Researcher in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

University of Adelaide School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials


ARC Grant-Funded Researcher A

Job no: 505495
Work type: Fixed term - Full-time
Campus: Adelaide
Categories: Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences, Level A

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Level A ($89,610 - $96,007) per annum per annum plus an employer contribution of 9.5% superannuation will apply.

The University of Adelaide Enterprise Agreement 2017-2021 will apply to a successful candidate’s employment at the University. The University recently temporarily varied its Enterprise Agreement. Please be advised that the salary range, along with other conditions associated with this position, may change in accordance with the variation to the Enterprise Agreement.

Fixed term position for 12 months with the possibility of extension

ARC project funded postdoctoral researcher to upgrade fossil fuels with solar energy.

Build your research career at the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials in a world-class research group led by Professor Shaobin Wang and Dr Xiaoguang Duan

In the past, fossil fuels upgrading processes (e.g. methane dry reforming and reverse water gas shift) are overly dependent on thermocatalysis, which need critical reaction conditions (e.g. high temperature and pressure). By contrast, photo mediated catalysis has evidenced to overcome their thermodynamic barriers at mild conditions. Therefore, solar energy can be stored into high value-added products. Based on this, the position is for a chemical engineer or a scientist to work on solar energy utilization and fossil fuels upgrading. Work includes synthesizing nanostructured catalysts, conducting various characterization, evaluating the performances in a series of catalytic processes (including photocatalysis, thermocatalysis and photothermal catalysis), and studying their reaction mechanism.

The successful applicant will be working with Prof Shaobin Wang and Dr Xiaoguang Duan’s research group at School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials, with a diverse range of scientists and engineers with expertise in material design and synthesis, catalysis and engineering for energy related applications.

To be successful you will need:

  • A recent PhD in the field of Chemical Engineering, Material Science, Photochemistry, or a related discipline.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated competence in synthesis of nanostructured materials and their application in solar energy utilization and fossil fuels upgrading.
  • Knowledge and experience in various catalytic processes, including thermocatalysis, photocatalysis, photoelectrocatalysis and photothermal catalysis.
  • A strong record of research in the field of Catalysis or Materials Engineering, as evidenced by a nationally recognised publication record.
  • Commitment to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

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 vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets 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 endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff. Learn more at:

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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If you want to change tomorrow, act today

Click on the 'Apply Now' button to be taken through to our online application form. Please ensure you address and upload your responses to all of the selection criteria. Applications close 11:55pm, 13 June 2021.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Dr Xiaoguang Duan
Lecturer/ARC DECRA fellow, School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials
P: +61 (0) 416276866

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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.

Advertised: 14 May 2021 12:00 AM

Applications close:13 Jun 2021 11:55 PM

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