Research Associate in Theoretical Particle Physics
University of New South Wales, School of Physics

Research Associate - Theoretical Particle Physics


Job no: 498731

Work type: Fixed term / Full time

Location: Sydney, NSW

Categories: Post doctoral research fellow

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The School of Physics is one of the leading Physics schools in Australia. It offers a world class undergraduate physics degree, as well as a postgraduate PhD research program for over 50 students. 33 academic staff conduct theoretical and experimental research in quantum physics, astrophysics, fundamental physics; and condensed matter physics. UNSW is an international leader in quantum computing research and hosts the ARC Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology. Major nodes of two other ARC Centres: Exciton Science; and Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies are also based at UNSW.


The Research Associate will perform independent research on theoretical particle physics. The focus of the work will be (quark, neutrino and charged-lepton) flavour physics. The Research Associate will interact closely with the theoretical researchers in the department and the groups of Prof. German Valencia (Monash University) and Prof. Raymond Volkas (The University of Melbourne).



About the role

  • $76K - $102K plus 17% superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 2 years
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The role of Research Associate reports to Dr. Michael Schmidt.


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Perform independent research in theoretical particle physics.
  • Publish and contribute to the publication of research in leading scientific journals.
  • Attend national and international conferences and forums as required.
  • Present research results in national and international conferences and forums as required.
  • Give seminars in the School of Physics in the area of research.
  • Give seminars at other Australian universities in the area of research.
  • Provide mentoring to graduate students and honours students.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.


About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A PhD or close to completion of a PhD in Physics.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of at least one of quark flavour physics, neutrino physics, and charged-lepton flavour physics.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and numerical skills.
  • Demonstrated track record of research publications in high quality journals (relative to opportunity).
  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in an independent role and collaboratively with others in a research environment with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated experience in presenting research outcomes to audiences such as at seminars and international workshops and conferences..
  • Demonstrated ability to co-supervise honours or postgraduate research students.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.


Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

Michael Schmidt
Applications close: January 16th, 2020



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Position Description

Advertised: 16 Dec 2019 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: 16 Jan 2020 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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