Senior Technical Officer, Microanalytical Engineer

Canberra, Australia
13 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
14 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time

Classification: ANU Officer Grade 7 (Technical)
Salary package: $90,294 - $94,817 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Terms: Full time, 3 years, Continuing (Contingent Funding)

The Position

The Centre for Advanced Microscopy (CAM) is looking for a dynamic microanalytical engineer who will have extensive experience in the use of electronprobe microanalysers (EPMAs) and scanning electron microscopes (SEM) and will provide technical support and research advice to academic and professional staff and students from a wide range of disciplines across the ANU and external users and industry clients of CAM.

The Person

The microanalytical engineer will be responsible for user training, methods development and equipment management and maintenance on a JEOL JXA8530F Field Emission Gun electronprobe microanalyser (EPMA) at CAM. Experience in mineral chemistry as well as experience with general SEM (and TEM) operation will be a distinct advantage.

The Centre for Advanced Microscopy

The Centre for Advanced Microscopy (CAM) is the ANU’s core microscopy and analytical facility, covering a wide range of applications related to biological and materials characterisation and imaging. The Centre’s goal is to facilitate and provide research excellence through a focus on world-class capabilities matched with staff expertise relevant to a wide range of manufacturing, environmental and biological processes. It achieves this through consultation, training, teaching, data collection and their analysis to meet the characterisation requirements of local, national and international researchers and industry. CAM is also part of a national grid of Microscopy Australia (MA) facilities, further enabling shared access to an even wider range of unique equipment, and technical staff experience.

CAM is a purpose-built facility which comprises 8 research professional and administrative staff supporting a diverse range of instrument platforms. The Centre currently houses world class facilities equipped with state-of-the-art instruments and techniques in basic and advanced light, electron and X-ray microscopy and analysis. CAM currently houses 3 high-end TEMs, 3 FESEMs, a recently installed FIB/SEM (Crossbeam) and a JEOL JXA8530F Field Emission Gun electronprobe microanalyser (EPMA).

Further information about CAM may be accessed on the ANU’s web site at

Microscopy Australia

Microscopy Australia (formerly known as the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility) is a national grid of university-based microscopy and microanalysis laboratories, providing open access to world-class instrumentation and expert knowledge to all Australian researchers. Funded by the Commonwealth government under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), relevant state governments and with co-investment by the institutional partners, Microscopy Australia’s mission is to enable world-class outcomes from Australian research by providing essential infrastructure for the characterisation of materials at the micro, nano and atomic scales in the material and life sciences. Comprising nine core institutions with linkages to another nine laboratories, Microscopy Australia is a large collaborative research infrastructure facility governed as an unincorporated joint venture that develops and implements a business plan annually in accordance with the overall Microscopy Australia project plan.

Information about Microscopy Australia may be accessed on the web site at

The College

The ANU College of Science encompasses the disciplines of: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environment and Society, Mathematics, Physics, and Science Communication and is also home to a number of cross-disciplinary and specialist Institutes and Centres.  Staff and students within the ANU College of Science conduct research and deliver a research-led education program that encompasses the breadth of the sciences, supported by extensive international networks and by world-class facilities.

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For further information please contact, Dr. Melanie Rug, T: +61 2 6125 7649, E:

Position Description: Download FileANUO 7_Senior Technical Officer_Microanalytical Engineer_PD & PEWER.pdf

Closing Date: 14 February 2022

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to people of all backgrounds and identities.  For more information about staff equity at ANU, click here. For enquiries about the application process, or if you require reasonable adjustment to apply for this role, please contact the hiring manager on the above listed details.

Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.