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Laboratory Manager - X-ray Diffraction, Spectroscopy And Imaging


Education, Childcare & Training
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The Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CMM) has a world standard laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentations and techniques in electron and X-ray microscopy and analysis. The Centre has a wide range of cutting edge instruments and techniques including, conventional and cryo electron microscopes, cs corrected S/TEM, Xray analysis instrumentation, electron based nano-fabrication tools as well sample preparation facilities for material and life science and data processing workflows. The centre provides leading edge capability in microstructural analysis to the staff and students across a broad range of disciplines at the University of Queensland.

The Centre’s strengths lie in training clients in relevant techniques and in solving characterisation problems relevant to a wide range of industrial, environmental and biological processes.

About This Opportunity

This role is to principally lead and manage, the X-ray Diffraction, Spectroscopy and Imaging laboratory; one of five main laboratories within the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CMM). The role involves a number of aspects including: working closely with the Centre’s Director and Service Support Unit to strategically plan for and deliver the effective and efficient operation of the lab, to assist the Director in the strategic planning and ongoing funding of the Centre’s operations, to supervise and manage a small team of instrument scientists and to effectively manage the budget for the laboratory. In addition the incumbent will have expertise in areas of X-ray science and would be responsible for the training of new users in the proper and effective usage of instrumentation, aiding clients in experimental design and in the interpretation of high-quality data, conducting experiments for clients and the production of high experimental results and the development of new workflows for experiments.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

Applicants should possess relevant qualifications in the area of either Chemistry, Physics or Chemical or Materials Engineering with a focus in analytical X-ray methods and their analysis. In addition the successful applicant will have demonstrated experience in managing and leading teams, as well as previous experience in operating within a client focused research platform and the management of scientific instrumentation.

You will also have experience in applying scientific and engineering principles and practices to perform technical services and support and have at least 5 years of direct experience in X-ray techniques, with expertise in sample preparation and handling, using instruments and evaluating data.

You must have ongoing unrestricted work rights in Australia to apply for this opportunity.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

What We Can Offer

This is a full time, continuing position at HEW level 8.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $100,264 - $112,583, plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $117,309 - $131,723. These figures are effective as at 1 January 2021.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading (of 17.5%), salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, affordable parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

512417_Laboratory Manager_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor Roger Wepf on [email protected]

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

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the apply button. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter addressing key selection criteria found in the Position Description
  • Resume

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQJobs portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.


St Lucia, QLD

Education, Childcare & Training


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