Research Associate in Glass Micro-Photonics

Sydney, Australia
$88,420 $94,760 p.a.
12 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
31 May 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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About the Department

The Department of Physic and Astronomy's MQ Photonics Research Centre brings together a team of researchers with long standing expertise in lasers and optical physics.

The Centre is nationally and internationally recognised for innovation and leadership in lasers and photonics. The focus of the Centre is on fundamental and applied research in the six frontiers of optical science: Photonic sources/ laser applications; Natural & engineered optical materials; Photonics for Life and Health Sciences; Photonics for the environment; Astrophotonics; Quantum photonics – fundamental and applied.

Interests and activities within the MQ Photonics Research Centre provide a rigorous research setting with world class facilities, strong links to industry complemented by a strong cohort of entrepreneurial alumni, and active collaborations with major international research groups in photonics.

The Role

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is seeking to appoint a new Research Associate in Glass Micro-Photonics in the MQ Photonics Research Centre.

The successful candidate will work in the MQ Photonics Research Centre and will conduct research on an ARC funded project investigating atomic species migrations in glasses exposed to femtosecond laser radiation. Objectives include improving our understanding of the physical processes controlling femtosecond laser induced refractive index change and developing new approaches to low loss integrated microphotonic chips.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position applications must respond to the selection criteria below and attach as a separate document in the application process.


  • A PhD in Physics, Optoelectronics, Engineering, Chemistry or equivalent experience
  • Relevant experience using femtosecond lasers to in-volume modify transparent dielectrics
  • Experience in glass chemistry
  • Experience in optical and electron microscopy
  • A track record of written publications and presenting research results at scientific meetings
  • A demonstrated track record working both as an independent researcher and in a team based environment


  • Postdoctoral research experience or equivalent
  • Experience in electron microprobe methodology and analysis
  • Experience with Raman spectroscopy and digital holography

Job Specific Enquiries: Professor Michael Withford on

Salary Package: From $88,420 $94,760 p.a. (Level A) plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.

Appointment Type: Full-time fixed-term (2 years)

Applications Close: Wednesday, 31st May at 11.55pm AEST

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.