Particle Physics Researcher job with UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

Location: Parcville

Role type: Full time; 2 year CDD

Faculty: Faculty of Sciences

Department/School: School of Physics

Salary: UOM Level A – $77,171 – $104,717 per year plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and honor the traditional owners of the lands on which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples, the Yorta Yorta nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung people. We recognize that the land on which we meet and learn was the site of centuries-old ceremonies, celebration, initiation and renewal, and that local Indigenous peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the lives of these lands.

About the role

We are looking for a term researcher in experimental particle physics with a focus on direct detection of dark matter and beyond standard model physics. The position will support the experimental program of the Australian Research Council’s Center of Excellence for Particle Physics in Dark Matter – The primary goal of the Center of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics is to achieve breakthroughs in our understanding of the Universe through the continued discovery of dark matter particles. The Center will exploit the unique geographical location of the first deep underground physics laboratory in the southern hemisphere. The University of Melbourne’s School of Physics hosts the Center of Excellence, which also includes nodes at ANU, University of Adelaide, University of Sydney, Swinburne University and at the University of Western Australia. The Center is a collaboration between particle, nuclear and quantum physics as well as particle astrophysics.

The researcher will work on aspects of the dark matter detection program, including: the SABER experiment and other underground direct detection experiments to which the Center contributes, and R&D for future direct detection experiments. Melbourne is a long-time institutional member of the Belle (II) experiment at KEK and the ATLAS experiment at CERN. The group is also involved in the development of military and satellite applications of particle physics instrumentation.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct internationally competitive research on the direct detection of dark matter
  • Work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders and research partners, as well as members of the research team
  • Maintain a strong focus on communicating research findings by publishing in highly rated journals, presenting to peers at relevant conferences

About you

You will possess an in-depth knowledge of experimental particle physics and the ability to conduct high-quality research. You will have strong written and oral communication skills in English and advanced analytical skills.

You will also have:

  • PhD in physics in the fields of dark matter detection, high energy physics or astroparticle physics
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of instrumentation for particle physics
  • Excellent ability to work cooperatively and positively in a multidisciplinary research team environment and to liaise with people from diverse backgrounds

About the School of Physics

The University of Melbourne School of Physics is one of the leading physics schools in Australia. It has achieved this status through the high quality of its research and teaching programs. The school offers a wide range of physics subjects for undergraduate and postgraduate students and conducts research in the following areas: astrophysics, atomic, molecular and optical physics, experimental condensed matter physics, experimental particle physics, materials science, physical biosciences, theoretical condensed matter Physics and theoretical particle physics.

The School of Physics hosts the following RCAF Center of Excellence groups:

  • ARC Center of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS)
  • ARC Center of Excellence for Particle Physics in Dark Matter
  • ARC Center of Excellence for the Discovery of Gravitational Waves
  • ARC Center of Excellence in Astrophysics of the Sky in 3 Dimensions
  • ARC Center of Excellence for Quantum Computing and Communication Technologies (CQC2T)

The school also plays a major role in the Australian Synchrotron research program and in the development of the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory.

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the best universities in the world. We are proud of our staff, our commitment to excellence in research and teaching, and our global engagement.

Benefits of working with us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and meet challenges, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our employees enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible work arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leaves
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary package and leave loading
  • Free and subsidized health and wellness services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services, including Myki and Qantas Club cards
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those who identify as LGBTQIA+, women, people of all ages, people with disabilities, and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our goal is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join us!

If you think this role is right for you, please submit your application, including a brief cover letter, resume, and responses to the selection criteria^ (found in the job description) for the role.

^For information to help you compile short statements to meet the selection criteria and competencies, please see

We are committed to ensuring barrier-free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at [email protected]

Job Description : PD – Level A Researcher in Particle Physics.pdf

Closing of applications: November 10, 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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