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Postdoctoral Fellow

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Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Academic

Classification: Level A

Classification: Academic Level A
Salary package: $76,271 - $95,732 per annum plus 17% superannuation

Term: Full-time, Fixed term, 12 months (possibility of extension)

The Position

The Postdoctoral Fellow position forms an integral part of a team to work on an exciting Australian Research Council (ARC) Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship program- “Nanoscale-interactions making future functional materials more powerful”, recently awarded to Professor Yun Liu (Web: The project aims to develop new model that adapts the structural and chemical information at different length scales into traditional crystallography, allowing to build a precise chemistry-structure-property relation of functional materials, more generally all solid-state materials. The research outcomes are expected to revolutionise the material science and facilitate future materials design and development. It is expected that the selected candidate will collaboratively work together with people in crystallography, materials chemists and physicists, electron microscopists, computational scientists, including experts in machine learning and Al.
The Position is one year with possibility of extension up to three years.

The Person

To excel in this role you will have:

  • A PhD in solid-state chemistry, materials chemistry, applied mathematics and applied physics, or equivalent qualifications and experience in a related area, with a track record of independent research in the fields of comprehensive crystallography, fundamental crystal chemistry, materials Chemistry and materials physics, applied mathematics, materials computation as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated research experience in
    • Characterising and analysing comprehensive crystal structure of solid-state, inorganic materials and/or;
    • Local crystal structural analysis of solids
  • Essential knowledge on X-ray crystallography, including Rietveld refinement.
  • Experience in the research in some or all of the following areas would be an advantage but is not essential:
    • Functional Materials - Ferroelectrics/piezoelectric and relaxor dielectrics;
    • Computation Materials - Monte Carol simulation, pair distribution function;
    • Electron diffraction and HRTEM image
  • Demonstrated collaborative capability and excellent communication skills to work across-discipline

The School

Research School of Chemistry (RSC) is the home of chemistry at the ANU and the breadth of our teaching and research activities mirrors the cross- and multi-disciplinary impacts of chemistry in our daily lives. The RSC accommodates over twenty world-class researchers who lead research groups comprising undergraduate and postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

The RSC is housed in new, state-of-the-art buildings with first-class infrastructure, instrumentation and teaching spaces. Research and teaching are supported and enabled by highly skilled professional and technical staff.

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For more information about the position please contact Professor Yun Liu on T: +61 2 6125 1124 or E:

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Application information

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

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

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

Please note: 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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