Research Fellow, Physics

Melbourne, Australia
09 May 2019
End of advertisement period
09 Jun 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • In the areas of soft matter, scattering & biological physics
  • 2-Year Fixed-Term Position until July 2020
  • $83,786 Salary + Superannuation, Flexible Working Arrangements Available

The Role

You will conduct experimental research funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery project "Rational design of new synthetic antifreeze molecules for cryopreservation". This exciting experimental program has a number of aspects which include: studying the interactions of cryoprotectants with membranes using Small Angle X-ray and Neutron Scattering (SAXS/SANS) and Neutron Membrane Diffraction, measurement of the permeability of biological cells, conducting cryopreservation trials and determining the thermal properties of solutions using Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). The research fellow is expected to contribute significantly to several of these aspects, but the specific direction of the project will be determined by the background and expertise of the successful candidate.

Your Responsibilities

You will carry out research in conjunction with a team at RMIT University combining experimental, theoretical and simulation studies, as well as a synthetic chemistry team from the University of New England. Knowledge of one of these areas is an advantage but is not necessary. The research to be conducted will have a significant impact in expanding our understanding of the physical mechanisms of cryoprotection, and will be published in high quality international journals. It also has the potential to lead to new, novel cryoprotectants.

Skills & Experience Required

You will have:

  • An emerging track record and recognition for quality research outputs which will contribute to existing Discipline and School research areas evidenced by high quality research publications. Evidence of the development of new research initiatives, competitive research funding and/or relevant industry links will be an advantage
  • Experience in at least one of the following areas: X-ray or neutron scattering in soft matter; cell culture and imaging; cryopreservation; thermal properties of soft materials
  • A completed PhD in Physics, Biophysics, Physical Chemistry or related fields

About RMIT

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

The School of Science is one of RMIT's top-performing research schools, we deliver research that addresses the 'real life questions' essential to Australia's innovation agenda. We attract esteemed experts and researchers from around the world and has strong partnerships with industry and international collaborators.


RMIT supports you with a range of financial and non-financial benefits. We recognise the diverse needs of our staff, so regardless of your situation, the range of staff benefits on offer provides something for everyone.

  • Additional annual leave
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Be part of RMIT's academic life and attend various events and workshops
  • Access to RMIT staff gym
  • 2% salary increase each year and annual leave loading of 17.5%
  • MYKI pass discount

To Apply

For a confidential discussion, please contact Gary Bryant at or to view the position description, please click on the position description attachment below.

Applications close on Sunday 9th June 2019.

Applicants must separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description.

This role will require satisfactory confirmation of a Working with Children Check.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.