Postdoctoral Research Assistant
RMIT University Vietnam
Melbourne - CBD
4d ago
  • Part-time (0.8 FTE), fixed-term (until November 2021) position available
  • Be part of research team funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence in FLEET and lead by Professor Michelle Spencer, Associate Dean, Applied Chemistry & Environmental Science
  • Remuneration at Academic Level A ($68,983 - $93,569) + 17% Superannuation
  • This position is based remotely
  • About us

    RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally.

    RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

    Our purpose is to offer life-changing experiences for our students, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and industry engagement.

    With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally focused graduates.


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    What unites us is our purpose and our values; they are at the heart of who we are, what we stand for, how we make decisions and connect with each other.

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    RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices.

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    About the School of Science

    The School of Science provides over 45 bachelor and postgraduate programs, and undertakes world class research across the disciplines of physical sciences, mathematical sciences and computer science.

    One of RMIT's top-performing research schools, we deliver research that addresses the 'real life questions' essential to Australia's innovation agenda.

    Our high-quality teaching programs inspire students to pursue careers in a range of industries including health, materials technology, food, geospatial and surveying, environmental analysis, banking and commerce, as well as computing and IT roles and research and development across a wide range of areas.

    The School has staff, students and facilities on both the City and Bundoora campuses, has 300 staff, 327 higher degree research students, 3347 coursework students and an annual budget of $120 million.

    More details on the School of Science in this link.

    About the Role

  • As the Research Assistant you will be part of Professor Michelle Spencer’s research group within the discipline of Applied Chemistry and Environmental Science at RMIT University
  • You will work on a project that is part of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET) seed grant, for developing low-energy electronics
  • The focus of your work will be on using a computational approach to discover new 2D multiferroic materials that are formed either from monolayers or van der Waals (vdW) bilayer materials
  • You will work with an increasing degree of autonomy as your skills and experience develop
  • As the successful candidate, you will have :

  • Demonstrated ability to perform density functional theory calculations using VASP, or closely related software, and perform the associated data analysis and interpretation, is essential
  • Experience in modelling two-dimensional materials is preferable with an emphasis on multiferroic materials for nanoscale devices
  • A good track record of research output including publications, conference contributions and / or technical reports in the field
  • Ability to work autonomously whilst displaying a strong commitment to work in a team environment, including the demonstrated ability to confidently and effectively work with colleagues, project team leaders, and industry partners
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and effectively manage varying workloads and respond to changing priorities as required
  • Qualifications

    Mandatory : PhD or equivalent in chemistry, physics or related field.

    Note : Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.

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  • We were named as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in 2019.
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