Research Associate in Chemistry (polymer technologies or e-waste recycling)

Updated: 19 days ago
Location: Bedford Park, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Job Type: FullTime



About Flinders

Our bold vision, captured in our Strategic Plan: making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda, is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

To realise this ambition, we recently made a significant organisation change to a six College structure with a professional staff and services alignment.

We recognise the key to our success is exceptional people and we’re seeking an outstanding individual to join the team of our transformed university.

Employment Type:

Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Position Summary

Research Associate in Chemistry (polymer technologies)
Fixed- term, full-time, available until 15 November 2023. 2 positions available.
Compensation Grade:
Research Academic Level A
Salary Range:
$78,340 - $94,938 pa
Reporting to:
Associate Professor or delegate
The Research Associate will undertake research in the Molecular Science and Technology Research Sections under the direction of the Associate Professor. In working with the Chief Investigator and their research team, the incumbent will assist in leading the design and execution of the research project in developing new novel polymer technology for fertilisers, environmental remediation, and other applications in sustainability.
The incumbent may assist in leading students involved in the research Project, according to the University’s policies, practices, and standards.
Research Associate in Chemistry (e-waste recycling)
Fixed- term, full-time, available until 15 November 2024. 2 positions available.
Compensation Grade:
Research Academic Level A
Salary Range:
$78,340 - $94,938 pa
Reporting to:
Associate Professor or delegate
The Research Associate will undertake research in the Molecular Science and Technology Research Sections under the direction of the Associate Professor. In working with the Chief Investigator and their research team, the incumbent will assist in leading the design and execution of the research project in developing new technologies for the recycling of electronic waste.
The incumbent may assist in leading students involved in the research Project, according to the University’s policies, practices, and standards.

Key Position Responsibilities

The Research Associate in Chemistry is accountable for:

  • Assisting in leading the Project by collaborating with the Project Research Team to successfully deliver project milestones and Key Performance Indicators.

  • Contribute to the planning and execution of research by offering new ideas, reviewing relevant literature and other sources of information, actively participating in the production of data, and attending seminars, meetings and conferences.

  • Contributing to the coordinating, planning, and executing the project tasks required to collaborate with industry partners.

  • Contributing to ethical, high quality and innovative research and evaluation through activities such as scholarship, quality publication, external grant acquisition and presentations that aligns with the College areas of research strength and focus. 

  • Assisting principal supervisors with supervision of postgraduate students.

  • Establishing and maintaining collaborations within the University, and at State, national and international levels to improve research outputs, patents, and publications.

  • Some out of hour’s work (including weekends) as well as rural SA, interstate, and overseas travel may be required. 

  • Any other responsibilities in line with the level of the position as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.

Key Position Capabilities

  • Completion of a PhD in Chemistry (or an allied field such as material science or engineering) or significant progress towards completion of a PhD in Chemistry (or an allied field such as material science or engineering)

  • Demonstrated experience in synthetic chemistry, including areas of polymer chemistry, inorganic chemistry, electrochemistry and/or organic chemistry

  • Demonstrated experience in chemical and material analysis, including the characterisation of inorganic substances, organic molecules, polymers, and/or composites

  • Demonstrated emerging research experience in terms of publications and presentations at a national and/or international level in a relevant field.

  • Demonstrated ability to deliver project targets on time.

  • Demonstrated well-developed interpersonal skills and the capacity to collaborate and engage with diverse stakeholders and industry partners.

  • Demonstrated ability to critically review the literature in relevant fields.

  • Demonstrated ability to undertake collaborative research and establish and maintain effective relationships with staff and industry.

  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills in an academic environment.

For application enquiries please contact: A/Prof Justin Chalker

If you are required to work in any capacity, incidental or not, in a health care setting or other setting identified within a government direction issued pursuant to the Emergency Management Act 2004 (SA) or Public and Environmental Health Act 2011 (NT) you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of your vaccination as a condition of your employment.



Information for Applicants:

You are required to provide a suitability statement of no more than three pages, addressing the key capabilities of the position as outlined above. In addition, you are required to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

We are seeking to increase the diversity to improve equal opportunity outcomes for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, people with a disability and/or from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders descent to apply.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

Applications Close 11:59pm:

10 Nov 2021



About Flinders

Our bold vision, captured in our Strategic Plan: making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda, is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

To realise this ambition, we recently made a significant organisation change to a six College structure with a professional staff and services alignment.

