Postdoctoral Research Associate/Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Advanced Microscopy

Sydney, Australia
07 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology 

  • Three positions available in an internationally renowned research group looking to tackle frontier issues in advanced manufacturing—exploring the physical metallurgy of 3D printing
  • Use state-of-the-art electron microscopy, focussed ion beam and atom probe facilities to study microstructure-property relationships in new materials produced by additive manufacturing
  • Full-time, fixed-term for three years, remuneration package: $104k-123k p.a. (Senior Research Associate) and $92k – $99k (Research Associate) — plus leave loading and up to 17% superannuation)

About the opportunity

We are currently inviting applications for two postdoctoral research associates and a Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate (three positions in total) in advanced microscopy. The positions will be based in the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (ACMM) in the home school of the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (AMME) in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

The emphasis for this fundamental program of research is on understanding the physical metallurgy of additive manufacturing processes, and our particular focus is on metal 3D printing. Our research direction is towards creating engineered functional microstructures via additive manufacturing. The positions are supported by the AusMURI program led by Professors Simon Ringer and Xiaozhou Liao, and will contribute to Australia's academic and industrial manufacturing capability.

Specifically, we will explore the phenomenology of creating metallurgical alloys via 3D printing with a view to understanding and controlling processes such solute atom clustering, atomic segregation, precipitation and other phase transformations, as well as the formation of defect structures and the evolution of grain structure and texture. We intend to apply a range of specialised scanning electron microscopy (SEM), focussed ion beam (FIB), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and atom probe microscopy (APM) techniques. Some technique development may be required. We will also apply modelling and simulation in this work, and some experience in calculations, MATLAB, and coding will be valuable.

About you

The successful applicants will have a PhD in materials science and engineering or a related field, with a strong background in physical metallurgy and excellent proven skills in advanced microscopy techniques such as those listed above. Three positions are available—two are at level A, and one more senior role is available at level B. Experience in MATLAB and coding in general will be highly regarded.

About us

The University of Sydney has an international reputation in the field of materials science and engineering and much of this academic expertise resides in the School of AMME. Moreover, the ACMM provides an outstanding research environment for the advanced characterisation of materials, hosting researchers from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds. More broadly, the University operates a core research facilities program, and this provides a wide range of outstanding research capability across microscopy and microanalysis, nanofabrication, informatics and high-performance computing, to name a few. Of particular significance to the present work are the University's world-class capabilities in plasma FIB (G4—sources include Xe, N2, O2 and Ar), our monochromated and double aberration corrected STEM (Themis Z), our world class SEM and APM platforms, and our burgeoning range of in-situ capabilities.

We are undergoing significant transformative change, which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 2184/1118F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm 5 December 2018 Sydney Time

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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