ARC Grant Funded Researcher (A) – School of Chemical Engineering

University of Adelaide

Job no:512911
Work type:Fixed term – Full-time
Categories:Level A, Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

(Level A6) $95,241 per annum and up to 17% superannuation applies.

Full time, Fixed term position for up to 24 months.

The Chemical Engineering team is seeking a motivated materials scientist to work on the design and developing of materials for battery applications. Work includes synthesizing nanomaterials with well-defined structures, conducting various characterizations of these nanomaterials, designing testing compartments, and testing for battery performance. The successful candidate will be specifically working on material synthesis, solid-state batteries and battery recycling.

The successful applicant will be working in the Centre for Materials in Energy and Catalysis, with a diverse range of scientists and engineers with expertise in materials science and engineering for energy-related applications. The research will be interdisciplinary and have a strong fundamental component with cutting-edge materials synthesis and advanced analytical methods. These positions can offer you an exceptional opportunity to work closely with key research participants around the world.

To be successful you will need:

  • A recent PhD degree, or is completing a PhD degree (<12 months), in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Material Science or related field.
  • Expertise in the synthesis of functional materials and their application in energy storage and conversion technologies including solid-state batteries, lithium metal batteries, aqueous batteries, etc.
  • Strong background in battery recycling technologies such as direct recycling and upcycling, etc. Knowledge and experience in modern materials characterization methodologies, such as Microscopy, and in-situ spectroscopy.
  • Good teamwork that is suitable for a research group that includes a mixture of undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs and senior academic staff, under the direction of a supervisor.
  • Excellent track record in scientific journal publications or invention patents.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs – including significant industry, government and community collaborations – offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work’s cutting-edge nature – not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour – provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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Your faculty’s broader role

The Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research. Many of its academic staff are world leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers. The Faculty actively partners with innovative industries to solve problems of global significance. 

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If you have the talent, we’ll give you the opportunity. Together, let’s make history.

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

Applications close 11:55pm, Tuesday, 21 November 2023.

The University reserves the right to close this advertisement before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Professor Shizhang Qiao
ARC Australian Laureate Fellow
School of Chemical Engineering
P: +61 (8) 8313 6443
E: [email protected]

You’ll find a full selection criteria below: (If no links appear, try viewing on another device)

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application. 


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