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Lecturer (Optical Microscopy)

Job no: 499257
Work type: full-time
Location: QEII Medical Centre / SCGH
Categories: Science, Health and Medical Sciences

Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (CMCA) 

  • Newly created role in a world-class research facility
  • Level B ($98,526 - $116,792) plus 17% superannuation
  • Fixed-term 3.5 year 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 ten in the world, and the only one in Australia.

Providing academic support to the Nikon Centre of Excellence and the optical microscopy facilities of the CMCA, this role will require high level expertise in optical microscopy, including experiment design, sample prep, data acquisition, statistical evaluation and interpretation.  Overseeing the development of applications in the new super-resolution optical microscopy laboratory, the appointee will initiate an independent research program and engage in collaborative research projects within the University and the wider research community.  The role will also direct and supervise postgraduate research projects and contribute to the facility’s training programs.  

About you

Excited by this newly created role and the opportunity to develop new platforms for research, the successful appointee will demonstrate the following:

  • PhD in biological science, optical microscopy, or similar
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in optical microscopy of biological samples, including super-resolution microscopy
  • The ability to conduct independent and collaborative research
  • A willingness to help maintain a multi-user optical microscopy facility
  • Experience in image processing and large-scale data management
  • An ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary environment working with other CMCA staff
  • Demonstrated high level interpersonal skills

Benefits and Conditions of Employment:

  • Fixed-term position
  • Employer contribution to superannuation of 17%
  • Recreation leave of 20 working days per annum
  • Long Service Leave after 10 years
  • 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: Friday, 29 March 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 P.D. Level B - Position Number Optical Super Res - Level.._.docx

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Applications close: W. Australia Standard Time