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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

Job no: 499206
Work type: full-time
Location: QEII Medical Centre / SCGH
Categories: Health and Medical Sciences

Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (CMCA) 

  • Unique opportunity to assume a leadership role in a world-class research facility
  • Level B/C ($97,310 - $137,000) plus 17% superannuation
  • Tenurable appointment

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities. With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to 'innovate and inspire' there is no better time to join Western Australia's top University.

About the opportunity

The Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (CMCA) is a multi-user, core facility supporting UWA’s research goals. It comprises a diverse range of instruments from basic to advanced, including super-resolution optical microscopy. The optical microscopy facility, located on the Queen Elizabeth II hospital campus, hosts a Nikon Centre of Excellence in Optical Microscopy, one of only 22 in the world, and the only one in Australia.

This leadership role will require high level expertise in optical microscopy with the ability to initiate and conduct collaborative high-impact bio-medical research locally, nationally and internationally. Responsible for the day-to-day management of the laboratory and overseeing and coordinating user training of the Facility, the successful appointee will oversee quality control procedures as well as processing and interpretation of data.  As academic leader you will perform the full range of academic activities including teaching, training and student supervision.  This role will also be the main point of contact for users and stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally.

This is a unique opportunity and follows in the footsteps of a highly respected professor, collaborating with academics and initiating independent research projects.

About you

With the ability and experience to lead research programs in optical microscopy in a bio-medical research setting, the successful appointee will demonstrate the following:

  • PhD in biological sciences or similar.
  • Significant experience in optical microscopy and related techniques, e.g. confocal, super-resolution, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent and collaborative research in a bio-medical research setting.
  • A willingness to assume responsibility for a multi-user microscopy facility.
  • Demonstrated experience in image processing and large-scale data management.
  • An ability to attract research funding through the preparation of competitive grant applications.
  • Demonstrated high level written and verbal communication skills and organisational abilities, setting priorities and meeting deadlines.

Benefits and Conditions of Employment:

  • Tenurable position
  • Employer contribution to superannuation of 17%
  • Recreation leave of 20 working days per annum
  • Long Service Leave after 10 years
  • Eligibility for sabbatical leave
  • Relocation assistance including airfares, relocation allowance and short-term accommodation (if applicable)

About the CMCA

The CMCA is UWA’s characterisation core facility, housing a diverse range of instrument platforms including secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), electron microscopy and microanalysis, optical, confocal, and multiphoton microscopy, flow cytometry, NMR, X-ray diffraction, biological and molecular mass spectrometry, small animal imaging, scanning probe microscopy, and micro-CT.

The CMCA is the Western Australian node of the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility, and of the National Imaging Facility, which are Australian university-based national networks of characterisation core facilities.

Primarily located within the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research at the QEII Medical Centre, Nedlands, the CMCA@Perkins location hosts the recently launched Nikon Centre of Excellence in Optical Microscopy and includes a wide range of wide-field, fluorescence, confocal, multiphoton and the newly installed FCS/FRET/FLIM, SIM and STORM super-resolution microscopy platforms (alongside cytometry, and small animal imaging facilities). CMCA@Perkins is situated in a medical research precinct, and provides access to all Western Australian, Australian and international researchers.

About Perth

The University of Western Australia occupies a picturesque setting by the Swan River five minutes from downtown Perth and ten minutes from Perth's famous beaches. Perth is located on Australia's west coast and enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and short mild winters and is renowned for its relaxed outdoor lifestyle.

Closing date: Monday, 11 June 2018

This position is open to international applicants who require visa sponsorship.

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

Please see the position description prior to applying:  Download File POSITION DESCRIPTION Lecturer - Senior Lecturer -CMCA Level BC

  • UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion of the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2016).
  • The University is also a proud member of the Athena SWAN/SAGE Pilot for Gender Equity.


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