Post-doctoral Research Associate in Chemistry

Crawley, Subiaco, Australia
$91,397 p.a.
28 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
24 Apr 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Science

School of Molecular Sciences

  • 2 year full time appointment
  • Salary range:  Level A Step 8 $91,397 p.a.

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to 'innovate and inspire' there is no better time to join Western Australia's top University.

The team

The School of Molecular Sciences within the Faculty of Science, is a large, research intensive School with 80 staff, 80 PhD students, and more than 600 undergraduate students. The School is committed to achieving international excellence in teaching, research and service.

About the opportunity

You will undertake research funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant "Taming carbon dioxide: Molecular interactions in the solid state". This project will investigate what features of host-guest systems are required to encapsulate carbon dioxide in the solid state, particularly organic interactions guided by solid state observations. It will exploit the techniques of modern structural chemistry using highly accurate X-ray diffraction data, complementary neutron diffraction experiments, quantum chemical calculations and computer graphics. These observations will in turn guide the synthesis of more efficient hosts.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • PhD or equivalent in relevant areas of chemistry or crystallography
  • Experience in crystal growth, single crystal diffractometry, crystal structure determination and analysis, and methods of charge density analysis
  • Knowledge of general theoretical chemistry, and experience with computation of properties of molecules and solids
  • Familiarity with current crystallographic and theoretical chemistry software packages
  • Experience with materials characterisation (g. TGA, DSC and DTA)
  • Some programming skills in scientific computing (e.g. ability to write scientific programs in Fortran, C or scripting languages; experience with Linux or Unix operating systems)

About you

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who has the proven ability to work both independently and co-operatively as part of a team and the ability to present results clearly in oral presentations and written manuscripts.

Closing date: Monday 24 April 2017

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria. 

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