Lecturer or Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor of Structural Chemistry

Nedlands, Perth, Australia
$96,210 - $156,343 p.a.
11 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
17 May 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Full Time



  • Join a world-class collaborative research facility
  • Tenurable appointment
  • Salary range: Level B $96,210 - $114,250 p.a. or Level C $117,857 - $135,900 p.a. or Level D $141,910 - $156,343 p.a.

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a member of Australia's prestigious Group of Eight and ranked among the top 100 universities, with a broad and balanced coverage of disciplines in the arts, sciences and major professions.

About the opportunity

We seek to appoint a high-calibre individual with an outstanding record, relative to opportunity, in the application of single crystal X-ray diffraction to innovative research problems as a joint appointment in the newly formed School of Molecular Sciences and the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (CMCA) at the University of Western Australia.

About the School and Centre

The School of Molecular Sciences is a research-intensive school that spans the broad disciplines of chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology, and genetics, and incorporates the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology. The School is responsible for the undergraduate teaching and postgraduate research degrees across its broad discipline base within a dynamic, internationally recognised and research-intensive environment. The iconic Bayliss Building on the Crawley campus houses the School, as well as the CMCA's nuclear magnetic resonance, X-ray diffraction, and mass spectrometry facilities.

The CMCA is the Western Australian node of the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility, and of the National Imaging Facility, national infrastructure networks of Australian university-based characterisation facilities providing premium analytical capabilities and high-end research support to local, national and international scientists (www.ammrf.org.au and www.anif.org.au). The Centre's X-ray Crystallography Facility presently includes Oxford Diffraction Xcalibur and Gemini diffractometers with Mo and Cu sources and cryostats.

In addition to undertaking an internationally recognised program of independent research, the successful applicant will also manage CMCA's X-ray Crystallography Facility in the Bayliss Building. Duties extend from supervision of the maintenance and operation of the single-crystal diffractometers and training users of the facility, to undertaking research projects involving X-ray crystallography.

About you

The appointee will provide expertise to academic staff and research students in all areas of X-ray crystallography, including diffractometer operation, data acquisition and analysis, and structure solution. The appointee will also engage in the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students as directed by the Head of School and CMCA Director, with teaching load balanced by the needs of managing the Facility. Through this joint appointment we are seeking a person with a strong work ethic, a practical approach and who is passionate about delivering the highest quality research, independently and in collaboration with others, and teaching outcomes.

The University of Western Australia occupies a picturesque setting by the Swan River five minutes from downtown Perth and ten minutes from Perth's famous beaches. Perth is located on Australia's west coast and enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and short mild winters and is renowned for its relaxed outdoor lifestyle.

Benefits include 17% employer superannuation, generous leave provisions and fares to Perth (if applicable) for appointee and dependents along with a removal allowance. These and other benefits will be specified in the offer of employment.

Closing date: Wednesday 17 May 2017

This position is open to international applicants.

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

A teaching portfolio is recommended evidence of teaching experience.

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. 

  • UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion of the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2016).
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