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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational Condensed Matter Physics

Opportunity to research and investigation of novel molecule-semiconductor catalysts for carbon dioxide reduction

Located at Camperdown Campus, at the School of Physics

Full-Time, 12 months, Fixed Term, Academic Level A: Base Salary: $92,682 p.a. - $98,940 p.a. plus annual leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity
Carry out first-principles calculations to investigate novel upright molecular catalysts on semiconductor surfaces for carbon dioxide reduction. Identification of physical and chemical mechanisms for the reaction, provide understanding into theses reactions, and possible prediction of new and improved structures.  Participate in the overall research programme investigating the use sunlight to recycle CO2 back into fuels by developing covalently anchored molecular catalysts onto active semiconductor surfaces, which is a joint cooperation between the University of Sydney and Macquarie University.  Assist in supervision of Undergraduate and Postgraduate student’s research in the area of theoretical/computational condensed matter physics. Publish papers in leading journals in the field.
About you
The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence and are seeking to recruit for a Postdoctoral Research Associate role within the School of Physics, who has:

PhD in Physics, or related fields of Chemistry, Engineering, Materials Science.
Extensive knowledge and experience in performing ab initio calculations for solid state systems, surfaces and complex structures.
Extensive experience in running ab initio codes on high-performance computing systems; coding ability.
Performing independent research on theoretical/computational first-principles investigations of material systems and calculation of associated properties, as demonstrated by publications in high impact journals.
Experience in studies of adsorption of atoms and molecules on surfaces and nanostructures and associated properties.

These qualities are aligned with the University’s core values: courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity.  
About us
The School of Physics at the University of Sydney is the leading Physics department in the country, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research. Our 114 academic staff and 157 postgraduate students conduct research across a vast range of interests from nanoparticles to clusters of galaxies and from theoretical modelling to laboratory experiments. With the support of 20+ professional, technical and administrative staff, the School of Physics teaches to a cohort of approximately 274 equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) undergraduate students. With access to supercomputers, modern laboratory facilities and observatories, locally, nationally and internationally, the School of Physics is the premier environment for physics education and research. The School of Physics is committed to creating a diverse workplace by improving equity, access and opportunity. We want to create an environment where individuality is welcomed and celebrated. We are continuously working to identify and remove biases and barriers in an effort to make our workplace open, supportive and safe for everyone.
Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australias first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.
We are undergoing significant transformative change, which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

Intending applicants are welcome to seek further information about the position from Professor Catherine Stampfl, School of Physics on +61 2 9351 5901 or
For recruitment-related enquiries, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact, Helen Efstathiou, Recruitment Consultant on +61 2 8627 7137 or
Please refer to the candidate information pack for further details.
Job Reference No. 969/0519F
Closing date: 11:30pm, 23 June 2019 (Sydney Time)
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.
The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational Condensed Matter Physics Sydney University
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