Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Material Science, Ceramics

Sydney, Australia
05 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Feb 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology.

  • Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in research excellence
  • Full-time fixed term for 3 years. Remuneration package: $120K p.a. which includes base salary, leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation).

About the opportunity

Postdoctoral position is available immediately in the area of material science in particular ceramic materials. The role’s research focus will be in the synthesis, design and development of materials with 3-dimensional hierarchical Nano architectures for applications in medical device industry preferably for the broad area of musculoskeletal applications. An ideal candidate would be capable of achieving breakthrough results relevant to new technologies in the medical device industry.

Primary responsibilities will include the synthesis, purification, and functionalization of the developed ceramic materials, full material characterization (i.e. SEM, TEM, RAMAN, UV-VIS, SAXS, XPS, etc.), and collaborating with other material scientists. The role will collaborate with other researchers and liaise with research, administrative and academic staff of the University.

The position is full-time fixed term for 3 years, subject to the completion of a 6 months’ probation period for new appointees. Membership of a University approved superannuation scheme is a condition of employment for new appointees.

Applications should include a 2 page summary of a project addressing the development of novel ceramics for musculoskeletal application and a detailed resume including a publications list, and the names and addresses of five references.

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 Postdoctoral Research Fellow- Material Science (Ceramics) who has:

  • A doctoral degree in material science or engineering is required.
  • Prior research experience in nanomaterial synthesis, functionalization, and characterization.
  • Have the ability to initiate and conduct research across disciplines
  • Demonstrated experience in managing multiple projects and in corresponding with scientific collaborators.
  • Demonstrated success in the publication of high-impact work in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals
  • Strong organizational and record keeping skills.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in a team environment with a diverse group of scientific and technical personnel.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Contributing to the research culture of the School and assist in the supervision of HDR students.
  • Preparing and publishing research outcomes in relevant refereed journals and presenting research outcomes at conferences, workshops and seminars.
  • Providing written and verbal reports as required by the project and undertaking associated administrative functions.
  • Assisting with the preparation of grant applications.
  • Maintaining research confidentiality and conform to all requirements for the protection of intellectual property.
  • Ability to work closely with groups industry partners
  • Ensuring staff and students work and study in an inclusive environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team environment, as well as independently with minimal supervision in the completion of work tasks with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of workplace health and safety principles which will enable the appointee to implement these principles at an appropriate level.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led the research and teaching 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 9 campuses, we employ over 7600 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 156/0118 to apply.

Closing date: 11.30pm 18 February 2018 (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.

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