Research Fellow in Experimental Levitated Optomechanics

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • May 8, 2024

Job Description:

Job no: 0062417
Location: Parkville
Role type:
Full-time; Fixed-term for 2 years
Department/School: The School of Physics
Level A – $83,468 - $113,262 (PhD - $105,518) plus 17% super

About the Role
The Research Fellow position within the Diamond and Atomic Quantum Technologies Lab at the University of Melbourne's School of Physics entails leading experiments focused on levitating nanodiamonds in high vacuum conditions.

These experiments will contribute to a larger project aiming to transduce the torques generated by quantum spin flips into physical rotation of diamond nanocrystals. The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated and innovative researcher with strong experimental prowess, capable of both independent work and collaboration within a team.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • You are expected to significantly contribute towards the research effort of the team and to develop your research expertise with an increasing degree of autonomy.
  • Under the guidance and support of Senior Academic staff conduct internationally competitive research, resulting in publications in high impact journals.
  • Contribute to and publish academic papers and other scholarly outputs to a high academic standard in accordance with the research expectations of the University of Melbourne.
  • Contribute to the co-supervision, mentoring and training of postgraduate or research higher degree students in the appointee’s area of expertise.

Who We Are Looking For
You will demonstrate a strong research aptitude and track record relevant to your experience, along with robust theoretical skills.

You will also have:

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Your New Team – “The School of Physics“
The School of Physics at the University of Melbourne is one of Australia's leading institutions in the field of physics. It has earned this distinction through its commitment to excellence in both research and teaching. The school provides a diverse range of physics subjects for undergraduate and postgraduate students, covering areas such as Astrophysics, Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Experimental Particle Physics, Materials Science, Physical Biosciences, Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, and Theoretical Particle Physics.

What We Offer You!
In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne
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Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

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