ARC Grant-Funded Researcher A, School of Physical Sciences

Adelaide, Australia
11 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
17 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

(Level A) $67,894 to $91,425, per annum, (dependent on qualifications and experience) plus employer contribution of 9.5% superannuation will apply.

Fixed-term position for two (2) years.

Contribute to the project “Development of glass components for electrospray mass spectrometry” as a Material Scientist/Chemist/Physicist/Engineer within the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) and the School of Physical Sciences at The University of Adelaide.

The vision of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) is to pursue a transdisciplinary approach that brings together experimental physicists, chemists, material scientists, engineers, mathematicians, biologists and medical researchers to create new sensing and measurement technologies in order to solve major challenges.

The Photonic Materials and Fibres Group at IPAS, through the School of Physical Sciences, has recently secured funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) for the development of new glass components together with Trajan Scientific and Medical to enhance the sensitivity of electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. The project aims to advance fabrication of glass capillaries and tubes with complex and high precision structures to enable both multiplexing ion generation from a single capillary and geometrical matching of the shape of the bore of the tube collecting the emitted ion plume. Mass spectrometry has become an indispensable analytical tool for proteomics and synthetic chemistry and thus the significant enhancement of mass spectrometry sensitivity in this project will accelerate progress in disease research, biomarker discovery and drug development.

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher with background in materials science/photonics/physical chemistry/engineering to drive the development and fabrication of the new glass capillaries and tubes.

To be successful you will need:

  • PhD or Masters (by research) or equivalent degree (or thesis submitted) in related relevant area of materials science, photonics, physical chemistry or engineering
  • A commitment to research excellence in science or engineering
  • Demonstrated publication track record in leading scientific journals and conferences
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research in addition to working effectively as a member of a research team
  • Good verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. And our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. And our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity. We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills of our staff.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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If you want to change tomorrow, act today

Click the link to the online application form below and address and upload your responses to all selection criteria. Applications close 11:55pm (ACST), 17 February 2019.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem
Senior Research Fellow, School of Physical Sciences
P: +61 (08) 8313 1136

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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.