Beamline Scientist – MX

Australian Synchrotron

  • Ongoing | Full Time | $98k – $110k +15.4% super
  • Clayton | Work-life balance |  Health & Wellbeing Programs
  • Unique opportunity to join a leading edge facility and further develop your science experience
  • ANSTO encourages flexibility in the workplace and part time work arrangements will be considered


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 including one of the world’s most modern nuclear research reactors (OPAL). Importantly, ANSTO is helping to improve our health with one in two Australians benefitting from the nuclear medicines produced using the OPAL research reactor while being treated for serious illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.

The Australian Synchrotron (AS) is a division within ANSTO and one of the nation’s premier research facilities that provides a vibrant focal point for researchers and industry from Australia, NZ and further afield. Employing more than 140 staff in diverse areas of synchrotron science, engineering and corporate support, the facility provides world-leading technical capability that delivers better and faster experimental techniques that enhance fundamental and applied research. The facility promotes international collaboration to enable leading-edge research and development that will greatly benefit Australia and our regional neighbours.

About the position

The MX Beamlines are two single crystal X-ray diffraction beamlines, delivering world leading capabilities to the crystallographic community in Australia, New Zealand and internationally. The MX beamlines cater to a diverse range of scientific disciplines; from environmental processes, mineralogy and energy through to human health and drug discovery. The MX team works closely with our user community, providing expert advice at all stages of the experiment, and ensuring best practises in data collection and structural solution are followed.

As well as maintaining the beamlines on a day-to-day basis, all members of the team are expected to assist in development projects to extend the capabilities of the beamlines and enable the best possible scientific outcomes.  The MX team works collaboratively with scientific, technical, operational and support teams throughout the facility. All members of the team participate in outreach activities to publicise and promote the suite of scientific techniques available at the Australian Synchrotron and to extend the reach of synchrotron science.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Day-to-day maintenance and set up of the MX1 and MX2 beamline systems;
  • Provide scientific and experimental support, advice and training to national and international synchrotron beamline users, ensuring outcomes from allocated beam-time are maximised and the user experience is optimal;
  • Provide advice, guidance and training for data processing and interpretation during and after experiments;
  • Develop detailed knowledge of relevant scientific and technological advances to provide the best possible scientific outcomes, user support and beamline improvements;
  • Promote beamline activities and facility benefits to the scientific community to increase facility profile, to identify, attract and engage new users and to grow the synchrotron research community;
  • Engage with industrial and commercial clients to promote, develop and deliver techniques to Australian Industry;
  • Remain scientifically productive; through developing your own research, working with industry, or beamline development activities.

Skills, Abilities and Experience

  • PhD in a relevant field of science
  • Working knowledge of single crystal X-ray diffraction (either chemical/mineral crystallography or protein/biological crystallography), including the ability to process, analyse and interpret diffraction data;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and collaborative skills, with the ability to interact effectively and diplomatically with staff and facility users of differing technical backgrounds;
  • Willingness to help and the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Ability to work independently and proactively;
  • The ability to teach, i.e. to clearly and effectively instruct, impart and transfer knowledge to colleagues and students at all levels;
  • Demonstrated ability to produce scientific outcomes and to develop scientific collaborations with external groups;
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems on complex systems in real-time;
“The ideal candidate would be team-focused and a great communicator, ready to develop their knowledge of crystallography and synchrotron science in a supportive, flexible team.” – Rachel Williamson, Acting Senior Scientist MX

Why join ANSTO?

ANSTO employees are passionate about what they do. We enjoy being part of an organisation making a difference in the lives of Australians.

We support and reward our employees through eligibility for:

  • Training, development and mentoring opportunities
  • Performance based salary increases
  • Work-life balance with generous leave entitlements and flexible conditions

With sites in New South Wales and Victoria, we have free onsite parking, health and wellbeing programs and an onsite cafés.

If you want to join a world class organisation that’s making a difference in the lives of Australians, apply now!

For further technical information relating to this position please refer to the Position Information Package or contact Rachel Williamson on +61 (03) 8540 4136 or Alan Riboldi-Tunnicliffe on +61 (03) 8540 4266.  For all other queries please contact the HR Shared Services Team on +61 (02) 9717 3111.

To be eligible for appointment, applicants will require a security and pre-employment medical assessment

Applications must be submitted online.

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. 

Applications close: 7 July 2019

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