Cryo EM Platform Scientist

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Australia,
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 20 May 2021

Classification: ANU Officer Grade 8 (Technical)
Salary Package:  $99,612 - $106,517 per annum plus 17% Superannuation
Terms: Full time, Continuing Contingent Funded (3 years)

Position overview

The Centre for Advanced Microscopy (CAM) is looking for an enthusiastic Cryo Electron Microscopy Platform Scientist who will have extensive experience in the use of cryo transmission electron microscopy including single particle analysis, tomography and other aspects of cryo microscopy workflows. The Platform Scientist will provide scientific advice and training to users of the facility with particular focus on the newly established NCRIS-supported cryo EM suite, covering workflows from cryo light microscopy via FIB sampling to cryo TEM data capture, processing and analysis. Additional experience with cryo sample preparation and correlative workflows will be a distinct advantage.

CAM is the ANU’s microscopy, characterisation and analysis core facility and part of the national grid of Microscopy Australia facilities within the Advanced Imaging Precinct of the ANU (encompassing CAM and the Computed Tomography-lab). The Centre’s goal is to facilitate and provide research excellence through a focus on world-class facility capabilities matched with staff expertise relevant to a wide range of manufacturing, environmental and biological processes. It achieves this through consultation, training, teaching, data collection and their analysis to meet the characterisation requirements of local, national and international researchers and industry.

CAM comprises eight research professional and administrative staff supporting a diverse range of instrument platforms. The Centre currently houses world class facilities equipped with state-of-the-art instruments and techniques in basic and advanced light, electron and X-ray microscopy and analysis. The recently acquired instruments complement our existing correlative workflow and expand it into the cryo space with a cryo Linkham stage for our ZEISS LSM800/Airyscan confocal microscope, a ZEISS Crossbeam with Leica cryo stage and a cryo TEM (JEOL cryoARM200). This cryo suite enables characterisation from single particles (SPA), via cellular architecture of molecular machines to complex 3D volume imaging of small tissue samples (cryo tomography, cryo volume imaging).

Further information about CAM may be accessed on the ANU’s web site here.

About Microscopy Australia

Microscopy Australia (formerly known as the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility) is a national grid of university-based microscopy and microanalysis laboratories, providing open access to world-class instrumentation and expert knowledge to all Australian researchers. Funded by the Commonwealth government under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), relevant state governments and with co-investment by the institutional partners, Microscopy Australia’s mission is to enable world-class outcomes from Australian research by providing essential infrastructure for the characterisation of materials at the micro, nano and atomic scales in the material and life sciences. Comprising nine core institutions with linkages to another nine laboratories, Microscopy Australia is a large collaborative research infrastructure facility governed as an unincorporated joint venture that develops and implements a business plan annually in accordance with the overall Microscopy Australia project plan.

Information about Microscopy Australia may be accessed on the web site here.

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For further information about the role, please contact Dr Melanie Rug: 02 61257649 or

Closing Date: 20 May 2021

Position Description: PD and PEWER_updated (1).pdf

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Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note: You will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.

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