Grant-Funded Researcher (A/B) - School of Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences

Adelaide, Australia
$91,402 - $102,952 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies
07 May 2023
End of advertisement period
08 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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

The University of Adelaide is seeking applications for a full-time position for 2 years with the possibility of extension.

The Physics department in the School of Physical Sciences is seeking applications to fill one or more post-doctoral research positions primarily associated with the research and development of III-V semiconductor lasers.

The positions include aspects of molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE) crystal growth, optical device fabrication using wet and dry lithography, and optical characterisation. Compound semiconductors of group III and arsenic, phosphorus, and antimony will be under investigation. Other related areas of interest include nanophononics, the fabrication of quantum light sources, and single-photon resolving superconducting detectors, and III-V based solar cells.

We are seeking motivated, independent, and experienced researchers. The post-doctoral researcher will help lead the research and development of our semiconductor-based laser program. The individuals will work with undergraduate and graduate students, as well as undertake direct researcher efforts. The individual will assume some management responsibilities in the laboratory, depending on the position level; however, hand-on laboratory work remains an important role. Commitment to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion, and the ability to contribute to the diversity of these research areas is crucial.

While centred in Physics, our efforts operate at the nexus of the School of Physical Sciences (Physics), the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the School of Chemical Engineering, and the Institute of Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) at The University of Adelaide, with close ties to the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG). This unique, close working environment between different entities will create a dynamic experience.

To be successful at Level A you will need:

  • PhD in physics, applied physics, electrical engineering, material engineering, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in disciplines related to one or more of the following: MBE crystal growth of III-V compound semiconductor, fabrication of optical and opto-electronic devices, and characterisation and testing of semiconductor-based materials and optical structures and devices. Modelling and simulation abilities are a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research in addition to working effectively as a member of a cross-disciplinary team.

In the addition to the above, to be successful at Level B you will need:

  • Post-doctoral research experience, publications, conference papers, reports or professional or technical contributions.
  • Experience in the supervision of research-support staff.

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.

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

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 document.

Applications close 11:55pm 8 June 2023

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding these positions, contact:

Prof Glenn Solomon
Hicks Chair of Quantum Material / School of Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences

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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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