Friday, June 6, 2008

Postdoctoral / Research Fellow in Quantum Plasma Physics, University of Sydney, Australia

School of Physics
Reference No. 130304
The School of Physics at the University of Sydney pursues a vigorous program of research including astronomy and astrophysics, space physics, biological and medical physics, photonics, quantum physics, particle physics, plasma physics, and surface and materials physics.

The School invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Fellow to join a research group on quantum plasma physics, led by Professor Don Melrose and Dr Mike Wheatland. The appointee will work on specific projects that combine quantum and fluid descriptions of magnetized plasmas.

To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Fellow level, a PhD in Theoretical Physics or a related discipline is essential, as is a demonstrated capacity to conduct independent research in theoretical or computational physics. The appointee must be familiar with numerical techniques for solving partial differential equations, and demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work well in a team environment. Experience in computational fluid mechanics and some knowledge of quantum electrodynamics will be desirable.

To be appointed at the Research Fellow level, the appointee will need to meet the above criteria and additionally possess relevant postdoctoral experience.

The position is full-time fixed term for two years, subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. There is the possibility of further offers of employment for one year, subject to funding and need. Membership of a University approved superannuation scheme is a condition of employment for new appointees.

* Remuneration package (level A): up to $60,712 - $82,389 p.a. pro rata (which includes a base salary Level A $51,302 - $69,620 p.a., leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation).
* Remuneration package (level B): up to $86,731 - $102,993 p.a. pro rata (which includes a base salary Level B $73,289 - $87,030 p.a., leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation).

This position can be appointed either at Postdoctoral Fellow level or at the Research Fellow Level. A remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

For more information or to apply online, please visit and search by reference number 130304. Specific enquiries about the role can be directed to Professor Don Melrose via email: Melrose[ at ] General enquires can be directed to Shanne McGinniss on (02) 9351 5880.

Closing Date: 17 June 2008