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Postdoctoral research associate – Nonlinear plasmonics theory and computational modelling (Reference 350/0215)

Location: School of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Sydney

• Hybrid plasmonic waveguide for integrated photonic signal processing project
• Utilise your background in nonlinear optics, plasmonics and nanophotonics
• Full-time fixed term two years, remuneration package: $77K-$105K p.a. which includes leave loading and up to 17% super

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (Level A) to join our research team of the Nanophotonics and Plasmonics Advancement Lab (NPAL), part of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS), School of Physics, at the University of Sydney. NPAL research ranges from fundamental optical physics to the development of building blocks for operational plasmonics and nanophotonic devices. It focuses in particular on bringing Plasmonics and Nanophotonics to realizable hybrid and non-hybrid novel platforms, with potential applications in telecommunications, all-optical signal processing, quantum optics, metamaterials, imaging and biophotonics.

You will carry out research related to the ARC-funded Discovery Grant “Hybrid plasmonic waveguide for integrated photonic signal processing”, which involves collaborations between NPAL and researchers in CUDOS, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Ultrahigh-bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems, ETH Zürich, the University of California, Berkeley and at other institutions. You will be an outstanding researcher with a background in nonlinear optics, plasmonics and nanophotonics to compute and optimize the design and the nonlinear optical properties of hybrid plasmonic optical devices with both dielectric and metal elements, and to collaborate closely with researchers working on the experimental aspects of the project.

You will be expected to set up and carry out a rigorous program of sample design, theoretical investigation and innovative architecture for hybrid plasmonic waveguides, cavities and devices. You will interact closely with colleagues working on sample fabrication and experimental tests in a laboratory with modern equipment designed for top edge experimentations in Nanophotonics and Plasmonics. You will supervise and/or co-supervise undergraduate or postgraduate students working on related projects. From time-to-time you will also be asked to contribute to the general activities of the group and potentially other projects aligned with the scientific goals and interests of the group. You will report to Dr. Stefano Palomba ( and Prof. Martijn de Sterke (

To be successful in this position you will have:

• a PhD in physics, electrical engineering, applied mathematics, or a related discipline
• a deep understanding of guided-wave optics, plasmonics and nonlinear optics
• extensive experience using simulation and modelling software
• demonstrated skills in complex analytic mathematical techniques and numerical modelling using a variety of methods, including finite element methods, Fourier methods and coupled mode theory
• excellent English written and oral communication skills and the ability to work in a team
• demonstrated ability to conduct research under limited supervision, either independently or as part of a team.

It is desirable to have experience in some of the following:

• the use of simulation software for electromagnetic pulse propagation
• understanding of the limitations on device performance imposed by common fabrication and experimental techniques.

The position is full-time fixed term for two years, subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period for new employees. Membership of a University approved superannuation scheme is a condition of employment for new appointees.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number for more information and to apply.

CLOSING DATE: 27 March 2015 (11.30pm Sydney time)

The University is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups, including women and people with disabilities are encouraged. As the University of Sydney has established a scheme to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff employed across the institution, applications from people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are also encouraged.

Closes 2015-03-27. More information...

Data Scientist Employment Opportunity with BuildingIQ

Location: Sydney CBD

An employment opportunity for a talented PhD student, post-doc or researcher in case someone might be interested within your centre/school. Be much obliged if you could circulate within internal mailing lists.

We’re an energy efficiency start-up (BuildingIQ, venture-backed by Siemens and Schneider Electric) and we’re currently on the look-out for a talented data scientist to join our data science & engineering team in the Sydney CBD. Desirable skills include a strong math/stats/physics background, R&D experience, solid computing skills, communication skills & team-player.

Full job description can be found here

Company information here

More info on what we do from a recent presentation at the Matlab/MathWorks conference in Sydney in 2014 can be found here

Closes 2015-03-18. More information...