ARC Grant-Funded Researcher A - School of Physical Sciences

The University of Adelaide


June 2, 2022


(Level A6-A8) $89,610-$96,007 pe r annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation may apply.

This fixed-term position is available immediately for up to 3 years duration.

The Department of Chemistry is a vibrant research and teaching unit within the School of Physical Sciences and based on the central North Terrace Campus. Academics, self-funded researchers, post-doctoral fellows, and a strong cohort of HDR students in the Department of Chemistry are working in areas of fundamental chemistry and on applied projects in health, environment, wine and food, energy technology and defence.

Through ARC Discovery Project funding an exciting opportunity has arisen to work with one of our internationally regarded research teams on the design and synthesis of hierarchically porous metal-organic framework catalysts.

This postdoctoral research position, which is available for up to three years, is an exciting opportunity to develop expertise in materials science and the design and synthesis of catalysts that are central to decarbonising industrial processes.

To be successful you should have:

  • A PhD in Chemistry.
  • Advanced skills and experience in the synthesis and characterisation of extended materials.
  • Experience in homogeneous or heterogeneous catalysis.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (for conference presentations, manuscript preparation) and a willingness to develop grant writing skills.
  • Ability to undertake a leadership role within a team, and to interact with students, collaborators, supervisors, and funders.
  • 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.

    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, Engineering and Technology is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research. Many of its academic staff are world leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers. The Faculty actively partners with innovative industries to solve 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 ‘Apply Now' button to be taken through to the online application form. 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 11:55pm, 2 June 2022.

    For further information

    For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

    Prof. Christian Doonan Professor, School of Physical Sciences/Department of Chemistry P: +61 (8) 8313 5770 E:

    You'll find a full position description and/or selection criteria below: (If no links appear, try viewing on another device)

    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.


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    The University of Adelaide (informally Adelaide University) is a public research university located in Adelaide, South Australia. Established in 1874, it is the third-oldest university in Australia. The university's main campus is located on North Terrace in the Adelaide city...