Archive for December 2008

CoEP Christmas function

December 22, 2008

The CoEP hosted a Christmas function at the National Wine Centre on Friday 19 December.

A great time was had by all and Tanya said a few words on her vision for the new Institute.

Students

Funding for new Institute

December 17, 2008

The staff and students at the Centre of Expertise in Photonics are excited to announce that we have been successful in a bid for $28.8 million from the Federal Government for the establishment of a new Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS).

UPDATE: Listen to this podcast from Prof Tanya Monro featuring some early thoughts on her vision for the new Institute.

This funding, along with $1.5M of capital funding from our State Government and $1.3M capital funding from the University of Adelaide will allow us to substantially extend the physics building. This will accommodate laboratories and office space for the new institute. It is anticipated the new building will be operational in 2011.

In addition to the infrastructure funding IPAS will receive operational funding, for 5 years in the first instance, from the University of Adelaide and from the South Australian State Government.

In conjunction with the University of Adelaide we will create an internationally leading transdisciplinary Institute which will allow us to develop new fibre-based platform technologies to underpin paradigm-changing tools for a wide range of research.

Researchers from a wide range of fields will use the world-class facilities to develop breakthroughs in areas such as physics, chemistry, biology and environmental science.

The Institute will be led by Professor Tanya Monro, Federation Fellow, in the School of Chemistry & Physics. Professor Monro says the new Institute aims to become the international leader in developing new fibre-based technologies that underpin health, the environment, industrial processes and defence systems. Tanya was quoted as saying “I’m thrilled that the Federal Government has provided significant support for an area of research that has the potential to benefit almost every aspect of our lives. This Institute will be unrivalled in the world in the quality of its facilities, and it will attract some of Australia’s and the world’s best and brightest minds. We expect the Institute to earn around $78 million in research income by the year 2020.”

The official media release can be found here

Podcast and story about Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

December 9, 2008

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell presented a free public lecture at last week’s Australian Institute of Physics 2008 National Congress held in Adelaide.

To hear the podcast of this public lecture click here

To learn more about Dame Bell Burnell click here

Yinlan Ruan wins Faculty of Sciences award

December 8, 2008

Congratulations Yinlan on winning the Early Career Research Excellence Award for 2008.   The Dean for the Faculty of Sciences,  Prof Bob Hill, presented Yinlan with the award at the Faculty Christmas Celebration last week .

APA (I) Scholarship Available

December 3, 2008

The Centre of Expertise in Photonics at the University of Adelaide has recently established state-of-the-art research laboratories for developing soft glass microstructured optical fibres.

The Centre has recently won funding to extend our work in the sensing area to applications in environmental monitoring.

Apply for an APA (I) scholarship for your chance to engage in cutting edge interdisciplinary science with real world applications. The Scholarship is supported by an ARC 2009 Linkage Grant for the project entitled “Optical fibre-dip sensors for in-situ environmental monitoring”.

This is a rare opportunity to become part of a vibrant team at a time of rapid expansion.

Reference Number: 4072
Study Subject: Photonics; sensing, environmental monitoring

Web Address: http://www.jason.edu.au/scholarship/4072/

Provided By: Australian Research Council
To be undertaken at: The University of Adelaide.
Level: Post Graduate

Availability
Open for applications from November 27, 2008 until 17 January 2009.

Payment Information
The value of this scholarship is AU$26,669 (minimum per annum). This award is to be used for living expenses. This scholarship is paid fortnightly for the period of 3 years.

Research Information
This scholarship is for one of the following fields of research: PHYSICAL SCIENCES. It is required that your study starts no earlier than January 1, 2009 and no later than January 31, 2009.

Eligibility
This scholarship is for study in Australia for those who have achieved Honours 1 or equivalent, or Honours 2a or equivalent. Only citizens of Australia or permanent residents can apply.

Further information may be obtained from Professor Tanya Monro, telephone: +61 8 8303 3955 or email: tanya.monro@adelaide.edu.au or website: www.physics.adelaide.edu.au/photonics

Postdoctoral Research Position: Environmental Monitoring

December 3, 2008

Apply for a postdoctoral fellowship Level A or Level B for your chance to engage in cutting edge interdisciplinary science with real world applications.

The Centre has recently won funding to extend our work in the sensing area to applications in environmental monitoring. This is position is supported by an ARC 2009 Linkage Grant for the project entitled “Optical fibre-dip sensors for in-situ environmental monitoring”. The successful candidate will work closely with our industry partner to develop the first in-fibre water quality sensors.

This is a rare opportunity to become part of a vibrant team at a time of rapid expansion.

Salary:

Level A: $59,736 – $66,567 per annum
Level B: $70,075 – $83,215 per annum

Attractive superannuation benefits also apply.

Postdoctoral research position for 3 years.

Further information, including the selection criteria, may be obtained from Professor Tanya Monro, telephone: +61 8 8303 3955 or email: tanya.monro@adelaide.edu.au or website: www.physics.adelaide.edu.au/photonics

Applications, addressing the selection criteria, stating the level of appointment you wish to apply for, and including residency status, names, addresses and/or email details of three referees, should be forwarded in duplicate to Ms Sara Boffa, School of Chemistry & Physics, The University of Adelaide, South Australia 5005, or email: sara.boffa@adelaide.edu.au.

Deadline: 16 January 2009