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Postdoctoral Fellow

Apply now Job no: 540515
Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Academic

Classification: Level A

Classification: Academic Level A
Salary package: $73,309 - $92,015 per annum plus 17% Superannuation
Term: Full time, Fixed Term (12 months)

  • Excellent employer superannuation contributions
  • On campus childcare facilities
  • Support network and mentoring program for early career academics

The Area

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 Position

This position will be based in the department of Electronic Materials Engineering within the Research School of Physics and is funded by an ARC Discovery Project grant. The successful applicant will work with other members of the project team (i.e. Chief investigators and students) to achieve the project aims and will be primarily responsible for sample preparation, plasma exposure experiments, surface imaging, transmission electron microscopy imaging, electronic and optical characterisation, and the subsequent interpretation of the results from these techniques.

The project addresses the interaction dynamics of high-flux helium particles with materials that drives surface nanowire growth. These dynamics are important to nuclear reactor materials and to developing new nanotechnology materials for high energy density lithium-ion battery anodes and water splitting catalysts. Through model and experiment, this project expects to generate new knowledge of processes that drive sub-surface nanobubble formation and surface nanowire growth in materials exposed to helium particles.

The Person

To excel in this role you will have:

  • A PhD in physics, engineering or materials-science, or a related area.
  • Ability to deliver high-quality research outputs
  • Experience in at least one and preferably several of the following areas:
    • characterisation of materials and devices
    • plasma surface interactions,
    • material processing and characterisation,
    • fusion relevant materials science,
    • device fabrication

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For more information about the position please contact Associate Professor Cormac Corr on T: +61 2 6125 2828 or E:

ANU Values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. People with a disability are encouraged to apply. For more information about staff equity at ANU, click here.

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.

Please note: The successful candidate must have rights to live and work in this country and 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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Applications close: AUS Eastern Standard Time

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