The Nobel approaches, the Ig Nobels pass, Eureka Prize finalists, physics poetry, ET and more in October

With the Nobel Prizes to be announced shortly here is a fun Nobel Physics trivia question for you. Who is the only person to win the Physics Prize twice? When the 2020 Prize is announced we will be staging an online event to celebrate and discuss the science behind it so watch out for that announcement.

As usual the Ig Nobel’s were a stellar list of “achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think.” Congratulations to Swinburne University’s Ivan Maksymov and Andrey Pototsky, a physicist and mathematician, for their award on their work on vibrating worms! See more below.

The AIP has been active in defence of research and teaching, and is quoted twice in the recent report of the Senate Inquiry into the Federal Government’s proposed job-ready graduates legislation. Read on for details.

I was pleased to see that physics features heavily in the finalists for this year’s Eureka Prizes. You’ll find several examples below. Good luck to all involved! And don’t forget the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, coming up at the end of the month.

In this month’s bulletin you’ll meet our latest Hidden Physicist, Shermiyah Rienecker. I was particularly fascinated to hear how Shermiyah is working on culturally appropriate approaches for BreastScreen Australia with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women as part of the Closing the Gap initiative. One more amazing #PhysicsGotMeHere story!

You’ll also find a rundown of what’s in the current issue of the AIP’s Australian Physics magazine, along with an excellent contribution to the little-known literary genre of physics poetry.

Find out, too, what was making headlines in the magazine four decades ago.

Australian physics in the news includes impossible black holes, no signs of ET, and vibrating worms.

And keep scrolling to discover news from Science & Technology Australia, and some really interesting jobs open in the sector.

The answer to my Nobel Prize trivia question, by the way, is John Bardeen. He won in 1956 for the discovery (with William Shockley and Walter Brattain) of the transistor effect. He won again in 1972 (with Leon Cooper and John Robert Schrieffer) for the theory of superconductivity.

Finally, this very challenging year has entered its final quarter. We are all thinking about our fellow Australians in Victoria and it is really great to see the COVID numbers coming right down. I hope the warmer weather is a pleasant it can be, given the circumstances.

Kind regards,
Jodie Bradby
President, Australian Institute of Physics
aip_president@aip.org.au

AIP News

Who will win the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics? 

The big prize in our field is set to be announced later this week, and speculation is rife!

As soon as the winner is revealed, we plan to quickly organise an online seminar to discuss the result and explore its significance. Stay tuned for details!

AIP submission quoted in Job-Ready Graduate Legislation Senate Inquiry Report

The Government’s “Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-Ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020” has been discussed by the Education and Employment Legislation Committee.

The National Executive of the Australian Institute of Physics made a submission to this committee, following a quick-turnaround member consultation. The submission is publicly available as submission 33 following this link.

It is pleasing to see that the final report by the committee (available here) refers explicitly to the AIP’s submission on two occasions:

Stakeholders also explained the intertwined nature of research and teaching in universities. For example, while noting some differentiation is possible and desirable, the Australian Institute of Physics National Executive contended
that the complete separation of funding for research and teaching is contrary to government recognition of the conjoint nature of these activities”

and

The Australian Institute of Physics National Executive took a broad view of the importance of a generalist education, particularly in a time of uncertainty— and criticised the government for attempting to disincentives study in the
humanities

We thank all members who helped with the creation of our submission and encourage all members to use their voice in helping shape Australia’s higher education policies.

Australian physicists elected as Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS) 

Professor Susan Scott is one of four Australians recently elected as Fellows of the APS.

Professor Scott, from the Australian National University, was honoured for discoveries in general relativity, gravitational wave science, and for promoting gravitational research worldwide.

Also elected is AIP member Professor Stephen Bartlett from the University of Sydney for his research in quantum information, including the theory of quantum computational phases of matter and classical simulation methods for quantum circuits.

Professor Snezhana Abarzhi from University of Western Australia was recognised for deep and abiding work on the Rayleigh-Taylor and related instabilities, and for sustained leadership in that community.

Professor Nicholas Hutchins from the University of Melbourne was elected for elegant experiments that have advanced understanding of the structure and drag-causing mechanisms of wall-bounded turbulent flows.

The full list of new APS Fellows is here.

Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science goes digital

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science will be awarded virtually this year, with a online awards night held on Wednesday 28 October from 6pm to 7pm AEDT. The Prime Minister and Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, will announce the Prize recipients during the event. Save the date and time! Find out more here.

Physics features strongly in this year’s Eureka Prize finalists 

Many physicists are amongst the 51 finalists for this year’s Australian Museum Eureka Prizes. They include:

Producing a microchip that provides a unique advantage for defence platforms: Ben Eggelton and colleagues from the University of Sydney and Australian National University for the Department of Defence Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia.

Designing and commercialising miniature smart sensors that can identify single photons: Adjunct Professor Dennis Delic of the Defence Science and Technology Group, ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology.

Using laser technologies to observe, for the first time, the microscopic origins of turbulence: the Australian Quantum Vortex Team for the UNSW Eureka Prize for Scientific Research.

Developing a global network of collaborators across a range of disciplines, opening up new research directions and accelerating developments in areas that include visual display technology, security inks and personalised medicine: Dr Jiajia Zhou from the University of Technology Sydney for the 3M Eureka Prize Emerging Leader in Science.

Helping astronomers better understand how distant galaxies grow and evolve:
the AstroQuest Team from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) for the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science.

This year’s University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prizes, which encourage primary and secondary school students to communicate a scientific concept in a way that is accessible and entertaining to the public, includes several physics entries.

The primary school category includes experiments with supercooling, surface tension and the Leidenfrost Effect. The secondary school category features projects on the relationship between synovial fluids and subatomic particles, and the behaviour of water molecules.

The winners will be announced on Tuesday 24 November during a free live, digital event.

Register for the online broadcast here. A full list of nominations can be found here.

Meet Dr Shermiyah Rienecker, this month’s Hidden Physicist
#PhysicsGotMeHere  

Employer: Biomedical Technology Services (BTS), Queensland Health. BTS provides comprehensive health technology management services to the Queensland public health sector and other healthcare industry customers.

Job title and description: I’m a medical physicist specialising in diagnostic imaging and image-guided therapy applications used in urban, regional, and rural clinics across Queensland. Part of my work involves staying up to date with relevant scientific literature and performing applied research to develop and implement evidence-based best practice. The bulk of my work involves experimentally testing commercial medical imaging applications for day-to-day use and communicating those results in meaningful ways to different stakeholders such as clinicians, equipment manufacturers, asset management, and other physicists for peer-review.

I also work with a team of physicists within BTS that provides operational services, including end-to-end health technology management of breast screening equipment used in Queensland, Northern Territory, and New South Wales for BreastScreen Australia. BreastScreen Australia is a national program that provides free screening services to women to reduce deaths from breast cancer, including more culturally appropriate approaches for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women as part of the Closing the Gap initiative. The job requires travelling to clinical sites, and a high level of teamwork. Some senior physicists within the team transitioned into executive, operational, and business management roles and apply their scientific and technical expertise to provide practical business solutions such as mobile screening vans for remote areas.

My career story so far:

  • Honours Bachelor of Science in Medical Physics at Ryerson University (Canada)
  • Full-time physics research assistant for research & development, and commercialisation of diagnostic imaging technology at Ryerson University (Canada), Los Alamos National Laboratory (US), and Magnetic Resonance Bavaria Research Centre (Germany)
  • Briefly worked from home doing freelance consulting in technical writing, analysis, and quality control for Google Australia, LinkedIn, University of California – San Diego, and private medical practices while waiting for my PhD thesis to be approved
  • PhD in Biophysics, Physical Chemistry (Soft Matter Physics) at University of Queensland
  • Applied and accepted a job at BTS, Queensland Health
  • Finishing up a sessional academic position at Queensland University of Technology developing a course for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Radiation Therapy (MR-RT)

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News from Australian Physics magazine

In our current issue 

The fascinating physics of bead and ball lightning leads the features in the September-October issue of Australian Physics. The piece is written by Richard Morrow, and sits alongside other interesting articles, including an obituary of John Jenkin and a call to action by Sven Rogge. Then there are the regular columns, such as The Young Physicist, #PhysicsGotMeHere, and a host of snippets from the best of recent international research.

If you don’t receive your copy, please let us know on aip@aip.org.au

Calling all physics bards … 

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 never happier than when they receive poems submitted by members. They are thus grateful to Michael Hall, who sent in this little gem.

