Research Associate in Plasma Engineering

University of Sydney


Research Associate in Plasma Engineering

Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in research
Located at Darlington Campus, at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Full-Time, 3 Years Fixed Term, Academic Level A: Base Salary: $92,682 p.a. plus annual leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation


About the opportunity


We are seeking a Research Associate who will be responsible for coordinating plasma engineering experiments within the new Atmospheric Plasma Group at the University of Sydney.


The incumbent will provide technical knowledge and expertise to the Chief Investigator and the research team to support research in diverse areas including; plasma-catalysis, water treatment, agriculture and plasma medicine. This includes actively contributing to the group’s research activities, designing research protocols, undertaking core aspects of research work and contributing to analysis and key findings. S/he will collate and record research data, draw insights and analyses, and report information from the research undertaken. When working in a laboratory, this may also include responsibility for any lab work carried out by students, provides teaching support (in terms of demonstrations in tutorials/practicals) and preparing equipment for experiments that are carried out.


About you


The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a Research Associate who possesses:


  • Tertiary qualifications likely with Honours in appropriate discipline with relevant experience in related field. May have (or be working towards) completing further studies such as PhD or have extensive specialist experience in the field of research
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day to day operational matters
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, taking initiative and exercising sound judgement in resolving matters that may arise as part of normal daily work
  • Strong problem solving skills and the ability to use initiative and exercise sound judgement and ability to prioritise workload during busy periods
  • Numeracy skills together with experience in controlling income/expenditure for reconciliation/budget tracking, and managing invoice payments and purchases
  • Extensive experience in developing and working on research projects, including expertise in using research protocols, experimental design, ethics submissions and grant applications
  • Experience in carrying out scientific literary searches, and preparing literary reviews for further analysis.
  • Working understanding and current knowledge of relevant aspects of the Work Health and Safety Policy and relevant legislation (including Safe Laboratory Practices for roles based in Laboratory)
  • Experience in a research-intensive environment or interest in teaching and working in academia

These qualities are aligned with the University’s core values: courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity.


About us


The School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offered Australias first university-level chemical engineering program. Since then, we have been committed to excellence in both teaching and research in chemical engineering, biochemical engineering and biotechnology, energy and environment, green product and process design, minerals processing, process systems engineering and sustainability.


Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australias first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.


We are undergoing significant transformative change, which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.


Intending applicants are welcome to seek further information about the position from Professor Dianne Wiley, Head of School, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, on +61 2 9351 2354 or


For recruitment-related enquiries, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact, Helen Efstathiou, Recruitment Consultant on +61 2 8627 7137 or


Please refer to the candidate information pack for further details.

Job Reference No. 714/0419F


Closing date: 11:30pm, 28 May 2019 (Sydney Time)


The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.


The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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