Research Fellow (A) - School of Chemical Engineering

Job no: 514443
Work type: Fixed term - Full-time
Campus: Adelaide
Categories: Level A, Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

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(Level A) $98,574 - $105,611 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation may apply.

Two fixed-term positions available immediately for one year at the School of Chemical Engineering, with the possibility of an additional 2 years based on performance.

The Research Fellow will conduct experimental research funded by the Australian Research Council on electrode, catalyst and electrolyte materials for advanced batteries.

Build your research career at the School of Chemical Engineering in a world-class research group led by ARC Laureate Fellow, Professor Zaiping Guo.

We are seeking to appoint two Research Fellows to contribute to develop next-generation battery energy systems to address key challenges nationally and internationally, in addition to providing significant performance, lifetime, and safety improvements of batteries. This project also aims to better understand the working mechanism of applied electrodes, the criteria of electrolyte selection, and their associated interfacial reactions to build up a generalized knowledge for the further deployment in commercialized batteries. It will transform early career researchers into highly skilled professionals in the fields of materials engineering and electrochemistry for energy storage and battery technology. The candidate will be encouraged to use their initiative and develop their own research programme to meet the challenges of the future. He/she is expected to take a leadership role within the team, conducting independent research, supervising research students, and engaging with collaborators.

The School of Chemical Engineering is a thriving centre of learning, teaching and research in a vast range of engineering disciplines and material science. Many of its academic staff are work leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers.

To be successful you will need:

  • A PhD in electrochemistry, nanotechnology, chemistry sciences, material engineering or related applied science.
  • Relevant research experience in the development of batteries or CO2 reduction, as evidenced by highly impacted research publications in leading journals and conferences or equivalent industrial experience.
  • Considerable knowledge to develop novel materials or electrocatalysts with desired physical and electrochemical properties.
  • Experimental expertise in electrochemical characterization, coin and other cells making and testing.
  • Proficiency in using advanced analysing techniques, such as XRD, SEM, TEM, NMR, FTIR, Raman, XPS.
  • Extensive experience with developing in-situ techniques with XRD, Raman, FTIR, or synchrotron-related diffraction and spectroscopy for monitoring of the dynamic reaction processes in electrodes and at electrode/electrolyte interfaces.
  • Excellent reading and written communication skills.
  • Potential to lead a research program in fundamental and/or applied areas addressing current battery related industrial challenges.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a professional and collegial manner, and to build rapport with all levels of academic and professional staff within a diverse and inclusive work environment.

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.

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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, 6 August 2024.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Zaiping Guo
Professor, School of Chemical Engineering

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 committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application. 

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