Postdoctoral Research Associate in Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy of Materials

Sydney, Australia
03 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
02 May 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Part of a research team looking at advanced in-situ electron microscopy characterisation of materials
  • Located between Darlington and  Camperdown campus, Sydney
  • Full time, fixed term for 3 years, base salary, $92,682 plus leave loading and up to 17% Superannuation

About the opportunity 

We are currently inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in advanced transmission electron microscopy of materials. The position 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 effect of external stimulations, including mechanical stressing and electrical biasing, on the structure, structural evolution, and mechanical and/or ferroelectric properties of materials.

The position is supported by Australian Research Council Discovery Projects led by Professor Xiaozhou Liao. We intend to apply a range of specialised focused ion beam, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning transmission electron microscopy techniques.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who has:

  • a PhD (or close to completion) in materials science and engineering or a related field
  • a strong background in structure–properties relationships and excellent proven skills in advanced ex-situ and in-situ electron microscopy techniques
  • extensive knowledge in the structures and properties of ferroelectric materials and/or metallic materials is essential

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), and our burgeoning range of in-situ capabilities.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

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.

How to apply

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 286/0219F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm 2 May 2019 (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.

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