Beamline Scientist BioSAXS

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An excellent opportunity exists for a motivated and enthusiastic professional to assist in delivering new beamlines for ANSTO at the Australian Synchrotron, Clayton VIC.
Beamline Scientist –BioSAXS Beamline (3 years fixed term)
  • Fixed Term Position Available with a possibility of long term appointment
  • A Competitive Salary Package will be offered commensurate with qualifications and experience | Generous Employer Superannuation Contribution
  • Exciting and challenging opportunity to apply your expertise and professional skills at one of Australia’s landmark scientific facilities
  • Join a flexible workplace culture that values and respects diversity and inclusion.

BRIGHT is the exciting new ANSTO program that will design, install and commission 8 new beamlines at the Australian Synchrotron over the next 7 years.  The BRIGHT Program’s objective is to deliver to ANSTO new world-class research infrastructure.

BioSAXS is a high flux beamline dedicated to perform all types of solution small angle scattering (SAXS) experiments, with applications in biology, chemistry, material sciences, and other research fields; offering access to a variety of researchers from Australia and New Zealand.

BioSAXS will deliver a high flux beam at sample using a superconducting undulator and a double multilayer monochromator, providing improved conditions for time resolved experiments as well as allowing weak scattering samples or very low concentrations to be measured. The beamline will also accommodate the CoFlow automated sample changer, an in house innovative autoloader that decreases the effects of radiation damage to the sample. Finally, the endstation will be an in vacuum detector vessel that will provide full automation to the user. The beamline is envisaged to be highly automated and provide user-friendly interfaces, while there is planned compatibility to accept user brought equipment as well.

Project status
At this stage of the project, the contracts for the superconductive undulator, photon delivery system and radiation enclosures have been awarded. The design of the end station is now finalised and  procurement will start soon. The beamline team currently consists of the Lead Scientist, Beamline scientist, Lead Mechanical Engineer, Project Manager, Lead Controls Engineer, PLC Engineer and Lead Scientific Software Engineer.

About this position
The Beamline Scientist – BioSAXS is a new position.  This role is for the second scientist position to join the BRIGHT BioSAXS Project and to report to the BioSAXS Lead Scientist. The second scientist role is an opportunity to develop and define experimental research requirements and work with the beamline project team to turn them into practical beamline designs. The role will:

  • Aid in the scientific design of the beamline experiment end station and sample environment using expertise drawn from personal research or previous large facility experience;
  • Contribute to the procurement and acceptance testing of major beamline components;
  • Assist in the integration of components and systems into BioSAXS;
  • Continue to undertake a programme of personal research – ideally aligned with the beamline/facility
  • Work closely with the Scientific Computing team and play a key role in the development of associated software and computing systems;
  • Contribute to the development of the Scattering User Community via outreach activities;
  • Contribute to the cold and hot commissioning of BioSAXS;
  • Support the operational User Program as a Beamline Scientist on BioSAXS.

The skills required for these roles are encompassed within the Beamline Scientist Position Description (PD-1916). You need to have:

  • A PhD in a relevant field of science and 2 years postdoctoral or equivalent experience;
  • A good knowledge of SAXS techniques
  • Experience and working knowledge of X-ray scattering instrumentation, be it laboratory or large-facility based (synchrotron or neutron), including the ability to acquire, process, analyse, and interpret data;
  • Strong programming skills. Python is preferred
  • Technical skills in the areas of experiment, sample environment or instrumentation design;
  • A positive, hands-on attitude;
  • Ability to learn in a dynamic environment;
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems on complex systems in real-time;
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to liaise with people at all levels;
  • Ability to work unsupervised and as part of a team.

There is potential for this role to continue beyond the post implementation phase of the project and transition to long term appointment.

Benefits of working at ANSTO
We are a centre of excellence with a reputation for attracting and retaining high calibre staff offering employees the following benefits and opportunities:

  • Investing in our employees by supporting tertiary studies and encouraging job opportunities
  • Offering work/life balance including flexible working arrangements, salary packaging benefits, generous superannuation and great working conditions
  • Providing an extensive range of leave provisions including paid recreation leave, 16 weeks maternity leave and special leave which covers cultural, moving, funeral and emergency leave
  • Promoting health and wellbeing programs offered by ANSTO through regular onsite employee health and wellbeing programs, including annual men’s and women’s health screening programs.

Diversity and Excellence
In order to solve great challenges, we need great minds and great teams. At ANSTO, we understand that diverse teams produce better outcomes – and we value the merit that a diverse perspective can bring to our team. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, primary carers, those with a disability, and women in STEM. ANSTO is a charter member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative and is proudly taking action to create a gender-inclusive workforce.

For further information and to apply
For further technical information relating to this position please refer to the Position Information Package or contact Dr Christina Kamma-Lorger on  For all other queries please contact the Recruitment Team on +61 2 9717 3359 .

If this position sounds exciting and you are ready for a challenge, please complete the application form and submit your application online.

To be eligible for appointment, applicants will be required to obtain a satisfactory security and medical assessment.

Applications close: 15 November 2020

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