Microanalyst - Microscopy

Job no: 511615
Work type: Continuing - Full-time
Campus: Adelaide
Categories: Technical, Laboratory and Research Support, Education, HEO7

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(HEO7) $91,187 - $101,987 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies.

Continuing, full time position

Adelaide Microscopy (AM), the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Advanced Microscopy and Microanalysis is a central facility providing advanced microscopy and microanalysis to the research students and staff of the University. Adelaide Microscopy assists in making Adelaide University a world-class research intensive University and is a major node of Microscopy Australia funded by NCRIS.

The Microanalyst is an experienced microscopist or microanalyst. Reporting to the Director, Adelaide Microscopy and working under broad direction with a degree of autonomy, this role is critical to the management, training and development of advanced automated microanalysis techniques for researchers and industry clients in geoscience, environmental science, advanced materials and manufacturing. Automated mineralogy plays an important role in the rapidly growing areas of research in critical minerals and novel geochronology studies. This role provides opportunities to develop new applications of automated microanalysis within a leading Microscopy facility.

The Microanalyst will be responsible for but not limited to:

The day-to-day management, operation and development of Adelaide Microscopy’s automated mineralogy Scanning electron microscopy platform, Hitachi SU3800 SEM.

  • Training researchers in specific microanalysis operation, techniques and data processing.
  • Providing an environment in which facility staff can successfully achieve the objectives of Adelaide Microscopy in supporting world class microscopy and microanalysis.
  • Providing expert training, advice and assistance to facility users in specialist microscopy and microanalysis techniques.
  • Providing knowledge of key requirements of users and emerging technologies.
  • Working collaboratively with the Adelaide Microscopy team of staff in providing expert knowledge and training to University of Adelaide researchers and to industry clients in South Australia.
  • Providing advice to the Director and to users of Adelaide Microscopy on the benefit these technologies will have for the advancement and improvement of research within the University.

The Microanalyst will provide backup support for microanalysis on other platforms within the centre x-ray analysis on Electron microscopy systems.

To be successful you will need:

  • Demonstrated extensive experience with the management and operation of Scanning Electron Microscopy infrastructure within a core facility.
  • Demonstrated skills in the delivery of one-on-one training and research support in Scanning Electron microscopy and x-ray microanalysis.
  • Demonstrated skills in technique development of microanalysis using Scanning Electron Microscopy.
  • Demonstrated experience and fundamental knowledge of advanced microscopy and microanalysis, including and not limited to SEM, EPMA, EDS, EBSD, CL and automated mineralogy.


  • Postgraduate qualifications or equivalent experience in material science, geoscience or physical sciences.

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 a 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 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.

Learn more at: adelaide.edu.au/jobs

Your division's broader role

The Division of Research and Innovation leads the University's research strategic planning. It manages research, partnerships, prioritises investment in strategic initiatives, and responds to changes in the external environment. 

Learn more at: adelaide.edu.au/research/about-us/

If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

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, 30th March 2023.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Angus Netting
Director, Adelaide Microscopy
E: microscopy@adelaide.edu.au

You'll find a full position description below: (If no links appear, try viewing on another device)

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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