ARC Grant-Funded Researcher (A)

Job no: 506445
Work type: Fixed term - Full-time
Campus: Adelaide
Categories: Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences, Level A

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(Level A) $89,610 to $96,007 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation may apply.

Fixed term, full-time opportunity for 2 years.

Flexible work arrangements can be negotiated with the right candidate.

The School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials is seeking an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher with expertise in materials science to work within the Australian Research Council Linkage Project “Critical Minerals from Complex Ores”. This newly awarded, multidisciplinary project, co-financed by BHP Olympic Dam, will involve close collaboration with the minerals industry. The successful applicant will be expected to interact closely with other PhDs within the projects and with industry project sponsors. You will also be expected to become familiar with a wide range of microanalytical instrumentation at the University of Adelaide and external facilities, and to contribute to technique development. This position will also be involved in drafting and presentation of reports, and on preparing manuscripts for publication in peer-review scientific journals.

The research will be focused on atomic-scale materials modelling from first principles. The position requires good computing skills and knowledge of UNIX or LINUX operating systems. The postdoctoral researcher will use the Vienna Ab initio Simulation Package (VASP) to address crystal structures and modularity in minerals that can accommodate anomalous trace element concentrations.

Atomistic models constrained using VASP will be tested against experimental data obtained using high resolution transmission electron microscopy. These models will also be employed in establishing the solubility limits for given trace elements in related compounds and behaviour during phase transition. Targets include crystal structural modifications in iron oxides with high concentrations of uranium and tungsten, as well as phases containing elements such as cobalt and rare earth elements. This role will work within a research team; responsibilities will include mentoring of PhD and honours students.

To be successful you will need:

  • Enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher, ideally with a materials science background.
  • Experience with the Vienna Ab initio Simulation Package (VASP) to address crystal structures and modularity in minerals would be an advantage.
  • Strong ability to work in a multidisciplinary research team.
  • Interest and ability to mentor the PhD students working within the overarching ARC Linkage project.
  • Commitment to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion, and ability to contribute to the diversity of the School 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 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.

Learn more at: adelaide.edu.au/jobs

Your faculty's broader role

The Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences is a thriving centre of learning, teaching and research in a vast range of engineering disciplines, computer science - including machine learning, high-level mathematics and architecture, planning and landscape architecture. Many of its academic staff are world leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers.

Learn more at: ecms.adelaide.edu.au

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, 16 December 2021.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Dr. Cristiana L. Ciobanu
School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials
P: (+61) (0)432 955 000
E:cristiana.ciobanu@adelaide.edu.au

You'll find a full position description and/or 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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