Grant-Funded Researcher (A/B), Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS)

Adelaide, Australia
$91,402 to $121,779 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% Super applies
15 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
19 Mar 2023
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

(Level A) $91,402 to $97,927 or (Level B) $102,952 to $121,779 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation applies.

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 devices then this is the position for you.

The successful applicant will work as part of a combined university-defence research team that is delivering a quantum magnetometer array for maritime deployment. This project has been on-going for 10 years and is now reaching an exciting stage of development. You will be at the centre of a trans-disciplinary team that will aim to both understand the fundamental limits of the magnetometer performance in a lab-based setting, with a goal to maximise sensitivity, and then to deploy this world-leading technology in the field through a number of planned trials. In addition, the appointee will also be given explicit time and support to pursue their own research interests as part of the role.

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 team of 5 people, in partnership with Defence, collectively developing a device that will have a high impact and public profile. 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 importantly, 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.

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 in atomic magnetometry desirable.

Please note, although not a prerequisite, eligibility for an Australian Department of Defence Baseline Security clearance is 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. 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 ‘Apply Now’ button to be taken through to the online application form. 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 March 2023.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Prof. Andre Luiten

Project Lead & Director, IPAS

P: +61 404 817 168


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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.

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