Research Associate in Physics

Perth, Australia
14 May 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Jun 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Associate/Research Fellow

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

School of Physics and Astrophysics 

  • 1 year fixed term extendable
  • Perth and Gingin based
  • Level A/B $68,452 - $115,350

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

The team

The University of Western Australia (UWA) node of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Gravitational wave Discovers (OzGrav) is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position on instrumentation for gravitational wave detection.

The instrumentation group of OzGrav-UWA current research is focused on developing advanced techniques for gravitational wave detectors.  Our research programs include quantum measurement techniques for improving the quantum noise limited sensitivity, the control of parametric instability, optimal mode matching for reducing the loss of squeezed state injection, and silicon optics in high power cavities for next generation detectors.  We operate the Australian High Optical Power Gravitational Wave Research Facility at Gingin, with 80m suspended high finesse cavities.  At the UWA campus, we have several cleanroom optical laboratories for undertaking the benchtop experiments.

We are looking for a dynamic experimentalist with motivation and drive and relevant experience.  The work will involve conducting day to day research, and working closely with PhD students on experiments either with high power suspended optical cavities, or table top experiments.

UWA offers a vibrant research environment for gravitational wave astronomy.  There is a long history of gravitational wave research at UWA.  One of the first cryogenic bar detector Niobe was developed at the UWA during the 1980s.

About the opportunity

You will conduct research primarily on experiments towards measurement in quantum noise limited sensitivity.  You will also assist in supervising final year undergraduate, Master and PhD students working on opto-mechanical experiments.  You will be expected to participate in proposing and developing new experiments aiming for improving the sensitivity of gravitational wave detectors.

Flexibility with hours is essential as it is a requirement of the role that there will be occasional weekend work.  It is also anticipated that you will be required to stay at the Gingin facility for several consecutive nights on a regular basis.

 To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • A Ph.D. (or soon to be completed) in experimental physics
  • Experience in precision measurements, opto-mechanical systems, lasers, optics and feedback control systems. 
  • Knowledge of basic quantum measurement theory, noise analysis and vibration isolation is desirable.
  • Writing and publishing papers in high impact journals
  • The ability to establish and maintain international collaborations with leading international experts.

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria. 

Closing date: Friday, 15 June 2018

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: All applications should be submitted by email directly to with the relevant job reference number included in the subject line. Applications should include a current resume and  a separate statement addressing the key selection criteria outlined in the Position Description.

  • UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2016).
  • The University is also a proud member of the Athena SWAN/SAGE Pilot for Gender Equity.

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