Scientist – XAS

Website Ausynchrotron Australian Synchrotron (ANSTO)

  • 4 Years Fixed Term | Full Time | $97k – $108k +15.4% super
  • Clayton | Work-life balance | Health & Wellbeing Programs
  • Exciting opportunity to play a key role in supporting and fostering a multi-disciplinary community of scientists, researchers and industry.


The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is home to Australia’s nuclear science and technical expertise. More than 1000 scientists, engineers and experts work at ANSTO and use nuclear science and technology to answer the big questions in the world around us – improving health outcomes, increasing our understanding of the environment and climate change and identifying new opportunities for Australian industry.

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 X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) Beamline provides collaborators and clients from science, research and industry rare opportunities to innovate through cutting-edge scientific technology. The beamline serves groups across a wide range of disciplines such as human health, environment, advanced materials, catalysis, minerals, energy, and agriculture.

Our team is centred on providing expert advice, service and safe working practices to user groups and clients, building productive relationships and fostering communities, and continually improving our systems and technical solutions to ensure safe, robust, smooth, and efficient operation of the experimental end station (beamline).

Duties and responsibilities

  • Develop expert and detailed knowledge of the relevant scientific technique, equipment, instrumentation and set-up to provide user support and enable the best possible science outcomes.
  • Advise, assists, collaborate and devise experimental plans for end users to perform scientific research independently.
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills to guide and train users to facilitate the effective use of the experimental end station and its facilities, prior to and during the experiment and help users to submit high quality proposals.
  • Provide advice, guidance and training for data processing and interpretation during and after experiments to ensure that the results are accurate and of the highest quality.
  • Manage procurement of specialised equipment, actively seek areas for improvement, initiate and support technical development and analyse current trends to maintain and increase new capabilities and development at the beamline.
  • Promote and develop beamline activities and benefits of the facility to the scientific community, internal and external partners and at local and international conferences to identify, attract, engage and develop new users, actively grow the community and increase beamline productivity.
  • Be scientifically active, for example, through growing your own research, working with industry, or developing instrumentation.

 Skills and Experience

  • You have a PhD in a relevant field of Science with postdoctoral or equivalent experience (ideally, two or more years).
  • Strong technical instrumentation skills.
  • Hands-on experience and good understanding in a field of X-ray spectroscopy. Synchrotron experience would be considered favourably.
  • Ideally, you possess working knowledge of XAS, including the ability to acquire, process, analyse, and interpret XAS data.
  • Initiative, drive and the ability to work both supervised and unsupervised.
  • You have a positive and pragmatic attitude and a good customer services focus. Ideally, you would have prior experience in a user- or service-based environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce scientific outcomes and to develop scientific collaborations with external groups.
  • You have proven your ability to work in and contribute to a team. You communicate effectively and are able to liaise with people at all levels.
  • Ability to clearly and effectively instruct and transfer knowledge to users and colleagues.
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems on complex systems in real-time.
  • Experience with scientific programming would be considered favourably but not essential.

 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 information relating to this position please refer to the Position Information Package or contact the HR Shared Services Team on +61 2 9717 3111 or Danielle Martin +61 3 8540 4167, Acting Manager, Science Operations (in the absence of Peter Kappen, Principal Scientist and manager of the role). For technical enquiries, please contact Bernt Johannesesn, Senior Scientist XAS on +61 3 8540 4240.

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

ANSTO aims to be a workplace of choice for all applicants. The organisation has an active diversity and inclusion program, and is committed to achieving greater gender equity. 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 must be submitted on-line via our website.

ANSTO is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Applications close: 27 May 2018

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