Postdoctoral Research Associate, Atom Probe Microscopy Frontiers

Sydney, Australia
18 May 2020
End of advertisement period
16 Jun 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

Reference no. 707/0520F

  • An opportunity to contribute to research with atom probe tomography at the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (ACMM).
  • Located on the Darlington/Camperdown Campus at the Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
  • Full-time 3 year fixed term Level A, 3 years with a base salary of $91K - $101K p.a., plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

The School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering is inviting applications for a postdoctoral research associate in Atom Probe Microscopy Frontiers, working at the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (ACMM) on the University’s Camperdown campus. The ACMM hosts world class facilities and is renowned for researcher excellence. The successful applicant will have access to an outstanding array of nanostructural analysis equipment, both within the Centre and at our partner nodes.

The aim of this project is to apply the microscopy technique of atom probe tomography to specimens that have been cryogenically cooled during preparation; opening new possibilities for the use of atom probe tomography in disciplines such as chemistry and life sciences. The new types of specimens that can be analysed include vitrified biological matter, liquids (solutions), surface molecules (ligands), and hydrogen. In the long term, the technique has the potential to lead to radical new discoveries in fields such as health and medicine, chemical processing and agriculture.

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 near completion in Engineering, Science or a related discipline
  • excellent proven skills in materials characterisation
  • 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
  • proven ability to work autonomously and manage deadlines and project needs

About us

The School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (AMME) is one of Australia's premier engineering schools with an international reputation built on more than 130 years' experience.  It is home to some of Australia’s most prominent research centres in the fields of aerospace, biomedical, mechanical and mechatronic engineering, including the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR), the Centre for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (CRIS), the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology (BMET) and the Centre for Advanced Materials and Technology (CAMT). 

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 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 707/0520F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 (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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