Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Swinburne University of Technology

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Academic Level B: $96,808 - $114,612
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About the Job
We are seeking an accomplished Research Fellow to conduct research in experimental atomic and condensed matter physics, supporting an established strategic research program within our Centre for Quantum and Optical Science and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET). In this position you will be required to plan and conduct studies on dissipationless transport and non-equilibrium phenomena in ultracold atomic gases. This work will contribute towards the broader understanding of the capabilities of topological materials for use in future electronics technologies. A key part of this role will be the development of a Quantum Gas Microscope (QGM) for dysprosium atoms. The QGM will form a key platform for FLEET research into dissipationless transport and topological materials.

In addition to carrying out research, the successful candidate will be expected to publish papers in high-impact journals, present results at major conferences and workshops, and supervise PhD and honours students within the Centre.

FLEET values equity and diversity and promotes an inclusive workplace culture for staff irrespective of their gender identity, ethnicity, or cultural background. We recognise that diversity drives excellence and innovation in research and teaching and a key objective is to lift the proportion of women among academic staff.

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

Swinburne’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology is at the forefront of the university’s focus on developing innovative solutions to real-life problems. If you’re interested in working on today’s most exciting challenges, collaborating with leaders in their discipline and being supported by some of the best technology and facilities in the country, then you should be at Swinburne.

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET) is an international innovator in novel electronics technologies. Enabled by the new science of atomically thin materials, FLEET brings together over 40 world-leading experts to develop a new generation of ultra-low power devices. The team is highly interdisciplinary with high-profile researchers from atomic physics, condensed matter physics, materials science, electronics, nanofabrication and atomically thin materials.

With over $40M investment from the ARC and contributing organisations, FLEET is poised to make significant global impact in the electronics and energy sectors. By building strategic and strong partnerships with Australian and international industry, research institutions and government, FLEET aims to build capacity for advanced electronics research in Australia and train the workforce for the next generation of electronic materials researchers and future semiconductor industry. To learn more about FLEET, please visit our website:

At FLEET, we are committed to gender equity. Our goal is to achieve at least 30% women researchers and higher degree by research (HDR) students across FLEET. Please visit to learn more. We are also passionate about building future leaders in the field. All of our early career researchers and HDR students will take part in a comprehensive training program incorporating excellent supervision and professional development. To learn more about benefits of working with us, please visit

About you
To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • A PhD in a relevant field of Physics
  • Expertise in atomic, quantum and optical physics
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to work collaboratively
  • Experience conducting high impact experimental research with ultracold Fermi atoms

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.


  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Participate in regular staff and management development programs
  • Paid parental leave for primary caregivers and secondary caregivers
  • Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre (HALC) discounted memberships

To find out more about the extensive range of benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit Employee Benefits

How to apply and further information
Please submit your application by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link, and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description. A brief research statement may be appended to the Key Selection Criteria response. Letters of reference will be sought for shortlisted candidates after the deadline. For further information about this position, contact Prof. Christopher Vale, Centre for Quantum and Optical Science, via email at

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr Walter Robles, on For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on

Agency enquiries will not be accepted for this position.

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation. We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for women for 10 years in a row and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan. Equity and diversity are integral to our 2025 vision to be a world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

Applications close at 5pm on the 19th of January, 2020.

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