Beamline scientist for the imaging and medical beamline

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  • Ongoing | Full Time | $102k – $114k + 15.4% super
  • Australian Synchrotron, Melbourne | Work-life balance | Health & Wellbeing Programs
  • Join an outstanding team operating a leading imaging and medical research facility
  • Work with an impressively wide multi-disciplinary user community
  • Opportunity to conduct your own research programmes
  • Flexible workplace which values and encourages diversity and inclusion

About ANSTO

ANSTO leverages great science to deliver big outcomes.  We partner with scientists and engineers and apply new technologies to provide real-world benefits.  Our work improves human health, saves lives, builds our industries and protects the environment.  ANSTO is the home of Australia’s most significant landmark and national infrastructure for research. Thousands of scientists from industry and academia benefit from gaining access to state-of-the-art instruments every year.

We operate much of our country’s landmark science facilities, such as the Australian Synchrotron and the OPAL nuclear research reactor. Importantly, ANSTO is helping to improve our health with one in two Australians benefitting from the nuclear medicines produced using OPAL, while being treated for serious illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.

About this position

ANSTO’s Imaging and Medical Beamline (IMBL) is an unrivalled research facility, and the longest beamline at the Australian Synchrotron. We cater for samples from 1 cm3 to 1 m3, and image small devices to humans with everything in between. A four Tesla super-conducting multipole wiggler produces a beam up to 50 cm wide at 140 m, with monochromatic energies to 120 keV and polychromatic spectra to 350 keV.

Our user profile includes engineering, materials science, industrial, palaeontology, vulcanology, and of course health, biomedical, medical and veterinary science. Medical research is spearheaded by translational research in physiology, and includes radiotherapy and radiobiology.

On the medical and clinical side, our leading project is phase-contrast breast CT, which will see the first human volunteers undergo high quality, low dose imaging for cancer research and diagnosis in 2022. No other synchrotron facility is currently working towards human imaging. In radiotherapy, we perform ground-breaking research in microbeam radiation therapy (MRT), targeting radioresistant tumours in brain and lung of rodents, and we are implementing image guided radiotherapy (IGRT) to clinical standard. IGRT is also used with canine subjects for the treatment of spontaneous tumours, in order validate MRT as a stepping-stone to human clinical trials. Besides a wide range of materials imaging applications, we excel at capturing high frame-rate movies of physiological processes, such as breathing cycles and blood flow in animal models. This work includes physiological signal triggered in vivo CT by user groups who are world leaders.

To support this research, we have a veterinarian on staff and have leading in vivo research facilities for both small and large animals. IMBL operate in a niche area in the synchrotron world, with unique on-site facilities. This allows us to tackle major projects, such as human imaging and canine radiotherapy, both being firsts in the synchrotron world.

All IMBL staff contribute uniquely to all projects, from control software to instrumentation development and ensuring successful scientific outcomes. Through close collaboration with our user groups, we play key roles in experiments, leading to high quality publication outputs.

We are seeking to recruit a candidate who can bring essential skills in clinical IGRT and dosimetry. This role is crucial for our medical imaging and radiotherapy programmes. As lead in radiotherapy applications, you will also be involved in treatment planning, dosimetry, and the development of systems and instrumentation to support these tasks.

This is a unique opportunity to join a leading research team and beamline which have no equivalent anywhere in the synchrotron world. Joining the IMBL will give you unique opportunities to develop multi-disciplinary and interpersonal skills, technical aptitude, and proficiency in all the synchrotron radiation techniques relevant to our preclinical and clinical programmes.

The more general skills required for this role are contained in the Beamline Scientist Position Description (PD-1916). Those specific to the IMBL and this particular position are listed below.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Work within a dynamic team of experts and acquire skills in new research applications;
  • Become an expert in synchrotron radiotherapy and dosimetry, including quality assurance (QA) for clinical applications;
  • Play a leading role in our canine radiotherapy programme, a steppingstone to human clinical trials, including driving the R&D in dose control, delivery, monitoring and safety.
  • Master the skills required to setup user experiments, and teach users to become independent, for all the techniques developed on the IMBL;
  • Collaborate with scientists in different fields of research to build your own path and research programmes;
  • Work with members of the user community and the synchrotron Science Team to support ANSTO’s innovation, science, and research programs.

Skills and Experience

  • A PhD in physics, radiation physics, medical physics or related fields;
  • Excellent experimental skills and experience in synchrotron radiation research demonstrated by publications confirming your ability to conduct successful research;
  • Experience in synchrotron radiation radiotherapy, dosimetry and associated QA processes;
  • Proficiency in programming for experiment control and data analysis;
  • Experience with x-ray imaging with a focus on CT data processing and reconstruction;
  • Positive, ‘can-do’ attitude with the ability to learn fast and train colleagues and users;
  • Ability to work in a closely-knit team with diverse skillsets and backgrounds;
  • Good verbal and written communication skills;
  • Willingness to collaborate with other synchrotrons and keep up with the latest research in our fields of applications;
  • Ability to self-organise and work unsupervised.

 

“Our high achieving team of instrument and imaging physicists requires the addition of an expert in radiation physics to lead our radiotherapy programmes and guarantee clinical standard dosimetry in radiotherapy and clinical imaging. This valuable addition to our team will also become an expert in imaging and CT. Would you like to join us?”

Daniel Häusermann, Principal Scientist, IMBL

 

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 (e.g. part time work), salary packaging benefits, generous superannuation and great working conditions
  • Providing an extensive range of leave provisions including paid recreation leave, 16 weeks maternity leave, paternity 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 information relating to this position, please refer to the Position Information Package, consult the IMBL pages on the ANSTO website and contact Dr Daniel Hausermann on +61 4 8830 4155 or danielh@ansto.gov.au if you have further questions.

For all other queries, please contact the Recruitment Team on +61 2 9717 3359.

If this position interests you, and you feel it would be right for you and the IMBL team, please visit https://www.ansto.gov.au/careers and view our Current Vacancies. There you can view the Position Description, complete the application form and submit your application. Please attach a letter of motivation justifying your interest and explain how you envision your contribution to the IMBL.

To be eligible for appointment, applicants will require a security and medical assessment. Australian Citizenship is preferred.

To apply for this job please visit anstocareers.nga.net.au.