Research Fellow in Chemical Engineering

Monash University Department of Chemical Engineering


Research Fellow - Exciton

Job No.: 607362

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 2-year Fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: $69,401 - $94,190 pa Level A (plus 9.5% employer superannuation)

  • Collaborate with leading academics and experts
  • Participate in cutting edge technology
  • Take your career in exciting, rewarding directions

Everyone needs a platform to launch a satisfying career. At Monash, we give you the space and support to take your career in all kinds of exciting new directions. You’ll have access to quality research, infrastructure and learning facilities, opportunities to collaborate internationally, as well as the grants you’ll need to publish your work. We’re a university full of energetic and enthusiastic minds, driven to challenge what’s expected, expand what we know, and learn from other inspiring, empowering thinkers.

Monash University strongly advocates diversity, equality, fairness and openness. We fully support the gender equity principles of the Athena SWAN Charter and invite you to join us in celebrating women in STEMM. 

We offer our staff a range of on-site services available at our campuses. Depending on your work location, this may include on-site childcare, gym, pool, bookshop, health services, food outlets, banks, post office, Oxfam etc. Staff members have a chance to participate in cycling, yoga, Pilates, aerobics and other classes before work, during lunchtime and after work at our Clayton, Caulfield and Peninsula campuses.

The Opportunity

The Department of Chemical Engineering is looking for a scientist or an engineer with specialisation in materials research and photovoltaics with some experience in synthesis, thin film growth, spectroscopy, photovoltaics with a strong interest in automation and data analysis.

The Research Fellow will work within the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science under the Solar Energy Conversion research platform 1.2 (Solution-Processed Next Generation Photovoltaics) whose main goal is the development of novel photo absorbers. A part of the research work will be undertaken at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, which is located in close vicinity to our Monash University Centre node.

The work will involve aspects such as:

  • basic chemical synthesis
  • the control of thin-film formation either by solution processing or vacuum deposition techniques
  • the thorough spectroscopic characterization of absorber films, as well as the fabrication and characterization of photovoltaic cells.

The work is highly collaborative in nature and every project will typically involve a number of researchers from different institutions. You will work with this highly qualified team of researchers to implement and apply combinatorial and high-throughput concepts to the field of materials discovery.

To be the successful candidate you will;

  • Have a degree in either chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science & engineering, physics, robotics or data science with some knowledge and experience in the fields of materials chemistry, spectroscopy and photovoltaics be.
  • Be an excellent team player, highly proactive, self-motivated and committed to work towards the research goals of the centre.
  • Have an outstanding research output and publication track record.

Desirable skills/experience for this role are;

  • A strong background primarily in experimental high-throughput research, lab automation, data analysis and visualization and a strong interest in materials science and thin film photovoltaics
  • Some level of experience with setting up and automating spectroscopic techniques (desirable but not mandatory)

You will have excellent organisational capabilities, outstanding verbal and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work as part of a team. Collaboration and relationship building skills will be essential to this role.

The application for this job will need a cover letter and your latest CV. Your Cover Letter must address the 1st and 2nd Key Selection Criteria from the attached Position Description. Please refer to "How to apply for Monash Jobs".

This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

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Professor Udo Bach, +61 3 9905 6264

Position Description

Download File Research Fellow Exciton

Closing Date

Thursday 27 August 2020, 11:55 pm AEST

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