THE DANGERS OF TOO MUCH QUANTUM MECHANICS

Schroedinger’s cat had got quite fat,
And booked a quantum diet
(Heisenberg’s hound had come around
To tell him he should try it):

Each day his bowl was half filled whole
And half filled not one jot.
He thus both ate nowt off the plate
And yet could scoff the lot.

Well, all was good while no-one could
See in his box to state
If he had waned or more weight gained –
On average he felt great!

But then, by chance, a passing glance
Led to an awful fate:
A choice, between him far too lean
Or much too much oblate …

And so my dear, the moral’s clear –
Yet worth writing perhaps:
Don’t complicate your quantum state
Or you may well collapse! 


If you’re struck by inspiration and decide to write a physics-themed poetic piece – whether sonnet or ode, limerick or saga, rhyming, free or concrete – be sure to provide Peter and David with a copy.

The pair are dedicated to ensuring the magazine is an enjoyable and informative publication for physicists, physics students, and the physics-curious.

To that end, they also invite members to submit other types of material for upcoming issues. They are especially interested in receiving:

  • Pitches for articles describing current research;
  • Physics-themed cartoons;
  • Reviews of physics-themed books (they might even be able to get the book for you!);
  • Obituaries of recently passed members.

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

FROM THE VAULT: stories from The Australian PhysicistThis month in 1981: Gravitational Constant 

Professor of Physics at Queensland University Frank Stacey, and senior tutor in the Physics Department, Dr Gary Tuck are investigating evidence that Newton’s law of gravity is not correct at short distances.
 
Professor Stacey said there was now some evidence that the gravitational force between two masses was not exactly proportional to the reciprocal of the square of distance for separations in the range from centimetres to hundreds of metres.
 
“If this is confirmed it will be of great importance to theoretical physicists, geophysicists and astronomers throughout the world.
 
“It means that what we thought was a fundamental law of physics may be only a special case of something more complicated.
 
“If our calculations are correct, the earth may be one per cent or more lighter that the present estimate.”

Some things never change. Also from the 1981 issue: The Razor Gang: Bloodletting or Just a Close Shave? 

“The AIP Science Policy Committee has summarized those recommendations of the Review of the Commonwealth Functions (1981) which may directly or indirectly affect the physics community. The recommendations have been accepted by Cabinet, but their implementation will presumably depend on Ministerial or Departmental approval, and the pressure of public opinion may still have some influence. A letter from the AIP Executive to the Prime Minister, expressing concern at the introduction of fees for higher degrees, was published in the August issue of this journal.”

Read the full stories here.

More physics around the traps

Notification of cancellation of Wagga 2021

The organisers of the annual Condensed Matter and Materials (CMM) meetings regret to inform our dedicated AIP members that next year’s event, “Wagga” 2021, has been cancelled.

It is the first time in its 44 year history that this has been necessary. The health and safety of attendees is our greatest concern, and it is impossible to predict conditions in February.

As a silver lining, we would like to announce that the next CMM meeting will be held from Tuesday, February 1, to Friday, February 4, in 2022, at its familiar Charles Sturt University site in Wagga Wagga,. Let’s celebrate by making it the biggest “Wagga” meeting ever. More details: http://cmm-group.com.au/

AIP members among top 250 Australian researchers

Last week The Australian published a report identifying the top 250 researchers in the country. Ranking was based on the number of citations received for papers published in the past five years .

 We’re pleased to report several physicists made the list.

The roll call included:

  • Optics and Photonics researcher Ben Eggleton from the University of Sydney;
  • Nanophotonics researcher Andrey Miroshnichenko from UNSW;
  • Quantum optics researcher Ping Koy Lam from ANU;
  • Astronomer Joss Bland-Hawthorn from the University of Sydney;
  • and condensed matter physicist Cornelius Hempel, also from the University of Sydney.

Read the full list here: https://specialreports.theaustralian.com.au/1540291/contents/

The secret agent astronaut: an encounter with NASA’s Jeanette Epps

Recently members of AIP’s South Australian branch had the opportunity to conduct and online talk and Q&A session with NASA astronaut, physicist and former CIA agent Dr Jeanette Epps.

Dr Epps has been selected to be a crew member for the first Boeing Starliner-1 mission, which will fly to the International Space Station. Next year she will join fellow astronauts Sunita Williams and Josh Cassada for a six-month expedition, orbiting the ISS.

