Research Associate – Condensed Matter 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.

The Research Associate will perform independent research in theoretical condensed matter physics. The focus of the work will be skyrmion physics in ferromagnets and antiferromagnets, novel topological spin textures in magnetic heterostructures, quantum transport in hybrids of magnetic and topological materials, including spin-orbit torque and magnonic physics. The Research Associate will interact closely with the theoretical and experimental researchers in the School of Physics.

About the role

  • $76K – $102K plus 17% superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 24 months
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The role of Research Associate reports to Senior Lecturer Oleg Tretiakov.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Perform independent research in theoretical condensed matter physics.
  • Publish and contribute to the publication of the research in leading scientific journals.
  • Collaborate with experimental researchers at UNSW and beyond.
  • Attend national and international conferences and workshops as required. Present research results at national and international conferences and workshops as required.
  • Present seminars in the School of Physics in the area of research.
  • Present seminars at other Australian universities in the area of research.
  • Provide mentoring to graduate 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 Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of condensed matter physics, topological spin textures, quantum transport theory, computational spintronics and topological materials.
  • 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 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.

Oleg Tretiakov
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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