Research Associate, Microscopy Australia

Sydney, Australia
03 Apr 2020
End of advertisement period
20 Apr 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

University of Sydney

  • Opportunity to support world class research
  • Located at the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (ACMM) on the University’s Camperdown campus
  • Full-time, 2 year fixed-term contract. Base salary: $94K - $101K p.a. (Level A,6+) plus annual leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation.

About the opportunity

The University of Sydney is welcoming applications for a Research Associate (Level A) to support Microscopy Australia research projects within the Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis (ACMM). This role will  provide support with atomic scale characterisation projects that utilise advanced microscopy platforms including atom probe tomography and/or advanced transmission electron microscopy. The position will report toProf. Julie Cairney.

In additional to supporting collaborative projects on Microscopy Australia infrastructure, there will be exceptional opportunities to lead research related to the development and applications of microscopy techniques, as appropriate to providing Microscopy Australia researchers with the best possible research infrastructure for atomic scale materials characterisation.

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 Research Associate who possesses:

  • a PhD in Engineering, Science, or a related discipline
  • excellent proven skills in atomic scale materials characterisation
  • the ability to work co-operatively with others and a commitment to understand, appreciate and service the technical requirements of users of the national microscopy facility
  • knowledge and experience in one or more of the following techniques: atom probe tomography, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), transmission Kikuchi diffraction (TKD) and associated sample preparation techniques including focused ion beam (FIB) technology
  • excellent communication skills and the ability to transmit research results into published research outcomes
  • the ability to work independently and to communicate effectively with team members
  • the ability to work effectively under pressure to meet research deadlines
  • sound working knowledge and acute awareness of safety regulations and operating procedures within the laboratory environment

About us

We’re Australia's first university and have a global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

The Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis (ACMM) is the interdisciplinary home of microscopy research at the University of Sydney. With a long history of academic excellence that spans over 60 years, the ACMM blends high-end equipment and technical expertise with an international reputation for world-class research in both the development and application of microscopy techniques. The ACMM also provides the academic environment to support the provision of research services by the Sydney Microscopy & Microanalysis core research facility.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description 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 552/0320F to apply.

Routine pre-employment probity checks will be carried out for this position.

Closing date: 11:30 pm, 20 April 2020 (Sydney Time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.