University of South Australia

University of South Australia

Research Associate: Characterisation of Soft Interfaces (Level ARAS)




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  • Open to Australian Aboriginal Peoples and UniSA employees only

  • Part-time (0.8FTE), fixed term contract until 31 December 2024 based in the Future Industries Institute at the Mawson Lakes campus
  • Commencement Salary: $96,929 per annum (plus 17% superannuation)
  • About the Role

    The Research Associate: Characterisation of Soft Interfaces will contribute to the research effort of Future Industries Institute (FII) and develop expertise through strategic basic and applied research projects. In particular, this position will undertake research into the impact of novel polymers and surfactants adsorbing at solid-liquid and fluid-liquid interfaces.

    About UniSA

    The University of South Australia is Australia's University of Enterprise. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous and we create new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.

    The Future Industries Institute brings together world-class strength in high- tech manufacturing, nanomedicine, minerals and resource engineering plus environmental science, with the end goal of building economic growth through innovative partnerships and translational research. The Institute builds on the significant capability, infrastructure and reputation of the University's existing research strengths and substantial research infrastructure and supports state and national research priorities.

    Core Responsibilities

  • Conduct high-quality research, under limited supervision and in collaboration with industry and other stakeholders to achieve project grant outcomes
  • Design and perform a range of experiments including appropriate controls to achieve planned research outcomes, including the study of interfacial tension of droplets and bubbles, and the adsorption of polymers and peptides on solid (QCM, FTIR, AFM) and droplet surfaces
  • Design and perform experiments on the characterisation of liquid-liquid interfaces using Synchrotron scattering techniques
  • Under the direction of the Research Professors, provide advice to postgraduate students in the appointee's area of expertise and assist in lab management as required
  • Prepare or contribute to the preparation of refereed journal publications, conference and seminar papers arising from the research
  • Essential Skills and Experience

  • A PhD degree in physical chemistry, materials science, or related discipline
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in experiments including the study of the adsorption of surfactants, polymers and peptides on solid (using QCM, FTIR, AFM) and droplet surfaces
  • Demonstrated skills in perform experiments on the characterisation of liquid-liquid interfaces using Synchrotron scattering techniques
  • A record of peer reviewed publications and conference presentations commensurate with opportunity
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively in a research team with staff and students from diverse backgrounds
  • Benefits

    Getting a great job working with the best is just the start. UniSA rewards its staff with a wide variety of benefits such as:

  • Access to great personal development opportunities
  • Generous superannuation contributions of 17%
  • Flexible working conditions
  • A range of salary packaging options, including vehicle leasing, laptops and car parking fees
  • Various on-site services available at our campuses which may include on- site gym membership
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    For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA. The online application form will list the specific selection criteria that you need to address.

    Please address your cover letter to Emma Kelvin, Consultant: Recruitment Central. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or via email at [email protected] using job reference number 5990.

    Applications close: 11.30pm Monday 15 April 2024

    Applications welcomed from Australian or NZ citizens, Australian permanent residents and those who have the legal right to work in Australia for the term of appointment.

    Pursuant to the Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011, any appointment to this position must comply with the requirements of the Act. #LI-DNI #S-DNI

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    Job details


    Research Associate: Characterisation of Soft Interfaces (Level ARAS)


    University of South Australia




    April 04, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 15, 2024

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Chemistry,Physics

    About the employer

    The forerunners of today’s UniSA were the South Australian School of Art, founded in 1856, the first of several Teacher Training Colleges formed in 1876, and the School of Mines and Industries which was established in 1889. These schools were renowned for providing quality education and for responding to the needs of the nascent colony of South Australia.

    The University of South Australia is a globally connected and engaged university with industry-informed teaching and research that is inventive and adventurous. Ranked number one in Australia for quality education and number six worldwide and with 100% of assessed research rated at or above world-class, the University is young, innovative and offers students the chance to gain real-world experience.  Focused on life beyond the classroom, the University of South Australia offers a practical approach to teaching and learning. Degrees are designed with strong professional emphasis and in partnership with industry, giving students opportunities to gain practical skills and graduate career ready.

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