Deborah Jin Fellowships

Deborah Jin Fellowships

Please note: Applications are now closed.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) has created an initiative to recruit to women only Postdoctoral Research Fellows, the Deborah Jin Fellowship. This Fellowship will be undertaken at any of the following four nodes of the Centre: University of Queensland, University of Sydney, Macquarie University, and University of Western Australia. 

Deborah S. Jin was a brilliant American physicist who was one of the world’s foremost experts on howordinary 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.

The Deborah Jin Fellowship honours her legacy by supporting and encouraging early-and mid-career women physicists.

EQUS is seeking to appoint two outstanding early career female candidates to perform research at one of our nodes (UQ, USYD, MQ, and UWA), as determined by the candidate’s expertise and research aspirations. 

Working closely with and under supervision of one or more EQUS Chief Investigators (CIs), the Fellow will perform outstanding and original, experimental or theoretical research.

The appointment is for up to three years. This appointment can be full-time, part-time and/or accommodate different types of flexible working. Job-sharing arrangements will also be considered. The level of appointment will be commensurate with the research experience and performance standards for academic levels A/B. Candidates who identify as women and are within five years of the conferral date of their PhD are eligible to apply. The eligibility period may be extended to take into account career interruptions. 

Job details: 

  • Location: Brisbane, Sydney, Perth
  • Employment Type: Full-time
  • Duration: Three years
  • Classification: Academic A/B
  • Salary package: Level A $84,424 to $98,940/ Level B $95,771 to $123,628 (exact rate depends on institution) plus 17% superannuation 

Please note that relocation support is available upon application (up to AUD$5,000) as are start-up research funds (up to AUD$10,000).

View the job description and apply to one of the following institutions via their job website: UQ, USYD, MQ, and UWA

More information: 

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) is a seven-year investment of over $40 million by the Australian government in quantum technologies. EQUS researchers are conducting world-leading research into building quantum machines, with programs focused on three foundational areas to these technologies: Designer Quantum Materials, Quantum-Enabled Diagnostics & Imaging, and Quantum Engines & Instruments.

EQUS is underpinned by a commitment to equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion. Addressing issues of equity and diversity is a major strategic priority for the Centre. We wish to broaden the pipeline of scientific researchers and leaders in Australia, including those from diverse backgrounds, to create a research culture that supports ongoing success and career progression for all people. In particular, EQUS offers mentoring programs and other career support initiatives for women.

An important part of EQUS’ mission is to create and maintain an inclusive working environment that resolves the conflict of research and family life. EQUS supports family-friendly and flexible work arrangements to focus on outputs rather than physical attendance.

The Fellowship is for early-career academics with research interests that align with one or more of the existing research themes of EQUS. If successful, the position will be hosted at the node which most closely matches the candidate's expertise and research interests. 

Working closely with and under supervision of one or more EQUS Chief Investigators (CIs), the Fellow will perform outstanding and original, experimental or theoretical research. Available projects with links to the relevant supervising Chief Investigator are listed below:

What we are looking for:

  • A PhD in physics or a related field
  • Demonstrated potential to engage in research relevant to the field
  • Developing 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

How to apply:

  1. Identify the Chief Investigator(s) you would like to work with by clicking on the links provided with the available projects (above). Please note: Stephen Bartlett, Steve Flammia, and Andrew Doherty co-supervise all researchers within the Sydney Quantum Theory Group. 
  2. Apply to the relevant university's online job portal: UQ, USYD, MQ, and UWA
  3. In your cover letter, clearly identify the Chief Investigator/s and relevant EQUS research theme

Applications close 5 August 2019 at 8.00am AEST. Check your specific job portal for an exact time.

Our selection process:

  • We invite candidates to apply at their desired participating Node. 
  • Candidates will be ranked according to Selection Criteria established at the corresponding Node. 
  • Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be conducted by the applicable Node with recommendations made to the EQUS Centre Executive Recruitment Committee. This Committee will then provide a final rank across all candidates and make the ultimate decision on who is successful for the Fellowship.   

Further information on barriers to participation for women in STEM can be found here. Have questions? Contact Lisa Walker, 

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.