Deborah Jin Fellowship

Deborah Jin Fellowships

Deborah S. Jin was a brilliant American physicist who was one of the world's foremost experts on how ordinary atoms and molecules change their behaviour at extraordinarily low temperatures. Her visionary and methodical approach made it possible to use these ultracold gases as model systems to tease out the quantum principles that lead to behaviours in real materials, such as superconductivity. This Fellowship honours her legacy by supporting and encouraging early-and mid-career women physicists.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) is seeking an outstanding early-to-mid-career researcher for this Fellowship. The Deborah Jin Fellow will perform outstanding and original, experimental or theoretical research; and will work with an EQUS Chief Investigator, as determined by the candidate's expertise and research aspirations. The Centre has active experimental and theoretical research programs, spanning physical architectures including quantum dots, neutral atoms, quantum phononics, quantum photonics, and superconducting circuits, and applications including quantum communication, quantum computation, quantum foundations, quantum imaging, quantum metrology, and quantum sensing.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems is committed to driving progress towards gender equality and ensuring diverse and balanced representation at every level of our organisation. To address the under representation of women in Quantum Physics, and to create empowering and safe workplaces for women in our Centre, these positions are only open to applicants who are women, gender diverse applicants, and those who identify as women for this current position.

Our people are our greatest asset. We offer collaborative, inclusive work and study places, which are enriched by the significant diversity of our staff, students and community. We genuinely believe that creativity and innovation flourishes in an environment where people feel supported, valued and empowered. Mutual respect, inclusivity and accountability are at the cornerstone of UQ's culture. (See more in the attached booklet below).

Job details: 

  • Location: Brisbane
  • Employment Type: Full-time
  • Duration: Three years
  • Academic level: A or B
  • Salary package: $72,144.35 - $120,570.86 p.a.

About the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems

EQUS is engineering Australia's quantum future. Our Centre harnesses the underlying rules of the universe to build sophisticated quantum machines for practical applications. We pioneer the design of quantum materials, quantum engines, and quantum imaging systems to solve the most challenging research problems at the interface of fundamental quantum physics and engineering, and work with partners in industry to translate our research discoveries into practical technologies to the benefit of Australia's society and economy. Our capacity building programs are training the next generation of scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs in cutting-edge fundamental research, bench-to-product technology innovation, and ultimately deliver major impacts on Australia's high-tech economy.

EQUS' quantum technologies span critical sectors of Australian society including health, METS, communications, space, environment, and security. We move our cutting-edge research beyond the lab and towards practical prototypes and real-world applications. Our researchers work across 5 university nodes, The University of Queensland, The University of Sydney, Macquarie University, The University of Western Australia and The Australian National University. We collaborate with Australian research organisations, government, SMEs, and leading tech companies, and are training a new generation of STEM researchers within a culture of discovery, innovation, and translation.

EQUS sits within The School of Mathematics and Physics and the Faculty of Science at the University of Queensland.

About You

The filling of this position is intended to constitute an equal opportunity measure under Section 105 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991(Qld). The position is therefore only open to women, gender diverse applicants and those who identify as women.

Academic Level A

  • A PhD in physics or a related field
  • Demonstrated potential to engage in research relevant to the field
  • Developing of a track record of independent, original research evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations
  • A track record of developing and maintaining collaborations within and across research institutions

Academic Level B
In addition to requirements for Academic Level A

  • Previous postdoctoral research experience with demonstrable research outcomes
  • Strong track record of high-quality peer-reviewed publications
  • Evidence of participation in the supervision of postgraduate students.
  • Track record of grant application individually or as part of a research group

Applicants who identity as women, non-binary, or are gender-diverse.

Further information about the position, discipline area and selection criteria can be found within the booklet below.

Appointment Booklet

Appointment booklet can be found here

What We Can Offer

This is a fixed-term position at Academic Level A or B for up to 3 years, commensurate with the relevant skills and experience.
For a Level A, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range of $72,144.35- $96,530.67 per annum plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $84,408.89 - $112,940.88 per annum.
For a Level B, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range of $101,533.66- $120,570.86 per annum plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $118,794.38- $141,067.91 per annum.
The following flexible employment options may be available for this role:

  • Part time
  • Some working from home
  • Variable start or finish times depending on teaching timetable
  • Compressed hours.

For further information about UQ's benefits, please visit Why Work at UQ and review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018 - 2021.


To discuss this role please contact Professor Andrew White via
For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

  • All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:
  • Cover letter addressing the 'About You' section
  • Resume, including the names and contact details of three people who are willing to write you reference letters.
  • Research statement - please include a brief (maximum two page) outline of the research program you would plan to implement at the University of Queensland if successfully recruited into the position. Please write this in a way that is accessible to non-specialists.

Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled 'resume', which is step one of the application form.

About The Selection Process

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 or will not be accepted.

Other Information

Sponsorship: Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.

Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

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

If you are a current employee of the University, or hold an unpaid or affiliate appointment with the University, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

Major funding support

Australian Research Council

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present.