The University of Western Australia Crawley WA 6009, Australia
Work with a dynamic, internationally recognised team solving problems in molecular electronics 2 year fixed term appointment on full time basis Salary: Level A, Step 8, $93,653 p.a. plus superannuation Faculty of Science School of Molecular Sciences The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities. With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University. About the team The School of Molecular Sciences within the Faculty of Science is a large, research intensive school with 100 staff, 100 PhD students, and more than 600 undergraduate students. The School is committed to achieving international excellence in teaching, research and service, with activity spanning Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Molecular Genetics. You will join the Low group in the School of Molecular Sciences, internationally recognised for the work in molecular electronics, molecular materials science and organometallic chemistry. You will apply your outstanding skills in physical sciences to engage with a diverse platform of projects that seek to better understand and control molecular conductance within single-molecule and monolayer-film molecular junctions. You will work to establish structure-property relationships concerning electrochemically and electrolytically switchable molecular conductance, and to control the electrical response of molecular junctions through the manipulation of quantum interference effects. These projects are underpinned by an expansive team of synthetic chemists at UWA, giving you access to a range of bespoke molecular structures and allowing rapid feedback between molecular design, synthesis and measurement. All of these endeavours are interfaced with a local and global network of expert collaborators that give support in computational modelling and theory, surface science and monolayer film characterisation, and the measurement of electrical properties of molecular junctions. About the opportunity This research intensive position will involve the measurement of electronic properties within STM-based molecular junctions using instruments at UWA and allied facilities at Curtin University, where you will work closely with Dr Thomas Becker and his team, to advance projects in single molecule and monolayer-film molecular electronics. You will therefore play a key role in developing capacity for both molecular electronic measurements and the characterisation of molecular monolayers, as well as supervising and teaching new research students in the techniques and data analysis methods. To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate: A PhD in physical chemistry or an allied area or relevant field Strong track record in scanning probe microscopy Experience in the measurement of electronic properties of molecules using STM based methods and interpretation of resulting data is highly desirable Excellent interpersonal, team and communication skills Capacity for high-quality research evinced through publication of research outputs in peer-reviewed international journals, conference presentation and / or other media Experience in the measurement of electronic properties of molecules using STM based methods and interpretation of resulting data is highly desirable Experience in the preparation and characterisation of self-assembled monolayer films is desirable. Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description. Please see the position description prior to applying: PD - Research Associate - Molecular Electronics.pdf Closing date: Wednesday, 26 June 2019 This position is open to international applicants. Application details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button. Our commitment to inclusion and diversity UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050. We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered. UWA has been awarded Platinum Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2017).