Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Synthetic Chemist

Brisbane, Australia
07 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
20 Dec 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


The Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE) draws together expertise from Chemistry and Physics in a combined facility ( COPE has more than 25 senior research staff, postdoctoral fellows and research students and is housed in laboratories on the 9th Floor of the Chemistry building that include state-of-the-art synthesis and materials characterisation facilities; a Class 1000 clean room incorporating gloveboxes with integral evaporators for device fabrication; and prototype measurement capability. The laboratory is located on the St. Lucia campus, one of the most spacious and attractive university campuses in Australia. COPE is located within the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB), which combines the disciplines of Chemistry, Biochemistry & Molcular Biology, Microbiology and Parasitology into a single academic unit.

The Centre has extensive experimental and computational research programs in optoelectronic organic materials for organic photovoltaics, organic light emitting diodes, and organic chemisensors. The Centre is a partner in the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) along with the University of New South Wales, Australian National University, University of Melbourne, Monash University and CSIRO.  ACAP is a Strategic Research Initiative funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) through its USASEC program, and also involves US-based universities and national laboratory partners.  This postdoctoral research fellow position is directly associated with this program.

The role

This primary function of this role is to synthesise and characterise functional organic and hybrid materials for photovoltaic devices. The position will work with colleagues in the development and execution of research projects, and collaborate with ACAP Partners. The preferred start date is the 3rd January 2018.

The person   

Applicants should possess a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry or a related area, or have post-doctoral experience in a relevant area of synthetic chemistry. The successful candidate will have experience in the characterisation of organic compounds and materials, with the ability to plan and execute synthetic schemes successfully and safely with minimal supervision.  The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to carry out, interpret and properly record the results of modern spectroscopic techniques, particularly NMR.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for two years at Academic Level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $64,533 to $87,535 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $75,503 to $102,415 p.a.).

Position Description

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