University Senior Research Fellow

Adelaide, Australia
$111,951 - $129,093 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

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 an individual to an exciting role within an active research group. The group has been funded through a number of grants to construct innovative technology for defence-related applications. This role is aimed at translating the current laboratory-based technology into deployable technology that can be used in the field in both civilian and defence applications. The successful applicant will direct a number of individuals who will be responsible for design, construction and validation of the performance of these devices and will be required to work closely with personnel within the University, within the broader defence community as well as with SMEs who will be responsible for delivering some elements of the device. The initial appointment will be for up to two years although we expect the project to extend well beyond this timescale.

Salary: (Level C) $111,951 - $129,093 per annum.

Superannuation: An employer contribution of 17% may apply.

Term of position: This fixed-term contract is available immediately until 31 December 2018.

Position requirements

To be successful you should have:

  • A PhD or 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.
  • Evidence of an ability to attract external funding from national competitive research bodies, state government or industry, and international agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare high quality reports and presentations.
  • Evidence of ability to attract and effectively supervise students or employees.
  • Evidence of ability to develop and maintain collaborative links.

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.