Research Fellow in Molecular Sciences

Sydney, Australia
19 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
28 Jan 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
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. 

About the Faculty

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 Molecular Sciences is recognised internationally for innovative research and covers a wide range of areas in chemistry as well as chemical biology.

The Role

The Department is seeking to appoint a talented early career Research Fellow to work with the research team of Professor Barbara Messerle, conducting research in the area of transition metal catalysed transformation of organic compounds.

The successful candidate will:

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

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)
  • Demonstrated skills in key analytical techniques such as NMR spectroscopy and XPS
  • Experience in organometallic Chemistry, homogenous catalysis and/or surface chemistry
  • Proven research ability including track record of publication/s
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, monitor and achieve research project objectives
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment


  • Experience in surface chemistry and electrochemistry

Salary Package: from $99,879 - $118,174 p.a. (Level B) plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.

Appointment Type: Full-time, Fixed-term (18 months, with the possibility of extension)

Specific Role Enquiries: Karen Jones via  

Applications Close: Sunday, 28 January 2018 at 11:55pm AEST

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.