ARC Grant Funded Researcher (B), School of Biological Sciences

Adelaide, Australia
$100,933- $119,391 per annum plus 17% superannuation will apply
23 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
20 Mar 2023
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

(Level B) $100,933- $119,391 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation will apply.

The University of Adelaide is seeking applications for 1 x ARC Grant-Funded Researcher to work on an ARC Discovery Project Grant-funded project initially for 3 years fixed term.

The specific topic area of this post is relating to optical trapping in vacuum. The project will address challenges at the classical-quantum interface and has translation potential in the area of precision measurement.

The successful applicant will play a leading role in developing and implementing various forms of trapping within a vibrant team under ARC Laureate Fellowship recipient Professor Kishan Dholakia.

The work is based within the new Centre of Light for Life. The centre aims to build upon the area of photonics and its applications in other multidisciplinary fields. The specific topic area of the post is the development of optical trapping and rotation of particles in vacuum for studies of fundamental physics. This will explore the classical-quantum boundary developing the field known as levitated optomechanics.

The successful applicant will be required to undertake both experimental work and numerical studies. They will be expected to liaise with key institutes such as the Institute of Photonics and Advanced Sensing and the School of Physics.

To be successful you will need:

  • A PhD in photonics and/or optical trapping development
  • Experience in one of more of the following: optical trapping in liquid, air and vacuum; force measurements in optical traps; beam shaping; microparticle synthesis; quantum imaging; multiphoton imaging; imaging through scattering media; the development and application of numerical methods of image and signal analysis
  • The ability to work well with people both in academia and Industry
  • The ability to plan and manage own research activity related to advanced optical trapping and conduct relevant individual and collaborative research projects
  • Good oral communication, paper writing and literature research

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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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 March 20th 2023

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Professor Kishan Dholakia
ARC Laureate, School of Biological Sciences
P: +61 (8) 8313 6761

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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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