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Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
in Quantum Foundations


Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Quantum Foundations.

These fellowships are funded under the new Perimeter Institute — Australia Foundations (PIAF) partnership.  Successful applicants will spend nine months per year at The University of Sydney in Australia, and three months per year at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada.

In Sydney the postdoctoral fellowships will be held jointly at the Centre for Time (Department of Philosophy, SOPHI, in the Faculty of Arts), and in the School of Physics (in the Faculty of Science).

The successful applicants will join an expanding interdisciplinary group in the foundations and philosophy of physics, linking researchers from Physics, HPS, and the Centre for Time at the University of Sydney. They will also be expected to contribute to the PIAF partnership linking the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada to an Australian network of researchers at the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland, and Griffith University.

They will be expected (i) to conduct research in the foundations of quantum physics and to assist in developing research links and collaborations with physicists and other scholars working on these issues; (ii) to assist in organising research workshops and conferences to foster these links, especially in association with the new collaboration with the Perimeter Institute; (iii) to pursue new external research funding in support of these activities, both individually and in collaboration with other researchers; (iv) to assist in the supervision of postgraduate students in the foundations and philosophy of physics; and (v) to assist in the development of research and postgraduate training initiatives in the area of Quantum Foundations, and to assist in teaching Honours and/or PG level students in these areas.

The successful applicants must have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant area in physics or philosophy, and proven research performance at an international level in the foundations of quantum mechanics.  Experience in the organisation of research networks, workshops and seminars, and evidence of ability to work cooperatively with others, are desirable.

The positions are full-time fixed term for three years, subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period. Membership of a University approved superannuation scheme is a condition of employment for new appointees. For further information contact Dr Guido Bacciagaluppi on +61 2 9351 5385 or e-mail: guido.bacciagaluppi@arts.usyd.edu.au.

Remuneration package: $58,846 - $81,455 p.a. (which includes a base salary Associate Lecturer Level A $50,296 - $69,620 p.a., leave loading and up to 17% employer's contribution to superannuation).

Applications must be completed online, by clicking the "apply online" button on the version of the advertisement available at this site. (A copy of the selection criteria can also be viewed at that site.) All applicants are kindly requested also to inform Dr Guido Bacciagaluppi (as above), when they have have completed their online application.

Closing Date: 7 December 2007

Timetable: We expect to make offers in February or early March, 2008, for commencement as soon as practicable thereafter.

The University is a non-smoking workplace and is committed to the policies and principles of equal employment opportunity and cultural diversity. The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment for financial or other reasons.


[Last update: 26.11.07]

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