Analytical Specialist (Research & Development)/Research Fellow

Job No.: 613188
Location: Clayton Campus
Employment Type: Full-time
Duration: 3-year fixed-term appointment
Remuneration: $69,401 - $94,190 pa Level A (plus 17% employer superannuation)

  • An opportunity to work in a state-of-the-art research and teaching facility
  • Contribute to the school's research goals
  • Deliver high quality analytical development and technical service and maintenance

Everyone needs a platform to launch a satisfying career. At Monash, we give you the space and support to take your career in all kinds of exciting new directions. You'll have access to quality research, infrastructure and learning facilities, opportunities to collaborate internationally, as well as the grants you'll need to publish your work. We're a university full of energetic and enthusiastic minds, driven to challenge what's expected, expand what we know, and learn from other inspiring, empowering thinkers.

The Opportunity

Every researcher needs the platform to succeed in their career, we give you the space and support to take your career in all kinds of exciting new directions with access to quality research, infrastructure and progressive technologies to work with.

We are seeking an energetic and proactive researcher to support the operations of the mass spectrometry and associated laser ablation systems of the Monash Isotopia Laboratory. The Analytical Specialist (Research & Development) will work on a range of projects and build research capacity within the school. As a part of this role, you will perform a range of tasks to support the Pulse of the Earth research project and associated fields of geochemical research.

The position will maintain existing facilities and develop new techniques in mass spectrometry as well as collaborate with other analytical experts to support the research and teaching efforts of the School. This includes overseeing and undertaking testing, equipment maintenance, developing operating procedures, data analysis, computing, operational and budget planning, while ensuring a compliant and safe operating environment.

You will be a subject matter expert in the area and perform maintenance and development of equipment in the lab. With your operational excellence, you will also analyse, interpret and minimise risk: this includes developing innovative methodology and supporting world-leading instrumentation!

Skills and knowledge:

Applicants require an excellent understanding of working in a laboratory facility, with a focus on operational excellence, with expertise in isotope geochemistry clean laboratory procedures and proficiency in operation of Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) Mass Spectrometers (MS) and laser ablation systems. Ideally, you will have a doctoral qualification in relevant fields of geochemistry, chemistry, mass spectrometry or physics with a substantial geochemical component along with extensive research and publication experience.

You should also be able to predict the safety issues and respond to them in an efficient manner. Your excellent communication and interpersonal skills will be valuable to the role.

Our laboratory has one of Australia's most exciting new research facilities and we want you to be a part of it! If you are excited to take a leap in your career, this could be the role for you!

To apply:

All we really want to know is about your motivation to apply for this role. We are looking for someone who is passionate about this kind of role. We would like to read about 'what motivated you to apply for this role' in your cover letter and which cutting edge analytical research you envisage in your new role.

At Monash University, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation. Some positions at the University will require the incumbent to hold a valid Working with Children Check.

This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

Your application must address the selection criteria. Please refer to "How to apply for Monash Jobs".


Professor Peter Cawood, +61 3 9905 1782
Dr Oliver Nebel, +61 3 9905 1127

Position Description

Analytical Specialist_Research Fellow

Closing Date: Sunday 31 January 2021, 11:55 pm AEDT

Please note: Monash University will be closed from 23 December 2020 until 3 January 2021 inclusive.

posted: 16 December 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.