XRD Research Fellow, Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre

Sydney, Australia
23 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
17 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time
  • Largest XRD laboratory in Australia with 400+ researchers
  • 3-year appointment with potential option for renewal
  • $107,210- $126,386 + 17% super + leave loading

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Head of the Solid State and Elemental Analysis Unit, you will support and develop UNSW users of the Australian Synchrotron and ANSTO, provide research support to users of the XRD laboratory and develop research collaborations involving X-ray diffraction. Working with the diffraction team, you will also advise researchers on data collection and interpretation with an emphasis on thin-film diffraction, and develop new protocols that will be published in the public domain and enhance the reputation of UNSW.

The Organisation

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work. We aspire to be Australia’s global university, improving and transforming lives through excellence in research, outstanding education and a commitment to advancing a just society.

The Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre (MWAC) is part of the Division of Research and sees the colocation of major research instrumentation in the University in purpose-built high-grade facilities for the study of the structure and composition of biological, chemical and physical materials and also includes preparation laboratories, smaller instruments and computing facilities. In addition, MWAC provides the technical/professional support for these instruments. Analytical Centre staff members are expected to contribute to the overall success of the Centre by making a major contribution to Centre initiatives and participating fully in cooperative education and research projects.

UNSW has a significant XRD Laboratory hosting 9 powder diffraction instruments, of which four are thin-film instruments with two using high-power rotating-anode X-ray sources. The laboratory provides support to >400 researchers investigating a wide variety of samples including thin films, solid coatings, multilayer semiconductor materials and devices, metal alloys, minerals and novel inorganic and organic materials.

About the successful applicant:

You have a Postgraduate or undergraduate degree with equivalent experience, in a discipline involving extensive use of diffraction equipment and its research applications in chemical, materials or biological sciences, as well as:

  • A track record of excellence in research and publications commensurate with Level B and demonstrated ability to publish collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated experience in the design and implementation of new methods for X-ray diffraction.
  • Proven detailed knowledge of the operation of instrumentation used for thin-film X-ray diffraction.
  • Previous experience training and supervising others in the field of structural chemistry or materials science within a multidisciplinary research environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal), including the ability to liaise with a diverse group of individuals, interpret and present analytical results, and write scientific reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and flexibly within a team environment.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities, particularly in a chemical laboratory, and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

To apply:  If being part of a progressive XRD community is of interest to you, please submit your CV, Cover Letter and Responses to Selection Criteria.


Shiree Thomas

Talent Acquisition Consultant

e: shiree.thomas@unsw.edu.au

t: 02 9385 2401

Applications close: 11 pm Sunday 17th November 2019 (AEST)

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity or Indigenous heritage. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

UNSW partners with Australia’s leading diversity organisations, networks, and campaigns. Please refer to UNSW’s diversity offerings for further information on our flexible work and leave options, and support for carers (childcare, parent rooms, parental leave).

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