Research in Modelling of Excitonic and Photovoltaic Materials

Melbourne, Australia
29 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
29 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Convenient central city location in Melbourne, the world's most liveable city
  • Full time/Part-Time - Fixed term/Contract

Our Organisation

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise. Our mission is to help shape the world through research, innovation, teaching and engagement, and to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work.

Situated within the College of Science, Engineering and Health, the School of Science provides over 45 bachelor and postgraduate programs, and undertakes world class research across the disciplines of physical sciences, mathematical sciences and computer science.

One of RMIT's top-performing research schools, we deliver research that addresses the 'real life questions' essential to Australia's innovation agenda. Our high-quality teaching programs inspire students to pursue careers in a range of industries including health, materials technology, food, geospatial and surveying, environmental analysis, banking and commerce, as well as computing and IT roles and research and development across a wide range of areas.

The School has staff, students and facilities on both the City and Bundoora campuses, has 300 staff, 327 higher degree research students, 3347 coursework students and an annual budget of $120 million.

RMIT University is an Athena SWAN member and the College of Science, Engineering and Health is central to driving improvements in gender equality, diversity and inclusion, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines.

The Role and Responsibilities

The appointee will join the RMIT Theoretical Chemical and Quantum Physics research group, with strong interactions with other research groups and institutions working under the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (ACEx). The appointee to this position will work with Prof Salvy Russo's team, focussing on theoretical and computational models of exciton transport, generation and recombination, optical and electronic properties of excitonic and photovoltaic materials,

Key tasks of the appointee include theoretical research that contributes to the milestones of the research themes within ACEx, liaise and have frequent discussions with collaborators and prepare reports on research progress. The successful applicant is expected to be involved in supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects and take on a leadership role in the day-to-day operations of the group.

Skills & Experience Required

To be eligible to apply, candidates must have a PhD in Physics or Theoretical Chemistry and research experience in the developing either TD-DFT or GW-BSE methods applied to modelling optical properties of photovoltaic materials.

Candidates should also have:

  • A demonstrated ability in developing software and theoretical methods to investigate the excitonic properties and/or exciton transport in solid-sate or molecular systems.
  • A strong capability in programming (Fortran90, C++, python, Mathematica, Matlab etc…)
  • A high level of interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  • An ability to work autonomously whilst displaying a strong commitment to work in a team environment, including the demonstrated ability to confidently and effectively work with colleagues and external collaborators.

An excellent publication record relative to opportunity

To Apply

For further information please contact Prof Salvy Russo at or visit our website at and search using job ref # 557304

Applications close on 29th September 2017

Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description. This role will require satisfactory confirmation of a Working with Children Check.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community.