University Postdoctoral Fellow or University Research Fellow

Adelaide, Australia
$80,881 - $108,532 per annum
18 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
11 Nov 2016
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Prestigious international university
  • Wide range of employee benefits
  • 2 Positions Available

The University of Adelaide is one of Australia's leading Group of Eight, research-intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Established in 1874, it is Australia's third oldest university with a strong reputation for preparing educated leaders and delivering research outcomes that contribute to local, national and global wellbeing.

The Faculty of Sciences is one of five faculties at the University of Adelaide. As the first university in Australia to grant degrees in science (1882), science has long been at the cornerstone of the institution and this continues today. As a research and education leader in fields such as biomedical sciences, agricultural, environmental and earth sciences, and photonics, the faculty offers an exciting and innovative work environment.

The School of Physical Sciences is one of four Schools in the Faculty of Sciences. Located at the University's North Terrace campus, the School brings together the internationally recognised contemporary disciplines of chemistry; earth science; and physics, delivering undergraduate and postgraduate education, training and research with both national relevance and global outreach and networks in the public and private sectors.

The Institute of Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) has been formed to create an internationally leading transdisciplinary research group within The University of Adelaide based in the School of Physical Sciences. The Institute is developing a range of new technologies using fibre optics and lasers in order to allow the sensing of a range of chemical and biological signals. IPAS works across multiple markets including: Defence, Environmental, Medical, Mining, Food & Wine.

We have the opportunity to appoint up to two individuals to an exciting role within an active research and technology group. The group has been funded through a number of grants to develop and deliver innovative technology for defence-related applications. These roles are aimed at translating the current laboratory-based technology into deployable technology that can be used in the field. The successful applicants will be involved in the design, construction and validation of the performance of these devices and will work closely with personnel within the University as well as within the defence community. The initial appointment will be for up to two years although we expect the project to extend well beyond this timescale.

Salary: (Level A) $80,881 - $86,820 per annum, (Level B) $91,393 - $108,532 per annum.

Superannuation: An employer contribution of 17% may apply.

Term of position: These fixed-term contracts are available immediately until 31 December 2018.

Position requirements

To be successful you should have:

  • A PhD or Masters equivalent in physics or engineering or another related discipline.
  • Strong evidence of a commitment to research and well developed research skills, demonstrated by publications in refereed journals, presentations at conferences, research grants received and/or other appropriate measures.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and in an interdisciplinary setting.
  • Demonstrated track record in some area of precision experimental physics.
  • Good critical thinking and problem solving skills.

To be appointed at Level B, in addition to the above, you should have post-doctoral research experience which has resulted in publications, conference papers, reports or professional or technical contributions which give evidence of research ability.

Please address and upload your responses to the selection criteria within the online application. If you have any queries regarding this position, please contact A/Prof Martin O'Connor, telephone: +61 8 8313 9238 or email:

To obtain a copy of the Selection Criteria, please visit the University of Adelaide Job opportunities page via this link:

Closing date: 11 November 2016

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.