Research Officer in Applied Chemistry

The University of Adelaide
November 26, 2023
Offerd Salary:$77,409
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Contract Type:12 months fixed-term
Working Time:Full time
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Research Officer

(HEO5) and $77,409 and $86,072 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies

12 months fixed-term, full-time contract

The School of Physical Sciences in the Faculty of Sciences, Engineering & Technology brings together the internationally acclaimed and contemporary disciplines of chemistry; earth science; and physics, delivering undergraduate and postgraduate education, training and research with both national relevance and global outreach and networks in the public and private sectors.

Working under general direction, the Research Officer supports the enhancement of processes for the remediation of a persistent pollutant. Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are present at dangerous levels in many water sites around Australia and Globally. In collaboration with Enviropacific Services, the Research Officer will conduct research on a system to both capture PFAS and convert it to benign chemical products. Important outcomes are related to reducing the overall cost of the system by improving recyclability and regeneration of components. The Research Officer will work closely with an industry partner to provide experience in industrial and applied chemistry.

To be successful you will need:

  • Proven proficiency in a range of chemical laboratory techniques including the handling and manipulation of toxic chemicals along with proficiency in various analytical characterisation techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a research unit or comparable environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a highly detailed lab book and data storage system.
  • Proven experience in developing and following processes & procedures with highly developed verbal and written communication skills.
  • Computer literacy including skills in data management, analysis and presentation.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote the organisational values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery, and a commitment to positively comply with the associated behaviour expectations.
  • Qualification/s

  • A degree in a relevant field (Chemistry or Materials Science or Chemical Engineering) with subsequent relevant experience; or
  • An equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education /training.
  • Enjoy an outstanding career environment

    The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

    It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

    Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

    We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life.

    In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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    Your faculty's broader role

    The Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research. Many of its academic staff are world leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers. The Faculty actively partners with innovative industries to solve problems of global significance.

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    How to Apply

    Click on the ‘Apply Now' button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

    Applications close 11:55pm, Sunday 26th November 2023

    For further information

    For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

    Name of Contact: Dr. Cameron Shearer Position Title: ARC Externally Funded Research Fellow (C) E: [email protected]

    The University reserves the right to close this advertisement before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified

    The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application.

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