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  • 10 Sep 2021 12:03 PM | Anonymous

    (Level C) $123,075 to $141,537 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation may apply, as well as a negotiable start-up package.

    Fixed term, full-time opportunity available.

    We seek to appoint a research leader who aims to be one of the nation’s brightest stars of the future.

    The successful candidate for this exciting opportunity will already be on a remarkable career trajectory and we, in turn, will surround the candidate with the tools needed to succeed at the highest level. This appointment will allow a complete focus on research and will be of five years duration in the first instance, with potential extension dependent on funding and performance.

    The Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS), one of six Research Institutes at the University of Adelaide, fosters excellence in research in physics, materials science, chemistry, biology and medicine. IPAS works to create new sensors that can measure the immeasurable, stimulate the creation of new industries, and improve productivity in existing industry. This appointment will enable you to join the leadership of this highly successful institute and enable outstanding networking opportunities with their wide range of partners and sponsors.

    IPAS is headquartered in a $100M bespoke research building on the University of Adelaide’s beautiful city campus. It has a research budget of more than $15M p.a. and a membership of more than 250 people. IPAS has a superb range of diagnostic and manufacturing equipment including in-house precision manufacturing equipment such as 3D metal and plastics printing, glass and optical fibre manufacture as well as MBE facilities for creation of semiconductor and quantum materials. In addition, IPAS provides strategic grants support, business development support and facility management through its high-performing and professional team that will accelerate the career of the successful candidate.

    The role is set to ultimately take a leadership role of a cohesive team of 25 staff and students who work at the leading-edge of modern precision measurement. The appointee will support those IPAS researchers in their existing funded programs while also establishing and sustaining a dynamic research program in their own field. The successful appointee will be an active contributor to the research and outreach activities in the vibrant interdisciplinary culture of IPAS as well as to the School of Physical Sciences and the wider academic community.

    IPAS is a diverse, supportive, and collegiate workplace and it is important that all members live these values. In light of that, we especially encourage applications from women to ensure that we have a representative workforce. More broadly, the University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position to apply.

    To be successful you will need:

    • PhD or equivalent degree in Experimental Physics.
    • Demonstrated outstanding publication track record in leading scientific journals and a record of invited talks at prestigious scientific conferences.
    • Demonstrated success in obtaining external funding for experimental physics research.
    • Demonstrated ability to lead a research group to a successful outcome.
    • Demonstrated ability to initiate a new scientific direction and then execute on that vision.

    The individual must be eligible for Australian Department of Defence Security Clearance.

    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.

    Learn more at: adelaide.edu.au/jobs

    Your faculty's broader role

    The Faculty of Sciences is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research in: agriculture; food and wine; animal and veterinary sciences; biological sciences; and physical sciences. It develops future science leaders, and actively partners with innovative industries to solve scientific problems of global significance.

    Learn more at: sciences.adelaide.edu.au

    If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

    Click on the link below to view the selection criteria and to apply for this opportunity:

    https://careers.adelaide.edu.au/cw/en/job/506069/senior-physicist-school-of-physical-sciences

    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 11:55 pm, 30 September 2021.

    For further information

    For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

    Professor Andre Luiten
    Director, IPAS
    P: +61 (0) 404 817 168
    E: andre.luiten@adelaide.edu.au

    For a confidential discussion regarding the recruitment process for this position, contact:

    Michelle Carter
    HR Coordiantor, Faculty of Sciences
    P: +61 (8) 831 39271
    E: michelle.carter@adelaide.edu.au

    The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.directed to an external site aft


  • 10 Sep 2021 11:11 AM | Anonymous

    The Australian Institute of Physics is part of the Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies (AAPPS). Each year the AIP has the opportunity to present research highlights and news from the Australian physics community to the Asia Pacific community through the AAPPS Bulletin. In order to have the appropriate source material to coordinate Australia’s submission in this year’s October issue two type of contribution are sought:

    1. Research highlights (RH) - these should be between 150 and 350 words on what is judged to be the most significant new results in research by an identified, team, institutional group, or research centre published in the year July 2020 to June 2021. Key research publications should be referenced and appended. Please also append a suitable high-quality image that can be published without any copyright issues. If the research involves international collaboration please be very specific about the contribution to a larger outcome that has been carried out by researchers living and working in Australia.

    2. News (N) - capturing the outcomes of key conferences, outreach, or educational events, that have taken place in Australia, are welcome. Also, tributes to individuals and teams who have marked major anniversaries or received significant awards are noteworthy.

    Please email the contributions for consideration to Deb Kane at deb.kane@mq.edu.au by 30th September. A consultative process will be implemented to lead to the Australian RH&N content to be forwarded to AAPPSB. 

    Let’s communicate our Research Highlights and News to the AAPPS.

  • 1 Sep 2021 3:31 PM | Anonymous

    The National Committee for Physics of the Australian Academy of Science is preparing an end-of-term report on the Physics decadal plan 2012-2021: building on excellence in physics.

    The committee is seeking images for the final report that feature and represent Australian physics and its diversity.

    Images need not be limited to academic environments or applications. They could include individuals or groups in any physics discipline, in the field or the lab.

    The images should be publication quality, accompanied by a short description, credit and permission of use from the image owner.