This fascinating encounter is available in full here

Nominations open for NSW physics awards

The NSW AIP branch is calling for nominations for its annual postgraduate medal, community outreach to physics award, and the Jak Kelly Scholarship Prize.

These will be presented at the 2020 Annual Postgraduate Awards Day on Tuesday 10 November.

Universities in NSW are invited to nominate one student to compete for the postgraduate medal on the day. Entrants are asked to make a 20-minute presentation on their research, to be given on the day. The winner will also receive $500.

The $1000 community outreach award seeks to recognise a NSW physicist who has:

  • worked to engage the academic community in physics;
  • effectively developed community events, or other activities that engage our physics community;
  • increased awareness, knowledge and experiential learning opportunities for students in relation to physics community development and grassroots work.

It is supported by the Laboratories Credit Union.

The $500 Jak Kelly Scholarship Prize is supported by the Royal Society of NSW and recognises excellence in postgraduate work.

Nominations for these awards close on Friday, October 9, so there is little time to lose. Application forms and further details are available from Dr Frederick Osman on fosman@bu.edu

Coronavirus restrictions permitting, the NSW Postgraduate Awards will be held at the Concord Golf Club, 190 Majors Bay Road Concord. (Entry via Flavelle Street.)

Do you want to join the Editorial Board of the AAPPS Bulletin?

We are seeking a member to nominate for the Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies (AAPPS) Bulletin Editorial Board.

Appointment to the board is for a three-year term. It involves monthly video meetings and occasionally seeking content for the bulletin. There is also a yearly face-to-face board meeting held in Pohang, South Korea, COVID-19 permitting. 

Brian James has been our serving nominee, but his term has now ended. A new nominee would thus join the board immediately.

If you wish to express an interest in nomination please contact AIP secretary Kirrily Rule on aip_secretary@aip.org.au.

If you have any questions relating to the role, please contact Brian James directly on brian.james@sydney.edu.au.

Vibrating earthworms pick up an Ig Nobel

When you think of award-winning scientific research, you might think of determining the structure of DNA, or Marie Curie’s work on radioactivity. You might not think of vibrating drunken earthworms with a subwoofer in a garden shed. And yet, here we are.

Two Australian scientists have taken home a 2020 Ig Nobel Prize for exactly that. Swinburne University’s Ivan Maksymov and Andrey Pototsky, a physicist and mathematician, were intrigued about the shape of a worm as it vibrates. More specifically – would standing Faraday-like waves form the way they did when Pototsky vibrated liquid droplets.

Maksymov says the project began when one day, while gardening, he found several earthworms and decided to vibrate them. “When this experiment was conducted, we did not think of any specific research question. It was just a ‘what-if?’ moment.”
And sure enough, he found standing Faraday waves form in the earthworm itself. The results were published earlier this year in the journal Scientific Reports.

“The experiment demonstrated that a vibrated earthworm behaves similar to a water drop,” he says. “When anaesthetised, earthworms are essentially a liquid drop wrapped in an elastic membrane. As a result, Faraday ripples on them are not so different from those on a drop, which is held together by surface tension.”

Read more here.

Physics in the pandemic: ‘I took it upon myself to keep my classes alive, even if lessons had to be conducted via Zoom’

Physics World magazine invites physicists from around the world to share their experiences of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected personal and professional life.

Resty C Collado, a physics teacher at Miriam College High School in Quezon City, Philippines, has already spoken to the magazine.
“As a physics teacher,” he said, “I am used to standing in front of students in a classroom, teaching and engaging them face-to-face. Now that the pandemic has forced schools and universities to reconsider face-to-face classes, two 21st-century concepts have become buzzwords: work from home (WFH) and online distance learning (ODL).

“As the popularity of WFH and ODL increased, the popularity of Zoom, the virtual meeting app, increased as well. Suddenly, teachers all over the world found themselves presenting lessons in front of a camera hooked to a computer, ‘facing’ students sitting behind screens many kilometres away.”

Read more of Resty’s story here.

If you’d like to share your coronavirus career story, contact the magazine at  pwld@ioppublishing.org).

Updates from Science and Technology Australia (STA)

The AIP is a member of Science & Technology Australia (STA). Here is a summary of its recent activities.

