Particle physics research

Postdoctoral Fellow, Research School of Physics job with AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (ANU)

Classification: Academic Level A

Salary package: $76,271 to $95,732 per year plus 17% superannuation

Term: Full time, CDD (2 years)

Job Description : PD and PEWER – Level A Postdoctoral Fellow_NPAA_Final.pdf

  • Excellent employer pension contributions and a variety of salary conditioning options
  • Generous parental leave rights (26 weeks of paid leave)
  • On-campus childcare
  • Support network and mentorship program for early career scholars

The area

The Research School of Physics is home to Australia’s leading accelerator-based fundamental nuclear physics research facility. The Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility (HIAF) is a national facility created to support world-class research activities on various topics related to nuclear science and its applications. Our staff and students have an international reputation for undertaking world-class research into the nature of atomic nuclei and developing a unique technical infrastructure to do so.

The underlying impetus for our research is a belief in the fundamental importance of physics to all of science and technology and the key role that physics must play in addressing the challenges facing the modern world. . For example, in the face of climate change, we need to better understand the physics of the atmosphere and develop new sources of clean energy. In medicine, the further development of new procedures, such as positron therapy for the treatment of cancer, will not be possible without advancing the basic physics behind them. The world-changing communications revolution is driven by physics, and if progress is to continue, research must exploit advances in electronic materials, lasers and optoelectronic devices.

The position

Based in the Department of Nuclear Physics and Accelerator Applications within the Physics Research School. The postdoctoral fellow is contributing to research related to the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Project DP210101201, “Controlled Nuclear Vibrations in Quasi-Spherical and Deformed Nuclei”. They will work closely with the project’s chief investigators, their students, and HIAF technical staff, with an emphasis on conducting internationally competitive research while contributing to education and service activities ( including awareness). Time allocation to each area will be discussed with the supervisor and will reflect the appointee’s research program, school and interdisciplinary teaching requirements, and opportunities for leadership in the school environment.

The postdoctoral fellow may also have the opportunity to supervise or assist in the supervision of students, contribute to the teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses, and contribute cooperatively to the overall intellectual life of the school, college and university.

The main responsibilities of the postdoctoral fellow role include, but are not limited to:

  • Contribute to the establishment and optimization of ongoing research infrastructure upgrades at HIAF, including: a new focal plane detection system for the ANU Enge magnetic spectrometer to facilitate nuclear structure studies ; integration of a new charged particle detector with the existing CAESAR array of HPGe and LaBr3 gamma ray detectors for Coulomb excitation studies; and the development of associated digital data collection and analysis software for these two systems.
  • Undertake independent research in the field of nuclear physics related to the scientific objectives of the Discovery project with a view to publishing original and innovative results in peer-reviewed journals, presenting research at academic seminars and national and international conferences, and collaborate with other researchers at the national level .
  • Contribute to the School’s teaching activities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This includes, but is not limited to, preparing and delivering courses and tutorials, preparing online materials, grading and assessment, consultations, and with students or as subject coordinators.
  • Supervise students working on individual or group projects at the undergraduate, honors and graduate levels. Assistance in supervising research students.

The person

To excel in this role, you will have:

  • A doctorate in experimental nuclear physics
  • Ability to deliver high quality search results
  • Achievements in leading projects in the field of nuclear physics and/or nuclear sciences
  • Experience in at least one and preferably more of the following areas:
  • Nuclear structure and radioactive decay
  • Gamma Spectroscopy and Coulomb Excitation Experiments
  • Nucleon transfer reactions and charged particle spectroscopy
  • Instrumentation development for nuclear physics research

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For further information on the position, please contact Dr AJ Mitchell on: +61 261253526 E: [email protected]

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Application Information

In order to apply for his role, make sure to upload the following documents:

  • A statement on the selection criteria, and
  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV), including contact details for two referees

Applications that do not meet the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please Note: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. A job offer is conditional on satisfactory results.

Closing Date: September 4, 2022