Research Assistant, STEM College

Melbourne, Australia
Salary Academic Level A + 17% Superannuation
24 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
03 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Part-time, Fixed Term position until end of November 2022 initially, with a possibility of extension
  • Salary Academic Level A + 17% Superannuation
  • Based at the Melbourne CBD campus, but may be required to work and/or be based at other campuses of the University

About the Role

The Research Assistant will undertake cutting-edge research activities in line with the University's research strategy, specifically within chemistry and material engineering. It is expected that the Research Assistant will work with an increasing degree of autonomy as skills and experience develop. The successful candidate will collaborate with researchers in a multidisciplinary team and provide hands-on supervision to HDR students.

To be successful in this position, you'll have:

  • Evidence of research output including publications, conference contributions and/or technical reports in the field of carbon-based nanomaterial synthesis, modifications, and applications.
  • Ability to experimentally characterise nanomaterials by using confocal fluorescent microscopy, AFM, SEM, TEM, XPS, FT-IR, Raman spectroscopy and fluorescence spectroscopy.
  • Ability to generate alternative funding projects through effective liaison with industry and government
  • Preferred: MATLAB and Python coding skills for data analysis but not essential
  • Ability to work autonomously whilst displaying a strong commitment to work in a team environment, including the demonstrated ability to work with colleagues, project team leaders, and industry partners confidently and effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and effectively manage varying workloads and respond to changing priorities as required.

Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check

About the College

The STEM College holds a leading position and expertise in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health (STEM) fields. We are uniquely positioned to influence and partner with industry, as never before.


Mandatory: PhD or completion of PhD in the areas of nanomaterial engineering or nanotechnology or material science or microfluidics.

To Apply

Please submit your CV and covering letter addressing your suitability and a separate document focusing on the key selection criteria for this position by clicking on the 'Apply' link below.

For further information about this position, please see Position Description below or contact Dr Lei Bao (Senior Lecturer) via email

Applications close on Sunday 3rd July at 11:59 pm.

About RMIT

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 95,000 students and close to 10,000 staff globally. 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 RMIT's 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.

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.

RMIT is a Disability Confident Recruitment Team and we are happy to adjust the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please contact us at telling us your preferred type of communication and we will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your requirements.

Please note that whilst we still accept applications from any persons interested in our roles, due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications from those with current working rights in Australia and who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak: