Research Technician, Materials Science

Brisbane, Australia
02 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

With an excellent reputation for quality graduate training and research performance, the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering delivers a comprehensive range of programs in aerospace, materials, mechanical, mechatronic and mining engineering. Within the School, Dr Jeff Gates is the Director of UQ Materials Performance (UQMP), a professional contract research and consultancy enterprise operating as a business unit of UniQuest Pty Limited. UQMP specialises in metallurgical & mechanical failure investigations, forensics & expert opinion, materials performance evaluation, non-metallic particulates characterisation, and research and product development. 

The role

This is a full-time, fixed term appointment at HEW Level 5.  The duration is 12 months initially, with the possibility of extension.

The successful appointee will provide technical and administrative support to UQMP’s senior materials scientists and materials engineers, integrating with the existing team in order to strengthen UQMP’s suite of services to industry. The role will contribute to contract research & consultancy projects in the areas of non-metallic particulates characterisation, materials science, analytical chemistry, materials engineering and metallurgical and mechanical failure investigations. The role will contribute to financial targets while enhancing UQMP’s reputation for integrity, quality and impact. 

The person

Applicants should possess a qualification (undergraduate degree, diploma or certificate IV) in a scientific or engineering discipline with a strong chemistry component. In addition you should have demonstrated experience as a laboratory technician with duties covering either chemical analysis, materials science specimen preparation, microscopy and/or mechanical testing. Experience with microscopic and analytical techniques such as SEM-EDS, polarised light microscopy or FTIR would be highly desirable. You must have a strong work ethic, attention to detail, and be disciplined and systematic in planning work methods and in recording of observations and results. 

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support. 

This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated. 

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to the contact person listed in the job advertisement. 


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment at HEW Level 5. The remuneration package will be in the range $64,597 - $72,348 p.a plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $75,579 - $86,604 p.a.). 

Position Description

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To discuss this role please contact Dr Jeff Gates at

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All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and Selection Criteria responses.

Job Applicants must have work rights.

Application Closing Date 

22 July 2018, 11:55PM (Australian Eastern Standard Time)