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Research Fellow (CryoTEM)

Job no: 504994
Work type: Full time
Location: Crawley
Categories: Science, Health and Medical Sciences, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

  • Exciting opportunity for a passionate researcher with cryoTEM experience to be a key player in the establishment of the first cryoTEM facility in Western Australia and to work in a multi-disciplinary research environment developing and supporting imaging and diffraction applications
  • 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

A brand new cryoTEM facility is being established at The University Western Australia – the first of it’s kind in Western Australia. Under broad direction, you will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of two new JEOL F200 TEMs, including providing academic advice, user training, and support across sample preparation, instrument operation, data acquisition and analysis, and general maintenance of the new facility. As an expert in TEM with experience in cryoTEM and its applications, you will also have the opportunity to contribute to the establishment of this new facility.

You will support a broad and diverse user community of biological and physical scientists to develop and apply imaging and diffraction techniques, including routine room temperature and cryo imaging, single particle analysis, tomography, STEM and micro-electron diffraction.

This position will offer you 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.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • PhD in Bioscience or Physical Science or related field
  • Knowledge and experience in cryoTEM sample preparation and cryoTEM techniques, and their applications in a research setting
  • Understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with working in a multi-user cryoTEM facility
  • Ability to train users and support ongoing research activities
  • Ability to engage in and support diverse research programs utilising cryoTEM techniques
  • Ability to work both independently and effectively as part of a dynamic and multidisciplinary team

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.  

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 319049.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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Applications close: W. Australia Standard Time