Research Fellow

The Australian National University

  • Australia
  • $98,009.00 - $111,365.00
  • Research facilities

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Job no: 529647
Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Academic
Classification: Academic Level B
Salary Package: $98,009-$111,365 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Terms: Full time, Fixed term (2 years, extendable to 3 years)

o    Contribute to the fundamental physical understanding and design of novel device configurations for solar water splitting
o    Become involved in a rapidly expanding research field of solar hydrogen production
o    Work with leading researchers in the area of solar energy
Position Overview:
The purpose of this appointment is to contribute to the fundamental physical understanding and design of solar hydrogen systems. The position is nominally for two years, with the possibility of an extension to three years.
The appointee will work within a world-leading, interdisciplinary solar energy group to theoretically investigate limiting factors and underlying physical mechanisms of novel solar hydrogen generation concepts. The appointee is expected to carry out independent research including, but not limited to, calculations of solar-to-hydrogen efficiencies in different device concepts; combining semiconductor physics, optics, and electrochemistry theory to build conceptual models of device performance and develop design principles for novel device configurations.
This is an exciting opportunity to become involved in a rapidly expanding research field. Hydrogen production will play a key role in reducing carbon emissions in the future, both as an energy vector, and as replacement for fossil fuels in industrial processes. ANU has an excellent track record in undertaking cutting edge research and commercialisation in the field of solar energy. Further information is available at http://solar.anu.edu.au/ and http://energy.anu.edu.au/
The positions are located in the Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering. The appointees are accountable to the Director of the Research School. The appointees are also accountable to the lead investigators on the project, Professor Kylie Catchpole and Dr Fiona J Beck. As an academic member of the Research School of Engineering the appointees will be required to contribute to research, education and outreach agendas of the School both nationally and internationally in a manner that is appropriate to the level of appointment. Staff members are expected to contribute cooperatively to the overall intellectual life of the School, College and University.
Maintaining good relationships with new and existing collaborative partners, other national and international research institutions, Australian federal and state government research funding organisations and international research funding bodies, is integral to the positions.
For further information, please contact Dr Fiona J Beck on T: +61 2 619 70113 or E: fiona.beck@anu.edu.au
The ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of diverse backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit https://services.anu.edu.au/human-resources/respect-inclusion
Application Information
In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:
o    A statement addressing the selection criteria.
o    A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes name and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current of previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form. 
o    Other documents, if required
Selection Criteria
1. A PhD in physics, mathematics, or electrical engineering, with a track record of innovative and independent research, as evidenced by publications in high quality peer-reviewed journals and conferences, a record of developing and maintaining collaborations, and by other measures such as awards, presentations at leading conferences, etc.
2. A proven ability to undertake calculations and build theoretical models to explain and predict the underlying physics of photonic, photovoltaic, or optoelectronic devices, water splitting and/or electrochemical reactions. Candidates should be able to articulate a vision for the activities they will undertake at the ANU.
3. An ability and commitment to win bids for competitive external funding to support individual and collaborative research activities.
4. Excellent oral and written English language skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate and interact effectively with a variety of staff and students in a cross-disciplinary academic environment and to foster respectful and productive working relationships with staff, students and colleagues at all levels.
5. A demonstrated high level understanding of equal opportunity principles and a commitment to their application in a university context.

Applicants that do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

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