ARC Industrial Research Chemist (Open to Women Only Applicants)

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 22 Mar 2024

16 Mar 2024
Job Information

Research Field

Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)
First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

22 Mar 2024 - 00:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

To be defined
Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Pursuant to a Special Measure under Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic), we will only consider applications from suitably qualified women for these positions (includes all people who identify as women).

To find out more about how we support women in STEM, please visit:    

About the Role 

Swinburne University’s ARC Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM) has an exciting opportunity for an ARC Industrial Research Chemist to join the team. As an ARC Industrial Research Chemist at SEAM, you will have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge research projects covering a spectrum of important research themes including biomaterials, graphene layering, high temperature coatings, laser metal deposition, and Industry 4.0 manufacturing processes, resulting in job creation pathways for a skilled workforce in manufacturing.

In this role, you will be responsible for conducting research to ensure that the research program achieves its milestones and be involved in the development of resources for the project, training new research team members, liaison with new industry partners where needed, and other project duties as directed by the Project Leaders. The position also involves reporting research results, by preparing reports and presentations, and authoring research publications in leading international journals.  

At SEAM, we value gender and diversity, and female identifying applicants will be viewed favourably. If you are passionate about making a difference in the manufacturing sector and are ready to take on ambitious research projects, apply now to be part of our dynamic team at Swinburne's ARC Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials.

About You  

To be suitable for this role you will need to have experience in the below key accountabilities: 

  • Proven experience in surface science and/or coating development and/or chemical analysis and materials characterisation techniques, such as SEM, TEM, EDS, XPS, XRD, AFM, Raman, and Nano-indentation.
  • Demonstrated success in contributing to high-impact research of national or international significance, and capacity to conduct high-quality research (e.g. publications in international journals).
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, including preparation of progress and technical reports, and experience presenting at conferences, seminars, and similar.    
  • High level interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a research team.
  • Demonstrated ability in the preparation of grant applications and working with industry partners and/or Government organisations is preferred. 


  • A degree (undergraduate or post-graduate) in materials science, chemistry, physical chemistry, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering or related disciplines is preferable.

About Swinburne University of Technology 

Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:


  • Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience
  • Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
  • Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution
  • Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

To Apply 

Please submit your CV and cover letter addressing your suitability for this position.  

To review the Position Description and to apply, please scroll down to the bottom of the page. 

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Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Swinburne Talent Acquisition Team on [email protected]

Applications close: Friday, 22 March 2024 at 5pm. 

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Open to Women Only Applicants

As a member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program, Swinburne is taking positive steps to effect change and we are committed to advancing gender equality in academia and in particular in STEM disciplines. Department of Education, Skills and Employment data (2020) showed that 46% of University staff in teaching and research roles were women but women only filled 28% of STEM teaching and research roles.  While women comprise almost half of the nation’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) PhD graduates, less than 20% of senior academics in STEM disciplines at Australian universities are women. We understand that to attract and retain the best scientists and ensure research excellence and impact, it is important that we commit to providing diverse, secure, exciting and rewarding career paths to our best researchers who will be our future STEM academic leaders.  

Pursuant to a Special Measure under Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic), we will only consider applications from suitably qualified women for these positions (includes all people who identify as women).

To find out more about how we support women in STEM, please visit:   

Equity and Diversity 

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through key initiatives.  For further information on all our initiatives visit our Equity & Diversity website.

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact [email protected]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  

For any support please contact [email protected] or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan

Victoria’s Commitment to Action: Improving international student employment outcomes 

As a signatory to Victoria’s Commitment to Action, Swinburne seeks to remove barriers to international graduate employment. We welcome and encourage applications from international graduates.  

We are a 2023 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant



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