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Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Fellow

Apply now Job no: 537860
Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Academic

Classification: Level A

Classification: Academic Level A/B (Several Positions Available)

Salary package: $80,439- $113,165 per annum plus 17% Superannuation

Term: Full time, Fixed Term (2 years)

  • Excellent employer superannuation contributions
  • On campus childcare facilities
  • Support network and mentoring program for early career academics
  • This is an Identified Position and only female applicants will be considered 

The Area

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS) brings together five Australian and 13 leading international universities as well as Australian and global companies to create entirely new optics-based technologies with enormous market potential. The Centre has received $34.9 million funding from the Australian Research Council to operate from 2020-2027.

TMOS will develop the next-generation of miniaturised optical systems with functionalities beyond what is conceivable today. By harnessing the disruptive concept of meta-optics, the Centre will overcome complex challenges in light generation, manipulation and detection at the nanoscale. The Centre brings together a trans-disciplinary team of world-leaders in science, technology and engineering to deliver scientific innovations in optical systems for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

As a Centre, we strongly believe that diversity improves ideas and innovation and leads to better outcomes and productivity. Diversity and fostering a culture of inclusiveness will be a key contributor to the scientific excellence of TMOS. Along with other initiatives, we will provide carer grants to support our centre members with caring / family responsibilities to participate in professional activities.

TMOS aims to develop a multidisciplinary, dynamic, interactive and collaborative culture fostering future research leaders who thrive in academic excellence and are equipped with strong transferable skills. The centre will also offer a mentoring program for early career researchers while providing opportunities to hone other skills such as outreach, industry engagement, and building international networks. 

The positions are located at the Australian National University, within the Research School of Physics.

The Research School of Physics (RSPhys) represents Australia's largest university based research and teaching activity in the physics discipline. The School is home to a number of major national facilities such as Australia's largest accelerator and the H1-NF National Stellarator Facility. Hundreds of academics, technical staff and students form the School's greatest asset, its people. This critical mass of researchers is of fundamental importance in fostering the kind of interdisciplinary interactions that create modern research excellence.

The underlying impetus of our research is a belief in the fundamental importance of physics to all of science and technology and the key role physics must play in addressing the challenges facing the modern world. For example, in addressing climate change, we must better understand the physics of the atmosphere and develop new clean sources of energy. In medicine, further development of new procedures, such as positron therapy for cancer treatment, will not be possible without advancing the basic physics that underlies them. The communications revolution that is changing the world is driven by physics, and if progress is to continue, research must harness advances in electronic materials, lasers and optoelectronic devices.

There is no better place to study and research physics than the Research School of Physics at The Australian National University.

The Positions

Based in the Department of Electronic and Materials Engineering or the Nonlinear Physics Centre within the Research School of Physics. Up to seven positions are available to be filled in this recruitment round.

The Person

To excel in this role you will have:

  • A PhD in physics, engineering or a related discipline
  • Proven ability to conduct high quality research, evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and citations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in at least one or more of the following areas:
    • epitaxial growth and characterisation of novel compound semiconductor nanostructures
    • nanoscale lasers, light emitters and photodetectors
    • nonlinear light matter interactions with dielectric and metallic nanostructures
    • tunable nanostructures and metasurfaces
    • quantum nanophotonics
    • metasurface holography and image processing
    • semiconductor metamaterials
    • optical spectroscopy of semiconductors

This advertisement has been prepared in accordance with the University’s Identified Positions Procedure. The University supports special measures to improve access, participation and inclusion of academic women who are under-represented in the field of physics. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

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For more information about the positions please contact Professor Andrey Sukhorukov, E: or Professor Lan Fu, E:

Application information

In order to apply for his role, please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria, and
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV).

Please note: The successful applicant must have rights to live and work in Australia

Position Description & Selection Criteria

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Applications close: AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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