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Postdoctoral Fellow

Apply now Job no: 542054
Work type: Continuing (Contingent Funded)
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Academic

Classification: Level A

Classification: Academic Level A  (Two Positions Available)      
Salary package: $73,309 - $93,855 per annum plus 17% Superannuation
Term: Full-time/Part-time (0.5 to 0.8 FTE), Continuing Contingent Funded (3 years)

  • Flexible work arrangements and on campus childcare facilities 
  • Excellent employer superannuation contributions
  • Support network and mentoring program for early career academics

The Area

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics (Dark Matter Centre) brings together six Australian and eight leading international universities as well as four Australian and global research organizations to deliver breakthroughs in our understanding of the Universe through the pursuit of the discovery of dark matter particles, with dark matter comprising 80% of the mass of the universe. The Centre has received $35 million funding from the Australian Research Council to operate from 2020-2027.

The Dark Matter Centre (CDM) assembles for the first time a strong and diverse team of physicists from particle, nuclear, and quantum physics as well as particle astrophysics. It will deliver high-profile experiments using cutting-edge technologies. The Centre will exploit the unique geographical location of the first underground physics laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere. The ultra-sensitive detectors and ultra-low radiation techniques will translate into a broad range of industrial applications.

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 CDM. Along with other initiatives, we will provide carer grants to support our centre members with caring / family responsibilities to participate in professional activities.

CDM 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 heavy-ion accelerator. 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, hadron and Auger therapy for cancer treatment, will not be possible without advancing the basic physics that underlies them.

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 Nuclear Physics and Accelerator Applications within the Research School of Physics. Up to two positions specialising in the direct detection of dark matter by nuclear techniques are available to be filled in this recruitment round. One position includes metrology on radio-impurities in detector materials by Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) and/or Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICPMS).

The Person

To excel in these roles 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 conference presentations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in at least one or more of the following areas:
    • Radiation detection technology, particularly in research and development
    • Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) and/or Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICPMS)  
    • Gas time projection chambers (TPC), directional detection, or related technology
    • Data analysis and simulation of experiment, particularly detector response

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For more information about the positions please contact Professor Andrew Stuchbery, E: Professor Greg Lane, 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).

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.

Position Description & Selection Criteria

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