Research Fellow in Catalytic Biomass Valorisation

Location
Melbourne, Australia
Posted
03 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
30 Oct 2019
Ref
583148
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time
  • Full-time, Fixed-term 2-year contract based at RMIT city campus
  • Excellent professional development in the area of catalysis and nanomaterials
  • Research collaboration with the Advanced Materials Capability Platform
  • Reports to Professor Adam Lee & Professor Karen Wilson
  • Open to Academic Level B ($96,564 - $114,672) + 17% superannuation

Position Summary

As a Research Fellow, you will be responsible:

  • To plan, create, deliver and participate in producing high impact & high-quality research projects in the design, synthesis and application of metal nanoparticle or solid acid/base catalysts for liquid phase transformations, notably cascades relevant to biomass valorisation

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Work independently as well as collaboratively with the team in contributing to quality research publications in high impact journals and developing new research initiatives,
  • Contribute to preparing and submitting competitive research grant proposals
  • Collaborate with national and international researchers, focusing on catalysis activities and involve in the drafting of synchrotron beamtime proposals and off-site research activities to international light sources
  • Contribute 10% of your time to mentor & supervise postgraduate students as part of your coursework teaching activities

Skills and Experience Required

  • PhD in Material Sciences, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • Proven excellent track record of published research work and publications as well as strong industry linkages and demonstrated ability to supervise higher degree by research candidates
  • Extensive knowledge and expertise in the synthesis and characterisation of porous solids, supported metal nanoparticle catalysts and/or synthesis of nanoparticle or thin film inorganic acid/base catalysts
  • Experienced in hands-on materials analysis using electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
  • Expertise in liquid phase catalytic microreactors, in batch or flow, and associated kinetic analysis by GC, HPLC and/or MS
  • The capability to communicate and present research findings, concepts and knowledge with sound problem-solving & analytical skills
  • Ability to manage and plan time effectively and efficiently to conduct innovative research independently and collaboratively across multi-disciplinary team, industry and government
  • Possesses an excellent written and verbal communication skills with the passion and commitment to build strong relationships across all levels of professional staff within the organisation

Culture

Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices.

Imagination. Agility. Courage. Passion. Impact. Inclusion.

What unites us is our purpose and our values; they are at the heart of who we are, what we stand for, how we make decisions and connect with each other.

Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices.

When you join our team, you'll be able to access a range of benefits. From travel to fitness, there's something for everyone

About Us

The School of Science undertakes high-quality teaching and research across the natural and physical sciences, mathematics, biological sciences and computer science and technology disciplines. The School of Science attracts esteemed experts and researchers from around the world and has strong partnerships with industry and international collaborators. The School of Science houses state-of-the-art equipment for materials analysis including HTREM, SEM, and XPS within the RMIT Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility as well as a suite of spectroscopic techniques within the RMIT Vibrational Spectroscopy Facility.

https://www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/science

The Surfaces, Materials, and Catalysis Group (SMAC) is a world leader in the rational design of advanced functional materials. Our primary focus is the design, development and application of catalytic clean technologies for sustainable energy and chemicals production, in addition to the creation of nanocomposites for biomaterials and antibacterial treatments, and electronic thin film devices. New physical insight into structure-function relations is obtained through advanced spectroscopic and microscopic analysis of nanomaterials. The new SMAC Group laboratories at RMIT will be equipped with cutting-edge instrumentation for nanomaterials synthesis, characterisation (including ALD, DRIFTS, DRUVS, and ATR-IR, chemisorption and porosimetry, and tube furnaces and muffle furnaces) and catalytic testing using a suite of high pressure autoclaves, and continuous flow gas and liquid phase microreactors (with both on-line and off-line GC, HPLC, GC-MS, and FTIR analysis).

Bring your whole self to work:

We are better for our diversity. When we listen to those who are different to us, or challenge us, we grow stronger together. When we feel like we belong, we can achieve so much more. We respect each other, embrace our differences and build a sense of belonging in our team and beyond. Were proud to share with you some of our wins:

  • RMIT University is an Athena SWAN member with Bronze Award accreditation and the College of Science, Engineering and Health is central to driving improvements in gender equality, diversity and inclusion, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines.
  • RMIT was placed 10th in the 2019 Randstad Employer Brand Research Awards, up five spots from 2018.
  • We were named as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in 2019.
  • We achieved Gold Employer status for LGBTIQ inclusion in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) in 2018 and now in 2019.
  • We were recognised as a top five employer in 2018 for workplace accessibility with the Australian Network on Disability.
  • Exceeding our targets in our Reconciliation Action Plan for Bundyi Girri - an important step in our reconciliation journey.

To Apply

For further information & confidential discussions, please contact Professor Adam Lee (adam.lee@rmit.edu.au) or Professor Karen Wilson (karen.wilson@rmit.edu.au).

Applications close on Wednesday 30th October 2019.

Applicants will need to attach their updated resume and a cover letter expressing their suitability for this position. Applicants will be required to address the Key Selection Criteria as stated on the Position Description.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to be 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.