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Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow (Level BRF/CSRF)

Adelaide, Australia
$109,074 - $132,830 per annum (plus 17% superannuation)
Closing date
25 Mar 2024
  • Based in UniSA STEM at the Mawson Lakes campus
  • Full-time, three (3) year fixed term contract
  • Commencement Salary: Level BRF $109,074 / Level CSRF $132,830 per annum (plus 17% superannuation)

About the Role 

The Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow will contribute to the research efforts of the Laser Physics and Photonics Devices Laboratory (LPPDL) research team within UniSA STEM and be a member of the “ARC Centre of Excellence in Optical Microcombs for Breakthrough Science (COMBS)”. 

About UniSA  

The University of South Australia is Australia’s University of Enterprise. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous and we create new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.

UniSA STEM links engineering, mathematics, science, defence and cybersecurity, environmental science, aviation, information technology, construction and project management, harnessing the connections across disciplines to bring big ideas to fruition. Our researchers are solution focused and collaborative to deliver technical expertise and advice to industry, government and community groups to make commercially viable and sustainable impacts. We integrate research into our teaching, with students working alongside researchers in first-class facilities, what’s discovered one day is taught the next. Our graduates are entrepreneurs and trailblazers, who design and build the world they want to live in. UniSA STEM also incorporates leading edge research organisations; the Future Industries Institute, the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments and the Centre for Industrial Artificial Intelligence (AI).  

The Future Industries Institute  brings together world-class strength in high-tech manufacturing, nanomedicine, minerals and resource engineering plus environmental science, with the end goal of building economic growth through innovative partnerships and translational research. The Institute builds on the significant capability, infrastructure and reputation of the University’s existing research strengths and substantial research infrastructure and supports state and national research priorities. 

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Optical Microcombs for Breakthrough Science (COMBS) is a 7 year, $35M+ project. COMBS is a large, dynamic, diverse and inclusive community that spans across Australia and beyond. Members of COMBS have the opportunity to work with other COMBS scientists within the eight Australian Universities network, take advantage of internships with industry and many international partners in Europe, Asia and the US. There are many opportunities for learning through workshops, technology translation and entrepreneurship bootcamps, and access to top photonics scientists. COMBS values equity, diversity, inclusion, and access, and we recognise the importance of intersectionality. We are committed to creating an environment that embraces and harnesses these intersections to do the best science we can.

Core Responsibilities 


  • Conduct high-quality research independently or under limited supervision and in collaboration with industry and other stakeholders
  • Design, perform and record experimental work in comb laser physics and engineering and combs applications
  • Independently or under limited supervision, communicate research outcomes in both verbal and written form including presentations and reports to the research team
  • Ensure delivery of COMB project’s research milestones, objectives and work programs are met on time and within budget
  • Develop a record of independent research that results in high-quality publications


  • Deliver milestones for the COMBS project, consistent with the aims of the EOS Chair in Laser Physics and COMBS Centre of Excellence
  • Exercise strong leadership skills in creating a high-performing research group, a collaborative network, or institute-wide initiative
  • Engage effectively with academia and industry, including attracting additional industry funding to transition COMBS technology
  • Independently communicate research outcomes in verbal and written form
  • Successful mentoring of less experienced staff, students and academic visitors

Essential Skills and Experience 


  • A PhD qualification in experimental physics (including lasers, optics or combs)
  • Demonstrated research productivity as a postdoctoral researcher, with experience relevant to at least one COMBS research strand
  • Demonstrated experimental skills in at least one area, including laser frequency combs, laser resonators, free-space lasers, laser noise analysis and solid-state laser/comb engineering
  • Evidence of participation in external activities such as industry or community engagement relevant to the field of research
  • Record of independent research resulting in high-quality publications and evidence of growing citation impact


  • A PhD qualification in experimental physics (including lasers, optics or combs)
  • Evidence of established and productive research collaborations with experience relevant to at least one COMBS research theme
  • Sustained productivity as a postdoctoral researcher (experimentalist), evidenced through a refined research profile and plan that is aligned with at least one COMBS research strand including laser frequency combs, laser resonators, free-space lasers, laser noise analysis and solid-state laser/comb engineering
  • A record of supervising HDR students, including evidence of successful completions
  • A record of obtaining research income, including as a Chief-Investigator on competitive grant applications and/or a Fellowship


Getting a great job working with the best is just the start. UniSA rewards its staff with a wide variety of benefits such as:

  • Access to great personal development opportunities 
  • Generous superannuation contributions of 17% 
  • Flexible working conditions 
  • A range of salary packaging options, including vehicle leasing, laptops and car parking fees 
  • A variety of leave arrangements


As a University of Enterprise, we offer a dynamic and agile workplace culture, one that embraces challenges and thrives on breaking new ground. Our staff are creative and innovative thinkers, communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. We embrace diversity and inclusion in a vibrant, engaging environment.  Our people are authentic, resilient, and influential, and we deliver results. 

Start Your Unstoppable Career!  

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA.  The online application form will list the specific selection criteria that you need to address.  

Please address your cover letter to Emma Kelvin, Consultant: Recruitment Central.  For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or via email at using job reference number 5844

Applications close: 11.30pm Monday 25 March 2024


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