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Research Associate / Research Fellow (Cryotem)

The University of Western Australia - Perth, WA

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  • Exciting opportunity for a passionate scientist with cryoTEM experience to work in a multi-disciplinary research environment developing and supporting cryoTEM-based research programs
  • Fixed term appointment until 30 June 2023 with an immediate start (with a possibility of extension depending on performance and funding)
  • Salary range: Level A $72,780 - $97,946 p.a. or Level B $102,983 - $121,864 p.a. plus superannuation depending on qualifications and experience

Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis

The Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (CMCA) comprises approximately 30 academic, research, technical and administrative staff supporting a diverse range of instrument platforms from electron and optical microscopy to ion probes and MRI. The CMCA’s mission is to enable research excellence by providing access to world-class scientific infrastructure and expertise in characterisation to researchers and industry.

The Centre is home to the WA node of Microscopy Australia, a national consortium of advanced microscopy facilities that receives funding through the Federal Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). The node incorporates several instrument platforms including electron microscopy and microanalysis, optical microscopy (including super-resolution optical platforms), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), X-ray microscopy, scanned probe microscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance. New investment will shortly see the node expand to include a cryo electron microscopy suite including both cryo scanning electron microscopy (cryoSEM) and cryo transmission electron microscopy (cryoTEM). The facilities support a large and diverse research community that extends across the physical, biological and biomedical sciences, geoscience, and engineering.

About The Opportunity

A brand new cryoTEM facility is being established at The University Western Australia – the first of its kind in Western Australia. Under broad direction, as a member of the electron microscopy team, you will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the cryoTEM and related sample preparation instrumentation.

You will provide advice, training and support in all aspects of the cryoTEM workflow, from sample preparation through to data acquisition and analysis, to a broad and diverse user community. You will engage in collaborative research with the local user community leading to high quality research outcomes and publications. You will also participate more broadly in the activities of the electron microscopy group.

This position, offered at Level A or Level B, will provide you with an exciting opportunity to develop diverse new applications of cryoTEM and associated techniques within the WA research community, and to establish cryoTEM as a core capability within the State.

About You

To succeed in this position, you will possess a positive attitude with a willingness to train and support a broad and diverse user community in all aspects of the cryoTEM workflow. You will be a flexible and adaptable individual who enjoys learning new concepts and skills, whilst taking every available opportunity to initiate and engage in collaborative research leading to high quality research outcomes and publications.

About The Roles

Full details of the key responsibilities and selection criteria for the Level A or Level B positions are outlined in the position description.

Please note: When submitting your application you will be asked to indicate whether you wish to be considered for Level A or Level B appointment. You are also asked to submit curriculum vitae and a document clearly addressing the selection criteria to demonstrate that you meet the criteria of the level you wish to apply for.

For more information regarding the position or a confidential discussion, please contact:
  • Associate Professor Martin Saunders, Facility Director, email: martin.saunders@uwa.edu.au
  • Associate Professor Peta Clode, Bioscience EM Platform Leader, email: peta.clode@uwa.edu.au

Please see the position description prior to applying: PD - Research Associate or Research Fellow (CryoTEM).pdf

Closing date: Sunday, 7 March 2021

International applicants are welcome to apply for this position. Visa nomination and/or a relocation package are available to the successful appointee.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.
  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.
  • UWA has been awarded Platinum Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2019).
  • UWA has also been awarded Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation in 2020.