Research Fellow in Particle Physics

Melbourne, Australia
$80,258 – $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super
16 Aug 2023
End of advertisement period
12 Oct 2023
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time (Fixed-term position for 2 years)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Physics
Salary: UOM Level A– $80,258 – $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Have the opportunity to work on aspects of the dark matter detection program
  • Support the experimental program of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

You will support the experimental program of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics. You will work on aspects of the dark matter detection program, including: the SABRE experiment and other underground direct detection experiments that the Centre contributes to, and R&D for future direct detection experiments

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Conduct internationally competitive research in dark matter direct detection, resulting in publications in high impact journals.
  • Collaborate on this research with other Melbourne research personnel
  • Actively participate in research seminars and conferences to disseminate research findings in their area of expertise as opportunities arise
  • Assist and actively contribute, under the guidance of senior academics, to the preparation of research proposal submissions to external funding bodies

Who We Are Looking For

The ideal candidate should possess a strong research background with relevant publications in the field of dark matter particle physics, along with expertise in developing particle physics instrumentation.

You will also have:

  • Completion of a PhD in physics in either dark matter detection, high energy physics, or Astro particle physics
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare research reports and manuscripts for publication
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, administer and see through to completion appropriately designed research projects with limited supervision

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.

Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Your New Team – “School of Physics“

The University of Melbourne's School of Physics is one of Australia's leading Physics Schools. It has achieved this status through the high quality of its research and teaching programs. The School offers a wide range of physics subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and performs research in the following areas: Astrophysics, Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Experimental Particle Physics, Materials Science, Physical Biosciences, Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics and Theoretical Particle Physics. 

The School of Physics hosts the following ARC Centre of Excellence groups:

  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS)
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics 
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in All Sky Astrophysics
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T)

The School also plays a major role in the Australian Synchrotron research program, and in the development of the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory.

Currently some 30 academics, 51 research-only staff, more than 95 postgraduate students and 72 associates supported by 23 professional staff make up the School of Physics.  The School additionally hosts 1 Thomas Baker Chair and Melbourne Laureate Professor, 2 ARC Future Fellows and 1 ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher.  Skilled technical staff operate, maintain and develop complex instrumentation and equipment to support the teaching and research activities of the School.  The School is located in the David Caro building on the Swanston Street boundary of the University campus.  The Head of School and majority of the Professional staff are housed on the ground floor of the building to act as the first point of contact for students, staff and visitors.  

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

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The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

We recognise that reconciliation is central to our purpose. For more information, please visit our Reconciliation page.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Ana Gencic via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Applications close: 12 Oct 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Position Description: PD- Level A Research Fellow in Particle Physics.pdf