Postdoctoral Research Associate – Physics


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.

Associate Professor Rahman’s research group develops computational techniques and software for modelling solid-state quantum bits. The group works closely with world-leading experimental groups both at UNSW and elsewhere to understand experimental measurements and to guide quantum device design. The research involves multi-scale modelling of quantum materials and devices ranging from atomistic to continuum methods and from first principles to empirical methods for electronic structure and quantum transport simulations.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will primarily be working on silicon qubits with the computational tools and techniques developed in Associate Professor Rahman’s group. The Postdoctoral Research Associate is also expected to perform computational methods development relevant to modelling quantum systems. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work with Tight-Binding, Density Functional Theory, Green’s functions, Hartree Fock, Configuration Interaction, and other Quantum Chemistry techniques.

About the role

  • $76K – $102K plus 9.5% superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 12 months
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The role of Research Associate reports to Associate Professor Rajib Rahman.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Conduct computational research in silicon quantum science and engineering for quantum computing applications.
  • Perform research collaboratively and individually in silicon quantum devices and other condensed matter systems.
  • Develop, test, and maintain high-performance software tools for simulating qubits.
  • Publish and contribute to publication of research results in leading scientific journals.
  • Provide mentoring to graduate students and Honours students in the project area where required.
  • Participate in and/or present research results in national and international conferences, forums and other venues.
  • Report results to the group leader regularly and assist in preparation of research proposals.
  • 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:

  • PhD or close to completion of a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Material Science, or Computational Science.
  • Demonstrated track record of research publications in high quality journals (relative to opportunity).
  • Demonstrated extensive experience with Density Functional Theory (DFT) Methods and Software
  • Tools both as a user and a developer.
  • Demonstrated experience of electronic structure simulations of defects in semiconductors or abinitio calculation of optical and magnetic properties of materials.
  • In-depth knowledge of advanced electronic structure methods from quantum chemistry or condensed matter physics, or developer-level knowledge of quantum transport methods such as the non-Equilibrium Green’s Function technique.
  • Demonstrated programming/computing skills in C++, Python, MPI, and in a Unix/Linux environment, and familiarity with high performance computing platforms.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in presenting research outcomes to audiences such as at seminars and international conferences.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently in a research environment with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated experience 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.

Rajib Rahman
Applications close: May 27th, 2020

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Position Description

Advertised: 29 Apr 2020 AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 27 May 2020 AUS Eastern Standard Time

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