Postdoctoral Research Associate/Research Fellow in Physics

Sydney, Australia
06 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Institute of Photonics and Optical Science

School of Physics

Faculty of Science

  • Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experimental expertise in microwave photonics transmission
  • Full time, fixed term for 1 year (further offers up to 12 months subject to performance and funding), Remuneration $106-121K, which includes leave loading and 17% Superannuation

About the opportunity 

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate (level A) or Research Fellow (level B) to join our program.

The group engages in experimental research to explore novel effects associated with stimulated Brillouin scattering particularly microwave photonic filters, phase shifters and opto-electronic oscillators. The project will involve collaboration with other universities and may involve collaboration with industry and end-users.

The project aims to:

  • Develop a research program in these and related areas
  • Prepare and present scientific results in papers and conferences
  • Co-supervise undergraduate and graduate research students
  • Assist in recruitment of research students
  • Assist towards attracting new funding

You will apply your expertise to provide research support in the investigation of ways to increase the data- carrying capacity of optical networks.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a candidate with:

  • PhD in physics, electrical engineering or a related discipline
  • Extensive experience in experimental photonics, nonlinear optics and opto-electronics
  • Knowledge in microwave photonic signal processing
  • Knowledge and understanding of the theory and formalism of nonlinear optics, desirably Brillouin scattering and multi-wave nonlinear interactions
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work in highly collaborative team environment
  • For appointment at Level B you must have substantive level of postdoctoral experience and strong evidence of independent research as well as experience in supervision of research students.

Desirable criteria include:

  • Experience in guided nonlinear optics and integrated optics 
  • Experience in or knowledge of stimulated Brillouin scattering
  • Experience with numerical simulation of nonlinear optical pulse propagation

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm 03 December 2017 (Sydney time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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