Research Fellowship in Physics

University of Western Australia Department of Physics


CB & GF Robertson Research Fellowship

Job no: 504009
Work type: Full time
Location: Crawley
Categories: Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Robertson Research Fellowship

Faculty of Science - School of Molecular Sciences

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences - Department of Physics

  • Great opportunity for an outstanding early career researcher to work at UWA under the CB & GF Robertson Research Fellowship
  • Fixed term appointment for 12 months on a full time basis, commencing January 2021
  • Salary: Level A step 8 : $95,464 plus superannuation 
  • Applications are open to all interested researchers with a PhD (or completed before commencement) in the disciplines of chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and material sciences

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About us

Depending on your area of research, you will work in the School of Molecular Sciences within the Faculty of Science, or the Department of Physics within the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at the University Western Australia.

The School of Molecular Sciences based in UWA’s iconic Bayliss Building, supports a vibrant environment for multidisciplinary research, high quality PhD training and industry engagement. The School spans the fields of chemistry, chemical biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, molecular genetics, nanotechnology and systems biology.

The Department of Physics has an international reputation for excellence in research, as recognised by the hosting of three ARC Centre Nodes for Gravitational Wave Discovery, Quantum Engineered Systems, and Dark Matter Particle Physics. It also leads in research areas including quantum gravity and field, quantum information and computation, spintronics, terahertz and optical technology, and medical physics.

About the opportunity

As a Research Associate you will, under limited direction, prepare and submit (or will have already submitted) an external competitive Postdoctoral Fellowship application with your nominated mentor at UWA.

With your area of research in one or a combination of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics or Materials Science, you will formulate a coherent and focused research plan and conduct high quality research. You will also present your work at conferences, communicate with collaborators, and supervise Honours and PhD students.

 To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • A PhD in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, or material sciences 
  • Proven ability in independently formulating a competitive fellowship application
  • Proven ability in pursuing and conducting high quality research
  • Proven experience in independently writing high-quality and high-impact manuscripts and presenting results in oral presentations

Full details of the position responsibilities are outlined in the position description.  In preparing your application, you are asked to address the selection criteria in the position description, upload evidence of the ability to prepare a fellowship application along with your CV. This evidence should be in the form of either a full fellowship proposal that has been submitted externally, or a three-page summary of a proposal that is in development with a UWA mentor.

Applicants with a PhD or will have PhD completed before commencement of the position are encouraged to submit their interest.

Please see the position description prior to applying: Download File Position Description - Robertson Research Fellowship.pdf

Closing date:  11:55pm on Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.
  • UWA has been awarded Platinum Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2019).
  • UWA has also been awarded Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation in 2020.

Advertised: 11 Aug 2020 W. Australia Standard Time

Applications close: 30 Sep 2020 11:55 PM W. Australia Standard Time

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