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Senior Physicist Position Open at the School of Physical Sciences Adelaide

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.

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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.

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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:

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

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

Michelle Carter
HR Coordiantor, Faculty of Sciences
P: +61 (8) 831 39271

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

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