Postdoctoral Research Associate A/B -Miniaturisation of Optical Clocks Using Photonic Integrated Circuits

Updated: 29 days ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 27 Jan 2024

Job no:512408
Work type:Fixed term - Full-time
Campus:Adelaide
Categories:Level A, Level B, Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology


(Level A) $75,888 to $102,040 or (Level B) $107,276 to $126,894 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation

The University of Adelaide is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate working as a part of a large research team exploring the miniaturisation of high-precision optical clocks using the latest photonic integrated circuit technology. The position is for 2 years full-time, fixed term with possibility of extension.

The research project seeks to reduce the size, weight, and power of state-of-the-art optical clocks, by using cutting-edge photonic integrated circuits technology to create a new class of integrated optical clocks on a single optical chip. The project will address challenges at the interface of atomic, molecular, and optical physics and photonic integrated circuits with the potential to create a multitude of opportunities for commercial development in navigation, precision measurements and sensing.

The successful applicant will play a leading role in developing and implementing various forms miniaturisation optical clocks within a vibrant team under Prof Andre Luiten and Dr Andy Boes. The project will be undertaken in the positive, supportive, and exciting environment that exists within the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) at The University of Adelaide.

IPAS has an annual research budget of more than $22M p.a., a membership of more than 250 people, and is headquartered in a $100M bespoke research building on the CBD campus of The University of Adelaide. IPAS has available a superb range of optical diagnostic and manufacturing equipment, precision manufacturing (3D metal and plastics printing), glass and optical fibre manufacture and MBE semiconductor manufacturing. Equally important, IPAS provides grant and business development support, and facility management through a high-performing and professional team. Furthermore, IPAS fosters a collaborative culture by organising networking and team-building events, enhancing the interdisciplinary synergy vital for cutting-edge research endeavours.

The successful applicant will undertake both experimental work and numerical studies. They will participate in and be supported by key institutions such as IPAS and the School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.

To be successful in Level A, you will need:

  • A PhD or equivalent degree (or thesis submitted) in experimental physics or electrical and electronic engineering.
  • Experience of AMO Physics (that is, the interaction and manipulation of atoms or molecules using light), including: laser cooling of neutral atoms; coherent spectroscopy techniques; ultra-high vacuum systems OR Experience in photonic integrated circuit research, including using photonic integrated circuits in system demonstrations.
  • Demonstrated research excellence, including a publication track record in leading scientific journals and conferences.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research in addition to working effectively as a member of a research team.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Good organisational and time management skills.
  • Commitment to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion, and ability to contribute to the diversity of the school community.

To be successful in Level B, you will need:

  • PhD or equivalent degree in experimental physics or electrical and electronic engineering.
  • At least 2 years of postdoctoral research experience in AMO Physics (that is, the interaction and manipulation of atoms or molecules using light), including laser cooling of neutral atoms; coherent spectroscopy techniques; ultra-high vacuum systems OR Experience in photonic integrated circuit research, including using photonic integrated circuits in system demonstrations.
  • Demonstrated research excellence with a publication track record in leading scientific journals and conferences.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead research projects in addition to working effectively as a member of a research team.
  • Demonstrated ability to liaise with research project funding sponsors, and communicate effectively with professional and industry bodies, government, and members of the community.
  • Commitment to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion, and ability to contribute to the diversity of the school community.

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 - offer you vast scope and opportunity to develop your 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. 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 culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life. Flexible working arrangements are on offer for all roles at the University.

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.

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Your faculty's broader role

The Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research. Many of its academic staff are world leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers. The Faculty actively partners with innovative industries to solve problems of global significance. 

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If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

****Applications close 11:55 pm, Sunday 28th January 2024****

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Dr Andy Boes
ARC DECRA fellow, School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
P: +61 477 291 833
E: [email protected]

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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people who identify with other historically under-represented groups in STEM, who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.

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