Postdoctoral Fellow in Engineering

Randwick, Australia
09 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
29 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The UNSW School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE) is one of the nine schools within the Faculty of Engineering at UNSW. SPREE grew out of the Australian Research Council Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence in response to the growing industry of renewable energy. Building on world-leading research, including holding the record for the most efficient silicon solar cell for over two decades, the school attracts leading international researchers in the area of photovoltaic.

Our academic staff have been consistently ranked amongst the leaders worldwide in the photovoltaic field through international peer review. This team has held the world record for silicon solar cell efficiencies for over twenty years and has been responsible for developing the most successfully commercialised new photovoltaic technology internationally throughout the same period.

About the role

  • Multiple positions available at either Level A or B, dependent on qualifications and experience
  • $73K - $121K plus 17% superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term 24 months
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

This position will play an integral role in maintaining the School’s national and international profile in crystalline silicon photovoltaics research. This position will contribute to industry linked first generation photovoltaics projects funded by the Australian renewable energy agency and industry partners. The position is expected to collaborate closely with project partners and to assist in the timely successful achievement of scheduled project milestones. The Postdoctoral Fellow will likely need to spend some time with the respective industry partner for the purposes of technology transfer, training and managing the research.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will:

Level A

  • Postgraduate degree (or soon to be awarded) related to photovoltaics or a relevant material science field;
  • Thorough theoretical background in solar cell device physics;
  • Expertise and experience in silicon solar cell fabrication and characterisation (preferable)
  • Demonstrated evidence of publications during the period a PhD is obtained (i.e. provision of a list of publications broken down into Book, Book Chapter, Journal, Full Refereed Conference paper, Refereed Conference Abstract, Patent, Other is advisable).
  • High level communication skills and ability to network effectively and interact with a diverse range of students, staff and industry
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work with peers, superiors and with an ability to communicate effectively with members of the wider community;

Level B

In addition to the above, essential criteria for level B include:

  • More than two years of experience in a postdoctoral position conducting research in the field of crystalline silicon photovoltaics or two years conducting photovoltaics research in industry
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research under limited supervision
  • Excellent communication skills and experience with managing various project partners

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.


Dr Brett Hallam, Scientia Fellow


Applications close: 29 March 2018

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