Research Fellow in High Quality Optical Waveguide Materials Development
RMIT University School of Engineering

Research Fellow - High Quality Optical Waveguide Materials Development

Job no: 591137

Work type: Full time - Fixed term/Contract

Categories: Engineering, Research

  • Full-time, 2-years fixed-term contract; based at RMIT City campus but may be required to work and/or based at other campuses of the University
  • Opportunities for experience Research Fellow to join the Integrated Photonics and Applications Centre (InPAC), conducting research focusing on establishment of high quality, low optical loss waveguides formed from sputtered silicon nitride films
  • Excellent professional development with combination research and developing new capabilities in the integrated optical circuit optical interfaces & fabrication areas as well as access to the facilities of the Micro Nano Research Facility, Melbourne Centre of Nanofabrication and the RMIT Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility
  • Be part of research project in contributing to the future movement sensors in collaboration with A/Prof Jong Chow at Australian National University
  • Day-to-day reporting to the Project Leader, Professor Arnan Mitchell, Director, Micro Nano Research Facility, Electronic & Telecommunications Engineering
  • Remuneration at Academic Level B ($98,495 - $116,965) + 17% superannuation

About us

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

Our purpose is to offer life-changing experiences for our students, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and industry engagement. With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally focused graduates.


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What unites us is our purpose and our values; they are at the heart of who we are, what we stand for, how we make decisions and connect with each other.

Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices.

About the College

The College comprises three Schools delivering a broad range of programs in science, engineering, health and technology at higher education certificate, bachelor, masters and PhD levels. There is a vibrant research community attracting funding from a range of government and industry sources. The College has an annual income of approximately $500 million (with over $50 million in external research income p/a) and employs around 1,400 staff providing on and offshore programs to approximately 30,000 students (including 1,200 PhD students).

The School of Engineering comprises a diverse range of disciplines: Aerospace Engineering & Aviation; Chemical & Environmental Engineering; Civil & Infrastructure Engineering; Electrical & Biomedical Engineering; Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering; Manufacturing, Materials & Mechatronic Engineering; Mechanical & Automotive Engineering.

As a top 100 university in the world for engineering (2015 QS Rankings by Faculty; Engineering and Technology), RMIT Engineering provides students with work-relevant education programs, access to excellent research facilities and opportunities to engage in creative real-world project work through robust relations with local and international industry leaders.

More details on the School of Engineering in this link.

About You & the Role

  • Conduct and project manage high quality, productivity-driven research through establishing techniques such as reactive sputtering to deposit high quality dielectric thin-films that can be used for the reliable fabrication of low loss optical waveguides
  • Perform research focusing on establishment of high quality, low optical loss waveguides formed from sputtered silicon nitride films and characterization of film properties such as stress, optical loss, surface roughness, thickness, uniformity as well as analysing and optimizing it to support a reliable fabrication of low loss integrated photonic devices
  • Collaborate with InPAC team at RMIT, partners at The Australian National University and Advanced Navigation to realise photonic chip components for precision movement sensors as well as achieving research objectives in line with the University research strategies
  • Preparing and producing competitive research grant proposals targeting Category 1 through active and effective liaison with industry and government
  • Initiate and contribute in various research development strategies through documentation of project progress, monthly meetings with the project partners as well as presenting the projects progress and project reports
  • Manage research project timelines and ensure research reports meet compliance requirements
  • Work independently as well as collaboratively with multidisciplinary team as well as ability to effectively communicate research outcomes through submitting high quality papers/ journals, delivering seminars and attending conferences
  • Involve in varied administrative duties based on the level of appointment and participate in meetings as well as annual work planning and performance management processes related to the goals of research projects or work of the organisational unit
  • Contribute your 10% of your time to mentor, train & supervise postgraduate Higher Degree by Research students as part of your coursework teaching activities

You will have:

  • Evidence of research output and excellent track record as well as delivering high impact research outputs in design, fabrication and characterization of integrated photonic circuits including publications, conference contributions and/or technical reports
  • Competency and solid working knowledge and hands-on experience of optical materials and fabrication of optical waveguides are desirable
  • Capability and capacity to communicate (both verbal and written) and present research findings, concepts and knowledge with sound problem-solving & analytical skills
  • Evidence of preparing and producing competitive research grant proposals
  • Ability to manage and plan time effectively and efficiently to conduct innovative research independently and collaboratively across multi-disciplinary team, industry and government
  • Experience in supervising and mentoring postgraduate by research students
  • Passion and ability to build strong relationships across multi-disciplinary teams and environments


Mandatory: PhD qualified or submitted thesis in the Electronic or Telecommunications Engineering or in a closely related subject will be considered.

Preferred: Candidate who have experience in undertaking systematic scientific research and technology development in collaboration with microelectronics fabricators including in-house or external foundries is an added advantage

Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.

Bring your whole self to work

We are better for our diversity. When we listen to those who are different to us, or challenge us, we grow stronger together. When we feel like we belong, we can achieve so much more. We respect each other, embrace our differences and build a sense of belonging in our team and beyond.

We are proud that our dedication to diversity has been recognized by a broad spectrum of external organizations. Visit our Linkedin Life pages to learn more and see some of our most recent wins.

To Apply

Please submit your updated resume and cover letter outlining your experience & achievements by clicking on the ‘Apply now’ link. Please note that a separate response to Key Selection Criteria as stated on the Position Description is required. For any enquiries regarding this role, Professor Arnan Mitchell (

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We are also happy to make adjustments to the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please contact us via your preferred type of communication: email or call Kassie on +61399252442 with your request(s).

Applications close Monday 9th November 2020.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

Please note that whilst we still accept applications from any persons interested in our roles, due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications from those with current working rights in Australia and who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia’s immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak:

Application close: 09 Nov 2020 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time


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