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Research Associate/ Research Fellow

Job no: 498864
Work type: full-time
Location: Crawley
Categories: Science

Research Associate/ Research Fellow| REF: 498864|

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

School of Physics and Astrophysics 

  • 1 year, extendable to up to three years depending on funding situation and performance
  • Level A or B depending on experience

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.

The team

Our research group is the West Australian node of the new Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) (  We have a long history in gravitational wave research and are active members of the international LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC). We operate the Australian Consortium High Optical Power Gravitational Wave Research Facility at Gingin, with 80m suspended high finesse cavities.

Our current research is focused on developing advanced techniques for LIGO and for the next generation of detectors.  Our research program includes the control of parametric instability, optimizing interferometers for measurements below the standard quantum limit, high power silicon optical cavities for 3rd generation detectors and improvements in low frequency vibration isolation.

At the UWA campus we undertake small scale experiments on optomechanics for improving the quantum noise limited sensitivity of gravitational wave detectors.

About the opportunity

You will conduct research, primarily at the Gingin laboratory which is 90km from UWA main campus, with the high power suspended optical cavity, to develop techniques for control of parametric instabilities and design of experiments for testing silicon optics for 3rd generation detectors, as well as provide day-to-day supervision to PhD students working on this project.Work will involve regular stays at the Gingin facility while experiments are underway.

You will also assist in supervising final year undergraduate, Master and PhD students working on small scale optical, optomechanical and vibration isolation experiments, and you are expected to 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:

  • A PhD in Experimental Physics
  • Experience in lasers, optics, and opto-mechanical measurements. 
  • Knowledge of control systems, quantum optics, vibration isolation and noise measurements is desirable.
  • Experience in writing and publishing papers in high impact journals
  • The ability to establish and maintain international collaborations with leading international experts.

This position will also require occasional weekend work as well as regular travel to the Gingin laboratory and overnight stays.

Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria. 

Closing date: 30 June 2017

This position is open to international applicants.

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

Please see the position description prior to applying: Download File PostDoc Fellow_Position_Description_GWexperimental.pdf

  • UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2016).
  • The University is also a proud member of the Athena SWAN/SAGE Pilot for Gender Equity.


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