Grant Funded Research Fellow A-School of Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences

The University of Adelaide
April 14, 2024
Offerd Salary:$75,888-$102,040
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Contract Type:24 months fixed term
Working Time:Full time
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Research Associate in Chemistry (Level A) $75,888-$102,040 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies.

24 months fixed term, full time contract

We particularly encourage applications from women, and from people with diverse gender and cultural identities.

Chemistry at the University of Adelaide has been consistently ranked well above world class in the Excellence in Research for Australia national audits. The department has two major research strengths: Energy, Materials and Environmental Chemistry and Medicinal and Biological Chemistry. These research strengths are underpinned by an extensive portfolio of laboratories, world- class materials characterisation and analytical facilities that support a vibrant postgraduate research community and partnerships with national and international research consortia.

About you

If successful, you will be involved in research to develop new photocatalysts for the hydrogenation of saturated organic molecules. Photocatalysis is a potentially cost-effective method to drive the chemical transformation of organic waste chemicals. In collaboration with an industry partner, Petronas, and as part of a larger team located in Chemistry, you will conduct research on the synthesis of photocatalyst materials and assess their activity in reactors to be designed and commissioned as part of the project. Experience in reactor development, flow chemistry and gas chromatography are highly desired. Important outcomes are related to combing both hydrogen evolution and organic chemical hydrogenation within a single system.

You are expected to be capable of undertaking your own research as part of a growing team supervised by a group of three academics in Chemistry, to take a project leadership role within the team, and to interact successfully with students, collaborators, supervisors and funders. You should have excellent written and oral communication skills with the desire to seek your own independent funding by capitalising on the opportunities provided.

Applicants should have a PhD in Chemistry, with demonstrated expertise in synthesis and characterisation of solid-state materials, and experience in designing and performing (photo)catalytic experiments.

Selection Criteria

  • PhD in Chemistry.
  • Advanced skills and experience in the synthesis and characterisation of solid-state materials.
  • Experience in designing and performing (photo)catalytic experiments, including the design and commission reactors suitable for (photo)catalytic flow reactions with both gas phase and liquid phase products.
  • Complete analytical analysis skills including: X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, NMR spectroscopy, gas chromatography, liquid chromatography.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (for conference presentations, manuscript preparation, grant preparation, and industry reports).
  • Ability to undertake a project leadership role within a team, and to interact with students, collaborators, supervisors, and industry stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage the research activities of Honours and/or post-graduate students.
  • 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. Flexible working arrangements are on offer for all roles at the University.

    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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    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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    How to Apply

    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, Sunday 14th April, 202

    For further information

    For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

    Prof. Christian Doonan, Project Lead and Professor of Chemistry

    School of Physics, Chemistry & Earth Sciences E: [email protected]

    The University reserves the right to close this advertisement before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified

    The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion.

    Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application.


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