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Beamline Scientist: High performance macromolecular crystallography beamline

Australian Synchrotron, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
Application deadline: 19 Jul 2020

An excellent opportunity exists for motivated and enthusiastic professionals to lead and assist in delivering new beamlines for ANSTO at the Australian Synchrotron, Clayton VIC.

Recruiting the following position now! Beamline Scientist – MX3 (4 years fixed term)

  • Fixed Term Position Available with a possibility of long-term appointment
  • A Competitive Salary Package will be offered commensurate with qualifications and experience | Generous Employer Superannuation Contribution
  • Opportunity to apply your expertise and professional skills in a unique facility.

BRIGHT is the exciting new ANSTO program that will design, install and commission 8 new beamlines at the Australian Synchrotron over the next 7 years. The BRIGHT Program’s objective is to deliver to ANSTO new world-class research infrastructure.

About this position

The Beamline Scientist – High Performance Macromolecular Crystallography (MX3) Beamline is responsible for aiding in the scientific design of the beamline; contributing to the procurement and acceptance testing of major beamline components; assisting in the integration of components and systems into the MX3 beamline and end stations. You will also be required to perform the duties of a Beamline Scientist in support of the operational User Program on the MX3 beamline at the conclusion of hot commissioning.

As part of your role you will be required to engage and manage the interactions with key stakeholders and the user-community to provide technical and scientific direction to the beamline construction project.

Reporting to the Lead Scientist, your extensive experience with MX beamlines, including beamline automation, programming (in languages such as Python), solid structural biology experience and your excellent interpersonal and communications skills will be essential to this role.

There is a potential for this role to contribute in the post-implementation phase of the project and possibly be a long-term appointment.

Skills and experience in the following areas are essential:

  • A PhD in biology, structural biology, biochemistry or physics, with an emphasis on protein crystallography.
  • Two or more years postdoctoral research experience in the area of protein crystallography.
  • Extensive experience in using synchrotron beamlines.
  • Thorough knowledge of macromolecular crystallography beamlines, equipment and control systems.
  • Expert in protein crystallography including data processing and analysis software.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce scientific outcomes.
  • Ability to develop scientific collaborations with external groups.
  • Experience managing projects.
  • Effective communication skills and proven ability to liaise with people at all levels. Ability to clearly and effectively instruct and transfer knowledge to users and colleagues.
  • Initiative, drive and the ability to work both supervised and unsupervised.
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems on complex systems in real-time.

Desirable skills include:

  • Experience as a beamline scientist or in running an analogous user-based facility.
  • Hands-on technical capability.
  • A track record of successful beamline or instrument development.
  • Experience with scientific programming, developing hardware and controls systems.
  • Experience with Python and/or EPICS.

More information, including how to apply for this role, can be found on the Ansto Careers Website.

Australian Synchrotron, Clayton, Victoria, Australia

Beamline Scientist: High performance macromolecular crystallography beamline