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Postdoctoral Positions

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Solid State Chemistry
Faculty of Science
School of Chemistry
Reference No. 379/0214

The University of Sydney is Australia's first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. It employs over 7300 permanent staff, supporting over 50,000 students. The School of Chemistry that offers a vibrant and world-class research environment is one of the main centres for chemical research and education in the country and has access to a comprehensive range of modern research and teaching facilities.

This is an opportunity to take part in an Australian Research Council grant funded project working in the research group led by Professor Brendan Kennedy to investigate the structural and magnetic properties of 4d and 5d transition metal oxides, especially those of Tc, Ru, Ir and Os.

You will be expected to make extensive use of the neutron scattering facilities at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). Some travel to the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne and other major facilities will also be required. Sample preparation and other physical property characterisation will be conducted at the University of Sydney.

To be successful in this position you will have:

  • a PhD in Chemistry, Physics or Materials Science
  • a demonstrated ability in the synthesis of oxides containing transition metals
  • a demonstrated ability to conduct research in hard condensed matter
  • proficiency in the collection and analysis of powder diffraction data
  • experience in using diffraction and/or spectroscopic methods
  • excellent organisational and communication skills
  • experience in research record keeping and the preparation of research papers for publication.

Some familiarity with the operation of a Quantum Design PPMS and with Rietveld Refinement, as well as experience in X-ray spectroscopy (XPS/XAS) and in preparing applications for beam time at major neutron and/or synchrotron facilities will all be highly regarded.

The position is fixed term for two years subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. Further offers may be available subject to performance, needs and funding.

Remuneration package: $95K p.a. (which includes base salary $80.5K p.a., leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation). Some relocation cost support may be provided and visa sponsorship will be available if required.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by the reference number for more information and to apply.

CLOSING DATE: 23 April 2014 (11.30pm Sydney time)

How to apply: Please visit here.

The University of Sydney is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups and women are encouraged. The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment for financial or other reasons.


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The University of Sydney is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups and women are encouraged. The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment for financial or other reasons.