    Images must be uploaded by the end of September 2021.

  • 1 Sep 2021 3:29 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to those awarded and commiserations to those unsuccessful.

    The Australian Institute of Physics congratulates all recipients of the recently-announced ARC Future Fellowships and Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards, and express commiserations to those who were unsuccessful.

    It was great to see seven physical sciences Future Fellowships and 11 DECRAs awarded this year.

    These projects are vital to the continued development of Australia’s outstanding physics community and provide excellent career opportunities for those selected. We are excited to see where these projects take physics in Australia.

  • 1 Sep 2021 3:27 PM | Anonymous

    We’re on the hunt for a beautiful graph or eye-catching laboratory photo to place on the banner of the AIP website through 2022.

    If your work or workplace captures an attractive physics aesthetic, send your image to us at aip@aip.org.au

  • 1 Sep 2021 3:26 PM | Anonymous

    Your chance to be published in the Australian Physics magazine.

    The Australian Physicist, now Australian Physics, has been produced by the AIP since 1964. It is the oldest science magazine in Australia.

    Current editors Peter Kappen and David Hoxley are always on the hunt for material to include in forthcoming issues and invite members to submit: 

    • pitches for articles describing current research
    • physics-themed cartoons
    • reviews of physics-themed books (they might even get the book for you!)
    • physics poetry
    • obituaries of recently passed members.

    Proposals and finished items can be sent to aip_editor@aip.org.au

  • 1 Sep 2021 3:25 PM | Anonymous

    On 16 and 17 August, the AIP Tasmanian Branch organised a series of outreach talks at St Helens District High in rural Tasmania. The talks were given by Jason Dicker and Georgia Stewart and received a very positive feedback from teachers.

    Georgia, a PhD candidate in astrophysics at the University of Tasmania, discussed our solar system with the primary school students. This included asteroids and some of the exotic members of the outer regions; naturally the children wanted to know why Pluto was demoted!

    Jason is a year 12 physics teacher with over 35 years’ experience, and worked with the senior students. As part of a session on thunderstorms, years 6–8 were entertained by electrostatics with a Van de Graaff Generator and Wimshurst Machine. Bags of lollies were given to volunteers as compensation.

    Students in years 9–11 discussed the present knowledge of the wider Universe, including active galactic nuclei and the 2019 picture of the M87 Black Hole.

    A lecture was presented for the general public on the Monday night.

  • 1 Sep 2021 3:23 PM | Anonymous
    zOOM into Physics

    The August session on Dark Matter/Energy was a vibrant conversation and at the conclusion it was felt that there was still a lot to discuss.

    The great news is that our special guests Ray Volkas and Tamara Davis have agreed to return to continue the topic!!!

    Our universe is dominated by the dark-side, the dark matter and dark energy which have shaped the evolution of the cosmos. But just what is happening in the dark? And how can we be confident what is happening in the dark and that we are not just jumping at shadows?

    This month we will tackle one of the biggest mysteries facing physics, the nature of the dark-side! Around the globe hordes of astronomers and particle physicists are devising new observations, experiments and theories to try and shine a light on dark matter and dark energy. But just what do we expect them to find?

    29 September, 8.00 – 9.30 pm.

    For more details and the all-important Zoom link: https://aip.org.au/ZiP.

  • 1 Sep 2021 3:21 PM | Anonymous

    Professor Eric May (University of Western Australia and AIP member) has been named Scientist of the Year at the 2021 WA Premier's Science Awards ceremony.

    Professor May is an internationally-recognised leader in the areas of fluid science, thermodynamics and natural gas engineering.

    His development and use of measurement technology has produced explanations for long-standing scientific mysteries, revealed unexpected physical phenomena and helped improve industrial processes.

    Premier's Science Awards were also presented to:

    • Associate Professor Edward Litton (University of Western Australia and Fiona Stanley Hospital) and Dr Arman Siahvashi (University of Western Australia) - joint winners of the Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year
    • Liam Scarlett (Curtin University) and Niamh Troy (University of Western Australia and Telethon Kids Institute) - ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year
    • Daniel Curran (Curtin University) - Shell Aboriginal STEM Student of the Year
    • FIRST LEGO League WA (Curtin University) - Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year. 

    Professor Richard Hobbs (University of Western Australia) became the 16th person to be inducted into the WA Science Hall of Fame.

    For more information about the Premier's Science Awards, including the winners and finalists, visit http://www.jtsi.wa.gov.au/ScienceAwards

  • 1 Sep 2021 3:19 PM | Anonymous

    The AIP is calling for Australian-based female physicists to apply for the 2022 AIP Women in Physics Lecture Tour. Applications are open now and close on 17 September 2021.

    The AIP Women in Physics Lecture Tour is a celebration of women’s contribution to the advancement of physics, and is presented every alternate year by an internationally-based physicist.

    2022 was scheduled to host an international physicist, but COVID-19 makes this impractical.

    For this reason, the AIP is re-opening applications to Australian women physicists.

    The AIP greatly appreciates the applications it has received and will contact applicants to determine if they wish to be considered for future opportunities. This is an excellent opportunity for an EMCR physicist to expand their domestic networks and inspire the next generation of physicists around the country.


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