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Research Officer/Senior Research Officer (Nanostructured Biomedical Applications)

Job No.: 575911

Faculty / Portfolio: Faculty of Engineering

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time 

Duration: 12 month fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: $77,512 -$83,664 HEW 6 or $85,538 to $93,819 HEW 7 (plus 9.5 % employer superannuation)  

  • Be inspired, every day
  • Take your career in exciting, rewarding directions
  • Be a part of an inclusive, collaborative community

There’s a certain feeling you get from working at Monash University. It’s the feeling that you’re a part of something special. Something significant. And that’s because you’re not just starting your career, or taking on a bigger challenge. You’re making a real contribution – surrounded by energetic, inspiring people who are driven to make a difference as well. Monash is a place where you’ll be able to develop your career in exciting, sometimes unexpected ways – putting you in the best possible position for a rewarding future.

The Opportunity

We are seeking a Research Officer who will work on a Monash funded interdisciplinary research project based at the Faculty of Engineering and the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN).  The basis of this project is that nanotechnologies have proven the capacity to enable surface effects that go beyond the standard properties of the bulk materials, ranging from optical effects (ie, plasmonics or photonic colours) and drastic changes in wettability (ie, super hydrophobic or hydrophilic surfaces) to modulating the response of cells in contact with tailored nanotopographies. These impressive advances are hampered by challenges posed in terms of scalability and the translation to 3D objects with complex shapes.

The challenge that this project aims to address is to develop the fundamental fabrication technologies for functional nanosurfaces on real objects with large areas and complex 3D shapes.

The successful applicant will be working to develop technologies based on both top-down and bottom-up approaches, which will benefit wide-ranging applications, and provide specific proof-of-concept in biomedical applications. In addition to the research focus, the successful candidate will be working in conjunction with MCN staff to help provide infrastructure support for a suite of tools relevant to the project activities via a number of activities including (but not limited to) development and/or refinement of processes and protocols, administration of user training, instrument maintenance and documentation development. The incumbent will take a lead role in working with the local user communities on these tools sets to help identify critical process needs and develop processes and/or solutions to meet those needs.

The candidate's attributes:

  • Demonstrated experience in nanofabrication
  • Highly competent in lithographic methods, wet and dry etching of metals and other standard cleanroom techniques
  • Excellent organisational skills and time management.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to manage the day-to-day running of a research project including scheduling sessions and liaising with other researchers and staff.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, working co-operatively with senior and junior colleagues and sharing laboratory and research resources.

The successful candidate will possess a degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, physics, or chemistry).  In addition, applicants with a master or doctoral qualification will be highly considered. 

If you believe you fit this profile, we look forward to receiving your application.

This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

Monash University has been committed to improving gender equality for over 30 years ( Our Department values equity and diversity and promotes inclusive workplace culture for staff irrespective of their gender identity, ethnicity or cultural background.

At Monash University, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation.  Some positions at the University will require the incumbent to hold a valid Working with Children Check.

Your application must address the selection criteria. Please refer to "How to apply for Monash Jobs"


Dr Victor Cadarso Busto, Senior Lecturer, +613 9905 2911

Position Description

Download File PD - Senior Research Officer, Nanostructured biomedical applications

Closing Date

Wednesday 21 March 2018, 11.55 pm AEDT


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