Grant-Funded Researcher (A) - School of Physical Sciences

Job no: 503191
Work type: Fixed term - Full-time
Campus: Adelaide
Categories: Faculty of Sciences, Level A

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(Level A) $83,480 to $86,587 per annum plus an employer contribution of 9.5% superannuation will apply

Fixed term, full-time position available for four months

Contribute to the project “Fluoride glass fabrication” as a material scientist within the Institute of Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS)

The vision of the Institute of Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) is to pursue a transdisciplinary approach that brings together experimental physicists, chemists, material scientists, engineers, mathematicians, biologists and medical researchers to create new sensing and measurement technologies in order to solve major challenges.

The Fibres and Photonics Materials research group at IPAS, through the School of Physical Sciences, has recently secured funding for the prototyping of an improved method for fluoride glass melting and processing to decrease the transmission for this glass type. The project aims to develop and fabricate fluoride glass fibres with significantly improved optical quality to enable use of these fibres for a range of applications such as lasers and new light sources in the mid-infrared spectral range.

We are seeking a researcher with a background in materials science to drive the development and fabrication of the fluoride glass fibres.

To be successful you will need:

  • PhD or equivalent degree (or thesis submitted) in materials science/engineering
  • A commitment to research excellence in glass science and development
  • Demonstrated publication track record in leading scientific journals and conferences
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research in addition to working effectively as a member of a research team
  • Good verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills, including the ability to liaise and communicate effectively with professional and industry bodies, government and members of the community

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 core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity. We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills of our staff.

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.

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Your faculty's broader role

The Faculty of Sciences is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research in: agriculture; food and wine; animal and veterinary sciences; biological sciences; and physical sciences. It develops future science leaders, and actively partners with innovative industries to solve scientific problems of global significance.

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If you want to change tomorrow, act today

Click the link to the online application form below and address and upload your responses to all selection criteria. Applications close 11:55pm, 25 October 2019.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem
Senior Research Fellow, School of Physical Sciences
P: +61 (8) 8313 1136

For a confidential discussion regarding how to apply for this position, contact:

Michelle Carter
HR Coordinator, Faculty of Sciences
P: +61 (8) 8313 9271

You'll find a full selection criteria below: (If no links appear, try viewing on another device)

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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