In September, the Senate inquiry published its report on the higher education legislation. STA and members including the Australian Council of Deans of Science and the Australian Institute Physics are quoted throughout. Our evidence outlined the impact of the proposed new funding rates on STEM education and research.

The Federal Budget will be delivered Tuesday October 6. STA will ensure members have access to detailed analysis.

We’ll also host an exclusive, members-only Budget briefing on Friday 9 October. You can register up to two people from your STA member organisation here

New reports and policy changes

New STA benefits partner CS Executive Group
STA has added a partner to the list of firms that offer discounts and benefits to STA members. CS Executive is a consultancy firm specialising in permanent and temporary recruitment, regulatory affairs consulting and technical training. For more details and exclusive offers for members, you can login to the members portal.   

New report from ACOLA shows research funding vital to Victoria’s economic recovery
The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) released a major new report highlighting the strong returns on investment from public outlays on research and research infrastructure. The report provides evidence to support continued investment in research infrastructure, skills and talent attraction, to deliver jobs and economic stability for Victoria’s future. It was commissioned by Victoria’s Lead Scientist, Dr Amanda Caples and the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR).

STA is hiring!
Our Superstars of STEM program is looking for a motivated and experienced Program Assistant to join our team. The ideal candidate will be highly organised, demonstrate good judgement, be articulate and a great multitasker. Reporting to the Program Manager, you will provide efficient, professional and confidential administrative assistance.

Applications close on Tuesday 6 October, 2020, at close of business. Find out more here.

Invitation for volunteer reviewers of IPBES report
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) invites volunteers to act as external reviewers for the first order draft of its alien invasive species report. The review is due by October 18, 2020. More on how to volunteer here.

New survey from Light Microscopy Australia
Light Microscopy Australia has launched an updated survey of core microscopy facilities and shared resources. It aims to become a more thorough and longitudinal study, to capture a comprehensive understanding of the trends in facilities over time. If you are a facilities manager, you can take the survey here

Funding opportunity
 Seed funding for 2021 National Science Week Events in Tasmania is now open for applications. More detail is here.

Further information: Peter Derbyshire, STA Policy Manager – peter.derbyshire@sta.org.au.

More Australian physics in the news

Life among the stars

The AIP and the UNSW Centre for Ideas recently collaborated with the ABC Radio National to record a program about extraterrestrial life. UNSW astronomer Chris Tinney, astrobiologist Martin Van Kranendonk and climate scientist Katrin Meissner explored the key question: How do we know where to look and will we recognise life if, and when, we find it?

Listen to the result here.

‘Impossible’ black hole causes biggest collision ever detected by gravitational waves 

When the universe was half the age it is now — around 7 billion years ago — two massive black holes crashed together.

This collision created a monster black hole almost 150 times the mass of our Sun.

The ripples it caused in the fabric of space-time reached Earth in May last year.

GW190521, as the colossal event has been named, is the most massive black hole collision we’ve ever directly detected.

And it’s very different from previous black hole collisions picked up by the LIGO and Virgo gravitational wave detectors since 2015.

“This detection was really special because we got a few firsts that we hadn’t known about before,” said ANU’s Susan Scott, chief investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav).

Read more here

No extraterrestrial life found in Earth’s biggest search, but researchers say hope is not lost

Since he was a six-year-old boy with his first telescope, Professor Steven Tingay has been hoping to find signs of alien life.

But the broadest and deepest search of the sky ever conducted has not come back with positive news for lovers of space and aliens.

Astronomers from Curtin University’s node of the International Centre of Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) and CSIRO conducted the research using the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope, exploring hundreds of times broader and deeper than any previous search for extraterrestrial life.

“It turns out that space is really, really big,” deputy executive director of the Curtin University node of the ICRAR, Professor Tingay, said.

