Position type:

Full time


(Level A) $80,881 to $86,820 per annum

03 Jan 2017
30 Jan 2017

Full details:

Reference number: 495521

  • Prestigious international university
  • Wide range of employee benefits
  • Internationally recognised Chemistry research group


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 the field of chemical 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.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow who will conduct research in the emerging field of Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) bio-composites and develop important steps towards enabling technology for novel biocatalysts and sensing devices.  The successful candidate is expected to be capable of undertaking their own research, as part of a growing team supervised by a group of three academics in Chemistry, to take a leadership role within the team and to interact successfully with students, collaborators, supervisors and funding bodies.  The successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills with the desire to seek their own independent funding by capitalising on the opportunities provided.

Salary: (Level A) $80,881 to $86,820 per annum

Superannuation: An employer contribution of 9.5% applies

Term of position: This fixed-term contract is available from early 2017, initially for a period of 12 months with the possibility of extension for a further 18 to 24 months

Position requirements

  • PhD in Chemistry or Materials Science;
  • Advanced skills and experience in the synthesis and characterisation of extended materials
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (for conference presentations, manuscript preparation, grant preparation)
  • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary and international Chemistry programs
  • Ability to undertake a leadership role within a team and interact with students, collaborators, supervisors and funding bodies
  • Demonstrated ability to manage the research activities of honours and/or post-graduate students

Please address and upload your responses to the selection criteria within the online application. If you have any queries regarding this position, please contact Associate Professor Christian Doonan, telephone: +61 8 8313 5770 or email: christian.doonan@adelaide.edu.au or Dr Stephen Bell, telephone: +61 8 8313 4822 or email: stephen.bell@adelaide.edu.au.

Closing date: 9am Monday, 30 January 2017

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.

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