Postdoctoral Research Associate, In-situ Observation of Deformation Behaviour in Ferrous Alloys

Sydney, Australia
29 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
13 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

  • Opportunity to work within the excellent research environment at the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (ACMM)
  • Located on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
  • Full-time Level A, fixed term 2 years with a base salary of $93K - $103K p.a., plusleave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

The School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (ACMM) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate in In-situ Observation of Deformation Behaviour in Ferrous Alloys, workingat the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (ACMM). Located on the University’s Camperdown campus, the ACMM hosts world-class facilities, and is renowned for it’s research excellence. Researchers have access to an outstanding array of nano structural analysis equipment, both within the Centre and at our partner nodes.

The ACMM has recently installed a custom-designed system that is capable of in-situ deformation, while concurrently mapping the orientation of grains by using transmission Kikuchi diffraction. This technique allows the investigation of deformation mechanisms in heavily deformed and nanostructured regions of alloys via orientation maps. These maps can reveal information about the strain distribution, accumulation of dislocations and differences in the mobility of different grain boundary types. In this project, the Research Associate will demonstrate the use of this new system, providing our industry partner (CITIC Metals) with valuable information about deformation mechanisms that can be used for future alloy design.

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 Postdoctoral Research Associate who:

  • has a PhD or near completion in Engineering, Science or another closely related discipline
  • has proven skills in the fields of physical metallurgy and/or materials characterisation
  • is knowledgeable and experienced 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.

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 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 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 1150/0920F to apply.

Please note: visa sponsorship is not available for this position. 

Closing date: 11:30pm, Tuesday 13 October 2020

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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