Research Associate in Gravitational Wave

University of Western Australia Department of Physics

Research Associate - Gravitational Wave

Job no: 506529
Work type: full time
Location: Crawley
Categories: Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

School of Physics, Mathematics and Computing

Department of Physics

  • Join a vibrant research environment for gravitational wave astronomy
  • Two full time positions available on a fixed term 2 year appointment
  • Salary range: Level A: $72,780 - $97,946 p.a. plus employer contributed superannuation of 17%

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the team

The Department of Physics is a research focused department with a strong commitment to quality teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. While our core business is fundamental research, we have also successfully translated the results of research into the development of new technologies for the benefit of humankind.

UWA node of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Gravitational Wave Discovers (OzGrav) is currently focusing its research on developing advanced techniques for gravitational wave detectors.  Our research programs include quantum measurement techniques for improving the quantum noise limited sensitivity, the control of parametric instability, optimal mode matching for reducing the loss of squeezed state injection, and silicon optics in high power cavities for next generation detectors. 

UWA offers a vibrant research environment for gravitational wave astronomy.  There is a long history of gravitational wave research at UWA.  One of the first cryogenic bar detector Niobe was developed at the UWA during the 1980s.  We also operating the 80m high optical power suspended cavities at the Gingin facility. 

About the opportunity

The Department of Physics are looking for a dynamic experimentalist with motivation, drive and relevant experience in experimental physics.  The work will involve conducting day to day research, and working closely with PhD students on experiments either with high power suspended optical cavities, or tabletop experiments. There is also expectation that you will participate in proposing and developing new experiments aiming for improving the sensitivity of gravitational wave detectors.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • PhD in Experimental Physics
  • Experience in precision measurements and opto-mechanical systems
  • Ability to present in both written and oral publications and deliver presentations and contribute to writing and publishing papers in high impact journals
  • Well-developed interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills with demonstrated ability to set priorities and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative, problem solve and work productively as part of a team

Full details of the position responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description.  In preparing your application you are asked to submit curriculum vitae and a document clearly addressing the selection criteria to demonstrate that you meet the criteria. 

Please see the position description prior to applying: Download File Research Associate - Gravitational Wave 506529.pdf

Closing date: Wednesday, 12 May 2021

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.
  • UWA has been awarded Platinum Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2019).
  • UWA has also been awarded Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation in 2020.

Advertised: 14 Apr 2021 W. Australia Standard Time

Applications close: 12 May 2021 11:55 PM W. Australia Standard Time