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Updated: 7 months ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 07 Feb 2019

Job no:501693
Work type:Fixed term - Full-time
Campus:Adelaide
Categories:Faculty of Sciences, Level A


Level A ($82,246 to $91,425) per annum and employer contribution of 9.5% superannuation will apply.

Fixed term position for three years.

The University of Adelaide is part of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav).

The successful candidate will assemble and install state-of-the-art wavefront sensors and active wavefront control systems in advanced-generation gravitational wave detectors, and assist with commissioning of the LIGO Hanford and Livingston Observatories. This new instrumentation is based on our world-leading research in collaboration with the LIGO Laboratory and builds upon our demonstrated expertise in high sensitivity wavefront sensing and numerical simulation of detectors.

To be successful you will need:

  • PhD or equivalent degree (or thesis submitted) in development of optical lock-in amplifiers and active optics for advanced-generation gravitational wave detectors and a commitment to research excellence
  • Experience in the use of Hartmann wavefront sensors for high-precision measurement of optics and profiling of laser beams
  • Experience with COMSOL and FINESSE numerical modelling packages, proficiency in coding using Python software
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research in addition to working effectively as a member of a research team in a complex setting
  • A commitment to travel to the LIGO observatories, LHO and/or LLO, for extended periods of time to participate in installation of instrumentation in the Advanced LIGO detectors and commissioning of those detectors

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. And our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. And our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity. We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills of our staff.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

Learn more at: adelaide.edu.au/jobs

Your faculty's broader role

The Faculty of Sciences is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research in: agriculture; food and wine; animal and veterinary sciences; biological sciences; and physical sciences. It develops future science leaders, and actively partners with innovative industries to solve scientific problems of global significance.

Learn more at: sciences.adelaide.edu.au

If you want to change tomorrow, act today

Click the link to the online application form below and address and upload your responses to all selection criteria. Applications close 11:55pm (ACDT),  7 February 2019.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Professor Peter Veitch
School of Physical Sciences
P: +61 (0) 8 831 35040
E: peter.veitch@adelaide.edu.au

You'll find a full position description and/or selection criteria below: (If no links appear, try viewing on another device)

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.

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