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Research Associate - Gravitational Wave

University Of Western Australia - Crawley, WA

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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.