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Surface Analysis Scientist

Apply now Job No:509618
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

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 provides a broad range X-ray diffraction, spectroscopy and imaging services to UQ, including state-of-the-art X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) with insitu inoperando and correlative capabilities. UQ requires a highly-skilled and experienced Surface Analysis Scientist to both operate and maintain the instrument and to train clients in the design of experiments for, the operation of, and the analysis and interpretation of data from the XPS instrument. In addition, the role will also provide support for the provision of other advance X-ray analysis techniques including XRD, XRF and/or SAXS

The Surface Analysis Scientist needs to be capable of operating effectively within a team environment but also with a high degree of independence. They will need to provide a very high level of expertise in the areas of surface science analysis, and advance X-ray characterisation to support the research groups within UQ, which have a strong focus on the understanding and engineering of material-, chemical- or bio-interfaces.

Finally the role will also service the future needs of the next generation of researchers through research into and the development of new and/or enhanced experimental methods, instrumental capabilities and workflows (including data analysis) relevant to these disciplines.  

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

The successful candidate will be a creative, surface scientist and dedicated XPS specialist with a strong interest in the development of new methods in their field of expertise.

You will be driven by the desire to understand the molecular structure, chemistry and dynamics of surfaces and how to accurately elucidate these through the latest advances in scientific methods. 

You will be client focused, 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 five 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%.

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 509618_Surface Analysis Scientist_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Associate Professor Kevin Jack 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 all of the selection criteria included in PD document above
  • Resume

Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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