ARC Grant-Funded Researcher (A), School of Physical Sciences

Adelaide, Australia
$91,402 to $ 97,927 (Level A) per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies
21 Dec 2022
End of advertisement period
15 Feb 2023
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

$91,402 to $ 97,927 (Level A) per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies.

Fixed term position for three years, extension beyond this would be contingent upon future funding which cannot be guaranteed at this time.

The University of Adelaide High Energy Physics group has an available position for a postdoctoral research associate to work on the ATLAS experiment for a period of 3 years. The ARC Grant-Funded Researcher (A) will be supported from the ‘Centre for the Subatomic Structure of Matter (CSSM)’.

The position will focus on data analysis in relation to searching for beyond Standard Model physics and is supported by funding from a Discovery Project granted by the Australian Research Council titled ‘New Techniques for New Physics Searches at the CERN Large Hadron Collider’. This project aims to break new ground in the quest to discover the existence of new fundamental constituents of nature. In order to achieve this, the team will invent and deploy a suite of advanced machine learning and anomaly detection techniques, developed by the chief investigators, to mine the data processed and collected with the ATLAS experiment at CERN. There will be opportunities to travel to CERN, and to spend extended time at the University of Manchester under the supervision of our Partner Investigator, Professor Caterina Doglioni.

The School of Physical Sciences at the University of Adelaide hosts strong groups in high energy physics working on the ATLAS, Belle II, CTA, HESS, IceCube, LIGO, Pierre Auger and SABRE experiments. Close collaboration between theorists and experimentalists is actively encouraged within our group.

More details can be found at the following link:

To be successful you will need:

  • PhD or equivalent degree (or thesis submitted) in experimental particle and/or nuclear physics, or in an area of direct relevance.
  • A commitment to research excellence in experimental particle/nuclear physics and a demonstrated publication track record in leading scientific journals.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and to work effectively as a member of a research team.
  • Very good verbal, written, communication, interpersonal, organisational and time management skills.
  • Advanced technical and computational skills, including demonstrated ability to apply advanced computational skills to data analysis

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. Flexible working arrangements are on offer for all roles at the University.

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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Your faculty's broader role

The Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research. Many of its academic staff are world leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers. The Faculty actively partners with innovative industries to solve problems of global significance. 

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If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

Click on the link below to view the position description and to apply for the opportunity.

Please submit your cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and a statement addressing the selection criteria as listed in the Selection Criteria document. To complete your application and to be considered for the position, please head to AJO to complete your application by arranging for three letters of reference to be uploaded to that site.

Applications close 11:55 pm, 15th February 2023.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Professor Paul Jackson
School of Physical Sciences


Professor Martin White
School of Physical Sciences

The University reserves the right to close this advertisement before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application.

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