Postdoctoral Research Fellow (A), School of Physical Sciences job with UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

(Level A) $89,610 – $96,007 per annum plus an employer of 17% superannation applies.

A fixed-term position, offered for a period of 3 years, commencing at a mutually agreeable time. Any extension beyond the 3 years would be contingent on future funding, which cannot be guaranteed at this time.

The University of Adelaide High Energy Physics group has an available position for a postdoctoral research associate to work on the GAMBIT project for a period of 3 years commencing in 2022. The research associate will be jointly supported by the ARC Center of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics and the Pawsey Center for Extreme scale Readiness (

GAMBIT – the Global and Modular Beyond-the-Standard-Model Inference Tool – is an open-source software code for performing global fits of new physics models. The position will involve working on optimizing the GAMBIT code, whilst also leading studies that apply the tool to topics in dark matter physics. We are thus seeking a phenomenologist in particle physics or particle astrophysics with very strong computing skills. A deep knowledge of C++, Python and/or FORTRAN would be advantageous. Through the ARC Center of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics and the GAMBIT collaboration, there will be opportunities to work extensively with national and international researchers in collider and dark matter physics. The Pawsey Center for Extreme scale Readiness provides access to an outstanding national team of high performance computing experts who will assist with code optimization work.

The School of Physical Sciences at the University of Adelaide hosts strong groups in high energy physics working on the ATLAS, Belle II, CTA, HESS, IceCube, LIGO, Pierre Auger and SABER experiments. Close collaboration between theists and experimentalists is actively encouraged within our group.

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To be successful you will need:

  • A PhD or equivalent degree (or thesis submitted) in theoretical particle physics in an area of ​​relevance to particle astrophysics.
  • A commitment to research excellence in theoretical particle physics and a demonstrated publication track record in leading scientific journals.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and to work effectively as a member of a research team.
  • Very good verbal, written, communication, interpersonal, organizational and time management skills.
  • Advanced analytical and computational skills, including familiarity with Python, C++ and/or FORTRAN.
  • A background in code optimisation, or a strong desire to learn.
  • Optional: existing knowledge of the GAMBIT code would be useful, but is not an essential requirement.

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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 a vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all faces 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 endeavor – provides a constant source of inspiration.

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We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life. Flexible working arrangements are on offer for all roles at the University.

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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Click on the link below for a copy of the position description and to apply:

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 11:55 pm, 22 July 2022.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Professor Martin White
Dept of Physics, School of Physical Sciences

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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.


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