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Research Fellow (Multi-modal microscopy)

Job no: 504993
Work type: Full time
Location: Crawley
Categories: Science, Health and Medical Sciences, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

  • Applications are open to researchers with skills in microscopy techniques and/or associated data processing methods who are looking for an exciting opportunity to develop novel multi-modal applications in a dynamic, interdisciplinary team environment 
  • Fixed term appointment until 30 June 2023 with an immediate start
  • Salary range: Level B $100,374 p.a. - $118,776 p.a. plus superannuation

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, X-ray diffraction, 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

You will, under broad direction, build collaborative research activities with users of the Microscopy Australia facilities at UWA that bridge multiple imaging and/or analytical modalities available within the node, e.g. combining optical and electron microscopy, SIMS and electron microscopy, etc. The position will have a particular emphasis on developing multi-modal projects that have one of the node’s key NCRIS-supported platforms (cryoEM or SIMS) at its core.

You will work closely with expert staff supporting the individual platforms to identify opportunities and build collaborations making use of multiple platforms, leading to high impact outcomes that solve problems critical to WA researchers.

The wide range of microscopy capabilities available at UWA, together with the diverse interests of the research community, makes this an exciting opportunity to broaden your knowledge and develop new multi-modal applications in a dynamic, interdisciplinary environment.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • PhD in Physical Science, Bioscience, Geoscience or related discipline with a significant microscopy-related component
  • Knowledge and experience in one or more microscopy and/or analytical techniques relevant to the WA node of Microscopy Australia in a research setting
  • Experience in developing and applying microscopy techniques, including at least one of hardware development, software development, and/or sample preparation protocol development
  • Ability to engage in and support diverse research programs utilising microscopy techniques
  • Ability to work both independently and effectively as part of a dynamic and multidisciplinary team

About you

You will have a passion for microscopy techniques and their applications, with an interest in identifying and supporting novel opportunities in multi-modal microscopy that lead to high quality, high impact outcomes for the research community. You will possess excellent interpersonal skills with strong written and verbal communication skills.

For more information regarding the position or a confidential discussion, please contact:

Associate Professor Martin Saunders, Facility Director, email:

Associate Professor Peta Clode, Bioscience EM Platform Leader, email:

Full details of the position responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description.  In preparing your application, you are asked to demonstrate clearly that you meet the selection criteria. 

Please see the position description prior to applying: Download File 319048.pdf

Closing date:   Thursday, 5 November 2020

This position is open to international applicants.

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.

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