ARC Grant-Funded Researcher - School of Physical Sciences, Gravitational Wave Detection

The University of Adelaide
Adelaide, Australia
$71,401 - $96,007
Closing date
Aug 11, 2022

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Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering
Full Time
Organization Type
University and College
Jobseeker Type
Academic (e.g. 'Lecturer')
$89,610 to $96,007 (Level A) plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation will apply.

Fixed term position for two years.

The University of Adelaide node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) seeks to appoint a Research Associate.

You will work in a dynamic and multi-faceted team that explores sensing and control of optics in current and next-generation gravitational wave detectors, including the development of novel technologies for high-precision measurement of optical absorption in low-loss materials and coatings, wavefront sensing and adaptive optics.

You will also mentor graduate students and guide their projects in collaboration with other post-doctoral researchers and the OzGrav group leaders.

The position includes collaboration with our national and international partners, and the opportunity to participate in the commissioning of the aLIGO detectors and to present your work at national and international conferences.

To be successful you will need:
  • PhD (or thesis submitted) or equivalent experience in experimental laser physics, photonics, optics and/or optical sensing.
  • A commitment to research excellence.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research in addition to working effectively as a member of a research team in a complex setting.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life. Flexible working arrangements are on offer for all roles at the University.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

Your faculty's broader role

The Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research. Many of its academic staff are world leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers. The Faculty actively partners with innovative industries to solve problems of global significance.

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If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

Click on the 'Apply Now' button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

Applications close 11:55pm, 31st July 2022.

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.


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