Associate Director in Electron Microscope Unit

Randwick, Australia
21 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
17 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Associate Professor/Senior Lecture level five-year appointment with options for renewal.
  • Make a real impact! Influence and support advancements in electron microscopy
  • Enjoy state-of-the-art facilities and collaboration with interdisciplinary researchers

Academic and director position with electron microscopy expertise and independent research portfolio (materials science preferred).

The Organisation

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.  We aspire to be Australia’s global university, improving and transforming lives through excellence in research, outstanding education and a commitment to advancing a just society.

The Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre sees the colocation of major research instrumentation in the university in purpose-built high-grade facilities for the study of the structure and composition of biological, chemical and physical materials. 

The Electron Microscope Unit (EMU) is a central research and research training facility. It has 14 staff and 18 major instruments including TEMs, SEMs and FIBs. The Unit is a founding member of the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF).  This facility acts as the peak body for nanostructural analysis in Australia and combines the resources of over $70M of instrumentation and 100 staff across 6 national nodes. 

The Opportunity

UNSW is making a significant investment in the Electron Microscopy Unit - new microscopes and sample preparation equipment, additional staff and a new dedicated space in a new building. This level of investment is rare, and the team will have the opportunity to create a lasting legacy at UNSW. You will take a leading role in further developing the Electron Microscope Unit including:

  • Assist with the strategic planning for the future of the facility
  • High-level researcher support and training, managing and mentoring of other facility staff
  • An independent research portfolio in electron microscopy and instrumentation development will be an important component of the job and as such the position will have a cross-appointment to a relevant school/faculty of UNSW 

About the successful applicant:

You have dedicated yourself to research and are looking for the next leap forward in technology to lead the exploration that comes with it. Specific responsibilities include: 

  • PhD and academic research experience
  • Demonstrating your success in publishing and securing external funding to further ongoing research 
  • Supervisory experience within a research environment
  • A collaborative scientist with a record of contribution to the community

To apply or view the Position Description:  

Please visit and enter reference number 58234. Please note all application documentation must be in pdf format. 


Professor Richard Tilley

Director – Electron Microscope Unit and AMMRF node

Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre, Division of Research 

T: +61 (2) 9385 4435


Applications close: 11:59 pm, January 17th, 2018

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