Senior X-ray Scientist

University of Queensland
July 22, 2024
Offerd Salary:$98,582 - $107,349
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  • ​Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis

  • Full-time, permanent position at HEW 7

  • Base salary will be in the range $98,582 - $107,349 + 17% Superannuation

  • Based at our St Lucia location

  • About This Opportunity

    Join The Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CMM) as a Senior X-ray Scientist and provide specialist scientific and technical research expertise to diverse projects and initiatives. In this role, you will operate advanced and complex instrumentation, develop new methods, and work with a diverse range of specimen types.

    The Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CMM) operates world-class facilities with cutting-edge instruments and techniques for imaging and spectroscopy, providing advanced materials characterisation and expert training across various disciplines at The University of Queensland.

    Our X-ray Spectroscopy and Particle Characterisation Laboratory in CMM houses a variety of X-ray instruments. You will use, and train clients on, these instruments, with a focus on small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and X-ray fluorescence microscopy (XFM). You will also design SAXS experiments for clients and assist them in accessing the Australian Synchrotron. Additionally, you will be integral in enhancing our data analysis capabilities in SAXS and XFM, further strengthening our expertise and services.

    Key responsibilities include:

  • Provide comprehensive training, support, and guidance to clients and staff on using X-ray instruments within CMM, including developing and delivering workshops, seminars, and lab tours.

  • Offer high-level scientific and technical expertise, conducting measurements, and managing client projects to ensure safety, competency, and compliance with ISO9001 standards.

  • Oversee the care, upkeep, calibration, and maintenance of scientific instrumentation, ensuring the proper and efficient use of the equipment.

  • Conduct experimental design, data collection, analysis, and reporting, and effectively communicate research results to clients and the scientific community.

  • Assist in daily operations, develop risk assessments and SOPs, participate in grant proposals, and comply with CMM OHS procedures and administrative tasks.

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you will have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • 17% superannuation contributions

  • 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Access to flexible working arrangements including hybrid working options, flexible start/finish times, purchased leave, and a condensed fortnight

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • UQ Study for Staff

  • On campus childcare options

  • Cheap parking (from just $5.75 a day)

  • Salary packaging options

  • About You

    We are looking for an experienced and motivated Senior X-ray Scientist to leverage their deep expertise in X-ray analysis and sample preparation techniques.

  • A PhD in Analytical or Inorganic Chemistry with subsequent experience in X-ray spectroscopy and Surface Analysis techniques.

  • Minimum 2 years' experience in using SAXS and proficiency in one or more of: XFM, XRD, XPS.

  • Experience using SASView and GeoPIXI for data analysis

  • Scientific curiosity and eagerness to learn new techniques, with the ability to train others and share knowledge with peers

  • Evidence of teaching ability and supporting clients.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively with clients by telephone, email and in person or liaise with other staff members.

  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to write logical and concise operational procedures.

  • Ability to prioritise own workload, work independently and meet deadlines.

  • A sound knowledge of rules and procedures for operating a safe laboratory environment at UQ (as per UQ's Policies and Procedures Library (PPL)).

  • Commitment to upholding the University's values and the personal qualities of openness, respectfulness and integrity

  • The successful candidate may be required to complete a number of pre- employment checks, including: right to work in Australia, criminal check, education check, mandatory immunisations, etc.


    To discuss this role please contact Dr Alison White, [email protected].

    For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • A detailed cover letter addressing how your background aligns to the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Other Information

    UQ is committed to a fair, equitable and inclusive selection process, which recognises that some applicants may face additional barriers and challenges which have impacted and/or continue to impact their career trajectory. Candidates who don't meet all criteria are encouraged to apply and demonstrate their potential. The selection panel considers both potential and performance relative to opportunities when assessing suitability for the role.

    We know one of our strengths as an institution lies in our diverse colleagues. We're dedicated to equity, diversity, and inclusion, fostering an environment that mirrors our wider community. We're committed to attracting, retaining, and promoting diverse talent. Reach out to [email protected] for accessibility support or adjustments.

    Applications close Monday 22 July at 11.00pm AEST (R-40020). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for early August.

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