We recognise the key to our success is exceptional people and we’re seeking an outstanding individual to join the team of our transformed university.

Employment Type:

Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Position Summary

Research Associate in Chemistry (polymer technologies)
Fixed- term, full-time, available until 15 November 2023. 2 positions available.
Compensation Grade:
Research Academic Level A
Salary Range:
$78,340 - $94,938 pa
Reporting to:
Associate Professor or delegate
The Research Associate will undertake research in the Molecular Science and Technology Research Sections under the direction of the Associate Professor. In working with the Chief Investigator and their research team, the incumbent will assist in leading the design and execution of the research project in developing new novel polymer technology for fertilisers, environmental remediation, and other applications in sustainability.
The incumbent may assist in leading students involved in the research Project, according to the University’s policies, practices, and standards.
Research Associate in Chemistry (e-waste recycling)
Fixed- term, full-time, available until 15 November 2024. 2 positions available.
Compensation Grade:
Research Academic Level A
Salary Range:
$78,340 - $94,938 pa
Reporting to:
Associate Professor or delegate
The Research Associate will undertake research in the Molecular Science and Technology Research Sections under the direction of the Associate Professor. In working with the Chief Investigator and their research team, the incumbent will assist in leading the design and execution of the research project in developing new technologies for the recycling of electronic waste.
The incumbent may assist in leading students involved in the research Project, according to the University’s policies, practices, and standards.

Key Position Responsibilities

The Research Associate in Chemistry is accountable for:

  • Assisting in leading the Project by collaborating with the Project Research Team to successfully deliver project milestones and Key Performance Indicators.

  • Contribute to the planning and execution of research by offering new ideas, reviewing relevant literature and other sources of information, actively participating in the production of data, and attending seminars, meetings and conferences.

  • Contributing to the coordinating, planning, and executing the project tasks required to collaborate with industry partners.

  • Contributing to ethical, high quality and innovative research and evaluation through activities such as scholarship, quality publication, external grant acquisition and presentations that aligns with the College areas of research strength and focus. 

  • Assisting principal supervisors with supervision of postgraduate students.

  • Establishing and maintaining collaborations within the University, and at State, national and international levels to improve research outputs, patents, and publications.

  • Some out of hour’s work (including weekends) as well as rural SA, interstate, and overseas travel may be required. 

  • Any other responsibilities in line with the level of the position as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.

Key Position Capabilities

  • Completion of a PhD in Chemistry (or an allied field such as material science or engineering) or significant progress towards completion of a PhD in Chemistry (or an allied field such as material science or engineering)

  • Demonstrated experience in synthetic chemistry, including areas of polymer chemistry, inorganic chemistry, electrochemistry and/or organic chemistry

  • Demonstrated experience in chemical and material analysis, including the characterisation of inorganic substances, organic molecules, polymers, and/or composites

  • Demonstrated emerging research experience in terms of publications and presentations at a national and/or international level in a relevant field.

  • Demonstrated ability to deliver project targets on time.

  • Demonstrated well-developed interpersonal skills and the capacity to collaborate and engage with diverse stakeholders and industry partners.

  • Demonstrated ability to critically review the literature in relevant fields.

  • Demonstrated ability to undertake collaborative research and establish and maintain effective relationships with staff and industry.

  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills in an academic environment.

For application enquiries please contact: A/Prof Justin Chalker

If you are required to work in any capacity, incidental or not, in a health care setting or other setting identified within a government direction issued pursuant to the Emergency Management Act 2004 (SA) or Public and Environmental Health Act 2011 (NT) you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of your vaccination as a condition of your employment.



Information for Applicants:

You are required to provide a suitability statement of no more than three pages, addressing the key capabilities of the position as outlined above. In addition, you are required to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

We are seeking to increase the diversity to improve equal opportunity outcomes for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, people with a disability and/or from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders descent to apply.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

Applications Close 11:59pm:

10 Nov 2021
View or Apply

Similar Positions