Read more here

In brief

Qld scientists find paradox-free time travel is theoretically possible
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/qld-scientists-find-paradox-free-time-travel-is-theoretically-possible-20200923-p55yf3.html

Energy + girl power = space-time enjoyment
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/science/energy-girl-power-spacetime-enjoyment/news-story/a03ef9dca8b36c4436c011597a32802b

Ecologists confirm Alan Turing’s theory for Australian fairy circles
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/uog-eca_1092220.php

Standing on the outside looking in: X-rays through glass
https://physicsworld.com/a/standing-on-the-outside-looking-in-x-rays-through-glass/

To kill a quasiparticle: a quantum whodunit
https://www.fleet.org.au/blog/to-kill-a-quasiparticle-a-quantum-whodunit/

Jobs corner – physics employment opportunitiesAnchor

Postdoctoral research fellow in Meta-Optical Devices at the University of Melbourne

The Melbourne School of Engineering is seeking to appoint an emerging female or Indigenous academic with a background in nanoscience or optics to join the ARC Centre of Excellence in Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS). TMOS is an exciting collaboration of leading local and international universities as well as global industry to create revolutionary optics-based technologies. The Centre aims to deliver scientific innovations with significant commercial application and lead the future of meta-optics.

Under the supervision of Prof Ken Crozier and Prof Ann Roberts the Research Fellow will work on the experimental realisation of new nano-optical devices and their incorporation into optical systems. You will design and simulate meta-optical devices, undertake nanofabrication to realise the devices, and develop new methods to characterise them optically and/or electrically.

To view full details including the Position Description and to apply online go to:
http://jobs.unimelb.edu.au/caw/en/job/903183/postdoctoral-research-fellow-in-metaoptical-devices
Applications close:1 Nov 2020 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

PhD Scholarship at The University of Queensland: Scalable and reversible computing with integrated nanomechanics 

Exciting opportunity to join a world class team at the Queensland Quantum Optics Lab. This is an earmarked scholarship to support Category 1 project grants and is funded in collaboration with Lockheed Martin Corporation. 

This project aims to build the first scalable computing architecture based on nanomechanical motion, integrated on a silicon chip and proven in harsh environments. This could extend the performance of computers in space and high-radiation environments, e.g. allowing robust satellite stabilisation. The project will leverage our know-how in phononics and nanofabrication to enable previously unprecedented control of nanomechanical motion, and exquisitely low energy dissipation. It aims to construct a nanomechanical processor capable of digital servo control, built from nanomechanical waveguides, transistors, logic gates and analogue-to-digital converters. It will also develop reversible logic gates, a key step towards ultralow-power computing.

To view full details including the Position Description see here: https://bit.ly/3leafQb
Applications close:31 December 2020 11:55:00 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

PhD Scholarship at The University of Queensland: Quantum Optomechanical Ultrasound Sensing

Quantum optomechanics explores the interaction between light and mechanical motion at a level where the quantised nature of light, or the zero-point fluctuations of motion, play a significant role.

This project aims to leverage quantum optomechanical technologies, which have traditionally been used for fundamental quantum science research, to enable the next generation of acoustic sensors for Naval applications.

To view full details including the Position Description see here: https://bit.ly/3lg6Osk
Applications close: 31 December 2020 11:55:00 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time


The AIP is happy to provide a free link to your physics-related job or PhD opportunity. Please send them to physics@scienceinpublic.com.au. If you would like to feature more details and a picture, please email Kirrily Rule for more information and pricing. 

Optical Engineer (Melbourne)

Quantitative Analyst (Sydney)

Researcher: Microfluidic flow and particle dynamics (Uni Adelaide)

Researcher: Modelling wave–sea ice interactions (Uni Adelaide)

Laser Physics  (University of SA)

Medical Physics Researcher (Sydney)

Research Associate – Dark Matter and Quantum Systems (UWA)
 
Research Fellow x 2 (Nanofabrication and Materials), ARC Centre of Excellence, TMOS
 
Physics & Science Teacher (Sydney – one of 20+ positions for Physics teachers listed)
 
Data Scientist
 
Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow – Transformative Meta-Optical Systems
 
Research Scientist – Hydrogen Energy Technologies (CSIRO Several positions in several locations)
 
Quantitative Analyst (Brisbane)
 
Product Data Scientist (Melbourne)
 
Commercial Strategy Manager, Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute (CSIRO)


Student scholarships/top-ups/internships/vacation scholar programs
 
PhD Scholarship Monash Uni – Mapping a glassy “phase diagram”
 
Funded PhD Project – Role of structure in glass formation and mechanical properties (Monash University)
 
PhD scholarship for the Australian Research Council Discovery Project on unravelling the dominant drivers of ion specificity
 
PhD Scholarship – Prediction of new electrolyte solutions for improved electrical energy storage (University of Queensland)