The University of Adelaide, Department of Physical Sciences

Position ID:UoA-Department of Physical Sciences-ARCRA1 [#11509, 497795]
Position Title: ARC Research Associate
Position Location:Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia [map]
Subject Area: Physics
Appl Deadline:2018/08/27help popup** finished (2018/07/25, finished 2019/03/03, listed until 2018/08/27)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

  • Prestigious international university
  • Wide range of employee benefits
  • Exciting opportunity to work on the ATLAS experiment

The University of Adelaide experimental particle physics group has an opening for a postdoctoral research associate to work on the ATLAS experiment. The group currently participates in novel searches for Supersymmetry and measurements of the Higgs boson, and is involved in upgrade work on the Inner Tracker (ITK) and Fast TracKer (FTK) projects. This successful applicant for this position would be expected to strengthen the groups involvement in either/both ITK and FTK and pursue physics analysis work in tandem.

The University of Adelaide is one of Australia's leading Group of Eight, research-intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Established in 1874, it is Australia's third oldest university with a strong reputation for preparing educated leaders and delivering research outcomes that contribute to local, national and global wellbeing.

University of Adelaide employees enjoy a range of benefits and favourable work conditions that include opportunities for career development and advancement.

The Faculty of Sciences is one of five faculties at the University of Adelaide. As the first university in Australia to grant degrees in science (1882), science has long been at the cornerstone of the institution and this continues today. As a research and education leader in fields such as agriculture, food & wine, animal & veterinary sciences, biological sciences, and physical sciences, the faculty offers an exciting and innovative work environment.

The School of Physical Sciences is one of four Schools in the Faculty of Sciences. Located at the University's North Terrace campus, the School brings together the internationally recognised contemporary disciplines of chemistry; earth science; and physics, delivering undergraduate and postgraduate education, training and research with both national relevance and global outreach and networks in the public and private sectors.

The experimental particle physics group at The University of Adelaide has involvement in collider particle physics experiments (ATLAS, Belle II), astrophysics (Auger, HESS, CTA), neutrino physics (Ice Cube) and gravitational waves (LIGO), along with direct dark matter searches (SABRE).

The group is looking for an outstanding applicant who has obtained, or is about to obtain, a PhD in Experimental Particle Physics or a closely related field. The candidate will be expected to play a leading role in the group's activities in data analysis and to contribute to the operation and upgrade of the ATLAS detector. Candidates should have experience in data analysis at large-scale particle physics experiments and an interest in detector development and hardware projects.

Salary: (Level A) $85,307 to $91,425 per annum.

Superannuation: An employer contribution of 9.5% applies.

Term of position: This fixed-term contract is available immediately for a period of two years (with the possibility of extension).

Position requirements
To be successful you should have:
• PhD or equivalent degree (or thesis submitted) in particle physics or a closely related field
• A commitment to research excellence in experimental particle physics including data analysis and upgrade/operations of particle detectors
• Demonstrated publication track record in leading scientific journals and conference talks
• Advanced analytical and computational skills, including demonstrated ability to apply these to data analysis
• Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research in addition to working effectively as a member of a research team

If you have any queries with regards to the application process for this position, please contact Michelle Carter, HR Officer, email:

If you have any queries regarding this position, please contact Paul Jackson, ARC Future Fellow, email:

Please apply to this website and refer to the application requirements listed below.  A copy of the selection criteria can be obtained via the URL listed below.

Closing date: 9am Monday, 27 August 2018 

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
The University of Adelaide
Human Resources
Level 3
50 Rundle Mall
Adelaide SA 5005

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