Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Mathematics and Physics
University of Queensland School of Mathematics and Physics

Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Fellow

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Area:Faculty of Science
Salary (FTE):Advertised at multiple classifications
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

The School of Mathematics and Physics

The School of Mathematics and Physics is internationally recognised for its teaching and research excellence. Many staff members in the school have won university and national awards for their teaching innovation and excellence.  Details of the teaching and research interests of academic staff may be accessed on the School’s web site at 

The School of Mathematics and Physics has a total of 110 full-time academic staff members, and 21 professional staff who provide professional, technical and administrative support. The School teaches a comprehensive undergraduate program in science, mathematics, statistics, and physics, as well as performing service teaching for students of engineering and the life sciences. There is also an extensive postgraduate research program, which currently has more than 100 Research Higher Degree students enrolled.

About This Opportunity

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow will focus their efforts on developing their expertise and emerging research profile in their discipline.  At this level it is expected that the incumbent will contribute to service and engagement roles and activities.

As a research focused Level A, the incumbent will be supported and guided by more senior academic research staff with the expectation of an increasing degree of autonomy over time.

As a research focused Level B the incumbent will have an established record of independent research, and of service and engagement activities.

The successful applicant will be a member of the UQ node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Future-Low Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET,  FLEET addresses a grand challenge: reducing the energy used in information and communication technology (ICT), which already accounts for about 8% of global electricity consumption and is doubling every decade.  The UQ node investigates the fundamental properties of nonequlibrium superfluids with a goal of utilising this knowledge in dissipationless transistors. 

FLEET is fully committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in science, and has many initiatives to support these ideals: see

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will have a PhD (or be in the final process of obtaining a PhD) or equivalent in theoretical quantum physics, condensed matter physics, or a related area. You will have demonstrated a proficient knowledge and capacity for research in theoretical quantum physics, with the potential to publish scholarly papers on the topics of nonequilibrium superfluids and quantum gases. In addition, you will also have the ability to work both independently and collaboratively as well as contribute to the supervision of research students at a postgraduate level.

As a Level B applicant, you will have attained national recognition for research, with an established a record of publication in high-quality outlets, and a record of applying for external research funding. You will also have demonstrated contribution to the effective supervision of postgraduate students.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.

To ensure representation across all gender identities within the Faculty of Science, as well as STEM disciplines more broadly, UQ strongly encourages female and gender diverse applicants to apply for this opportunity.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time fixed term position (up to 2 years) at Academic Research Level A or B.

For Level A: The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $70,449 - $94,637, plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $82,753 - $110,726.

For Level B: The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $99,542 - $118,206 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $116,465 - $138,301.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File position-description-FLEET2021_6390-MJD_9664-FINAL.pdf

Our Selection Process

Please note that Panel Interviews have been scheduled for the week commencing 18 October 2021 at The University of Queensland's St Lucia campus.

The University of Queensland is committed to ensuring all candidates are provided with the opportunity to attend the panel interviews, however, for those candidates who are unable to attend in person, video interview options will be available.   


To discuss this role please contact Professor Mathew Davis via email

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Advertised: 09 Sep 2021
Applications close: 07 Oct 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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