Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Queensland
February 20, 2023
Offerd Salary:$74,308
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Contract Type:Fixed-term position
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  • School of Chemical Engineering

  • Academic level A

  • Full-time, Fixed-term position for up to 12 months

  • Closing date on 20 February 2023 at 11.00pm AEST (R-21868)

  • About This Opportunity

    As the Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Officer you will conduct research within the School of Chemical Engineering on the development of novel electrocatalysts for water electrolysis. At this level it is expected that the incumbent will contribute to service and engagement roles and activities.

    Key responsibilities will include:


  • Work within the cross-disciplinary Team of researchers and students in green energy utilisation to achieve the objectives of the research project.

  • Develop and synthesize efficient electrocatalysts for alkaline water splitting.

  • Perform structure analysis of the electrocatalysts to understanding the structure-performance relationship.

  • Document research findings and publish scholarly papers in high-quality refereed international journals, books or conference proceedings.

  • Participate in applications for competitive research funding to support projects and activities and work with colleagues in the development of joint research projects and applications for competitive research funding support.

  • Supervision and Researcher Development

  • Contribute to the effective supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research students (as appropriate).

  • Demonstrates personal effectiveness in supervision and the management of researcher development.

  • Effective lead and develop supervisee performance and conduct by providing feedback, coaching, and professional development.

  • As appropriate, manage research support staff effectively throughout the employee lifecycle in accordance with University policy and procedures.

  • Working to promptly resolve conflict and grievances when they arise in accordance with University policy and procedures.

  • Citizenship and Service

  • Demonstrate citizenship behaviours that align to the UQ values.

  • Shows leadership of self through collaboration and active participation in priority activities for the unit.

  • Provide support to other academic positions and unit operations as needed during other team members absences.

  • Contribute to internal service roles and administrative processes as required, including participation in decision-making and service on relevant committees.

  • Collaborate in service activities external to the immediate organisation unit.

  • Begin to develop external links and partnerships by cultivating relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community.

  • Perform a range of administrative functions in the laboratory and/or research group as needed, including an ability and willingness to serve as a laboratory manager if required.

  • Contribute to the development of a positive safety culture in the School.

  • Demonstrate citizenship behaviours that align to the UQ values.

  • Show leadership of self through collaboration and active participation in priority activities for the unit.

  • Provide support to other academic positions and unit operations as needed during other team members absence.

  • Any other duties as reasonably directed by your supervisor.

  • This role is subject to The University's Code of Conduct.

    About You

  • Completion or near completion of a PhD in the fields of physical chemistry, materials engineering, electrocatalysis, photocatalysis or similar field.

  • An emerging profile in research in the discipline area.

  • Evidence of publications in reputed refereed journals and presenting at conferences.

  • Evidence of contributions towards successfully obtaining external research funding.

  • Some experience in meaningful internal service roles and contributions towards external activities.

  • Demonstrated competence in generating meaningful outcomes for scientific publications.

  • Sound knowledge of material properties and characterisation, material engineering, electrocatalytic performance and device fabrication.

  • Experience with a range of advanced structure characterisations.

  • Experience with high throughput materials synthesis and characterisations.

  • Experience with spectrometer characterisations, including TAS, TRPL, PL, Raman, FTIR and UV-Vis spectrometers.

  • Sound experience with setting up purpose-design devices/facility.

  • What We Can Offer

    This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position for 12 months at an Academic Level A.

    The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $74,308.68 to $99,426.59 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $86,941.16 to $116,329.11 per annum.

    For further information about UQ's benefits, please visit Why Work at UQ and review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018 - 2021.


    To discuss this role please contact Dr Zhiliang Wang via [email protected]

    For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume', which is step one of the application form.

    About the Selection Process

    To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline, or their application will not be accepted.

    Other Information

    Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

    Background Checks : All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion . We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identity , LGBTQIA+ , cultural and/or linguistic , Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples , or people with a disability . Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected]

    If you are a current employee of the University, or hold an unpaid or affiliate appointment with the University, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

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