Postdoctoral / Research Fellow, Research School of Physics

Canberra, Australia
$76,271 - $117,736 per annum plus 17% Superannuation
24 Oct 2022
End of advertisement period
27 Nov 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level A/B (2x positions available)
Salary package: $76,271 - $117,736 per annum plus 17% Superannuation
Term: Full time, Fixed-term appointment for 3 years  
Position Description: FinalCombined_PD and PEWER_Level A and B_TMOS.pdf

  • Flexible working hours to assist with work/family balance
  • Excellent employer superannuation contributions
  • On campus childcare facilities
  • Support network and mentoring program for early career academics

The Area

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS) brings together five Australian universities and 13 leading international universities as well as Australian and global companies to create entirely new optics-based technologies with enormous market potential. The Centre has received $34.9 million funding from the Australian Research Council to operate from 2020-2027.

TMOS will develop the next-generation of miniaturised optical systems with functionalities beyond what is conceivable today. By harnessing the disruptive concept of meta-optics, the Centre will overcome complex challenges in light generation, manipulation and detection at the nanoscale. The Centre brings together a trans-disciplinary team of world-leaders in science, technology and engineering to deliver scientific innovations in optical systems for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

As a Centre, we strongly believe that diversity improves ideas and innovation and leads to better outcomes and productivity. Diversity and fostering a culture of inclusiveness will be a key contributor to the scientific excellence of TMOS. Along with other initiatives, we will provide carer grants to support our centre members with caring / family responsibilities to participate in professional activities.

TMOS aims to develop a multidisciplinary, dynamic, interactive and collaborative culture fostering future research leaders who thrive in academic excellence and are equipped with strong transferable skills. The centre will also offer a mentoring program for early career researchers while providing opportunities to hone other skills such as outreach, industry engagement, and building international networks.

The Postdoctoral/Research Fellow will be based at the Research School of Physics (RSPhys), in the department of Electronic and Materials Engineering.

The Position

The Postdoctoral/Research Fellow is expected to undertake work in all three areas of academic activity – research, education and service (including outreach). The research activity must contribute directly to the research programs/themes of TMOS. The Postdoctoral/Research Fellow may also be required to supervise or assist in the supervision of students, and contribute cooperatively to the overall intellectual life of the School, College and University.

The Person

To excel in this role the Postdoctoral/Research Fellow will have evidence of the ability to articulate and prosecute innovative research in one or more of the fields of:

  • epitaxial growth of novel compound semiconductors nanostructures
  • nanoscale semiconductor lasers and light emitters
  • nanoscale semiconductor sensors, photodetectors and photovoltaics
  • nanoscale semiconductor material and device characterisation: advanced spectroscopy and imaging

Please refer to the position description for further details.

The Australian National University is a world-leading institution and provides a range of lifestyle, financial and non-financial rewards and programs to support staff in maintaining a healthy work/life balance whilst encouraging success in reaching their full career potential. For more information, please click here.

To see what the Science at ANU community is like, we invite you to follow us on social media at Instagram and Facebook. Engage with the TMOS community via TMOS Twitter account.

For more information about the position please contact Prof Lan Fu on T: +61 (02) 6125-4060, E: or Prof Hoe Tan on T: +61 (02) 6125 0356, E:

ANU Values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. People with a disability are encouraged to apply. For more information about staff equity at ANU, click here.

Application information

In order to apply for his role, please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria, and
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV).

TMOS is interested in applicants from a broad variety of backgrounds. Candidates with relevant education and skill set are highly encouraged to apply, even if they don't meet each and every point as per the Position Description.

If you require adjustments to participate in any of the assessments involved in this recruitment, please contact our HR team at E: or T: +61 2 6125 8045. Any adjustment request or the disclosure of disability will not be communicated to the selection committee without the candidates consent and it will not having any bearing on hiring decisions.

For examples of common reasonable adjustments please click here.

Please note: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process.  An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.

Closing date: 27 November 2022