Postdoctoral Research Associate in Light Emitting Devices

  • Opportunity to make valuable contributions to research on light emitting devices
  • Located at the School of Chemistry building, Camperdown Campus with regular travel required to CSIRO Melbourne
  • Full-time, fixed-term until 31 July 2023 offering a base salary $95K – $105K p.a., plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation.

About the opportunity 
The University of Sydney is Australia’s premier University with an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence and employs over 7500 permanent staff supporting over 49,000 students.

The School of Chemistry is regularly ranked among the top 50 in the world and is one of the main centres for chemical research and education in Australia. We attract an outstanding cohort of undergraduate students as well as postgraduate research students to this vibrant and world-class research environment.

We are looking for suitably qualified Postdoctoral Research Associate to undertake research within the research groups of A/Prof Girish Lakhwani at The University of Sydney and Dr Anthony Chesman at CSIRO, Clayton towards the development of next-generation light emitting devices. This project will explore fabrication and characterisation of next-generations LEDs and lasers. The appointee will join a multidisciplinary research team, with strong interactions with other research groups and institutions working under the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (ACEx). The overall mission of the Centre is to examine and manipulate the way light energy is absorbed, transported and transformed in advanced molecular materials. Members will benefit from collaboration across Centre nodes, an annual scientific meeting, and international partnerships.

About you
The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for Postdoctoral Research Associate in Light Emitting Devices who has:

  • a PhD in physical chemistry, applied physics or a related discipline
  • demonstrated skills and experience in fabrication and characterisation of organic semiconductor light emitting devices
  • proficiency in building/modifying and using device characterization and optical spectroscopy setups
  • working experience in MATLAB and origin softwares
  • demonstrated ability to conduct research/scholarly activities under limited supervision
  • the ability and a willingness to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams to contribute to long-term research goals
  • excellent communication (written and verbal), organizational and problem-solving skills with attention to detail.

Experience in fabrication and characterization of organic semiconductor photonic and/or polariton lasers will be highly regarded.

Key tasks of the appointee will also include contributing to the milestones of the research platform on light emitting devices within the ACEx, liaise and have frequent discussions with collaborators and prepare reports on research progress. The successful applicant is expected to be involved in supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects and take on a leadership role in the day-to-day operations of the device fabrication laboratory. The ability to work both as part of a team, and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organisational and problem-solving skills is required.

The successful applicant is expected to travel frequently between Sydney and Melbourne and spend a significant amount of time in both cities to work on collaborative projects between the University of Sydney and CSIRO.

The successful applicant can start the role immediately once appointed, but if not immediately available will be required to commence the role prior to the 31 st of October.

To apply for this role, please attach a cover letter to your application, addressing how you meet the criteria listed above. Please provide examples as appropriate.

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position for onshore candidates or New Zealand residents. For a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact Rebecca Astar or Linden Joseph Recruitment Operations, Human Resources by email

How to apply
All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Please visit the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website for further information and to apply.
All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and use the reference number 0082735 to find the listing.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Tuesday 17 August 2021

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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