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Research Beam Line (RBL) Scientist for Atomic Scale Analytical Transmissions Electron Microscopy (TEM)

Apply now Job No:509556
Area:Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Salary (FTE):Professional Level 08 ($98,298.92 - $110,376.42)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia, Brisbane

Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis

The Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CMM), part of UQ’s Central Research Infrastructure Platforms, is an interdisciplinary research, teaching and service centre. We play an integral role within the research programs of The University of Queensland and participate in both undergraduate and postgraduate education. We provide a comprehensive suite of analytical instrumentation and a high standard of training programs for university researchers. Our highly experienced, specialist staff are committed to providing a supportive and resourceful working environment where clients receive expert advice and training that equips them to achieve their research goals.

The CMM is a foundation member and the Queensland Node of Microscopy Australia which was established in July 2007 under the Commonwealth Government’s National Collaborative Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

CMM actively supports and initiates microscopy & microanalysis related research and development projects with the aim to maintain future technological competitiveness for UQ. CMM is also in charge of the renewal of instruments to ensure the optimal balance in instruments dedicated to general education, service and research and to further push research projects beyond the current frontiers.

For more information on CMM please visit our website on

About This Opportunity

CMM operates a new state of the art Cs corrected Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM)- the HF5000, which requires a highly skilled and experienced scientist/engineer who can both operate and maintain the instrument as well as prepare high quality specimens/samples for the physical sciences. The role will also provide support for CMM’s other TEM instruments: the Tecnai F20 and two Hitachi HT7700 in a team.

In addition the job holder will be required to train clients, supervise them while using the instrument and assist them in gathering the data and answers they require to further develop their research. In brief: manage, plan, coordinate and oversee EM projects in collaboration with CMM users.  Finally the role includes a clear research component: the job holder will develop new protocols and methods for atomic scale structure determination via scanning transmission electron microscopy, pixelated detector applications as well in-situ sample testing and apply them to research projects.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

If you are curious about understanding where atoms are located and how they are organized and form materials, you are our candidate. Knowing their position and chemistry[RW1]  is vital to understanding the properties and performance of advanced materials, especially since advanced materials are tailored around nano-meter and single atomic layers for applications from energy harvesting and storage, catalysis, functional nanomaterials to next-generation electronics and quantum devices. These are only a few research topics you will be involved in.

The successful candidate will be a creative, dedicated TEM specialist with a keen interest in the development of new methods in their field of expertise.

They will be client focussed, enjoy sharing their knowledge and ready to contribute to our team.

Although current work rights in Australia would be an advantage, CMM welcomes applications from candidates who do not yet have a work permit.  However, any appointment will be conditional to the candidate having secured unconditional work rights in Australia.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time fixed term position for 3 years at HEW level 8

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $98,298 - $110,376, plus super of up to 17% and other benefits, including leave loading.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File 509556_Research Beam Line Scientist for Atomic Scale Analytical_TEM_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor Roger Wepf at 

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Statement addressing key selection criteria
  • Resume

Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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