Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Organometallic Chemistry

Sydney, Australia
$85,845 to $92,000 per annum
29 Sep 2016
End of advertisement period
27 Oct 2016
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We've helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia's first female vice-chancellor.

At Macquarie you'll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives, all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door.

In Macquarie's Faculty of Science and Engineering you'll join passionate researchers and educators blazing new trails in the spirit of discovery and exploration. Encouraged to think boldly, and supported by some of Australia's most outstanding facilities, brilliant minds converge in our faculty to create incredible new possibilities: the world's first attempt to synthesize complex life, the creation of Wi-Fi, the discovery of dancing dwarf galaxies, and the development of blue LED light. Inspired by challenge and opportunity, we look forward to welcoming you as we imagine a new future together.

Join us and start seeing the world in a different light.

The Role:

The Faculty of Science and Engineering offers a broad range of undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral training in some of today's most topical subject areas that impact our world and its people. Our Faculty is home to a number of internationally recognised research centres. The Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Sciences is recognised internationally for innovative research and covers a wide range of areas in chemistry as well as chemical biology.

The Department is seeking to appoint a talented early career postdoctoral researcher to work in the area of investigating new approaches to homogeneous and hybrid organometallic catalysis. The work will involve developing mono and bimetallic metal complexes as effective homogenous catalysts for a variety of organic transformations. Upon identification, successful catalysts will be robustly linked to carbon surfaces for deployment as heterogeneous catalysts.

The successful candidate will:

  • Take a central role in research in the area of transition metal catalysed transformations of organic compounds including surface supported catalysis
  • Assist in the supervision of research students and research assistants
  • Prepare papers for presentation and publication

Essential Selection Criteria:

To be considered for this role, please address the selection criteria and upload as a separate document along with a detailed curriculum vitae, full publications list and contact details of two referees.

  • PhD degree in Chemistry (or equivalent)
  • Experience in organometallic Chemistry, synthetic chemistry and/or surface chemistry
  • Proven research ability including track record of publication/s
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, monitor and achieve research project objectives
  • Good written and oral communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience in NMR Spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, and IR spectroscopy for reaction monitoring

Salary Package: Level A, Step 6 $85,845 to Step 8 $92,000 per annum plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading. Salary will be subject to qualifications and experience.

Appointment Type: Full-time, up to 1 year fixed-term (with possibility of extension)

Enquiries: Roy McBurney via e-mail on or phone and Professor Barbara Messerle via email at

Applications Close:  Thursday 27 October 2016 at 11.55pm

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

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