Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Quantum Gases

Boroondara, Australia
07 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Apr 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy : CQOS
  • Academic Level A plus generous benefits
  • 2 year fixed term contract, Hawthorn Location 

About Swinburne

Swinburne is a progressive university that aims to increase Australia’s capacity in science, technology and innovation as the drivers of modern, internationalised economies and workplaces. Our university is focused on high-impact global research, high-quality teaching and active engagement with both industry and the community.

About the Centre for Quantum and Optical Science

The Centre for Quantum and Optical Science (CQOS) is a large and dynamic centre, with currently 26 academic/research staff and 21 PhD students. Regular meetings (weekly group leaders meetings, weekly student talks, fortnightly seminars and journal club) engage members with the latest progress in our physics area. The theoretical physics group in CQOS, including Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science Prof. Drummond, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science Prof. Margaret, Fellow of the American Physical Society A/Prof. Hu, ARC Future Fellow Prof. Liu and ARC DECRA Fellow Dr.Wang, has an outstanding environment to conduct world-class research on ultracold atomic gases. It has the strong support from a world-leading experimental group that involves Prof. Peter Hannaford, Prof. Andrei Sidorov and ARC Future Fellow Prof. Chris Vale.

About the Fellowship

Two-dimensional exotic superfluidity in e.g., Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless quasi-condensates, Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov superfluids and high-Tc superconductors, is one of cornerstones of modern physics. Their observation and quantitative characterization are of fundamental importance for future quantum technologies. This research will provide a breakthrough understanding of universal exotic superfluidity in two dimensions and place Australia at the new frontier of quantum revolution.

This project aims to develop novel, more accurate methods to better characterise universal exotic superfluidity predicted to occur in ultracold fermionic atoms confined to move in two dimensions. Exotic superfluidity, flow without loss of kinetic energy in unconventional states of matter, exists universally in cold-atoms, condensed matter systems and neutron stars, and lies at the heart of some two-dimensional quantum materials. This project pave the way to quantitatively understand exotic superfluids, towards their ultimate observations at the experimental groups around the world, our research could be useful for emergent technologies based on exotic superfluidity.

As our postdoctoral research fellow, you will work on the project that develops novel and more accurate theory in strongly correlation Fermi gas system. With your strong theoretical skills and a solid background in ultracold quantum gases and condensed matter physics, this project is funded by the Australian Research Council, with Prof. Xia-Ji Liu. The research will be carried out at the Theory Group in the Centre for Quantum and Optical Science (CQOS). The position will be available on the full-time basis for up to two years.

In addition to your own research activities, you will be responsible for the supervision of postgraduate students working on the project, writing up results for publication and presenting results at conferences.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • An earned doctoral qualification in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics or Quantum Physics
  • Solid theoretical background in ultracold quantum gases and condensed matter physics
  • Demonstrated strong English communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Demonstrated publication track record in peer-reviewed journals

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description


The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2016 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. Swinburne has also received the Victorian “High Commendation” Multicultural Excellence Award (Business Category).

At Swinburne we recognise the need to support the work/life balance and flexible needs of our staff. As such a range of flexible working arrangements including paid maternity/partner leave, onsite childcare, working from home and part time options are available. You will have access to many benefits such as career development opportunities including 50% study reduction and staff and management development programs. You will receive up to 17% employer contributions (pension) and various discounts on annual Myki cards, private health insurance and movie tickets.

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How to apply

To start an application click on 'apply' at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Xiaji Liu (Professor, ARC Future Fellow) on +613 9214 8166. 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr. Walter Robles, on, or our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Officer, Sherrin Trautmann on

Applications close at 5 pm on Sunday 15th April 2018.

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