Research Assistant, RMIT and CSIRO Mineral Resources

Melbourne, Australia
15 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
19 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full-time, 3-year fixed-term contract; based at RMIT City campus but will be required to work and/or be based at CSIRO Mineral Resources, Clayton and other campuses of the University
  • Access to state-of-the-art mineral characterization/processing equipment at CSIRO Mineral Resources, Environmental & Microbiology facilities in RMIT University, the Australian Synchrotron and CSIRO Land & Water
  • Utilise and further develop your expertise & knowledge in electrochemistry and materials characterization using SEM, XRD, synchrotron-based techniques like XAS, and various other spectroscopic techniques
  • Report directly to the Professor Miao Chen, Applied Chemistry and Environmental Science at RMIT
  • Remuneration at Academic Level A ($68,983 - $93,569) + 17% superannuation

About us

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.

Our purpose is to offer life-changing experiences for our students, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and industry engagement. With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMITs leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally focused graduates.


Our Values inspire us, wherever we are in the world, and guide how we live and work together.

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.

About the College

The School of Science provides over 45 bachelor and postgraduate programs, and undertakes world class research across the disciplines of Biosciences and Food Technology, Chemistry and Environmental Science, Physics, Mathematical Sciences, Geospatial Sciences and Computer Science (Information Technology and Software Engineering).

One of RMIT's top-performing research schools, we deliver research that addresses the 'real life questions' essential to Australia's innovation agenda. Our high-quality teaching programs inspire students to pursue careers in a range of industries including biotechnology, health, materials technology, food, geospatial and surveying, environmental science, banking and commerce, as well as computing and IT roles and research and development across a wide range of areas. The School has staff, students and facilities on both the City and Bundoora campuses, has 300 staff, 450 higher degree research students, over 3800 coursework students and an annual budget of $140 million

Details relating to the School can be found at

About You and the Role

In this position, you will:

  • Conduct high impact research and development activities with multidisciplinary researchers leading to high quality publications, conference presentations and scientific knowledge to improve the operational and environmental management of sulfidic ores, soils and wastes
  • Contribute to the discovery and validation of how sulfide minerals chemical reaction mechanisms could underpin potential advances in green mining and environmental management practices
  • Use advanced Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy and other spectroscopy techniques to examine in situ microscale changes in chemical species at the surface layers of sulfide minerals and soils under different operational and environmental conditions

You will have:

  • Solid theoretical and in-depth working knowledge of electrochemical science, including its practice in the research environment and its applications, together with an understanding of the material requirements for electrochemical studies and applications
  • Proven experience with scanning electrochemical microscopy research and a sound working knowledge of solution chemistry/surface chemistry for electrochemical applications
  • Ability in operating laboratory equipment for materials characterization such as SEM, XRD, synchrotron-based measurement techniques like XAS, and other spectroscopic techniques
  • An excellent track record in research and scientific investigations and in adapting, designing and testing alternative solutions
  • Capability to analyse, communicate and present research findings, concepts and knowledge with sound problem-solving and analytical skills in dealing with ambiguity
  • An ability to manage and plan your time effectively and efficiently to conduct innovative research independently and collaboratively, and to share research findings across multi-disciplinary teams and with industry and government
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a passion and commitment to build strong relationships across all levels of professional staff within the organization


PhD qualified in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related areas as well as practical experience in fields such as electrochemistry, physical chemistry, hydrometallurgy, mineral processing, environmental chemistry, and materials chemistry.

Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.

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.
  • We are ranked #1 in the world for our efforts to reduce inequality in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2020.
  • RMIT University is placed 10th in overall Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2020, rocketing up from 82nd place in 2019.
  • We placed 11th in the 2019 Talent Board APAC Candidate Experience Awards.
  • 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.
  • The launch of our second Reconciliation Plan, Dhumbah Goorowa- a "commitment to share" - an important step in our reconciliation journey.

To Apply

Please submit your CV and cover letter outlining your interest in this role. Candidates are requested to separately address the key selection criteria outlined in the position description. For any enquires please contact Professor Miao Chen (miao

We are also happy to make adjustments to the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please contact us via your preferred type of communication: email or call Kassie on +61399252442 with your request(s).

Applications close Wednesday 19th August 2020.

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.

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