Scientist in Microscopy and Microanalysis
University of Queensland Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis

Cryo TEM Flagship Scientist

Job No:510435

Area:Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Salary (FTE):Academic Level A ($69,342.89 - $92,782.26)

Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term

Location: St Lucia

Office of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)  

Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis  

The Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CMM) has a world standard laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentations and techniques in electron and X-ray microscopy and analysis. The Centre has a wide range of cutting edge instruments and techniques including, conventional and cryo electron microscopes, Cs corrected S/TEM, X-ray analysis instrumentation, electron based nano-fabrication tools as well sample preparation facilities for material and life science and data processing workflows.  

CMM is a leading facility for life sciences electron microscopy which houses Australia’s first JEOL CryoARM 300 and CryoARM 200 microscopes, a cryo-FIBSEM FEI Scios and a dedicated suite of cryo-preparation tools as well a suite of standard EM equipment.  

The Centre provides leading edge capability in microstructural analysis to the staff and students across a broad range of disciplines at the University of Queensland. 

The Centre’s strengths lie in training clients in relevant techniques and in solving characterisation problems relevant to a wide range of industrial, environmental and biological processes. 

Information about the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis may be accessed on the Centre’s web site at  

About This Opportunity 

You will be responsible to manage, plan, maintain and operate the cryo transmission electron microscopes and cryo FIB/SEM, which are located in the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CMM) in a small team. The role involves a number of aspects including the training of new users in the proper and effective usage of the instrumentation, in the preparation of sample specimens for cryo-electron microscopy; the production of high-quality images and the development of new workflows for single-particle reconstruction and cryo-electron tomography. You will develop new workflows and protocols for cryo TEM tomography and CLEM and analytical methods related to modern structural biology challenges. In addition, aiding clients in experimental design and in the interpretation of high-quality data will be a highly significant aspect of the position. 

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university. 

For US applicants, please note that Australian Universities use British terminology, as such a Lecturer position is equivalent to that of a non-tenured Assistant Professor position in the US. 

Our Ideal Candidate 

For Appointment at Level A 

Applicants should either possess or  currently be working towards a PhD in structural biology, biochemistry, bio engineering or related fields. 

You should have demonstrated expertise in handling samples, using microscopes and evaluating data as well as have understanding of the principles of transmission electron microscopy and cryo-vacuum technology. You will also have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues. 

For Appointment at Level B – in addition to the above: 

Applicants should possess a PhD in structural biology, biochemistry, bioengineering or related fields plus two years of cryo-EM experience. 

You should have a solid understanding of the principles of transmission electron microscopy and cryo-vacuum technology, experience with recent software used in the CryoEM workflows for single-particle reconstruction and cryo-electron tomography as well as experience applying scientific and engineering principles and practices to perform technical services and support. 

In addition you should have demonstrated training and teaching skills at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, experience in liaising and collaborating with external agencies to develop co-operative research initiatives and evidence of a contribution to research, including successful external grant applications.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to  

What We Can Offer 

This is a full-time fixed term position for up to three years at Academic level A/B – Depending on the successful candidate’s experience.  

For appointment at Academic Level A the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $80,575 - $92,782, plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $94,272 - $108,555. 

For appointment at Academic Level B the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $97,590 - $115,888, plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $114,181 - $135,590. 

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits. 

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021. 

Position Description

Download File 510435_Cryo TEM Flagship Scientist_PD.pdf

Our Selection Process 

As part of the Selection Process, applicants shortlisted for interview may be asked to present a seminar and/or mock lecture to members of the microscopy community prior to their scheduled interview. Research seminars and lecture topics will be provided with adequate notice to shortlisted candidates.     

The University of Queensland is committed to ensuring all candidates are provided with the opportunity to attend the panel interviews, however, for those candidates who are unable to attend in person, video interview options will be available.    


To discuss this role please contact Professor Roger Wepf at  

Want to Apply? 

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: 

  • Cover letter 

  • Resume 

  • Responses to the Selection Criteria 

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQJobs portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.  

Advertised: 18 Jun 2020

Applications close: 16 Jul 2020 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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