Postdoctoral Scientist, Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery

Melbourne, Australia
Level A – $77,171 – $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super
06 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
03 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Physics
Salary: Level A – $77,171 – $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander applicants are strongly encouraged to apply

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the Faculty of Science

Science at the University of Melbourne is among the most highly ranked Faculties of Science in Australia*. Science is defined by its research excellence in the physical and life sciences and is at the forefront of research addressing major societal issues from climate change to disease. Our discoveries help build an understanding of the world around us.

We have over 150 years of experience in pioneering scientific thinking and analysis, leading to outstanding teaching and learning and offer a curriculum based on highly relevant research, which empowers our STEM students and graduates to understand and address complexities that impact real world issues and the challenges of tomorrow.

About the Role

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has invested $31.3 million of funding into a major new Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery, known as OzGrav, which started operations in 2017. OzGrav conducts research in instrumentation, data analysis, and astrophysics across the gravitational wave spectrum utilising major international facilities including the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the Square Kilometer Array (SKA).

OzGrav’s mission is to capitalise on the historic first detections of gravitational waves to understand the extreme physics of black holes and warped space-time and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers through this new window on the Universe. As well as fundamental research, OzGrav pursues a vigorous outreach agenda, which includes working with students from low socio-economic areas and encouraging the participation of minorities in science at all levels. OzGrav also pursues research translation and commercialisation, generating opportunities for staff to experience secondments to industry during their postdoctoral terms.

The Postdoctoral Scientist will be one of several positions within OzGrav contributing as a team to detector commissioning, characterisation, and data-related activities as part of the Australian Partnership in Advanced LIGO+. The appointee will collaborate with other members of OzGrav on joint projects as well as the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Undertake scientific work in gravitational wave discovery and detector services for Advanced LIGO+, with an emphasis on commissioning, characterisation, and data-related activities
  • Collaborate on this work with members of OzGrav and, where appropriate, members of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration
  • Participate as an active member of OzGrav and the host groups at the University of Melbourne, including taking leadership positions
  • Collaborate with government and industry partners to commercialise aspects of OzGrav’s work where appropriate
  • Undertake administration primarily relating to the activities of the role

About You

You will have excellent interpersonal and both written and oral communication skills in English and the ability to work co-operatively and positively in a multi-disciplinary team environment and liaise with people from diverse backgrounds. You will possess excellent organisational skills to meet deadlines and bring projects to a timely completion with the ability to develop, administer and see through to completion appropriately designed projects with limited supervision and to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Experience in gravitational wave instrumentation is desirable but not essential.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • PhD or equivalent in physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, or a related discipline
  • A demonstrated aptitude for gravitational wave detector commissioning and/or characterisation, with a sound publication record in relevant areas, commensurate with experience and opportunities
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare reports and manuscripts for publication
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with relevant professional and industry bodies and stakeholders to foster collaborative partnerships

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities or culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume, including the contact details of three academic referees, and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at

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The University of Melbourne requires all University of Melbourne employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an exemption order applies. All applicants therefore must meet this requirement when submitting an application.

Position Description:  0056215_PostdoctoralScientistGravitationalWaveDiscovery_PD.pdf

Applications close: 3rd August 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time