Research Associate in Chemical / Process Engineering

University of New South Wales Sydney


The Opportunity

You will undertake research and development in the fields of photocatalytic hydrogen generation via photo-reforming of organic contaminant/biomass for both energy and environmental remediation. The research aims to develop efficiency noble metal-free photocatalysts with suitable optical properties (e.g. band structures and charge carrier properties), to optimise photocatalytic hydrogen production rate as well as improve the selectivity towards favourable reaction products. The research will involve extensive mechanistic studies to investigate the surface chemistry and reaction pathway using various metal deposited and defect-intensive metal oxide photocatalysts. The research intent to obtain deep understanding on suitable photocatalysts for simultaneous hydrogen generation and pollutant degradation, contributing to design of feasible photocatalytic reforming system.

The Research Associate will closely collaborate with a team of UNSW researchers, research engineers from industry partners and supervise HDR students. The role of Research Associate reports to Scientia Professor Rose Amal and has no direct reports.

  • Salary, $95,449 - $102,091 + superannuation
  • Full time
  • Fixed-term contract – 1 year
  • Location: Kensington – Sydney, Australia

About UNSW

UNSW is currently implementing a ten-year strategy to 2025 and our ambition for the next decade is nothing less than to establish UNSW as Australia’s global university. This position is within the School of Chemical Engineering


Selection Criteria

  • PhD (or soon to be awarded) in Chemical/ Process Engineering or related discipline;
  • Expertise and experience in material synthesis including hydrothermal, impregnation and photodeposition techniques;
  • Extensive understanding of photocatalytic reforming reactions with a focus on photocatalyst design and characterisation;
  • Knowledge on metal oxide surface chemistry and optical properties (i.e. band structures and charge carrier properties);
  • Able to conduct independent research with limited supervision;
  • Track record of publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity;
  • Able to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders and students;
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities

Additional details about the specific responsibilities for these positions can be found in the position description via the link, Download File Position Description - Research Associate - Level A - CEIC.pdf or via the advert on

Within your application you should address the selection criteria which are listed within the position description. 

Please apply online. Applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed below. 


Penny Spencer


T: +61 2 9385 0708

Applications close: 11:50pm, Sunday 8th March 2020


UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds.

UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff, and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

Position Description

Advertised: 06 Feb 2020 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 08 Mar 2020 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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