First listed on: 26 August 2017

Research Scientist - Theoretical Physicist

  • Are you a researcher keen to work in the area of superconductivity/applied physics/industrial innovation?
  • Are you highly skilled team player who is interested in applying your knowledge to real world problems and applications?
  • Join a high performing team of multi-disciplinary scientists in the Superconductivity team  

The Position

The Superconductivity team has developed world-leading scientific capability in high-temperature superconducting (HTS) electronic devices, circuits and application systems. These include HTS SQUIDs and associated magnetic field sensor systems, terahertz (THz) detectors, THz imaging and spectroscopy, superconducting wireless communication receivers and more recently Josephson junction arrays for RF detection. The Superconductivity team has seen a dramatic increase in the number of successful commercial/industrial contracts since the start of 2015.

The position will require a combination of skills including strong background in theoretical physics, in particular superconductivity and condensed matter physics, as well as capability to perform low temperature electrical transport measurements. The role requires developing theoretical models of large HTS Josephson junction arrays, in order to improve the array design and therefore the sensitivity of arrays to small magnetic fields. The successful applicant will be capable of designing, measuring and analysing data from these arrays to provide support for and further develop the theoretical models. The role requires a highly motivated, independent and productive researcher who follows ideas and tasks through to completion and works hard to meet deadlines. They will also work well in a team environment with excellent communication skills.

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work.  Find out more here!: Balance

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Incorporating novel approaches to scientific investigations by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas for new, existing and further research.
  • Developing theoretical models to describe our HTS junction arrays by incorporating HTS parameters.
  • Developing theoretical models in order to optimize the array design and improve their magnetic field sensitivity.
  • Performing cryogenic electrical transport measurements (DC, RF) of superconducting arrays.
  • Developing data fitting procedures to analyse array data where needed and use this to inform future array designs.

Location: Lindfield, NSW
Salary: $95K - $103K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 45461

To be successful you will need:

  • A doctorate and/or equivalent research experience in a theoretical physics, in particular superconductivity, condensed matter physics and/or low temperature physics;
  • A sound knowledge of theoretical physics especially superconductivity and condensed matter physics.
  • Demonstrated theoretical physics/mathematical modelling capabilities.
  • High quality scientific communications skills demonstrated by publications in high quality journals.
  • Demonstrated cryogenic experimental measurements skills.
  • High level interest in applying the models and equations to solving real world problems and helping improve the sensor performance in a range of applications.

Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

How to Apply:  Please upload one document only containing both your CV/Resume and cover letter providing enough information relevant to this position to enable the selection panel to determine your suitability.  If your application proceeds to the next stage you may be asked to provide additional information.

Before you apply, please view the full position details and selection criteria here:  Position Details document

Applications Close:  10:59pm AEST, 29 September 2017.

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