High Pressure Experimental Scientist

Sydney, Australia
19 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Salary Package: $101,877 to $109,341 (Level B, step 1 to Level B, step 3) plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term up to 4 years with possibility of continuation (anticipated commencement in April 2019)
  •  Macquarie University (North Ryde) location 

The Role 

The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the high-pressure experimental laboratories and providing support for the high-pressure experimental program of the Australian Laureate Fellowship project Deep Earth Cycles of Carbon, Water and Nitrogen.

Service duties will include taking responsibility for the safe operation of all types of high-pressure equipment in the experimental laboratories and compliance with Health and Safety requirements; maintaining the high-pressure laboratories in a high state of readiness for experimental use, including ordering and advising in the choice of experimental consumables; scheduling and supervising use of the experimental facilities; and instruction of postgraduate students, post-doctoral research associates and visitors in the use of the facilities.

The successful candidate will be expected to pursue a program of experimental high-pressure research allied broadly with the theme of Deep Earth Cycles of volatile elements and in collaboration with department staff.

About You

We are seeking an outstanding high-pressure experimentalist to spearhead the development and exploitation of high-pressure experimental systems in our laboratory. The ideal person has a PhD in a relevant subject, an extensive background in the use of piston-cylinder, multi-anvil, and Laser-heated diamond anvil cells. Experience with spectroscopic and diffraction measurements and a background in Earth or Materials science would be an advantage, as would interest and experience in using synchrotron and neutron facilities. We are seeking an individual whose research interests and experience complement the research programs of current Macquarie University scientists.

About Us

Our High-Pressure Experimental Laboratory is currently expanding its high-pressure research program with the installation of new piston-cylinder, multi-anvil and laser heated diamond anvil systems, as well as high-pressure deformation systems at the Australian synchrotron and neutron facilities at ANSTO.

Macquarie University’ Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences hosts the ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems and the Macquarie Planetary Research Centre. It incorporates world-class geochemical and numerical simulation facilities. Department members emphasize cross-links between geochemistry, geophysics and petrology in mantle and lithosphere studies.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, please apply online, submitting your CV (including contact details for two referees) and a separate cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria:


  • A PhD in a discipline aligned to high-pressure research and extensive experience in the use of piston-cylinder and multi-anvil apparatuses
  • Demonstrated ability to drive internal and external collaborations and/or develop and manage relationships with external collaborators
  • Demonstrated technical and academic knowledge of high-pressure experimentation including expertise in managing a high-pressure experimental facility
  • Demonstrated track record of consistently delivering a quality service to clients and laboratory users, including providing expert advice to stakeholders such as staff, students, visitors and external users on appropriate techniques and assisting in the design of experiments
  • Excellent communication skills, with an ability to effectively engage with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Willingness to contribute to the academic life of the Department and engage in effective teamwork and of working collaboratively in a team to achieve organisational goals
  • A well-articulated research agenda and a track record of publications in high quality international journals.


  • Experience in the use of Laser-heated Diamond Anvil Cells
  • Experience and an interest in using synchrotron and neutron facilities
  • The demonstrated potential to attract research students and competitive research funding.

Role Enquiries: Professor Stephen Foley via e-mail stephen.foley@mq.edu.au

Applications Close: Monday 17 December 2018 at 11:55 pm EST

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