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ARC Grant-Funded Researcher (B) - Experimental Physicist

Adelaide, Australia
$107,276 to $126,894 per annum
Closing date
28 Apr 2024

(Level B) $107,276 to $126,894 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation

Three fixed term positions for two years starting in 2024 with possible extension for a third year.

The ARC Grant-Funded Researchers (level B) will work to support the experimental program of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics -

We are seeking to appoint three experimental physicists as Grant-Funded Researchers within the Adelaide Node of the Centre.

Successful applicants will collaborate closely with other Centre nodes supporting the Centre’s broad experimental program in collider physics, direct detection and detector development, with a focus on the experimental detection of dark matter and physics beyond the standard model. The School of Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences hosts strong groups working on the ATLAS, Belle II, IceCube, CTA, HESS, LIGO, SABRE and Pierre Auger experiments. Close collaboration between theorists and experimentalists is actively encouraged.

One of the positions will have a focus on the detection of dark matter in the ATLAS experiment being carried out at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. One position will have a focus on instrumentation and direct detection in the SABRE experiment being carried out at the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory (SUPL), in Australia, and at Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (LNGS), in Italy, and, on the design, testing and construction of the next generation of direct detection experiments including directional dark matter experiments such as CYGNUS. The Centre is also involved in axion detection experiments such as ADMX at the University of Washington. The third position can be in either area. The successful candidates will be encouraged to be involved across a range of the activities in the Centre’s experimental program.

To be successful you will need:

  • PhD or equivalent degree (or thesis submitted) in experimental particle and/or nuclear physics in an area of relevance to the Centre.
  • 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 build, test and model advanced experimental equipment.

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 core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity. We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills of our staff.

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 is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research in: agriculture; food and wine; animal and veterinary sciences; biological sciences; and physical sciences. It develops future science leaders, and actively partners with innovative industries to solve scientific problems of global significance.

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How To Apply:

Please submit your:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research interests
  • Statement addressing the selection criteria as listed in the Selection Criteria document.

*** Applications close Sunday 28th April 2024 at 11:55pm***

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Professor Anthony G Williams
Deputy Director & Director Adelaide Node, ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics, School of Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
P: +61 (8) 83133546


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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