Research Associate/Research Fellow – Opto-Mechanical System

at University of Western Australia

Research Associate / Research Fellow - Opto-Mechanical System

  • Full time, fixed term appointment for 2 years
  • Work with forward-thinking colleagues, who like you, are determined to challenge convention and drive innovation.
  • Salary range: Level A, $69,308 - $93,653 p.a. or Level B, $98,526 - $116,792 p.a. plus employer contributed superannuation of 17%

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

School of Physics, Mathematics and Computing

Department of Physics

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 Department of Physics is a research focused school with a strong commitment to quality teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. While our core business is fundamental research, we have also successfully translated the results of research into the development of new technologies for the benefit of humankind.

The University of Western Australia (UWA) node of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Gravitational wave Discovers (OzGrav) is currently focusing its research on developing advanced techniques for gravitational wave detectors. Our research programs include quantum measurement techniques for improving the quantum noise limited sensitivity, the control of parametric instability, optimal mode matching for reducing the loss of squeezed state injection, and silicon optics in high power cavities for next generation detectors.

About the opportunity

We are looking for a dynamic experimentalist with motivation and drive and relevant experience. The work will involve conducting day to day research, and working closely with PhD students on experiments either with high power suspended optical cavities, or tabletop experiments.

UWA offers a vibrant research environment for gravitational wave astronomy. There is a long history of gravitational wave research at UWA. One of the first cryogenic bar detector Niobe was developed at the UWA during the 1980s. We also operating the 80m high optical power suspended cavities at the Gingin facility.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • A PhD (or soon to be completed) in experimental physics
  • Experience in precision measurements, opto-mechanical systems, optical cavities and feedback control systems.
  • Contribute to writing and publishing papers in high impact journals
  • Well-developed interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills
  • The ability to establish and maintain international collaborations with leading international experts
  • Basic knowledge of quantum measurement theory, noise analysis and vibration isolation is desirable

About you

As a passionate researcher, you will have experience in precision measures, opto-mechanical systems, optical cavities and feedback control systems. Your excellent written and verbal communications skills will enable you to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students and work collaboratively with other scientists and team members. You will also be adaptable and flexible in your working arrangements.

Full details of the position responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description. In preparing your application you are asked to demonstrate clearly that you meet the selection criteria.

Please see the position description prior to applying:Download File Position Description - Research Associate or Fellow.pdf

Closing date: 5:00pm on Thursday, 19 September 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 -2019).

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