equivalent degree (or thesis submitted) in experimental physics.
  • Hands on experience in experimental physics in the AMO field i.e. the measurement and manipulation of atoms using light e.g. theoretical and experimental understanding of light-atom interactions, an understanding of ensemble dynamics in warm atomic vapours, precision atomic spectroscopy.
  • Advanced analytical and computational skills, including data collection and analysis, and a demonstrated ability to perform numerical and symbolic calculations.
  • Demonstrated publication track record in leading scientific journals.
  • Experience with laser cooling and atom trapping desirable.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

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 culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life.

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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Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

Applications close 11:55 pm, 19 August 2022.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Dr Rohan Glover
Project Lead, The School pf Physical Sciences
P: +61 (8) 8313 2392

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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.