Senior Research Fellow – Precision Technologies

University of Queensland
July 16, 2024
Offerd Salary:$132,201
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Contract Type:fixed-term position
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  • ­The School of Mathematics and Physics

  • Join a university ranked in the world's top 50

  • Lead the charge in translating cutting-edge quantum optomechanics from fundamental science into practical sensing technologies.

  • Work closely with prominent partners such as Defence, the Australian Defence Industry, and NASA Glen, ensuring exposure to high-profile projects and groundbreaking research opportunities.

  • Based at our vibrant and picturesque St Lucia Campus

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.

    At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. UQ has made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.

    As part of our commitment to excellence in research and professional practice in academic contexts, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world- class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and other forms of staff support and development.

    About This Opportunity

    This is an exciting opportunity for a Senior Research Fellow to lead UQ's Precision Technologies Translation Hub. The role will build on existing partnerships within Defence, Australian Defence Industry and with NASA Glen to establish Australia at the forefront of translation of quantum optomechanics from fundamental science into sensing technologies.

    Key responsibilities will include:


  • Actively research precision silicon-chip based photonic and nanomechanical technologies and their uses in sensing and other areas.

  • Maintain an active record of producing quality research outputs consistent with discipline norms as lead contributor, by publishing or exhibiting in national research journals, other appropriate refereed publications and conference publications.

  • Participate in or contribute as chief investigator role in applications for significant research funding to support projects and activities, which includes actively seeking, obtaining and managing research funding.

  • Contribute to progressing towards transfer of knowledge, technology and practices to research end users through translation, including commercialisation of UQ intellectual property.

  • Undertake independent and/or team research that where possible impacts on policy, practices and/or commercialisation resulting in national recognition and developing international recognition in the research area.

  • Supervision and Researcher Development

  • Act as Principal Supervisor to Higher Degree by Research students.
  • This is a research focused position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ's Criteria for Academic Performance.

    This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position until 30 April 2027 at Academic level C. The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range of $132,201.83- $152,202.33, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $154,676.15 - $178,076.72 annually. As these roles are covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases in line with the Enterprise Agreement.

    The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad: from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options and flexible start/finish times, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

    About You
  • Completion of a PhD or equivalent in physics, engineering or similar discipline.

  • Demonstrated experience in precision silicon-chip-based photonic and nanomechanical technology.

  • Demonstrated expert knowledge in the areas of optomechanics and photonic sensing.

  • Demonstrated experience in nano-and micro-fabrication, including photolithography, electron beam lithography and thin film deposition.

  • National recognition in the area of expertise with an internationally developing profile and an established record of publications in reputed refereed journal and presenting at conferences.

  • Demonstrated ability to confidently liaise with both internal and external partners to develop and facilitate research collaborations.

  • Strong record of successfully seeking, obtaining and managing external research funding.

  • A solid record of supervision of Honours and Research Higher Degree students to successful completion.

  • A growing record of meaningful internal service roles in conjunction with a strong contribution to external activities.

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • 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.

  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor Warwick Bowen via [email protected].

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

    Want to Apply?

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

  • Resume

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Other Information

    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 the broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with a disability, or age. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, 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.

    Applications close 16 July 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R-40044). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for the afternoon of the 2 August 2024.

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