Postdoctoral Fellow - Theoretical Physics with Applications to Biology University of New South Wales Faculty of Science Australia

Postdoctoral Fellow - Theoretical Physics with Applications to Biology

Job no: 496593
Work type: Fixed term / Full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Post doctoral research fellow


  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

We are seeking two exceptional candidates for postdoctoral positions in Theoretical Physics with applications in Biology. The positions are in the newly formed group of Dr. Richard Morris, which is part of the prestigious EMBL-Australia programme.  The group’s work spans both the School of Physics and the School of Medical Sciences and the future candidate is expected to have a background in Physics, while working with biologists.

The School of Physics operates within the Faculty of Science, UNSW and is one of the leading Physics departments in Australia. We have a strong teaching and research culture and our staff is conducting cutting edge research in astrophysics, physics, theoretical physics, acoustics, and biophysics.

The School of Medical Sciences is the largest School within UNSW Medicine, and one of the largest at UNSW.  Located within School is the EMBL Australia node in Single Molecule Science at UNSW, which is also part of EMBL Australia and of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging at the University.

About the role
  • $75K - $100K plus 9.5% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 12 months
  • Possibility of extension up to 4 years
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)


Working closely with experimental partners, the role of the Postdoctoral Fellow will be to use both analytical and computational techniques to conduct research into the theory, quantification and mathematical description of biological systems.


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Develop and extend mathematical models / theories and perform analysis / calculations.
  • Computationally analyse and interpret experimental research data.
  • Implement computer simulations and / or numerical solvers.
  • Assist in the preparation of manuscripts, abstracts, posters and grant / fellowship applications as appropriate.
  • Promote the aims and objectives of the group through activities such as presenting research findings at relevant meetings and making presentations at national and international scientific conferences.
  • Establish and maintain collaborations with potential and current research partners.
  • Train and supervise research staff and students, as required.
  • Perform administrative duties as required associated with the function of the research group.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:


  • A PhD in theoretical physics, applied mathematics, computer science or other highly numerate discipline.
  • Demonstrated expertise in either statistical mechanics, theoretical soft-condensed matter or computational fluid dynamics.
  • Proven track record in publishing scientific research papers in a relevant area or field.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills and attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.


  • Demonstrated experience in the quantitative and / or computational analysis of experimental data (preferentially biological), including use of appropriate software(s).
  • Demonstrated understanding of the differential geometry of curves and surfaces (preferentially in the context of soft-condensed matter / biological applications).
  • Demonstrated experience implementing computer simulations (e.g., Monte-Carlo / Gillespie) and / or numerical solvers (e.g., finite-element methods).
  • Demonstrated experience in student supervision or teaching.
  • Demonstrated experience in grant writing.


Within the context of your own expertise you should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. For informal queries, please see the below contact details.  Otherwise, please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.

Richard Morris

Applications close: April 30th, 2019

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity or Indigenous heritage. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

UNSW partners with Australia’s leading diversity organisations, networks, and campaigns. Please refer to UNSW’s diversity offerings for further information on our flexible work and leave options, and support for carers (childcare, parent rooms, parental leave).



Advertised: 01 Apr 2019 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 30 Apr 2019 AUS Eastern Standard Time


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